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that two years in a row now. what we haven't accomplished, however, is the passage of these bills prior to september 30. that's what we should be doing. i know the chair feels that way. i think the ranking member feels that way. i haven't talked to her specifically about that, but i think she does. moving the appropriations process along on time made it easier to forestall shutdowns and fund the government for the american people. now we're doing so again and with the democratic controlled senate and white house, we're passing bills of which every member of this body can be proud. and i predict that every member of this body will go home and claim credit for something in these appropriations bills, whether you voted for or against. the appropriation bills we are bringing to the floor in this minibus package deliver for all of our constituents. they invest in economic growth. they expand infrastructure. they care for our veterans. they make college more
affordable. advance research into combating the next pandemic and curing rare diseases. protect america's public lands and keeping our air and water clean. they help farmers, small business and large business. they help farmers invest in rural communities and combat hunger. providing housing, among other things. these these investments will build back together and unable students and farmers to get ahead in the global economy. one of the provisions i want to highlight, which i want to say funding for full community schools. i have advocated for this program since we first watched it in 2008. full service community schools help children and their families, the whole family, critical services ar accessible
all in one place, not only childhood education, are dental exams, courses and more. children and families have easy access, it means greater success for their later years better preparing them for. think state of maryland had with duty centers. they are named after my wife, judith, she was an early childhood educator. like full service community service, judy centers are preparing more and more students for success. and minibus would invest $443 million to this critical initiative. now, it's not a lot per child,
but it is a laudible effect per child, which will help states launch and expand their school programs and serve many more children and their families. i thank chairperson woman delauro not only for her strong support and leadership in making this funding was included, but also for her leadership of this committee. she has been a very faithful steward and a steward who has acted in a very transparent, inclusive way, so that every member knew what they could have under their initiatives and priorities. all the members and staff on the appropriations committee for their hard work should be thanked by all of us. these are tough bills to put together and move forward. and thank them for their efforts to ensure that the house is doing its job for the people.
i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the package of appropriation bills. the senate hasn't acted, and that is ag fact. the senate has not passed a single appropriation bill out of committee, out of committee. nor have they passed a single bill out of committee by the end of the fiscal year last year. i would hope that our colleagues in the united states senate would not keep treating the appropriation process as a back water because where we put our money is where our heart is. where our priorities are. and this these bills -- this bill, but these bills, all 10 of the once we are going to consider this week show where our priorities are and i hope the senate will begin the
appropriation process so we can complete our work together. certainly before the end of the year. we do not have some either c.r. or omnibus, which is the product of just a few as opposed to the many in this house and in the senate. i urge support of this minibus and the three bills to come, foreign operations bill, the state and commerce and justice bill and the legislative bill. and thank all the cardinals and the ranking members for their help and their work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from florida, the ranking member of transportation, housing and urban development subcommittee, mr. diaz-balart for three minutes. mr. diaz-: balart i rise in opposition of h.r. 8502.
i thank the chairman and ranking member. we have disagreements, that cannot stop us from working on behalf of the american people and i thank chairman price for his openness and integrity. he is committed to transparency which we should expect from agencies that we fund. this includesry questionses from members from both sides of the aisle. it keepts the best ideas coming forward to improve the way that our government functions and that's important. the bill continues investments to our nation's highways, rails and and port infrastructure which is key for our supply chain. the chairman has made d.o.t. safety programs our roads and rails are safer.
chairman price's to address homelessness and housing for the homelessness is in this bill. we share for providing ar safety net to our most valuable citizens. while i applaud many of the decisions in this bill, the $9 billion top line increase, 13% increase over last year is something i cannot support. let me give you an example, the dramatic expansion for are assistance in this bill. well meaning, the problem is that those increasees would need to be sustained in future years. this would crowd our ability to make targeted transportation and housing investments in future years. and only continue to grow under the majority's approach to spending not to mention the fact that it seems this approach is
creating a huge increase in inflation, inflation factory that we see and members on my side that give increasees and while reducing short changes in national defense. we need a bipartisan agreement on spending and the time for that agreement is now so we can make responsible investments to create jobs and expand opportunity without the dramatic increasees that we are seeing. i cannot support the bill. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield to the chair woman from maine,
ms. pingree. ms.pingree: thank you to the chair woman for yielding the time. thank you to her and ranking member granger for their leadership. i rise to support the fiscal year 2022 interior, environment. and i thank ranking member joyce for his collaboration for this process and been a pleasure to work with you and i thank the hard working staff, our clerk and my personal staff. we couldn't do without all of their hard work. for fiscal year 2022, the subcommittee is recommending $23.4 billion for the interior environment. this is an increase over last year enacted level which is a
20% increase. i am proud this bill makes long overlieu investments tom fight climate emergencies and to meet our trust octoberss to tribal nations. and protects our biodiversity and provides for the department of interior and supports the administration's initiatives on climate change such at 9 the civilian climate corps and the science for decision making. it funds an initiative to abandon mines and oil and gas and renewable development and offshore wind. climate change is causing drought conditions and worsening problems such as the spread of invasive species. these are contributing to the threat of high intensity threat of wildfires.
the interior bill provides $5.7 billion but invests in programs to improve the health of our forests. the bill includes major investments to clean up pollution and protect human health and the environment. it provides $11.4 billion nor the environmentalprotection agency. superfund cleanups are delayed because of the lack of funding. this bill boosts funding by 27% and accelerate the pace of cleanup of toxic chemicals. the bill adopts the whole of government approach to adjust environmental justice and 28 million. the bill provides $3 of 4 billion to make drinking water to remove lead from our taps and strengthen our nation's
recycling infrastructure. these grants have profound impacts and they are economic drivers that create good paying american jobs. following our work on the cares and american recovery act, this supports the arts and humanities by providing $201 million for national endowment much arts and the humanities. it has been devastated and this funding will support relief and recovery for organizations across the country. this bill supports native american families by investing by a strong indian country through education and health care programs. the bill invests $4 billion in indian affairs programs -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds.
ms.pingree: within the department of interior, the bill invests 4 billion and 180 million to address climate change impacts. for indian health impacts, the 1. # billion in trust obligations for health care. it will improve the lives of americans and i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to mr. fortenberry for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for three minutes. mr. fortenberry: first, let me acknowledge the leadership of our chair, rosa delauro and our ranking member, kay granger, particularly in the sense to navigate this contentious
process where there are areas of mute atlanta but marked also by irreconcilable differences. the agricultural component of this bill does reflect the spirit of the american cultural community as well as the subcommittee. agriculture has the ability to unique across political, social and economic divides and i am particularly grateful to chairman bishop and his staff for producing a reasonable-based bill that we hope can be refined as it moves through the process. production he agriculture is a mainstay of america's economy, the vastness of our land, our ingenuity allow our nation to provide the low cost, nutritious and vast array of foods found anyway. our trade imbamal answer if it
not for this remarkable success and to meet our country's charitable impulse and moving $2 billion to people overseas. investments in this bill build upon this amazing productivity. support for what i call the farm of the future and enhance sufficiency and new forms of small scale niche agriculture that marry high tech with high touch and connect the farm to the family. support for farm school program and strengthen partnerships between minority-serving institutions, increase support for rural broadband and the echo system, more resources for drug plant inspections in china and india and environmental security and better practices and control
of the fertilizer runoff. here are the needed fixes. ranking member granger has been right and clear that the proposed nondefense increasees are way too high. the bill contains an unauthorized nutrition program that limits funding and that is for the authorizing committee to take up and makes changes to meat and poultry irprogramming that secretary vilsack proposed. i believe that we can fix these matters and move toward an agreement as this bill moves through the process. i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. mr. delauro: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for
three minutes. mr. quigley:: i want to thank staff on both sides for putting this together. on the majority side, mary -- i do want to thank, mr. womack, the ranking member, who is a friend, a gentleman, very easy to work with, had a complicated time, his apparent insistence on being a cardinals fan he just raised, he doesn't seem to mind when i bring up the st. louis professional football and basketball teams but we'll leave that to another day. as to the bill, the bill recommends $29 billion. this is an increase of $4. # billion over the comparable year of 2021. it includes $13.6 billion for the i.r.s., an increase of $1. # billion, over fiscal year 2021 a first step in restoring the cuts this agency has suffered. the increase will improve enforcement activity and support better customer service.
notably the bill includes $330 million for community development financial institution which is is $60 million above the fiscal 2021 level to provide critical resources to underserved communities. the bill provides $324 million for the small business administration, and includes significant funding for the general services administration including for a new electric vehicles fund, $100 million to manage climate change risk and over $1 knoll improve the real property portfolio, reducing their climate impact and improving resiliency. the bill also includes $300 million for the high intensity drug trafficking area programs, an increase of $10 million and the intrug program is funded at $110 million. in the leadup to our country's
250th anker haves the bill includes much-needed funding for the modernization for the national archives building which houses the declaration of independence, the constitution and the bill of rights. the bill includes $8.15 billion in discretionary appropriations for the judicial branch, to fund protective services and physical security needed in courthouses and ensure the continued operations of the judiciary. it also increases funding for agencies to protect everyday consumers including the consumer product safety commission, the federal trade commission and securities and exchange commission commission. i'm proud this bill removes several long standing policy riders including many that dictate to the district of columbia how to manage its own afires spend its own money or that harm and limit transparency in political spending. finally, i'd like to take a moment to highlight an issue that's a priority of mine. election security. this bill today includes $500
million for states to help them meet the challenge of ensuring the real security integrity of american elections. this represents our continued commitment to long-term funding for elections security and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut reserve serves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield the gentleman from ohio, the ranking member of the interior and environment subcommittee, mr. joyce, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. joyce: thank you for yielding. i rise in opposition to h.r. 4502. before i get into the details of the interior and environment section of the bill i want to thank chairwoman delauro and ranking member granger for their leadership on the appropriations committee. i'd also like to extend my sincere thanks to cheleie pingree, the chair of the -- to chellie pingree, the chair of
the subcommittee. i'm proud to serve alongside her as ranking member of the subcommittee. this bill includes many bipartisan niche tyes to conserve and protect cultural resources and honor our treaties and trust responsibilities with american indians and alaskan natives. i'm grateful for my home district in ohio and the states in the great lakes basin that the bill provides increased funding for the great lakes restoration initiative. this funding is critical to our work to restore and protect the lakes for future generations. robust funding for the great lakes restoration initiative is essential as we continue our efforts with federal, state, and tribal and local nonprofit partners to delist areas of concern, address shoreline erosion, improve water quality, prevent harmful algal blooms and control invasive species. i'm also pleased it will make critical investments in indian country. the $12.4 billion will help
support health care, law enforcement and other operations throughout indian county. chair pingree and her staff worked hard to accommodate requests from both sides of the aisle and it will be appreciated by constituents on both sides of the aisle. unfortunately, i am unable support the bill in its current form. it adds several new controversial policy riders to curtail u.s. energy independence by limiting natural resource cooperate. limiting our natural resources does not decrease our demand for them it only makes us more dependent on foreign nations to obtain them which is not only a national security concern but an economic security, environmental and human rights concern. our economy continues to depend on all the above energy strategy and the added provisions would undermine our abilities to meet that demand. similar riders were dropped from the final conference agreement last year and the same must be done again before it can be signed into law. the interior bill limits or
weakens several long-standing measures that were enacted on a bipartisan basis last year. adding these provisions back will be essential to reaching bipartisan agreement. the bill before us today proposes a $7 billion increase in discretionary spending with many agencies receiving double digit percentage increases as a result of the covid pandemic, congress provided trillions in economic stimulus and relief to help americans tackle unique challenges. on the heels of the unprecedented spending, as we continue to explore our way of life it's imperative that the federal government makes this tough choices necessary to live within its means. so it is for a combination of these funding and policy reasons i cannot support the bill at this time in its current form. i strongly urge my colleagues to vote no on this package. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from virginia, a member of the appropriations committee, mr. klein, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia from the appropriations committee is recognized for one minute. mr. klein: thank you, madam speaker. i'm honored to be a new moaive the appropriations committee but i must oppose this appropriations bill. i was disabointd the party line votes many of my colleagues took during committee markup against amendments that should have garnered bipartisan support. i'm most disheartened that the majority failed to keep decades-long bipartisan provisions in this bill. chief among those were the hyde and weldon amendments. mr. cline: since hyde was included in 1976 it's saved 2.5 million lives. nearly 60% of americans agree taxpayer dollars shouldn't be used to pay for apportions -- abortions.
well the wheldon amendment ensures that health care providers can't be forced to provide abortions. we should never force health care providers to participate in abortions. while there's much in the bill i would like to support, these provisions are nonnegotiable. i will always stand for life and to protect our health care workers from performing acts they find irresponsible. therefore i can't support this bill. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. delauro: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. mr. grinninger: i yield ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from alaska, the dean of the houser for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: i thank you for the work you have done. i can't support this bill. i would like to quickly
congratulate lid lydia jacoby from seward, alaska, on winning an olympic gold medal in the 100 meter swim. she's 17 years old. that's something to smile about. i want to thank the majority side because thank you for getting me elected every time. which you do. because you each and every time we have an appropriation pros seses you add a provision in there that limits access to building roads in the national forest. as long as you keep doing that, i'll keep getting re-elect. in other 60 years i've lived in sce -- in alaska, i've lost tens of thousands of jobs in the tim ler industry. these are good jobs. it's not because of a poor timber market but because of radical environmental. i. the timber industry supports great job, year-round. even though they have succeeded
in locking up 90% of the congress, they are at the remaining 4% of that land mass. where this idea came from other than extreme environmental alan massengaleists i don't know. it's nothing less than economic terrorism, hurting a community in alaska which i represent. it's just not about timber. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. granger: i yield 30 seconds. mr. young: thank you. it's about communications. i can't build a road from one community to another community no place in america can that happen. so i'm asking you to continue what you're doing, you're hurting my state because you're getting me re-elected. so thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is reck re-serving her time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized.
ms. granger: i ask the gentlelady if you're prepared to close. ms. delauro: yes, i am prepared to close. ms. granger: madam speaker, the bills were -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i'm sorry. the bills wear considering today have some fatal flaws i simply cannot support. there's no agrement of top line spending levels and the levels in the bill includes some of the most concerning policy changes i have ever seen in appropriation bills. the package before us includes excessive spend, jeopardizes our security, rear haveses the provisions that protect life, and adds burdensome regulations. moving this pack saj a wasted opportunity thsms a partisan measure and i strongly urge my colleagues to vote no and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: our country faces dire needs. far too many people are
struggling to put food on the table, to pay their rent. many more struggle to afford child care or the cost of education and skills training. the deck has been stacked for so long for the wealthy and the well-connected. while our infrastructure crumbles and the exis ten cial threat of climate change looms. from the mountains of appalachia to the struggling neighborhoods of our largest cities, the biggest deficit we face is one of hope. the moral test of our government today is how we meet these challenges. it is whether we can rise to the occasion and deliver hoeppner american people who have been left behind for far too long. the bills before us meet that moral test. they're transformative -- their
transformative investments create jobs, grow opportunity and provide a lifeline for the vulnerable. they invest in our infrastructure and in the cleaner, safer future. i urge support for this legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from texas yields back the lance of her time, all time for debate has expired. each further amendment printed in part b of house report 117-109 not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc pursuant to section 3 of house resolution 555 shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatableable for the time specified in the report, equally divided and controlled by the proponent and opponent, may be withdrawn by the pr opponent at
any time before the question is put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question. it shall be in order at any time after debate for the chair of the committee on appropriations or her designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part b of house report 117-109 not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc shall be considered as read. shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations or their respective designees. shall not be subject to amendment. and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from seek recognition? ms. delauro: pursuant to house resolution 555, i offer
amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendments en bloc. the clerk: number 23, 67, 95, 123, 154 and 215 printed in part b of house report offered by mrs. delauro of connecticut. pursuant to house resolution 55, gentlewoman connecticut, ms. delauro and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack, each will control 15 minutes. ms. delauro: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from is -- mr. womack is recognized. mr. womack: i thank you for the time for this particular debate. i yield five minutes to the gentleman from oklahoma,
mr. heroin. mr. hern: i thank my esteemed. we lost senator coburn and a legend of mine for his consistency and dedication to the fiscal responsibility of our country. tom taught me about the way our government works about the broken budget process and spending american tax dollars wisely. it is clear that my colleagues vr forgotten one fact that the federal government has no money of their own. every dollar comes from the american people. when we are in this chamber spending a billion here and trillion there. it comes from hardworking american people. i have with with me senator
coburn's black book and his deficit plan to get the united states on track to eliminate our debt and balance of the budget. my colleague, senator lankford has taken it on as a fiscal hawk detailing the waste and abuse in the federal government. in his memory, i held the task force in congress and we produced what is the only budget interviewed in the house. the budget is not only clear path as my friend tom would say, it balances in five years. our interest costs are specced to triple in the next 10 years making interest costs the third largest interest cost between social security and medicare. the concerns of our constituenty leader criticized the senate.
sperl pelosi has often said, show me your budget and i will show you your values. it is alarming that for the third year in a row. this majority do not care about american taxpayers and don't care about the fiscal health of this country. when i came to congress, our national debt was $19 trillion and just 2 1/2 years, we are approaching $30 trillion and our economic growth has been around 2%. in the past 12 months our country has been been devastated with millions of americans losing their jobs, businesses or both, they turn to the federal government for help. congress has spent american taxpayers' money on government relief programs.
those funds have left with $4.6 trillion in american bonds. they are spending money as fast as they can. from day one of the biden administration, they have shown nothing but contempt for the american taxpayer choosing to increase spending and increase taxes and descroil jobs. all they have to show for this is continued unemployment. what we are looking at today is expansion of spending across the board. my colleagues are throwing money at every federal department and agency except for the defense. overspending is on the menu. the department ofenergy interior budget is expected to expand by 19%. the department oflabor by 17.6% with $2.4 billion to prevent
people from returning to work. and including $110 million to research climate change and $400 million in title 10 funding which planned parent hood and democrats are eliminating the hyde amendment. the department of education will receive 40% increase in funding and gets worse from there. every penny they spend comes at the ep expense. when the people of oklahoma, democrats will be to plame. that is why today i'm offering amendments to do one simple thing, cut spending by 20%. speaker pelosi doesn't want fiscal responsibility. congress has spent recklessly this last year and the american people are sick of it. i want to thank my colleagues
who have joined me in these amendments who are willing to speak today and we need to bring in reckless spending. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield myself such time as i may consume. while i have offered this en bloc amendments for the purpose i strongly oppose it. it would cut funding for important programs and services that provide opportunities for working families. the economic crisis of the last 18 months have demonstrated that these programs are underfunded and fail to meet the existing needs across the country. a few examples. this fourteenth amendment would cut head start by $2.4 billion
and children will lose access to high quality learning education. and cut the olympic grant, a time when parents want to return to work and no one is available. it cuts the low-income home energy assistance program and bipartisan priority but cuts it by $780 million and cuts meals on wheels and fewer homes delivered or pree packaged for low income seniors and cuts research at the national institutes of health and reduction of new grants for potentially life-saving research and cuts money from substance use disorder and the deaths in 2020 was related to drug overdosees. it cuts title 1, funding for low-income funding schools and
resources for low-income students and cuts education grants by more than $3 billion and reduces services to 7.6 million students and cuts financial aid programs, the pell grant, work study, 5.4 billion for students and families in need and cuts job training programs resulting in fewer support for americans who are seeking better economic opportunities for themselves and their families and i colleagues to oppose the fourteenth amendment and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: i yield two minutes to my colleague, the ranking member on the ag subcommittee of the house appropriations pearl
committee, jeff fortenberry. the speaker pro tempore: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from fortenberry. mr. fortenberry: there is another issue that i am compelled to speak about regarding spending here and called the hyde amendment. the hyde amendment prevents taxpayer money for abortion and this has remained a bipartisan compact in this institution for decades. little in washington has been this stable or stabilizing with the american people in clear agreement, nearly 60% of americans agree that taxpayer money should not be used for abortion. now it's gone. when you look at the statistic regarding exporting abortion overseas, which we will do if all of this passes, the percent
of that are jumps to 80%. we are about to export our most divisive cultural issue, our pain, our woundedness onto the poor of the world. pope francisco has called this column nizzation. it's unfair, it's wrong and smacks of arrogance. madam chair, we are living in an age and we say we want tolerance and say we want to be an authentic community and protect the dignity and rights of all persons except one group of people, the expectant mother and her unborn child and today we will break a 50-year-old agreement to not use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion here or
overseas. i'm heart broken. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: the hyde amendment is a discriminatory policy. it has been extended every year as a legislative right but the time has come to reckon what is the status quo which denies health to the poor and denying people of cloor health services. so the inequities have been exposed by covid-19 and systemic racism is felt here and we insist on this. however we feel about abortion, we shouldn't deny health coverage because someone is
working to make ends meet. when medicaid covers costs, it means someone can make a decision based on what is best for their. 33 states and district of columbia deny state funding to women seeking an apportion and economically insecure women are hostage to their gee og gra if i. i work every day to advance the respect for life and dignity of every human being. government has a moral purpose. and i am committed to helping the poor and disadvantage reducing the rates of poverty. we cannot pick and choose amongst life issues. increased access to education is a life issue. the covid-19 vaccine is a life issue.
the affordable care act is a life issue. medicaid expansion is a life issue. separating children from their families is a life issue. gun violence and homelessness assistance and supporting background checks are all life issues. and the bill today all address these issues and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle oppose. i am proud that the bill we consider today moves us forward ensuring access to reproductive women's health and eliminating these riders which have allowed politicians to insert themselves in a women's and the decision to get an abortion should be made by a woman with her doctor and
her own faith. the decision should not be made by people in this chamber. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady who is all the way from grandfather mountain, north carolina, the ranking member on the education and labor committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. foxx: this funding bill insults the intelligence of every american. democrats think they can trick the american people into supporting far left initiatives if they have spending for enough programs. this bill fritters away our children's future on
duplicative, unnecessary programs. it allows overzellous bureaucrats to hound businesses struggling to recover from the pan democrat wick excessive department of labor enforcement acts. tucked away in the fine print is a scheme to rig union elections and undermine the right to work -- rights of workers. the funding package also strips resources from public school students, eliminates educational options for vulnerable children, gives taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants, and limits opportunities for our brave veterans. as senior republican leader of the education and labor bilker i reject this -- and labor bill, i reject this rad radical bill. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minute thoas gentlewoman from minnesota, the chair of the
subcommittee on defense, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized for two minutes. ms. mccollum: i rise in opposition to the en bloc amendment. these across-the-board 20% cuts undermine our historic investments in education, agriculture, housing, transportation, broadband and many other priorities for american families and communities. i want to thank chair delauro and my fellow cardinals as well as our dedicated committee staff for their work in crafting a funding package that will keep our nation healthy and competitive. as vice chair of the interior subcommittee, i offer chair pingree my congratulations on an exemplary bill that protects human health and the health of the environment. in line with long standing bipartisan traditions, this interior bill provides funding to meet our federal investments and treaty obligations to our native brothers and sisters and
alaska natives. the substantial increases in this bill are for the bureau of indian affair, the bureau row -- bureau of indian education, and it would be lost with this 20% cut. than amendment would cut funding for clean drinking water and water. even as our nation faces historic -- historic brought and contamination from pfas and lead. i hear about national security funding but the health and well evens american people, improving our economy, educating our work force are all critical components of a strong nation and that's the foundation of strong national security. every dollar we invest on the domestic side on infrastructure, public health, on climate change contributes to our national security. if we truly need to safeguard our nation and its people we need the investments made in these nondefense bills as well. so i urge my colleagues to oppose these reckless across the
board 20% cuts and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack spm i'm pleased to yield one -- mr. woe mr. womack: i'm pleased to yield one minute to mrs. boebert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. boebert: i rise frustrated and dismayed because congress continues to act as the speaker's house rather than the people's house. debate has been silenced and bipartisan amendments have been rejected for political reasons. i myself submitted 80 amendments to this bill and not a single one was made in order. this includes three amendments redirecting federal funds from bureaucrats to fight wildfires that are burning down the west. forget voting on these commonsense amendments, democrats won't even allow
debate on them. i also filed three amendments to reallocate resources to help combat drought in the west. all ignored and all debate was refused. how about the amendments redirecting resources to improve veterans' mental health? ignored. you know why the american people like congress less than cockroaches, root canals and nickelback? because of political garbage like this. speaker pelosi has silenced my constituents and the american people once again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from arkansas reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the chairman of the subcommittee on housing and urban development. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> i rise to oppose this particularly reckless amendment. surely we can do bet for the this body than undiscriminate, mindless across the board cuts.
doesn't matter what works or what doesn't, it doesn't matter what deserves investment or what doesn't, just cut it all. and look at the damage to individual initiatives including many, and i've single out some, that republicans are noteworthy for having supported at least in the past. think about the f.a.a.'s contract tower program that's been so important for aviation in small communities. mr. price: our improvement in certification processes for major aircraft. the neighbor works program to support expansion of affordable housing opportunities. the housing opportunities in this bill for veterans, the supportive service for disabled people, housing opportunities for all kinds of people in need. critical investments in our port infrastructure. funding in this bill increases that by about a third. and on it goes.
this amendment would not encourage d.o.t. or h.u.d. to do more with less. it would force our constituents to do less with less. surely we can do better than this. this is the opposite of responsible, discriminating legislating, and i urge defeat of this amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: yes, madam speaker. it's a great pleasure to yield one minute to the gentleman from columbus, indiana, and a member of -- a respected member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. pence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. mr. pence: i thank my colleague for yielding. madam chair, i rise in opposition to h.r. 4502. inflation, inflation, and inflation. this is the biggest thing i hear about back in my indiana 6 district.
hoosiers in indiana are worried about the consequences to democrats' tax and spend agenda is having on their pocketbooks. after this week, speaker pelosi is recessing the house until september having done next to nothing to address the real issues the american people are facing. food, energy, transportation, hardworking phones are already -- hardworking folks are already unnecessarily paying more this biden inflation crisis is hitting home. consumer prices are at a 13-year high. in six months democratic leadership is compounding this crisis with a completely wasteful, bloated bus. i urge my colleagues to oppose this hyper partisan appropriation package for the good of the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from arkansas reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, a member of the appropriations
committee, mr. cuellar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. cuellar: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank chairwoman delauro and her staff for yielding to me but also for working on this bill along with the ranking member, kay granger. even though we do have some difference, i know we'll get together toward the end of the year. with that, i stand in opposition to en bloc amendments also. i also stand in opposition to the recent nuclear regulatory commission, the nrc, conduct which runs counter to federal law. the n.r.c. is fight finding massive opposition from elected official, including two governor a democratic governor from new mexico and republican governor from texas, against the licensing of the nuclear fuel storage facility in texas and new mexico. that's why i offered and withdrew any amendment in the committee markup so we can work and continue working as the bill moves forward. the n.r.c. not only lacks
consent but is acting unilaterally despite clear opposition in a bipartisan way. the law is clear. section 42u.s.c.10-155 says they have to -- the governor candice approve and again both governors have disapproved. section 42u.s. code section 10166, notice of disapproval also talks about when the governor gives the disapproval again. the republican governor, the democrat governor from texas and new mexico have done. that the slaw clear. they have to follow the law and we must clarify the n.r.c. can only license a d.o.e. monitored storage facility once consent, once consent has been given by the state and local community. i want to thank chairwoman kaptur for expressing her willingness to work with myself and ranking member kay granger on this particular issue that is
so important to us. i'm confident that the final version of this legislation will have a more clear -- will clearly establish the n.r.c. consent-based licensing approval standard and with that, i yield back the balance of my time and thank you, madam chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. his time has expire. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: may i inentire -- i inquire how much time remains on both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas has 4 3/4 minutes. the gentlewoman from connecticut has 4 1/2 minutes. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'm pleased to offer one minute to the gentleman from a city unlike any other, augusta, georgia, my friend, rick allen from the state of georgia who serves on the al and ed and labor committees. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. allen: thank you, madam
speaker. thank you to my colleague from arkansas. and also my colleague from oklahoma for introducing these commonsense amendments to address these measures the democrats are ramming through the house. there's no doubt we're in the midst of a biden economic crisis thanks to wasteful washington spending this morning i hosted a telephone town hall and asked my constituents in georgia's 12th district and ask my constituents if they were feeling the results of biden's inflation. an overwhelming percent said they're paying more and getting less each week. this is the result of the spending spree and here we are debate manager irresponsible and unrealistic spending that will do more to harm the pocketbooks of american families. when in the history of civilization has any nation survived this insane spending and it's not suspend spain --
not sustainable. families work hard to live within their means and manage their household budget. it's a dereliction of duty as officials to keep spending money we done have. while many americans are suffering now due to the rise of inflation, our future generations are the ones who will eventually pay the price. i urge my colleagues to support the current amendments and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from arkansas reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from maryland, a member of the appropriations committee, mr. troan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. trone: thank you, madam speaker. i rise as a member of the house appropriations committee and -- in opposition to this, yes, mindless amendment, which would gut the important investments that this bill makes in our nation's physical and social infrastructure. our nation faces unprecedented
housing crisis this bill would ensure 4.8 million people remain stably housed. by increasing investment by $8.7 billion. our nation's infrastructure is falling apart this bill provides robust funding for highway, transit, rail and aviation. and we must do better for our nation's veterans which comes to mental health. this bill almost doubles -- doubles the funning for the veterans suicide prevention and outreach program and for the veterans crisis hotline. these investments benefit our constituents frommont gomry to garrett county. i want to thank chair rosa delauro for caring so much for all americans. i urge a no to these amendments and support the appropriations committee and yield welcome the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is
recognized. mr. womack: once again i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from tulsa, oklahoma, mr. hern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tulsa, oklahoma, is recognized for two minutes. mr. hern: i would like to spend my two minutes speaking directly to the american people we talk a lot in here to each other and about each other and to one another and behind each other's back but i want to speak to the american people because they're the ones who need to call their members of congress. because you understand, when you increase my amendments is a 20 percent cut. we know better. you as the american people know that you have to create a budget budget. the cities create a budget, the states create a budget. the only place in this free united states of america that no budget is created in the last three years is here in the united states congress. my team produced the only budget
that was floor ready for a vote and chose not to put on the floor. i'm going to answer the question, it's because the democrats didn't want you to see what fiscal responsibility is. they didn't put their own budget on the floor when they had control of the house and the senate and the presidency and could have passed it without one single republican vote. ask your member of congress why they didn't produce a budget. i urge my colleagues to be fiscally response i will and accountable to your taxpayer money. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas reserves. mr. womack: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: i would like to be recognized. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: i rise in opposition. decades of this have failed the american people. this fourteenth amendment attempts to gut bills that will deliver services to the ale can people. coming from rhode island, our roads and bridges cannot withstand violent storms. and thousands of americans do not have internet access at homes. these will be addressed by working families included dm this minibus. this legislation will provide students receiving a maximum pell grant. and accomplish a climate core and create well paying jobs. note apply it will adjust the providing $9 billion.
i want to thank the chair woman and members of the proposings committee for the work they have done. this is a set of bills we can be very proud of it because it is investing in working families. this is the same group of people who voted for $1.2 trillion tax cuts for richest unpaid for and they were happy. we are investing in working people and creating jobs and making sure the investments are necessary. we should be all proud of and defeat this fourteenth amendment and pass this bill without delay and i thank the extraordinary chair for putting together an proposings bill that reflect the values of our country and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: how much time do i
have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas has 21/4 and gentlewoman connecticut has 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. womack: you have heard from members of congress from all across our country and there was a purpose in identifying their hometowns, these are people that represent real american lives and they are in touch with their constituents on a daily basis in augusta, georgia, in tulsa, oklahoma, in grandfather mountain, north carolina, in lincoln, nebraska, columbus indiana and rogers, arkansas, and they all understand when the federal government is on a
spending spree because they feel it in their own pockets. we are feeling it today with unrivaled inflation with the result of taxpayer dollars flowing into this economy, so much money and the money that is going to the cities and counties, madam speaker, we had to do it in two traunch muchs but there is so much that we have to send out the remaining $185 billion money that these cities and counties didn't ask for and didn't need and taking suggestions how to spend it and we are talking about a ploated discretionary bill that is going to add to deficits and debt. the interest on our debt this year is going to approach $350
billion, let me say it again, $350 billion which would pay for more than half of the titles we are debating here. so i urge support of the fourteenth amendment and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for one -- 11/2 minutes. ms. delauro: this fourteenth amendment would cut head start, cut child care, low-income energy assistance and senior nutrition and mental health programs, cut title i for low-income schools, cut financial like pell grants and cut funding for job training and so much more. i urge my colleagues to oppose this fourteenth amendment and i yield back the balance of my
time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to house resolution 555, the previous question is ordered on amendments en bloc offered by the gentlewoman from connecticut. the question is on the amendments offered en bloc. those in favor say aye those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair, the noes. the gentleman from -- without objection -- the gentlemanfrom arkansas. mr. womack: we ask for a recorded vote pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition?
ms. delauro: pursuant to house resolution 555, i offer amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendments. the clerk: amendments number 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 30, 31, 35, 38, 40, 45, 49, 54, 63, 64, 83, 86, 88, 90, 91, 98, 99 and 100 printed in part b of 117-109. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from from connecticut ms. delauro and the gentleman from arkansas,
mr. womack wech i will will control. ms. delauro: there are a number of proposals offered by members of both sides of the aisle and includes amendments offered by democrats and republicans on which the vast majority of this body can agree. i urge your support for this bipartisan en bloc and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: we rise in opposition and some of those we will detail in a more articulate way here as the debate continues. suffice it to say, we have thrown a lot of money at the economy of the united states of america. and while i realize is to fund the discretionary programs of the u.s. government and that's an important function of our appropriations committee, we
have seen the other side take the opportunity to capitalize on a real crisis moment in our country that being the coronavirus phenomenon and trillions and trillions of dollars have gone out the door, fueling inflation and creating problems for people at home that are experiencing rising costs in virtually everything that a consumer would purchase, from gasoline to groceries. those costs are escalating and not for any other reason other than the fact that we have for trillions and trillions of dollars into the economy while at the same time these very same policies have caused people not to work. we have incentivized that they could stay at home than going to work. the people we are going to ask to make things, produce things are the very people that haven't
been functioning and as a result of that, the supply chain has been weakened and because of simple supply and demand there are feurl products and thoalings products are going higher, simple and we are going across these seven titles of discretionary budget -- and a lot of these are very, very good programs, programs we have supported in the past, but with the amount of money that has gone to the coronavirus phenomenon and a lot of that money has not been spent, the report by the g.a.o. is a trillion dollars in funds and adding insupplement to injury and adding more to the nondiscretionary side of the budget. we will talk about what we are doing to national security by
not pumping dollars into noter because of known threats across the country. but we'll save that argument for another day. we will continue to argue that this is spending way too much money. the american people know that and there has to be an adult voice in the room to bring these subjects to the light of day and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield 1 and a half minutes to the gentlewoman to ms. spir. ms. speier: i rise in support to olympic funding for the title 9 rule. just imagine you have endured campus sexual assault and asked to relive your trauma. you are told where you must be assaulted and how much you must
be suffering. god forbid you are assaulted while studying abroad. title 9 may be closed off to you or one in three survivors who drop out of college and your college is forbidden from investigating and cruel and inhumane. madam speaker, title 9 should prevent sex discrimination and i appreciate this fourteenth amendment being taken up. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from from san diego, california, mr. issa, a distinguished member and freshman member, although he is a returning member from before, respected member in the
congress of the united states, three minutes, please. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanis recognized for three minutes. mr. issa: i want to thank everyone for giving serious consideration to fourteenth amendment 24. i speak today with my colleagues to support an expansion that was done under the last administration that has had a profound and positive effect on apprenticeship. the fourteenth amendment would allow funding to be available to the department oflabor industry recognized to programs. in 20717, former president trump acted to enhance the training options for all americans so they may compete in today's jobs. iwrap included apprenticeship programs like health care and
stem positions. iwith respect apprenticeships were unique in that they were designed to be more responsive to the changing work force that we find ourselves in today. engaging in learning for the new programs doesn't fit the old model and the iwrap expansion is extremely important for the following reason. i support the programs that will all of us are familiar with, the skilled trades and the like. but, in fact, today, there are new skills that are being developed in which the curriculum must be anymoreble and must change . what better time than in the middle of a pandemic would there to be to enhance nursing and
nursing-like skills to be advanced, a time in which we are critically short in these areas and with the return of a new variant of the coronavirus could find ourselves in desperate need of new apprentices. if we permit this program to continue, it will eventually support two million new apprenticeships, so i urge my colleagues to look at this in the most open and positive way that nothing could be more important today, particularly to the health care community than in fact to expand flexible apprenticeships. with that i thank the gentleman and i yield back. >> thank you, madam speaker. i am a proud co-sponsor of that particular amendment and pleased that he has offered such. with that we'll reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i
misspoke earlier, this en bloc amendment includes a number of proposals offered by my democratic colleagues and it reflects our shared values of investing in the american people to create good-paying jobs, grow opportunity, and provide a lifeline to the vulnerable. i urge support. now i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcnerney: i thank the chairwoman for her hard work on this excellent piece of legislation, the staff and the democratic members of the committee and those across the aisle for their hard work on these important issues. i rise today in support of my two amendments to the division b of h.r. 4502. these two amendments draw much-needed attention to the energy-water nexus. systems have been more vulnerable as water scarcity has been in the west.
there is opportunities. my amendment encourages our government agencies to improve underlying data collection and analysis. my first amendment, the energy information administration to conduct a more robust analysis and data collection of water consumption in their commercial and residential surveys. and to make the information publicly available. my second amendment, the bureau of reclamation -- encourages the bureau of reclamation to assess the energy consumption from their pumping stations to better understand the opportunities for energy efficiencies and to reduce energy use measures. better data and analysis are foundational to identifying efficiencies in the face of climate change, especially in states where water processing uses a large portion of the energy budget. i urge the adumpings of these amendments -- i urge adoption of these amendments and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield a minute and a half to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. madam chair, i rise in support of the castor amendment. america's public schools, colleges, and universities are the engines of economic opportunity and our funding package provides historic investments in students and schools at a time when they need it, especially in florida where the governor and legislature are intentionally undercutting our public school students and local control. florida, the third largest state in the country, ranks 45th in per people funding, and it diverts an enormous amount of public money to for-profit charter schools that are not accountable and often fail to
provide the educational services required by law, like those for special needs and disabled students. when my local school board recently questioned the quality of education provided by certain for-profit charters, the state commissioner of education threatened to withhold money from students and schools. the fifth largest district in the entire country. many for-profit charter corporations need oversight by the u.s. department of education, especially in florida where they skirt civil rights laws and they weaken our traditional public schools. so i thank my colleagues on the appropriations committee for the oversight to make sure every child has an opportunity to learn and succeed, especially the students in florida who deserve better. i urge adoption of my amendment. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: thank you, madam
speaker. pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from evington, virginia, mr. good, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. good: madam speaker, i rise in support of my three amendments to g.o.p. en bloc number 1. it would cut wasteful funding for snap which acts as a slush fund for the department of agriculture. though it is supposed to use unused money waiting for career bureaucrats to direct it at its will. my amendment would strike $3 billion directed toward this fund in the bill and rescind all of the money currently in the fund effectively abolishing the slush fund from being piled up by the majority.
congress should not have to play whack amole for slush -- whack-a-mole for slush funds. this house is about to vote to require american taxpayers to continue to pay for bureaucrats to phone it in from home and perform union activities while on the taxpayer dime. in short, congress is subsidizing bad service to the taxpayers. remote work has created a backlog of over two million passport applications. i suspect everybody in this body is hearing from their constituents, like i am, about the backlog for passport application. if someone needs a passport sooner than four to five months now, the only option is to pay an additional fee to expedite the process to 12 weeks.
that's the expedited time frame. 12 weeks with an extra fee. the house is now debating a government funding bill that prevents the ability of federal managers to end telework or require that union activity be performed outside of federal time and away from federal office space. we must stop rewarding workers for not showing up to work. i urge my colleagues to support these amendments, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. womack: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. escobar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. escobar: thank you, madam chair. i'm so grateful for the appropriators for including several priorities for my district, el paso, texas, in the base bills, including funding for health technology upgrades, police body cameras, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and much more. each year i work to bring el
paso's voice to the table, and my amendment focus on our priorities. these amendments include increased funding for the department of civil rights at the department of education to support economically disadvantaged communities. emphasizing the need for a binational covid vaccination plan, funding for water reuse projects in communities experiencing drought conditions, and several amendments directing funding towards communities like el paso so we aren't left behind in the fight against the climate crisis. and so much more. lastly, we witnessed congressionally appropriated funding be irresponsibly diverted by governors in states like mine, so i'm happy to see all subcommittees under this bill include my congressional intent amendment expressing a strong urgency to ensure that states can no longer do this. thank you, madam chair. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: and we reserve as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady from connecticut. as i would want her to know, i ammess static about the -- i ammess at that timic about the -- i am ess at that timic about -- i am estatic about her leadership. this is a fine response to the needs of the american people. might i just say, madam chair of the appropriations committee, just very quickly, i was here for the hyde amendment. i was on the judiciary committee. and i think my colleagues need to understand for all of the
years of the hyde amendment, women who were poor, who were medicaid recipients, many of them might have died in childbirth or might have had other important emergency health issues because they were subjected to decisions they did not make for themselves. and in that instance, we have discriminated against women just because of their poverty. again, abortion is that of the woman, her faith, and her family. and i believe this eliminating the hyde amendment is finally saying to all women in america that we respect you and your bodies. i am very grateful for the support of an amendment that recognizes the crisis of diabetes and the need for research professionals and patients participating in clinical trials. diversity in medical trials is essential to ensuring that cures, especially vaccines and therapies, work for the greatest number of persons. so my amendment decreases and increases the amount for $10
million to emphasize and get more emphasis to develop that diversity pool in research professionals and patients participating in trials. in addition, i have -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. delauro: i yield 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: diabetes impacts all backgrounds, particularly african-americans. i meet many people in my constituency whose had an amputation because they were not able to receive medical care. finally, i have an amendment that increases and decreases funds, $10 million, with the intent of supporting individuals who would might not finish college because covid-19. the delta variant is surging. people are being hospitalized, the unvaccinated. i make a national plea for people to be vaccinated. as well, it's impacting young people. that means that we need to focus on young people getting vaccinated. they're in college. we don't know if they're not vaccinated how it will impact their education and their future life.
so this is to provide for targeting programs to reach out to young people to sell them, one, get vaccinated, but to give them a bridge so their education will not be interrupted, that they'll never go back again, that they will suffer economically, and i appreciate my amendments being brought to the floor. and i thank the leadership. and as well, i thank you for all of the community projects that will help the impoverished in my district. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. mr. womack: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: thank you. madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. manning. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: thank you, madam chair. i rise in strong support of h.r. 4502. this appropriations minibus makes historic critical investments in north carolina's sixth district and in all of our communities. this bill invests in new jobs
and in the future of our workforce with $11.6 billion for the employment and training administration at the department of labor. it creates greater opportunities for students to succeed with increased funding for title 1 grants, hbcu's and primarily minority-serving colleges and universities, and an increase in pell grants. and it provides much-needed funding for the health, equity, safety, and well-being of our communities with funds for public health infrastructure, maternal and child health, and mental health. it also takes long, overdue action to defend health and reproductive healths by repealing discrimination hyde and weldon amendments. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill to support the needs of families and communities across this country. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is
recognized. mr. womack: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. pressley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. pressley: thank you, madam chair. long before covid-19, the education of our most vulnerable students, particularly black and brown girls and students with disabilities, had been disrupted by discriminatory and harsh discipline practices. as early as preschool, discriminatory policies and practices push them out of the classroom. this pushout crisis and the disproportionate impact on girls, particularly when the pandemic hit, and schools went remote. we learned the story of grace, a girl who was sent to juvenile detention for not completing her online class work. grace was dehumanized, taken away from her family and her health put at risk. advocates across the country,
including my colleagues and i, rallied for grace's release. we're glad she made her way home to her mother. my amendment has the g.a.o. to score this during remote learning periods and provides recommendations on how we can urgently address this crisis. our children deserve nurturing learning environments. i urge my colleagues the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas. mr. womack: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. sherrill: 20 years ago we began sending members to deployments. around the world they faced dangers not from the enemy but from the circumstances of their
service. too many of those who served in areas of toxic exposure now beer a lifelong illness in exchange of the security they provided to all of us. and too many of those who face the traumas of combat or sexual assault face burdennens on their mental health. i interviewed two amendments. the first directs $1 million to burn pit centers that is located in east orange, new jersey. the second directs $10 million to invest to additional locations including in my district. our veterans deserve the best treatment available whether their injures are physical or mental. i thank back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is
recognized. mr. womack: i offer two minutes to my friend, the gentleman from california, mr. valadao. mr. valadao: i rise in fourteenth amendment 64. this highlights to re replenish of u.s.d.a. plus. this would recover losses due to natural disasters. some of the other types of natural disasters includes droughts, floods, stream freezes, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, typhoons and wildfires. one of the most pertinent disasters is extreme drought. no secret that the american west and the central valley is
suffering from the historic drought. one of the main purposes is to provide water to users to areas of extreme drought. we are in year one and wells are going completely dry. this is completely unacceptable. while we continue to work to prevent this from happening in the future, we need to help those that are suffering from the drought immediately. my constituents and the constituents of many of my colleagues here today are in an emergency and need this funding to be included in the 2022 package. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: if i may ask the gentleman if he has additional speakers, i am prepared to close, but if you have
additional speakers, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. i am pleased to yield to time tore scott perry, the generally, who is a very respected of the foreign affairs committee and give him two minutes. mr. perry: i thank the good gentleman, mr. womack. i have three amendments to this legislation. fourteenth amendment number 180, this fourteenth amendment strikes a provision allowing the h.h.s. secretary to use $7.8 million to purchase electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stayings. if they want to own their $80,000-plus tesla, they should purchase it but shouldn't require the taxpayers to pay for that kind of thing. fourteenth amendment 121 strikes
e.d.'s from the g.s.a. they want to purchase these vehicles with their money. if they want to do it on their own. if you consider the post office, these vehicles are heavier than your regular vehicle. but post office has 200,000 of these vehicles and just keep in mind that these vehicles don't pay into the highway trust fund, heavier and more maintenance. and fourteenth amendment 124 which strikes the exemptions. it sets the limit at $20,000. if we are going to purchase a vehicle, that's great. you get $20,000. you don't need to ride in special luxury but set an exemption because they want to exempt the $20,000 that the rest of us have to deal with.
this fourteenth amendment would say we are not going to make the exemption and spend the $20,000 for the taxpayer. if it is an electric vehicle, so be it. the market should dictate. the government shouldn't be picking winners and losers to pay for electric vehicles because my friends on the left think that's the way to go. with that, i yield back. and i thank the gentleman. mr. womack: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield to the the gentlewoman from missouri, ms. bush. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. bush: we rise in support of our amendments. $5 million to support health care services.
covid-19 and testing vaccines and preventative care. as a nurse, i have lived and witnessed the traumatic realities. this funding will save lives. our second fourteenth amendment reduces energy by $4 million. and environmental justice leaders are demanding we stop subsidizing advanced technologies that keep fossil fuels burning in our community and builds renewable. and supports $100 million in the new pilot funding forment a.m. health crisis response requiring the g.a. tomplet to research these to safety. and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr.smith: i have three amendments and asking that our colleagues support the bipartisan amendments. the first is a redirection of $3 million to defenders for liem disease. i have been working on liem disease since 1992. and we tried very hard to get a working group up and running and 2020. and the health and human services tick-borne disease found 300,000 new cases of lyme, it is 476,000 cases. it is exploding all over this
country. the chair woman comes from as do i in that area and highly environs democratic in new jersey. this money will make $24 million for the c.d.c. to work on issues related to lyme. and lymex to give that this accelerator will help find ways of diagnostic, research and treatment. and n.i.h. document produced by azar found that we don't have a diagnostic that works or testing capability that is reliable and affordable. this accelerator is an effort. finally, i founded along with my
good friend and colleague mike doyle. we have been doing it for over 20 years, autism cares act. provide $10 million to help with the developmental disabilities health account tore expand the autism disability monitoring network and nine new sites should be established. we are far from getting a handle on this. the network has been incredible in tracking children and young people to help us know -- you can't combat something if there is nor prevalence. this has been ar tremendous asset and this would expand that. i thank my friend for yielding and the committee chair for -- i
know she supports these very important -- and i thank the rules committee for making it in order. it will make a difference. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: we have no more speakers on our side and prepared to close. mr. womack: i'll take the remaining minutes of my time. i'm not a big fan of how this is being structured. but i recognize that time is not on our side. people witnessing this event probably not sure what these en blocs are all about but a simple way to save time and we ought to get back to regular order and an open rule and just talk about these very important issues one-by-one and truly represent the will of the american people. that's what the congress was
built for. however, i do recognize that given the political circumstances and the fact that we don't have a lot of time, that this is what we are left with. i urge a no vote on the en bloc and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentlewoman from connecticut. those in favor say aye those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. mr. womack: with that, we we questions the yeas and nays pursuant to section 3-s of clause 8.
yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further questions on this question are postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek rek recognition? ms. delauro: i offer amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 3, 2, 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 278, 32, 33, 34, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 5, 61, 62, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81,
82, 84, 87, 92, 93, 96, # 7, 101, 102, 10 #, 104, 105, 107, 108, 19 pursuant to house resolution 555, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. delauro each will control 15 minutes, the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from connecticut. ., ., . ms. delauro: the vast majority of this body can agree. i urge support for this bipartisan en bloc, and i
reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. and i won't belabor the point i made a few minutes ago about not a big fan of this process. there does come a time in the process where we come to some agreement on things. i guess we're at that stage of the game. so with that i'll be pleased to yield two minutes -- is the gentleman ready? do you want three? from pearland, texas only because he's from texas, i'll give him three, the gentleman from texas, mr. webber. -- mr. weber. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. weber: my amendment identifies an immediate need of the united states nuclear energy the need to provide full funding for construction of the department of energy, d.o.e.'s versatile test reactor project. as ranking member of the
subcommittee on energy for the science, space, and technology committee, i know there is no clean energy future without advanced nuclear. the best vehicle to accelerate us down the road of emissions reductions is nuclear energy. the versatile test reactor is an absolute critical piece of d.o.e.'s r&d infrastructure that will allow u.s. nuclear researchers to validate and test a wide range of advanced reactor designs right here in the good old u.s. of a. madam speaker, last congress, as part of the sweeping nuclear provisions in the energy act of 2020, we were able to authorize robust funding for the versatile test reactor. it was a tremendous bipartisan -- my friend from arkansas is pointing out -- tremendous achievement.
this is all for naught without the yearly appropriations to back it up. that's why i'm glad to see the appropriation bill provides -- sad to see the appropriation bill provides nothing on budget and on schedule. if we are serious about our clean energy future, madam speaker, and we want to decrease our dependence on competitors like china and russia for advanced nuclear r&d, we must commit to our investment in this essential research infrastructure. the united states can and should lead the world in advanced nuclear. moving forward, i will continue to work with my colleagues to prioritize nuclear innovation and keep america safe, energy independent, and globally competitive. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment, and i yield back the balance of my time. i thank the gentleman. mr. womack: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. panetta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, madam speaker, chair delauro, ranking member womack, thank you. i rise in support of my bipartisan amendment number 10 that would bolster agriculture research. this amendment, offered with my co-chair of the ag research caucus, rodney davis from illinois, would support farmers all across the country and their ongoing efforts to produce bigger, safer, sustainable agriculture. my district in the central coast of california, otherwise known as the salad bowl of the world, the farmers depend on usda research programs, not just to survive, but to succeed. now, two of those key programs that our amendment funds is the agriculture advanced research and development authority. afri is the nation's leading competitive grants program for
agriculture research. our amendment funds it with $450 million, a $50 million increase from last year. ararda is now funding with $2 million. now, during the pandemic, madam speaker, it was clear the work of our rm if aers and farm work -- of our farmers and farm workers is absolutely essential. the least we can do in congress is to provide this type of funding for the research necessary that will help not just our recovery right now but it will also ensure food security for our future. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased now to yield two minutes to the gentleman from tipton, michigan, michigan's seventh district, valued and respected member of the ed and labor and energy and commerce committees, mr. walberg. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. walberg: i thank the
gentleman. madam speaker, i rise in support of my amendment to division a, which provides critical funding for the office of labor management standards, olms, at the labor department. olms is vital to protecting the rights of workers in the workplace and ensuring labor management, transparency, and financial integrity in our nation's labor unions. unfortunately, house democrats have chosen to underfund the agency since taking the majority, resulting in diminished staffing levels and significantly impacting the types of work accomplished in the field and throughout the agency. sadly, the appropriations package we are considering today continues this trend by once again underfunding the office. my amendment would increase the line to be in -- increase the budget to be in line with the president's request. the department noted funding was necessary to provide unionized workers with the protections
they are entitled under lmrda. protecting the paychecks of hardworking union members is my priority, and i hope it's a priority of my colleagues as well. additionally, i rise to support my amendment to division e which addresses two of the most serious public health concerns affecting michigan and the great lakes states. pfas contamination and harmful algae bloom have wreaked serious damage in our rivers, streams, lakes, and ultimately drinking water. many states like mine have been aggressively testing, tracking, and working to combat pfas for years. but there's still much more we don't know about these chemicals and will take collaboration from federal, state, and local officials to prevent future exposure, protect the public health, and ensure the safety of our drinking water. at the same time, harmful algae blooms, h.a.b.'s, affect marine, coastal, freshwater systems in
all 50 states. and are particularly prevalent in the great lakes. these toxic blooms harm human health and cause several billion dollars in economic losses each year. my amendment supports investments in science, research, and management to increase our capacity to detect and prevent these and pfas throughout the country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. walberg: i urge my colleagues to support these important amendments, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. gottheimer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. gottheimer: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, chairwoman delauro and ranking member womack. i rise in support of the en bloc packages. my first amendment adjusts federal investments for the federal highway administration to defund and expensive, unsitely and unnecessary 60-foot-high rockwall on i-80 in
warren county in my district. i encourage a safer, smarter option. the committee, which -- the community believes this rock wall will be ineffective and will wreak havoc on the eke o -- eco tourism. it will be between mileposts in my district. there are safer, better options. my second amendment makes it clear that the substance abuse and mental health services administration must address the covid-19 linked substance abuse and mental health issues affecting far too many children and young adults in our country. the pandemic has caused an inhiss tore i -- an historic wave of mental health issues. we need to get them the support they need. it's heartwrenching. my third amendment addresses clean drinking water.
this amendment adjusts the federal c.d.c. and environmental health investment, creating congressional intent to helping ensure school drinking water is free of lead and dangerous chemicals. we must protect children in north jersey and nationwide from dangerous chemicals and lead in their drinking water. madam speaker, i rise in support of this set of en bloc amendments. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to a very distinguished member of the freshman class of this congress, the gentleman from san angelo, texas, mr. pfluger, member of the foreign affairs and homeland security. proud of his service to our country in uniform as a pilot of that f-22. so like to yield him two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. pfluger: thank you. thank you for the nice introduction. madam speaker, i rise in support of the much-needed student dormitory project in san angelo,
texas. the district i represent is at a crucial crossroads of national security, energy security, and agriculture security that makes our nation stronger. goodfellow is part of the training of people who do intelligence work and also in the training of fire. goodfellow plays a really good critical role to continuing to provide world-class intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance as well as that fire rescue i mentioned. and the national security demands of our nation are quickly outpacing the capacity of goodfellow to house the ever-growing stream of new students. the base is currently experiencing a drastic shortage of housing. in fact, to meet this shortage, the base has entered into agreement with angelo state university for the use of their dorms to ease the capacity concerns. while they are a proud and willing partner with goodfellow, this is not a permanent solution. we cannot expect our communities
to shoulder these burdens forever. this project is vital to the national security mission that goodfellow provides the country and to that to the contravalley community. it is important we maintain this project as a top priority. i'm also offering an amendment tonight, and i rise in support of that to strike the funding for the expensive and unreliable electric vehicle purchases by the united states postal service. let me be clear, we cannot maintain a functioning and prosperous country without affordable, reliable energy. yet, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are completely bent on pursuing a feel-good green energy policy to pat themselves on the backs in the name of saving the environment. but the truth is they're not only -- they're not improving the environment. they're actually destroying the prosperity and security of our country by doing so. during the several days of brutal cold in texas, the city of austin saw its fleet of 12 new electric buses rendered completely inoperative during
the power outages. by allowing the usps go to an all-electric fleet, we're basically saying when the weather is too hot, too cold, not windy enough, not enough sun, americans will not have their mail service. madam speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this amendment and others. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. garcia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. garcia: thank you, madam speaker, madam chair. my amendment increases the carbon management account by $50 and de -- million and decreases it by the same amount. i want to thank the bipartisan group of co-sponsors, including representative mccaul, representative jackson lee, representative burgess, representative fletcher, representative cuellar, representative shaw, and representative brady.
i'm offering this amendment because we must prioritize carbon utilization activities that are consistent with existing energy statute. in and around my district in houston, the energy capital of the world, important carbon capture research is taking place. carbon capture utilization seeks to improve our communities' air quality and maintains and provides jobs for our workers, many in my district. therefore, my amendment just clarifies that carbon capture utilization research, along with other carbon capture projects, specified in the committee report, are also recognized and prioritized in this bill. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. now, it is my distinct honor to yield one minute to the distinguished republican leader of our conference, mr. mccarthy, all the way from bakersfield,
california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mccarthy: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from arkansas for yielding to me. i rise in support of my amendment to division e that would prioritize funding for critically important u.s. forest service initiatives to mitigate safety hazards to reopen and rehabilitate the sequoyah national forest. following the devastating s.q.f. fires. giant sequoyahs are the tallest trees in the world. they grow wider than a city street and more than six stories high. they can only be found growing naturally on the eastern slopes of the sierra nevada mountain range in california, including in my district in the sequoia national forest. now, last august, the s.q.f. complex fire burned over 170,000
acres, primarily in the sequoia national forest after being hit by lightning. a report led by the national park service estimates this fire killed, and i quote, 10% to 14% of all large sequoias across the natural range in the sierra nevada. this translates into an estimated loss of 7,500 to 10,600 large sequoas. . giant sequoia, the kings arthur tree, is still on fire to this day, almost one year later. and may ultimately die because of this fire. these losses are devastating, both environmentally and for the communities. you see, a giant sequoia and a redwood capture more carbon than any other tree.
but to communities like porterville, three rivers, springville, kernville and lake isabela, they depend on the revenue from tourists coming to see the great sequoia groves. the forest service closed a large portion of the sequoia national forest because of public health and safety concerns such as falling burnt trees and mudslides. addressing these safety concerns is critical so the forest can be fully reopened as quickly as possible. my amendment supports over $13 million for three initiatives in the sequoia national forest. first, mitigating public safety hazards so the burned areas can be reopened to the public. promoting ecological restoration activities and supporting activities to reduce the risk of future catastrophic fires from killing additional giant sequoias. if you check to this day they believe there's only 5% of the
giant sequoias on earth still alive. i have spoken with the sequoia national forest supervisor and has been assured that all these actions are or will be reviewed under the national environmental policy act. and will be conducted consistent with the giant sequoia national monument management plan and the sequoia national forest land and resource management plan. these ancient trees, some of which are nearly 2,000 years old, must be protected so they can continue to inspire and amaze future generations. funding through my amendment would help ensure this so the public can once again see these breath taking trees. i want to thank ranking member granger and ranking member joyce for their work to protect our natural resources. now, mr. speaker, i also rise in support of my amendment to
division f to prioritize funding for the v.a.'s readjustment benefits, according for the veteran employment through technology, education, courses program. also called the vet tech program, in the fiscal year 2022. i'm proud -- i was very proud to introduce the original vettech act back in 2017 after learning that veterans could not utilize their g.i. bill benefits for nontraditional nanodegree courses. after speaking with veterans in my congressional district and across this country, it was apparent there was significant demand for the veterans' interest in utilizing the g.i. bill benefits for these types of classes. from these conversations, the vettec pilot program, which allows veterans to apply for and enroll in nontraditional technology-oriented classes was born. now, over two years into the -- now over two years into the private vettec private program,
i'm proud to say over 3,000 veterans have participated in it. mr. speaker, listen to this. with 90% of the veterans graduating from these programs and 72% attaining employment in the chosen field of study. on average graduates of the vettec program have an annual starting salary of over $59,000. that's approximately $25,000 more than the average salary in the united states. now, since its launch in 2019, over 44,000 veterans have applied to participate in the vettec pilot program. that's far outstripping current funding. these numbers paint a clear picture. vettec is popular and successful and i believe that congress should fund this program at its fullest authorized level of $45 million in fiscal year 2022. which my amendment seeks to do. even with this funding, the
v.a. estimates it will need $80 million for this program to keep up with the current demand. i look forward to working with my colleagues in the house to increase the vettec program authorization in the future. think about that, mr. speaker. here's men and women who served their country, they can use a g.i. bill for a nontraditional technology, classes. today's world, that's the work force we need. they jump ahead. they get paid more than the average american, but the desire and the need and the applications are much greater than we fund. i think we have a responsibility here. i want to thank house veterans committee -- veterans' affairs committee congresspeople for joining me in offering this amendment and for tirelessly advocating for the vet tec program. i also want to thank ranking member granger and carter for their work to support our nation's veterans. mr. speaker, i yield back the
balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, madam chair, ranking member, i rise today with a bipartisan amendment to protect our coast in louisiana. i'm proud to be joined by my fellow louisianans in offering it today. they're joining me because this amendment reflects one of the most important tasks our states face. restoring our coast. put simply, if we don't restore our coasts, none of the other work that we do really matters. our coast is singularly important to our culture, our food, our industry, our way of life. we lose significant amount of our coast-to-coast erosion, we know our fisheries, our
fishermen depend on a robust coast and we know that by protecting it, we protect our economy and we protect those things that are critically important to the state of louisiana. our coast is not only an economic powerhouse and an environmental treasure, it is also for physical safety of our neighbors, our neighborhoods, our visitors. this amendment would make sure that we have funding to continue using dredged materials to rebuild our coast. this is beneficial because one of the keys to creating new wetlands and large part of our all-out effort to restore our coast is by rebuilding and shoring up our coast. i am proud to sponsor this funding, proud to have bipartisan support for it and proud to ask that all of our members join us in passing this incredible measure that is so important to louisiana, that is not republican nor democrat, but it's good government, it's
environmentally sound and it's good for louisiana and it's good for business. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: it's my pleasure to yield to the gentlewoman. >> thank you. i rise today in support of my amendment that would effectively allow unlimited use of additional contingency funding for snap. as i stated in my rules testimony yesterday when it comes to snap this administration chose the playbook of the center on budget and policy priorities to create a food stamp free-for-all. recently the cbpp wrote a piece that said, quote, for other appropriated entitlements, policymakers have a simple way to protect against inadequate annual funding, by providing uncapped appropriations for the last quarter of the fiscal year to fulfill the requirements of the underlying law governing the program in question. mrs. cammack: in other words, let's hit continue on one of
the biggest welfare expansions in u.s. history. the administration and the majority are taking the advice of a multimillion-dollar organization and its leadership that thrives on creating dependency and making a lot of money by doing so. this slush fund of contingency money that i'm talking about today has the potential to exceed $17 billion with unanticipated costs listed as the only parameter for spending. i can only guess what will be in fact labeled as an unanticipated cost. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of my amendment, start supporting solutions that helps people get back to work. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i rise to clarify that if this amendment passes, it does not fund the specific project referred to by mr. pfluger in debate. i support this general type of funding and the text and the
summary of the amendment in general but the committee on appropriations has established a process for consideration of a specific community project funding request. that process is designed to ensure transparency and accountability. the intention of this amendment, as explained by mr. pfluger during debate, appears to be -- to fund such a project without going through the vetting process. accordingly, i would encourage all of my friends to submit the project to the appropriations committee under the established process next fiscal year. with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from virginia, ms. spanberger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virginia is recognized. ms. spanberger: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on my amendments to this legislation which represent key central virginia priorities. as we rebuild from the covid-19 pandemic. i thank the chairwoman for her tremendous work and i look forward to moving forward with
this legislation. my 340-b-related amendment send as message to big pharmaceutical companies. stop hiking drug prices on consumers and discriminating against our 340-b providers and pharmacies. my amendment to boost funding for the emergency food assistance program reflects the requests i have heard directly from central virginia food banks, their staff and their volunteers as they fight hunger. my bipartisan amendment to increase support for nrcs field staff would help crop and livestock producers implement conservation practices that help their bottom lines. and as we look to maintain telehealth services that expanded during the pandemic, my amendment to strengthen federal funding for telehealth resource centers would directly benefit providers like the karen ruben center for telehealth at u.v.a. which served so many of my constituents. finally, my amendment to strengthen reconnect
demonstrates our continued commitment as a congress and as a community to closing the digital divide and expanding broadband internet access throughout our communities. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new york, ms. tenney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm here today to support -- with the support of seven of my house colleagues to introduce an amendment to section b of h.r. 4502. this amendment will restore the principle of good governance, prevent precious hard-earned taxpayer dollars from going to the civilian climate corps, which is an unauthorized program, as members of the people's house we have an obligation to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and that spending is held to the highest standards of accountability. yet tucked away in the house democrats' spending bill is
funding for the so-called civilian climate corps. the democrats transferred $5 million initially set aside for invasive species management and directed to this new program to fund bureau cats -- bureaucrats. but there's a problem. the biden administration and members of congress have admitted they don't know how the program will function and from what we know about this program, it will be a new massive federal slush fund focused not on sound climate policy but on advancing the partisan green new deal agenda. mr. speaker, it's bad enough for government to fund a program that congress hasn't authorized and can't effectively oversee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. simpson: i yield the gentleman additional time. ms. tenney: there are plenty of programs covered by this bill, including the 2018 farm bill with emission and expert -- with the mission and expertise to manage invasive species. the civilian climate corps should be debated in the house before it's funded, otherwise this is just another bureaucratic slush fund. i urge my colleagues in the
house to support my commonsense amendment. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. thraurdelaur mr. speaker, i yield two minutes -- ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. langevin: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of my amendment to increase funding for the adoption opportunities program in the fiscal year 2022 labor-hhs appropriations act. on any given day, 424,000 children are living in foster care in the united states, more than a quarter of whom are waiting to be adopted by a lovingering supportive family -- by a loving, supportive family. unfortunately, 20,000 children age out of foster care each year without a permanent family connection. how sad and tragic that is.
that needs to change with the right support it can. the adoption opportunities program provides a unique funding stream for states, count yirks tribes and others to invest in evidence-based solutions to find families for these youth and provide them with the support they need to thrive. from the adoptive family recruitment to caseworker training these programs help foster youth build permanent family connections. now is the time, mr. speaker, to invest in solutions to improve permanent placements for foster youth. i thank chairwoman delauro and the committee for supporting this amendment and for her tremendous leadership in crafting this year's appropriations bills. i urge my colleagues to support the en bloc package and the underlying bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes
to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady very much and i rise to add support for en bloc number three and these important amendments. let me emphasize my first amendment, really with a great deal of gratitude because this is so very important. human trafficking is a scourge on this nation. and it has no boundaries. it is both domestic and international. but one of the things that is needed is for those who have trafficked, when they are found, to be able to cooperate with law ep force. many of those women are not documented immigrant women so my amendment says none of the funds made available by this act for domestic food programs, food nutrition, food and nutrition service, supplemental nutrition assistant program, may be used in contravention of 107-b of the
victims of trafficking act of 2000. the effect of this amendment will be to make clear that nothing restricts the authority of the secretary of agriculture from providing assistance and benefits to victims of trafficking under current law so they can edge game -- engage with law enforcement and get the scourge, the person who trafficked, because they take advantage of these immigrants and they cannot survive if they don't have subsistence. many timers the denied it because we have not made it clear to states they are allowed to have it this amendment is going to save lives and i thank my colleagues for providing this particular amendment. and as well, it is clear that it is needed because it provides victims of trafficking access to information about eligible to receive snap benefits. it does not constitute the type of snap recruitment or advertising prohibited by the bill. more importantly it helps those who are victims. trafficking in humans and especially domestic child
trafficking, has no place in civilized society. it is the most lucrative business, better than drugs, that is why it is over and other again. having held the first field hearing on human trafficking i can tell you this is an important amendment. i ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment and en bloc number 3. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: we inform the the gentlelady we are done with speakers and ready to yield back whenever the gentlelady is. mr. delauro -- ms. delauro: i think we have one more speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i am ready to close, i yield to the gentleman.
mr. simpson: i thank the gentlelady. we support this amendment and hope that members will vote for it and yield back the balance of her time -- of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. delauro: we support this amendment and, people to pass it and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. pursuant to house resolution 555 the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentlelady from connecticut. the question is on the amendments en bloc. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from connecticut seek
recognition? ms. delauro: pursuant to house resolution 555 i offer amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 4 consisting of amendments 22, 24, 6, 065, 66, 80, 85, 89, 94, 117, 118, 119, 121, 122, 136, 137, 138, 139, 141, 145, 146, 147, 148, 150, 152, 153, 156, 159, 161, 167, 168, 171, 172, 173, 185, 191, and 229, printed in 35r9 b -- in part b of house
report 117-109, offered by ms. delauro of connecticut. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 555, the gentlelady from connecticut, ms. delauro, and the gentleman from idaho, mr. simpson, each will control 10 minutes. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: i yield to the gentlelady from north carolina one and a half minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague from idaho for yielding time. my amendment defends religious organizations under attack if the radical left. democrat politicians distrust of religious entities does not entitle them to ban them unconstitutionally from parodies pating in federal programs and contracts. president biden and other
democrat politics continue to target faith-based entities despite repeated rebukes from the u.s. supreme court. democrats' unfounded fear of religious federal contractors is, in fact, a form of discrimination. religious organizations that contract with the federal government must still abide by nondiscrimination laws. we must protect the valuable department of labor regulation that provides certainty and prediblghtbility for federal -- predictability for federal contractors and upholds the rights of all americans. religious freedom is a nonnegotiable right. my amendment upholds the constitution and supports the right of religious organizations to do business with the federal government. i urge all members to vote yes on foxx amendment 16 and i yield
back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield myself such time as i may consume. while i have offered this en bloc amendment for the purposes of legislative efficiency, i strongly oppose it. the en bloc makes severe, harmful changes to the bills under consideration. within the labor-hhs-education division it supports the -- the amendment would support discrimination, attack workers' right, cut money from education, put affordable child care further out of reach for faplies. the amendment strikes a general
provision from the bill that prohibits funding to organizations that do not follow the federal regulation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. under the previous administration, h.h.s. used taxpayer dollars to fund child welfare organizations that were willing to discrimination against families. the united states has over 400,000 children in foster care. over 125,000 of whom are waiting to be adopted. children in foster care need and deserve every chance to be placed in loving homes. america's workers, this omit prohibits the department of labor from the rule, granting contractors the ex-trynary power to hire and fire employees based on religious beliefs.
it shields federal contractors from complying with workplace anti-discrimination laws. the amendment undermines the highly successful registered apprenticeship grant program by wasting taxpayer funds on low-quality, predatory programs with no accountability. at a time when quality, affordable education is more important than ever, this amendment cuts $122 million from the higher education account and the underlying bill. the amendment takes money away from hispanic-serving institution, historically black colleges and university, tribal colleges and universities, asian american and native american pacific islander serving institutions, and other minority serving institutions. finally, as our nation faces a child care crisis, the amendment reduces child care options for student parents who rely on university child care programs supported by the child care
access means parents in schools program. harmful changes, this barely scratches the surface of funding cuts and harmful provisions espoused in this amendment. i urge my colleagues to oppose this en bloc and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: it is my pleasure to yield to the gentlelady from arizona, ms. las coe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. las coe: i rise in support -- ms. lesko: i rise in support of this amendment included in theen o'clock. it strikes 241 which requires foster care and adoption agecies to comply with obama-era rules on sexual orientation. section 241 is an attack on religious liberty. similar provisions allow the city of philadelphia, pennsylvania, to refuse a contract with catholic social
services unless they certified same-sex couples as foster parents. my amendment ensures that faith-based adoption and foster care agencies do not have to choose between their ministry and their faith. it is tyrannical for the government to force these entities to choose between the two. it is our job in congress to uphold our constitutional right of religious freedom. i urge my colleague to support my amendment and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. schrader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mr. schrader: i rise to speak in support of my amendment to ask the f.d.a. to move forward with rule making on cannabadiol, hemp farmer in my home state of
oregon face economic burdens due to regulatory uncertainty from lack of action. the marketplace adoption has not taken off like expected. lack of clarity in legal purchasing of c.b.d. is a big part of the problem. f.d.a. has the authority to conduct the necessary rule making to establish a regulatory pathway for c.b.d. as a dietary supplement and food ingredient. this amendment work my colleague representative griffith, calls the f.d.a. to pr pro seed as the livelihoods of hemp farmers and the safety of consumerses lies in the hands of the agency. to that end i have introduced with rep. griffith on a bipartisan basis my bill will require the f.d.a. to do what they have the authority to do and should have done already to craft the necessary rules and guidance toking relaid c.b.d. as a dietary supplement.
congressional intent has been clear on hemp and c.b.d. livelihoods of farmers hang in the balance. it's long pastime to move forward with making c.b.d. legal and safe for consumers. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i have no more speakers, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from jid recognized. mr. simpson: i thank the gentlelady, we're prepared to close also. i would -- we support this amendment and i would encourage my colleagues to support it also and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i urge defeat of this amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut yields back. pursuant to house resolution 555 the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentlelady from connecticut. the question is on the amendments en bloc.
those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the en bloc amendments are not agreed to. mr. simpson: mr. speaker, i request a roll call vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3 of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, furtr proceedings on the question are postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment 29 printed in part b of house report 117-109. for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona seek recognition? mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. i have an amendment at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 29 printed in part b of house report 117-109 offered by mrs. lesko of arizona.
the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 555, the gentlelady from arizona, mrs. lesko, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from arizona. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. my amendment strikes section 316. under current law, universities are already allowed to conduct research on marijuana as long as the university gets approval from the drug enforcement agency and buys the marijuana from the university of mississippi, the d.e.a.'s approved provider. additionally, universities are currently required to comply with the drug-free schools and communities act which prohibits universities from unlawfully manufacturing, distributing and dispensing or possessing a controlled substance. a violation of this law would result in a loss of federal funding. democrats want to change all of
this. section 316 allows universities to skirt these requirements. if universities are allowed to engage in cannabis growing and research without any safeguards, who's to say that this provision would not permit universities to offer a class called pot smoking 1-0-1, dedicated to smoking pot under the false pretense of research? pushing for marijuana research in universities also fails to account for the fact that because marijuana is a schedule one drug, federal law requires certain safeguards including a limited access room and a specific storage safe for the drug. my amendment allows for the withholding of federal funds if universities fail to implement these necessary safeguards. an appropriations package is quite simply not the place for debate on the legalization of or looser restrictions for
marijuana. my colleagues across the aisle are using this partisan package as a round-about way of legalizing marijuana without having any meaningful debate about its classification as a schedule one drug or the effects that the drug has on americans' health. this appropriations package should not be an opportunity to push an agenda without meaningful debate about the consequences of legalizing a schedule one drug. i urge my colleagues to support my amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona reserves. for what purpose does the gentlelady from connecticut rise? ms. delauro: i rise to claim time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: through scientific research, institutions of higher education advance our understanding, advance our knowledge of various aspects of our world. expands our knowledge.
without such research there would be limited scientific discovery and breakthroughs helping to shape our daily lives. as more states and localities move to legalize cannabis, including my home state of connecticut earlier this month, many institutions of higher education are expanding the knowledge base on this controlled substance. offering scientific information to better inform decision making and medical use. what are its properties for medical use? i don't know, i'm not a scientist. i'm not a medical professional. that's what science is about. to expand our minds, to give us information about what directions we ought to take. yet in advancing our understanding of cannabis, many institutions fear that they will lose access to federal
funding because of the drug-free schools and communities act, which in part prohibits the possession of a controlled substance, including cannabis. as such, the underlying bill includes a provision to prohibit the department of education from penalizing institutions of higher education that conduct scientific research on marijuana. evidence-based research regarding cannabis ought to be encouraged in academic settings, not discouraged. we should ensure that we broaden our understanding of marijuana, not limit it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentlelady from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. universities are already allowed to do research on marijuana as long as they follow d.e.a. and other safety guidelines. the problem with inserting section 316 is it takes away
those safeguards so i would say that there should be no concern that my amendment will stop research in universities. in fact, universities are allowed to do it now and will continue to do it even if my amendment passes. it just is the case that right now there are safeguards. there have to be safeguards around a schedule one drug and if this bill without my amendment is passed, the safeguards will be gone and that is the problem. and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona reserves. the gentlelady from -- the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: there are no further speakers on this issue so -- does the gentlelady have the ability to close? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has yielded her time.
the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i oppose the amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut yields. pursuant to house resolution 555, the previous question is ordered on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from arizona. the question is on the amendment. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to. mrs. lesko: mr. speaker, i call for a roll call vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-a of house resolution -- 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.
the speaker pro tempore: it is now in order to consider amendment number 36 printed in part b of house report 117-109. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? ms. ocasio-cortez: i have an amendment at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 36 printed in part b of house report 117-109 offered by ms. ocasio-cortez of new york. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 555 the gentlelady from new york, ms. ocasio-cortez, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the
gentlelady from new york. court court -- ms. ocasio-cortez: thank you, mr. chair. i present this amendment at the desk today because for a very long period of time, the united states has and continued to uphold obsolete and old provisions from the war on drugs. this provision specifically has for a very long period of time prevented and acted as a barricade to federal research on certain substances such as mdn -- mdma and marijuana, in allowing us to research the applications and potential therapeutic applications of these drugs in the treatment of diseases such as ptsd, addiction and depression. we are long overdue in a moment of reckoning to make sure we not only rectify the harms of the past but allow us to research the potential medicinal applications of these substances and the first step in doing that is ending and
take down some of these old provisional barriers to research. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> mr. speaker, i claim time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. >> i rise in opposition to the amendment. we all know mental health is a major problem in our country. according to the national institutes of health, approximately 50 million americans from all walks of life suffer from a mental health issue. one such population extremely close to my heart are veterans. with around 20 veteran and service member suicides per day , i consider one death to be too many. mr. bergman: the amendment before us, however, is trying to solve a problem that frankly
just doesn't exist. there is plenty of research already being conducted featuring the use of schedule one drugs to treat mental illness and addiction. the amendment will do nothing to change this, despite its claims to the contrary. what the amendment will actually do is repeal an existing provision that limits the use of funds to promote legalization of schedule one drugs. the amendment also repeals a provision that specifically allows federal funds to be used to research the therapeutic uses of these substances. the stated purpose of this amendment, which is to support this research on behalf of those who suffer from critical diseases, is contradictory to the actual effect. therefore, because of the disingenuous nature and intent of this amendment, i urge my colleagues to oppose it and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve?
the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. ocasio-cortez: briefly, i think one of the things that's important to -- before i recognize my colleague, to acknowledge is that to have such a broad and vague provision in what qualifies as promotion, it includes research and one could argue primarily effects scientific research to prevent us from actually had having the evidence -- actually having the evidence, to assess these substances for what they are. and currently much of the research that's being conducted right now is reliant on private funding or the stigma associated and fear and the chilling effect associated with having these provisions on the books. which are largely unnecessary, prevents such critical research from being funded. i would also like to i would like to yield two minutes to my colleague, representative correa of california. mr. correa: i also rise in strong support of this measure
and i also have the veterans very near and dear to my heart. 15 years ago i started my quest to help veterans deal with those invisible wounds that they bring back from the battlefield. ptsd and other mental issues that they bring back with them and carry with them on a day-to-day basis. as the chair of the california veterans affairs committee, i held hearings. i kept getting veterans saying, we prefer cannabis to opioid medication. we want the v.a. to give us cannabis we don't want opioid. -- opioids. i soon discovered there was no medical research anywhere to determine what cannabis was good for and what it was not good for. today as a member of congress i have attempted to pass legislation year and year mandating that the v.a. do
research, conduct reserge into the medical benefits of cannabis. and we scored zero. this amendment is simple. it's about saying, let's do medical research into the benefits of cannabis and other drugs that our veterans are taking. that they say are good for them. let's not take away from our veterans the ability to have the medications they prefer. i strongly support this measure. let'sdoyt for our veterans. let's do it for their welfare. let's do it for scientific research. please support this measure. with that, i yield. ms. ocasio-cortez: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. >> thank you. i appreciate the passion and the articulate response of my colleague. i've had the honor to serve with them and we agree on the
vulnerability of veterans. in fact, a year-plus ago when we tried to move the improve act through the veterans affairs committee and to try to look at different ways to provide opportunities to bring veterans into the v.a. health care system, so we could identify them and treat their addiction, and it wasn't about necessarily the research of the product, it was ea -- it was the research of the veteran as a whole. the veterans' vulnerability. mr. bergman: it's painful in the committee setting to have the improve act disapproved at the time when at the same time that same committee authorized equien therapy. as dr. phil rowe said at the time, this is a first for the veterans affairs committee, we
aren't allowing people to treat veterans but we are allowing thors treat veterans. the point is, we are looking to do something here via this amendment that does not solve an existing problem. we need to have the outreach, the research, but we also need to have the human side to make sure that we connect all the dots for the betterment of the veterans' mental health with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. ocasio-cortez: with acknowledgment of that point, many of vus a shared outcome, a shared goal here, to help people who are hurting. right now more than 40,000 people die in the united states of opioid overdoses annually. and at least one in two ptsd patients cannot tolerate or do not respond adequately to existing treatment. we have promising indications
that certain drugs that are frankly unjustly in my opinion, placed on the schedule 1 list have promising outcomes for people suffering from ptsd including our veterans. we have to have the research in order to develop these holistic, whole-person treatments that research deserves to be in the realm of the public that research deserves to be eligible for public funding. and a blanket, vague ban born out of fear and paranoia of the war on drugs should not be edefining the limits of our ability to act responsibly today. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. bergman: the amendment before us as it has been presented is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist as
stated. there is ample research already being conducted featuring the use of schedule 1 drugs to treat mental illness and addiction. the amendment as presented will do nothing to change this, despite the claims to the contrary. and i urge my colleagues to not support, or said a different way, to oppose the amendment. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. ocasio cortes -- ms. ocasio-cortez: to that point, this problem does exist. much of the research being conducted today relies on private funding. we cannot allow just for that to be limited in its scope. if we only allow corporations, or if we only allow well-moneyed interests, and wealthy
interests, to have a monopoly on the ability to research these drugs we are not acting and really fully using the resources of the public to determine the full benefits that could be possible. thank you, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. bergman: mr. speaker, as a veteran who served the country for 40-plus years in uniform, the bond we have as veterans goes deeper than anyone could imagine. the worst thing that can happen as has happened in my family is to have a loved one and a veteran take their own life. i have decades, unfortunately, of family experience in this. and because of that, my passion for stating opposition to this amendment goes unabated
with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back. pursuant to house resolution 555, the previous question is ordered on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from new york. the question is on the amendment. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: without objection -- pursuant to section 3 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 gentlelady from connecticut seek
recognition? ms. delauro: pursuant to house resolution 555, i offer amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the amendments. the clerk will designate the amendment en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 5 consisting of amendments numbered 110, 111, 112, 113, 116, 120, 125, 126, 128, 129, 131, 140, 142, 144, 151, 155, 158, 160, 162, 164, 165, 166, 169, 174, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 183, 184, 186, 187, 188,
189, 190, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 19 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 209, 223, 224, 225, 227, and 228 printed in part b of house report 117-109, offered by ms. delauro of connecticut. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 555, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. delauro, and the gentleman from idaho, mr. simpson, each will control 15 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i ask unanimous consent that the amendments numbered 129 and 205 printed in part b of house report 117-109
be modified in the form i have placed at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the modifications. the clerk: modification offered by ms. delauro of connecticut. amendment number 129 printed in part b of house report 117-109 is modifies to read as follows. page 408, line 7, after the first dollar amount insert increased by $6,250,000. page 449, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert reduced by $6,250,000. page 452, line five, after the dollar amount, insert, reduced by $6,250,000. amendment 205, printed in part b of house report 117-109, is modified to read as physical lows. page 908, line 6, after the first dollar amount, insert reduced by $2 million. page 908, line 15, after the
first dollar amount, insert, reduced by $2le. major -- by $2 million. page 943, line 6, after the first dollar amount insert, increased by $2 million. page 951 line 8, after the first dollar amount insert, increased by $2 million. page 9 58, line 5, after the first dollar amount insert increased by $1 million. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection? without objection, the amendments are modified. ms. delauro: with that, i'm proud to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, the speaker of the house, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. the speaker: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlewoman from connecticut for yielding. in all of her visiter owe sew presentation of the legislation for the people.
thank you, madam chair, for the mastery of the subject matter, for the strategic plan that you have to bring it to the floor for your collaboration with your subcommittee chairs as well as the chairs of the committees of authorization. congratulations and thank you. thank you, thank you. for the children. this package puts working families first. it does so by prioritizing job, laying the foundation to create thousands, hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, including by rebuilding the infrastructure, including surface transportation and water infrastructure, to get the lead out. by advancing the clean energy economy of the future and launching work force training for the 21st century. and it puts working families first by investing in our children, again and again, when people ask me what are the three
most important issues facing the congress, i always say the same thing. our children, our children, our children. their health, their education, the economic security of their families, a clean, safe environment in which they can thrive, a world at peace in which they can reach their fulfillment. this legislation addresses many of these priorities. children's health is protected with child health initiatives including snap and w.i.c. serving tens of millions of hungry kids. i remember when the stories were written about the first community health centers, the person who was the leader in all of that was spending some health money on food. and the federal government said, that's supposed to be for preprescription drug, not for food. and he responded, food is what makes our children healthy. so thank you for the nutrition sections in here.
the health of families is also protected by support for public health initiatives for maternal and child health as well as research to fight future pandemics, to head off future pandemics. our children's education is advanced by ensuring that k-12 schools have resources they need including with mys toric investments in title i and higher education with investments in pell grants and other financial assistance funding for minority-serving institutions. our hbcu's, our hispanic serving institutions, our institutions that help our native americans -- native american institutions of higher learning. i think it's important to note and i thank you for recognizing this, madam chair that when we talk about the investments that we make in an appropriations bilker it's important to note that this is not an increase -- this is -- in an appropriations bill, it's important to note that this is not increasing the
national debt. nothing brings more money to the treasury than education of the american people. k-12, higher ed, lifetime learning for workers, nothing brings more money so thank you for this fiscally responsible initiative. in in terms of economic security for our children, these bills make strong investments in rental, homeowner, other housing initialtives, including for low-income households and in combating homelessness and they address economic disparities facing sfeams. -- families. indeed, this appropriation package puts justice and equity front and center. we're proud of its provisions to combat injustice in demick opportunities, pollution and the environment, health and more. the package is about our children's future in another respect. it confronts the climate crisis by expanding environmental enforcement efforts, creating a
civil conservation -- climate corps and launching a renewed focus on protecting our cherished scenic places and expanding local parks in communities across the country for our families to enjoy. it sets us on a course for an affordable, secure, clean energy future by investing over $14 billion in clean energy and science which will also create thousands of green jobs. and also, so importantly this package honors our responsibility to our veterans, their families and their caregivers. these bills contain robust funding for veterans' health care, including women's health, women veterans health, mental health and home stness assistance. -- homelessness assistance -- assistance. it will help veterans transition to civilian life with economic opportunities worthy of their service. we always say we owe so much to our men and women in uniform
and to our veterans. we owe them so much, to meet their needs. but we also owe them a debt of gratitude by building a future worthy of their sacrifice. and they will rebuild -- they'll also build vital military infrastructure, including military housing, child care centers and v.a. facilities. this week as we advance these appropriations bills, congress will continue our work to advance infrastructure and budget and reconciliation bills that meet the needs of the american people. separate from the appropriations bills. in all that we do, democrats are for the people, building back better, by investing in america with jobs, opportunity and progress. -- progress for families. with that, i urge a strong vote for this important and impactful appropriations bill of which the congress and the country can all be proud. with great gratitude to madam chair, rosa delauro, for her
leadership and all the members of her team. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: i yield to the gentleman from oklahoma for unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to include the text of the amendment in the record immediately prior to the vote on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: i take this time to yield to the gentleman from texas two minutes, for mr. jackson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. jackson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of my amendment to h.r. 4502, which would block the i.r.s. from targeting people or groups based on their political beliefs. unelected bureaucrats in the i.r.s. have a history of weaponizing their power to go after conservatives. you may recall the scandal that happened during the obama-biden
administration. in that case the i.r.s. targeted conservative groups to increased and unnecessary scrutiny, effectively trying to silence their political beliefs. now as president joe biden has made it clear that his administration will weaponize big tech to go after conservatives too. there's a trend here and congress must act. people and organizations should not be silenced because of their political beliefs. if it can happen to conservatives, it can happen to liberals too. so every member of this body has a duty to protect their constituents from potential i.r.s. abuse. my amendment would help make sure things like the lois learner scandal never happen again at the -- lerner scandal never happen again at the i.r.s. i ask my colleagues to join me in voting for this commonsense amendment. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield myself 45 seconds. the en bloc amendment includes a number of proposals offered by members on both sides of the
aisle. it includes amendments offered by democrats and republicans. several offered joint byly -- jointly by members of both parties on which the vast majority of this body can agree. i urge support for this bipartisan en bloc and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: it's now my pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from puerto rico, miss gonzalez-colon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss gonzalez-colon: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in support of my amendment which seeks to provide an additional $650,000 to the u.s. geological survey, to update the model for puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. the corresponding offset will come from a small portion of the increased transition, the geological survey fleet, which falls under the same account. the models describes the
potential impacts of earthquakes nationwide and serves as the basis for systemic provisions in building codes. while the u.s. geological survey office last updated the model for the 48 states in 2018, it has not updated the models for alaska since 2007, for hawaii since 1998, and for puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands since 2003. the u.s. geological survey has begun updating the models for alaska and hawaii, which will be released with the next update of the national model in 2023. unfortunately there's not enough time to update the models for puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands and that's the reason this amendment will provide the initial funds needed to permit the u.s. geological survey to complete
puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands' update within three years, by 2024. in puerto rico we know firsthand the impact of -- that earthquakes can have. as we saw it last year in the southern part of the island, most of the schools were destroyed, as well as infrastructure. and updating the model is therefore urgent and crucial to saving lives and ensuring that we'd have the necessary tools to prepare for future events. that's the reason i urge my colleagues to support the amendment. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. advantage lynn -- mr. langevin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. langevin: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. chairman, i rise in strong
support of the en bloc package, which includes my amendment, langevin number 129, to the financial services and general government division. i'd like to begin by thanking chairman quigley of that subcommittee for his support of the amendment and my good friend and fellow cyberspace commissioner, congressman mike gallagher, for co-sponsoring the amendment. mr. chairman, this is a simple amendment. it increases funding for the office of the national cyber director to $25 million, the full amount recommended by the cyber space commission which was created in last year's ndaa, and its charge was to create an overarching strategy to better protect the united states against cyber attacks of significant consequence. creating the position of the national cyber director has been a passion of mine for more than a decade. it finally happened last year and i have long argued that we
need a head coach to coordinate all of the various cyber players in the federal government, and the n.c.d. does just that. chris inglis, who started earlier this month, is the nation's first senate confirmed national cyber director and he's exactly the right person to ensure that we effectively implement a national cyber strategy to protect us from the ever-growing threats that we face in cyberspace. but, mr. chairman, he can't do his job without an office to support him. so this amendment will ensure that director inglis has the staff he needs to fulfill his statutory obligations, to review agency cyber budgets, lead the development of cybersecurity policy, and coordinate instant response. so i appreciate, again, the support of chairman quigley, and the overall appropriations committee, led by congresswoman rosa delauro. this is an important amendment. i urge my colleagues to support
the en bloc amendment and the underlying bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from hawaii, mr. kahele. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. kahele: aloha, mr. speaker. first, thank you to appropriations chair delauro and ranking member granger for their leadership in bringing these appropriations bills to the floor. i rise before you today to speak on behalf of my bipartisan amendment, co-led by representatives ferguson, davis, fitzpatrick and bergman. for the last 10 years, some foreign airlines have sought to undermine international standards and the rights of u.s. workers and erode the competitiveness of our u.s. domestic airlines. these foreign airlines are unfairly using a typical
business practice -- atip cat business practices to reg-- atypical business practices to find countries with more permissive legal, regulatory, labor and safety standards which creates a serious disadvantage for our u.s. workers and carriers, as well as undermines the safety standards the u.s. has worked so hard to cultivate. commercial aviation contributes over 5% to the u.s. g.d.p. and supports hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs. my bipartisan amendment seeks to prevent flags of convenience airlines from undercutting u.s. jobs by ensuring that no federal funds can be used to approve a new foreign air carrier permit, unless certain conditions are met. including evaluating if it is in the best public interest. this commonsense amendment, mr. speaker, will enable the department of transportation to
prevent foreign airlines that use atypical or flags of convenience business models from flying to and from the united states, which will support american jobs, american workers and the u.s. airline industry. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. speier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. speier speier mr. speaker, thank you -- speier speier mr. speaker, thank you -- speier speier -- speier speier -- ms. speier: mr. speaker, thank you. i rise in support of my amendment which highlights the defense department's abject failure to maintain its barracks and the need for a $15 billion investment. you know, our associates in the
department and the generals all talk about how important it is to take care of the whole service member. and i always say, when the service member serves, so does his or her family. now, we know by their own admission that there are 135 child care centers that are in either poor or failing conditions. and we have more than 9,000 families with children on waiting lists in the military. but having all that knowledge, you would think that they would elevate this issue. but only one child care center has been considered in their budget request. 135 that are poor or failing and they chose to only fund one. and while the army announced with great fanfare some time ago a $10 billion 10-year
probably to replace substandard barracks, that would require $1 billion a year in which they would invest in barracks. but they have only committed and requested $262 million. clearly not on track to complete this $10 billion project over 10 years. i thank the appropriations committee for adding $300 million for barracks and child care centers over the department's request, but this does not excuse the military from its responsibility. talk is cheap. . i call on the departments to do a better job. i urge my colleagues to include $15 billion for quality of life matters for our families in the forth coming reconciliation package. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized.
mr. simpson: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. delauro: i recognize the gentlelady from washington. ism the gentlelady is recognized. >> wildfires in washington state have been increasing in intensity and scale and our state and local fire departments are being called to respond like never before. the last year, the county in my district worked with a neighboring district to put out a fire. and both counties joined forces and prevented tremendous damage to stop the fire and only one county received federal reimbursement money. the other one is left destitute having blown out their bug. so my fourteenth amendment
ensures that small municipalities can get federal reimbursement funds after fighting wildfires regarding where the county lines are and provide recommendations on interreimbursement challenges like this one and provide calculator. as we face catastrophic wildfire seasons each year, stepping up the help shall be encouraged and dollars would do just that. this is a commonsense fourteenth amendment and i urge my colleagues to support its adoption. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has one more fourteenth amendment to speak on. >> for months, exporters have struggled to get their crops overseas because they are taking empty containers.
and this is threatening trade relationships across the specific. these large corporations control transportation and exporters have no power. my fourteenth amendment directs the federal maritime commission to direct exporters and importers and without the need to hire lawyers getting u.s. goods to market can affect the growing season for farmers and for produce i.r.s. and this issue affects and the lack ofping shipping containing availability and more support to assure their goods in time. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized. the gentleman reserves haven't the gentlelady from connecticut
is recognized. ms. delauro: we have no more speakers on my side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho. mr. simpson: i encourage my colleagues to vote for it and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i support the fourteenth amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. pursuant to house resolution 55, the previous question is ordered offered by the gentlelady from connecticut. the question is on the amendments en bloc as modified.
those in favor say aye those opposed say no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: request the yeas and nays pursuant to section 3 of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further questions on this postponed. for what purpose does gentlelady seek recognition? ms. delauro: i offer amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 6, 114, 14124, 130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 143, 149, 157, 163, 170,
175, 181, 182, 207, 208, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 2316, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, and 226 printed in house report offered by ms. delauro of connecticut. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut and the gentleman from idaho, mr. simpson, each will control 15 minutes. ms. delauro: i yield myself. the en bloc amendments includes a number of proposals. it reflects our shared values of investing in the american people to create good paying jobs and grow opportunity and provide a
lifeline to the vul nearly. i urge my colleagues to support the proposals contained in this fourteenth amendment and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho. the gentleman from idaho is reserving. the gentlelady from connecticut. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to mr. blumenauer for two minutes. plawr plawr i appreciate the gentlelady's courtesy. it has adopted and proposal that i had to fully fund the 1.7 million in re-occurring annual appropriations to meet ongoing along the columbia river. these are areas that have been fished by native people but with
the construction of the dam projects they were out. there was an octobers to deal with these sites some of which are dealing with year-round housing and the conditions are appalling in terms of lack of sanitation and not prosecutor like that, sewers or water. i am pleased that we are starting to address this opportunity to be able to do right by these native people. it is an rockets long overdue and these are conditions that one does not expect to see in the united states. these are people who have fished in this area for generations and deserve to have the federal government meet its long overdue rocketses. i appreciate the committee putting my fourteenth amendment in the en bloc and i hope we
move forward to square accounts with native people in these historic sites. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield to the gentlewoman from washington, ms. ms. strickland: thank you, for your hard work or appropriations. this is an opportunity for me to speak on my fourteenth amendment concerning the toxic chemical from tires, tires, cars and trucks and vehicles that has a chemical that is killing salmon. thanks to the combined washington state university and university of washington university research team for
their work. late last year, a toxic chemical rinse off-road ways and into streams when it rains. salmon are specific and emfor our native american tribes. david trout from a tribe has said, quote, in 1987, we were fishing 105 days a year. as of 2015, that number has been reduced to eight days a year and if the co hmp o population will delay will disconnecting the place. it is time for us to have research. by supporting this fourteenth amendment, we are sending a
message that congress is sending a message. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from you i had ohio reserves. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. omar: i interviewed four amendments. it would allow the federal government to have new the well-being of american families in a way that our current g.d.p. measure does not. the second fourteenth amendment is challenges by the federal government and better facilitate for these lifelines.
my fourteenth amendment makes sure the federal government is helping manufactured housing communities cope with the pandemic. and the n.e.a. prioritized grants or projects such as the projects within the george floyd memorial site in minneapolis. thank you forl including these amendments that will help my district and many more. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. mr. simpson: i reserve. ms. delauro: i yield one minute to the gentleman from one minute to the majority leader and thank you for his kind remarks and his presentation. thank you. mr. hoyer: i repeat my
admiration for the chair and the work she has done and the staff. i might say that the ranking member who is speaking on this bill is a, a dear friend of mine and very frankly, ar gentleman who has added real quality to this institution and college atlanta. mr. simpson, i appreciate your service in the house of representatives. you are my friend and great member of the house of representatives. the fourteenth amendment that i have offered is a result of my sponsorship of high america vote act in which i created a program that we called the help america vote act. however, when we got to the write-up of the bill, bob may who was the chairman and i was the ranking member suggest the
we use that phrase. the help america vote act was a program which would encourage colleges to have programs nor their students so they would work on election day on polling places. no generation know these electronic devices for voting than the younger generation and my thought is we ought to encourage young people and how america runs its elections. so that's what i'm trying to do here and i have been couraging and appropriated money in the past forever this program and i thank mr. quigley who is not on the floor but for his leadership and i want to thank him and the rest of the subcommittee members to ensure that it contains robust funding.
bob ney worked on that and got limited powers but it is very important ally of local this funding is critical do secure the elections of the american people and take $4 million and help the college poll worker program. and a time when it is under stress and the realities of the pandemic, we need to recruit more americans to volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers. any of us go to the polls and we sigh an aging cadre of poll workers and this would add a
real component to the volunteers that are available to our local election boards. i know my election board -- wife a tough time recruiting. you are there 14, 15 hour days, not days, day, and not necessarily the most dplam rouse job in the world. they have much to teach younger americans about how best to staff poling -- polling places and oversee ballot counting with covid-19 many have taken a step back and are looking to train the next generation in these skills. the college worker program is a critical tool, in my view, in helping communities bring more young americans into this public service. and very frankly i expect them to go to their dorm or their neighborhood with their peers and say, hey, i'm going to work the polls, you ought to come
down to see me. that would be a way to encourage younger people to get out and vote. as poll workers, young americans will bring their energy, their enthusiasm and technology know-how to help our elections run smoothly. and will also instill a love of democracy and of voting in a new generation of americans. who will see firsthand -- i'm a big proponent of in-person voting, i'm a big proponent of mail-in ballots as well, but i think going to the polls, seeing others there, seeing them exercise their democratic franchise, is an exciting and, frankly, enriching experience. last year i remember colleges throughout the university of maryland's system to encourage students to sign up as poll workers and to have programs which may be either half a credit or a part of a democracy course or history course or some sort of social studies course saying this is how we technically run elections.
not partisan, this is how we just do it technically. how mike simpson, steny hoyer, rosa delauro actually vote on election day. we don't know exactly how many more students volunteered in 2020 because there isn't funding for tracking that data and coordinating these efforts. so my concept is a college may get a $20,000 grant to run a program for students on how to run an election. it may be three hours in one week or something. not a long course. but this program -- but with this program, more college students will get the opportunity to learn how to get involved so they can step up and make our democracy stronger for years to come. i want to thank mr. quigley, chair delauro and ranking member simpson for their help in this effort. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from idaho is
recognized. mr. simpson: -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized -- reserves. the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the gentlelady from connecticut . and mention the amendments i have in en bloc number 6. and i'll focus on a few of them. i have amendment number 157, number 216, 220, 219, 218, 217. amendments that i think will make the legislation better. but also help the american people and certainly focus on issues that are impacting my district, but these are universal matters that should be addressed. my amendment decrease -- increases and decreases funding for the environmental programs
and management by $5 million. to highlight the need to support culturally competent federal, state and local public health and environmental protection efforts to address cancer clusters impacting overburdened communities in the gulf coast region. that includes fifth ward and cashmere gardens, among others, in the northeast part of houston, who have suffered because of creosote contamination, superfunds, railroads who have contaminated the soil, and have seen the seismic increase of cancer among families. going through generations i have met these families and they've had mothers, fathers, children, the grandchildren have cancer and die of cancer. so this is an important legislative amendment for me. amendment number 216, very quickly, deals with the reckless utilization of federal dollars by the texas department of transportation. we have by our community filed
106 complaints against them and this amendment indicates that you cannot put in place a transportation project that has not been determined to meet the statutory and if i douche year obligations of the national -- if i doucheary obligations of the -- fiduciary obligations. we provide focus on motorcycle, urban bicycle and pedestrian safety. that is a challenge in the state of texas and we have had a lot of injuries because of the lack of sensitivity to that question. in addition -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: additional 30 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: we have a housing anticipated and other amendments that are very important to this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from california now controls the time. the gentleman from idaho reserves.
the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. anthony davis thank you, mr. speaker. i thank -- mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the rules and appropriations committee for bringing my amendment to the floor. my amendment increases funding for the national institute of food and agriculture, life and research and education activities account by $2 million, by decreasing the agriculture building and facilities account. i'm pleased that my colleague, bobby rush, co-leads this amendment with me. the goal of the amendment is to increase funding for the multicultural scholars program designed to increase the diversity of the food and agriculture, scientific and professional work force. currently the multicultural scholars program received only about $945,000 a year. this level of funding is
critically low, given the current racial ethnicity gaps in food and agriculture sciences and given the fact that communities of color were disproportionately harmed by the dual economic and health crisis in our country. for example, even though people of color represent nearly 1/4 of the u.s. population, farmers of color comprise less than 4% of owner operators. similarly, about 75% of registered dietitians and nutritionists are white. in contrast, only 4% of dietitians identify as asian, 3.3% as latin -- latinx, 2.5% identify as black, 1% identify as native/hawaiian pacific islander and 0.6% identify as american indian or native
alaskan. my amendment is an important step to increasing grants to low income minority students who attend colonels and universities that serve high percentages of individuals. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. davis: i thank the chairman for the opportunity to present, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california reserves. the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. speier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. speier: mr. speaker, thank you. and to my good friend and colleague from california, the chair, i thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of this amendment. this would increase the funding for the san francisco bay restoration from $25 million to $30 million. a small sum in the scheme of things, but huge in terms of
its impact. over the last 200 years, 90% of the san francisco bay westlands have disappeared. if we don't act now, the damage will be irreversible by 2030. san francisco bay estuary is the largest estuary west of the mississippi and yet it has been shortchanged in terms of resources. between 2008 and 2016, the environmental protection agency invested only $45 million in san francisco bay. conversely, pugeet sound received -- puget sound seen $260 million and chesapeake bay, $490 million. so as you can see, it has been shortchanged. and the funding wouldn't just benefit san francisco, the bay supports four million jobs, supplying drinking water for 25 million people and provides irrigation for about 1/2 the nation's fruit and vegetable
production. so it is critical to all of us. we must invest now to save this ecological treasure. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentlelady from california reserves. the gentleman from idaho reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i'm ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california reserves. the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: we have no further speakers. >> i have no further speakers. mr. simpson: then i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho yields back. the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i urge my colleagues to support this important proposal contained in this amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california yields back. pursuant to house resolution 555, the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentlelady from connecticut. the question is on the amendments en bloc. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are -- mr. simpson: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized. mr. simpson: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the question are postponed. pursuant to clause 1-c of rule 19, further consideration of h.r. 4502 is postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.
>> i was electrocuted again and again and again. with a taser. i'm sure i was screaming but i don't think i could even hear my own voice. my body camera captured the violence of the crowd directed toward me during those very frightening moments. it's an important part of the record for this committee's investigation, for the country's understanding of how i was assaulted and nearly killed as the mob attacked the capitol that day. and i hope that everyone will be able to watch it, the portions of the video i've seen remain extremely painful for me
to watch at times. but it is essential that everyone understands what really happened that tragic day. during those moments, i remember thinking there was a very good chance i would be torn apart or shot to death with my own weapon. i thought of my four daughters who might lose their dad. i remain grateful that no member of congress had to go through the violence -- violent assault that i experienced that day. during the assault i thought about using my firearm on my attackers but i knew that if i did, i would be quickly overwhelmed. and that in their minds would provide them with the justification for killing me. so i instead decided to appeal to any humanity they might have. i said as loud as i could manage, i've got kids. thankfully some in the crowd stepped in and assisted me. those few individuals protected me from a crowd and inched me
toward the capitol until my fellow officers could rescue me. i was carried back inside. what happened afterwards is much less vivid. i had been beaten unconscious and remained so for more than four minutes. i know that jimmy helped to evacuate me from the building and drove me toed me star washington hospital center, despite suffering significant injuries himself. at the hospital, doctors told me that i had suffered a heart attack and i was later diagnosed with a concussion, a traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. as my physical injuries gradually subsided and the adrenaline that had stayed with me for weeks waned, i'd been left with the psychological trauma and the emotional anxiety of something survived such a horrific event. in my -- and my children continue to deal with the trauma of nearly losing their dad that day. what makes the struggle harder
and more painful is to know so many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people i put my life at risk to defend, are downplaying or outright denying what happened. i feel like i went to hell and back to protect them and the people in this room, but too many are now telling me that hell doesn't exist. or that hell actually wasn't that bad. the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful. my law enforcement career prepared me to cope with some of the aspects of this experience. being an officer, you know your life sat risk whenever you walk out the door. even if you don't expect otherwise law-abiding citizens to take up arms against you. but nothing truly -- being now, truly nothing, has prepare --
nothing, truly nothing, has prepared me to address the elected members of our government who continue to deny the events of that day. and in doing so betray their oath of office. >> u.s. capitol police, along with the washington, d.c., police officers who responded to the january 6 attack on the capitol talked today about their experience defending congress that day. via the house select committee's first hearing vectoring the attack. you can watch that hearing tonight starting at kl eastern on c-span2. -- 8:00 eastern on c-span2.