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grandchildren, they're not good at keeping their masks on. mr. dickson: senator, i can't speak to public health in particular, but obviously we all want to get through the effects of the covid pandemic, and we certainly support what the public health authorities have put in place in terms of a combination of mitigations. but that's not an f.a.a. requirement. really the important thing to me is aviation safety and making sure that passengers on commercial aircraft follow crew members' instructions. if those requirements were in there, whether f.a.a. requirement are or not, in this case not, whether companies policies or federal requirements, passengers need to comply with them. announcer: you can continue to watch this on our website at c-span. org. or on the c-span now video app. right now we take you live to
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the house of representatives as part of our more than 40-year commitment to live coverage of congress p. today the house is working on bills to support protesters in kuba and workplace age discrimination. this is live coverage on c-span. chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. creator god, open our eyes to the gift that you have laid before us this day. show us early with an awareness of your unfailing love that throughout the day we would know the satisfaction of happiness found only in you and the content of joy that we have in your love for us. at every moment, bring us
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evidence of your loving kindness. at every turn, cause us to know what way you would have us walk. at every encounter, give us the word you would have us speak. for we put our trust in you. when all else around us proves fleeting, be our constant. when disappointments erode our sense of certainty, may our faith in you be sure. when we weary from our labor, may we find strength in the foundation you have laid for our days. and when we are inclined to doubt, may our reverence of you fill us with the joy of your salvation. in your mercy, may we receive today a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. hear now our gratitude for the daily favor you show us as we offer our prayers in your most holy name.
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amen. the speaker: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas. mr. pappas: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. cohen: to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: thank you, madam speaker. the house continues to pursue the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the build back better build. there will be a rules committee meeting today on those bills. hopefully they'll come to the floor and they'll pass with bipartisan support. as the infrastructure bill was
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passed with bipartisan support in the senate. the house has been working to get the framework improved to include other issues. there are so many good issues that we can in this bill, and we hope to have the maximum possible. but as baker once said and my father implored me as a child, look at the doughnut and not at the hole. we will pass a very good bill, hopefully bipartisan. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from -- the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> madam speaker, i rise to ask unanimous consent to address utt house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. joyce: madam speaker, as congress debates spending trillions of taxpayer dollars, there is a crisis on our southern border that is being ignored.
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in the past year, our border patrol agents have made almost 1.5 million apprehensions and yet we're still seeing there is a massive surge in illegal immigration. the rise in overdose deaths that our country has seen can be directly tied to the increase in fentanyl that is being smuggled into the united states through mexico. now at the height of the crisis, we're seeing reports that the biden administration wants to pay settlements to immigrants who enter our country illegally. this is unacceptable. now is the time to secure our border and stop the security and humanitarian crisis that this policy has created. right now congress should be working to address the real and present danger at our southern border. not debating yet another socialist spending sfree. thank you and -- spending spree. thank you and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? mrs. beatty: i ask unanimous consent to speak to the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. beatty: on behalf of the congressional black caucus and millions of black voters, i rise today in support of h.r. 4, the john r. lewis voting rights advancement act. today we step into history as we thread the same path taken 56 years ago when president lyndon johnson signed the voting rights act into law, calling that day a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on the battle field. we have not come this far to turn the clock back. nor shall we let the sacrifices of fannie lou hamer, martin
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luther king, and countless others who marched, fought, disrupted, and lost their lives for the right to vote to be in vain. therefore, i ask all of my colleagues to support h.r. 4, the john r. lewis voting rights advancement act. and as our friend and brother, the late john lewis, said so well, the time is right, the time is now, our power, our message. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. williams: madam speaker, president biden looks to call his phony tax and spend plan build back better when it should be called build back broke. it broke last night and it's breaking this week. this plan is a disaster for americans and the future of our small businesses. the national federation of
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independent business recently reported that over 2/3 of small businesses faces significant impact from the supply chain disruptions. 51% of owners reported they are still unable to find job openings and uncertainty about the future among small business owners increased by five points, including the nfib uncertainty index. american small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges and, unfortunately, washington bureaucrats are turning their backs on their concerns and pushing ahead to increase taxes, rising inflation, and expanded government control. i came to washington to fight for main street america. that's what i am. and every americans should know these closed door negotiations and socialist policies is fiscal insanity and will hurt our country. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? mr. pappas: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to pay tribute to the life and service of new hampshire state police staff sergeant jesse sherrill. he was tragically killed on october 28 when his kroouzer was -- cruiser was truck by a tractor-trailer. this is an immeasurable loss for his family, the entire state of new hampshire. today we'll pause for a celebration of life for staff sergeant sherrill. my prayers are with his family. we must not forget him. my thoughts are with the new hampshire state police and the law enforcement community who lost one of their own. day in and day out, they risk their own safety for all of us. we can never forget their sacrifice. i urge granite staters to take time to reflect on the life of staff sergeant sherrill and keep his family in your thoughts and
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prayers. through this tragedy, we must honor his example and keep his memory alive. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i request leave to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today in recognition of st. cloud area school district superintendent willie jet. emil kapaun willie will be retiring his role as superintendent at the end of this school year and eight years in service to the district. during his tenure, willie has been advocate for students, a leader for faculty and ally for parents. when the district experienced challenges, he focused on a student-centric approach to education. willie's leadership prioritized the performance of each student and provided the support they needed to thrive. willie led the st. cloud school district through times of crisis and change. he helped schools rebuild after fires and successfully navigated the covid-19 crisis. willie oversaw the construction of the new st. cloud tech high
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school and an early childhood education center. he even participated in one of our congressional telephone town halls to answer questions about remote learning for families across the st. cloud community. willie remains a friend and leader in our community. his presence in the st. cloud school district will be missed. willie, thank you for all your work and good luck in the next chapter of your life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. higgins: i ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: madam speaker, i rise today in recognition of november as national family caregivers month. nearly 600,000 new yorkers are caregivers for loved ones living with dementia. this is difficult work and it takes an emotional toll that goes often unrecognized. my bill, the xe hencive care for -- comprehensive care for alzheimer's act, would expand
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medicare and medicaid. it broadens assistance, including direct education and support for caregivers and improved access to high-quality doctors with an expertise in dementia. dementia is -- care is very complex. so we need to do all we can to make sure the patients and their families have what they need. i hear regularly from my alzheimer's in buffalo and western new york and throughout new york that much more needs to be done. this bill can help them get the best possible care for their loved ones while providing support to them as caregivers. i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: madam speaker, i ask permission to speak to the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, madam speaker. as biden continues to push the insulting $3.5 trillion big government socialist scheme, real americans will see their
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thanksgiving 2021, quote, shaping up to be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday. sadly reported msnbc. the price of turkey already costs 25 cents more per pound. it's not the only part of the holiday to take a bite of your family account with inflation destroying jobs. nearly every traditional of the thanksgiving dinner, from the disposable aluminum pan, sadly reported "the new york times." democrat elite think they're smarter than anyone and they think democrat voters are ignorant to think $3.5 trillion in spending cost zero dollars. in conclusion, god bless our troops who successfully protected america for 20 years as the global war on terrorism continues moving from afghanistan to america. congratulations to the people of virginia and new jersey and springdale mayor-elect reichert.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today in strong support of the fiscal state of the nation resolution, h.con.res 44, which the house will continue later today. when i came to congress, i promised my constituents that we would make responsible decisions about our nation's fiscal future. ms. bourdeaux: the fiscal state of the nation will require the comptroller general to provide an aual assessment -- an annual assessment, a small but important first step in setting our fiscal house in order. similarly, my bipartisan bill, the duplication scoring act, would ensure members are aware, more bills, potentially duplicating programs in areas which have already been identified by the g.a.o. i urge all members to support passage of the fiscal state of the nation act today and renew our commitment to putting our
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nation on a sustainable fiscal trajectory. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i seek to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. when the coronavirus shut down this country, first responders and health care professionals kept our communities going and safe. the essential services they provide can't be done from behind the computer screen, madam speaker. joe biden's vaccine mandate undermined the preparedness of these people. they are now forced to get the coronavirus vaccine or be fired from their jobs. it's disgusting that the biden administration is threatening these public servants' livelihoods over these issues. our country cannot afford labor shortages in essential services. mr. burchett: look at law enforcement, for example. the defund the police movement continues to embolden criminals and lower morale during the law
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enforcement community. thousands of police officers are facing terminations thanks to biden's vaccine mandate. i guarantee you if you are in danger of -- or a victim of crime, the last thing on your mind will be the vaccination status of the responding officer. congress needs to stand up for these essential workers under attack from joe biden's vaccine mandate. this week i will introduce legislation allowing these workers to decide for themselves on taking the coronavirus the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. burchett: thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i can the congress to pass
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the build back better act and will create a more equity equitable health care system and save lives. one of the greatest ongoing justices in our country is how many people do not have access to affordable health care. that population is overwhelmingly made up of people of color and rural americans. multiple sclerosis kelly: policymakers and medical institutions have not prioritized the health care needs of community of color or communities. the build back before act -- build back better act will create more options and expand benefit phocinors and invest and improve access to mental health and substance abuse disorders and help with gun violence and invest in addressing the black maternal mortality crisis and lowering the cost of prescription drugs. investing in affordable care, preventative care and targeted reductions in violence will result in fewer extreme health
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scenarios and fewer emergency room visits and over time will save us money and reduce the burden on our health care system. health care is a human right. passing the build back better act is a step in the right direction and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my rehashings. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, i rise to recognize one of eastern washington's finest young men. cole, who is a student at washington state university and was recently elected to serve as the next national president of the future farmers of america. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: for cole and his family and the entire community, this is a huge deal. he is from colfax, the county seat of whitman county, the top wheat producing county in america. having him serve as the face of this organization is a tremendous honor.
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the f.f.a. has more than 735,000 members. 37 candidates were considered for the honor of serving as president. only one was selected to lead and that person was cole. cole, i know i speak for our entire community when i say congratulations on this incredible achievement. we could not be more proud and go cougs. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise in support of the inclusion of universal childcare and early education as part of the president's build back better legislative agenda. in massachusetts, a family with two young children spends on average 28% of their income on childcare for one year. the bill back better act will provide universal, high quality free preschool for every 3 and
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4-year-old in america and ensure a four-person massachusetts family making 170,000 pays no more than 7% of their income on high quality child wear, mr. auchincoloss: investing in our children is the best investment our country can massachusetts and with our future in mind we must invest in as many families as soon as possible and will provide a living wage immediately and ensure more families can benefit in year one to pass the build back better act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my rehashings. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized 1. >> madam speaker, this time last year america was energy dependent and now our country is facing a full blown energy crisis leaving the american people to ask what changed? the answer is simple, unlike the
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trump administration, the biden administration is determined to make it more difficult for american energy producers to develop affordable and reliable energy here at home. on his first day in office, joe biden canceled the keystone pipeline. soon after he banned all new oil and gas leasings on federal lands and as a result, americans are paying more at the pump with gas prices reaching a seven-year high and this winter the cost to heat our homes is expected to jump 54%. mr. stauber: as the top republican on mineral resources i see democrats double down on their fail another defenda by pushing a $5.5 trillion tax and spend package that will only increase our energy prices. instead of canceling common sense energy, let's empower american energy workers do what they do best and instead of targeting american energy companies, let's make it easier to increase domestic oil and gas production. if we do this the next century
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can be an american century and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask to address congress for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise in support of the build back better agenda. we have a once in a generation opportunity to make transformational change for women, transformational change for families and communities of color. from affordable childcare, elder care, to raising the pay of care workers and providing universal pre-k to expanding the child tax credit. this agenda will lift women out of poverty, educate our children and lower costs. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. ms. lawrence: because there is so much good in this bill.
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this agenda is about who we are as a country and the values we represent. the build back agenda will build back better for women and families and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my rehashings. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to recognize a group of young women who have made history in a small town in my district. last week the soulen high school girls cross-country team defied the odds at the 3-a iowa state championship and brought home their first girls cross-country title after upsetting last year's champion bollard high school, led by top 10 finishers kayla young and emma bach, every spartan finished in the top 54 in a crowded field earning a total score of 77 points. mrs. miller-meeks:
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congratulations to the team. this is a great achievement for both sullen and the second district and i couldn't be prouder to recognize these young women and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for ron minute. >> thank you, madam speaker, i rise in support of house resolution 605 to honor the life and impact of john h. johnson, though he was born in arkansas, and known for his work in chicago, john's impact isn't limited by geography. in the village of harlem, his work is beloved. he was a trail blazer of african-american media, started his first magazine at 24, gone on to have an internationally acclaimed career in publishing
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with magazines of the like of "ebony" and "jet." mr. espaillat: he is recognized to this very day. johnson said you have to change images before you can change acts and institution. madam speaker, changing acts and institution, you see the impact he had on his community and the world of media cannot be understated and still serves as a role model of perseverance and success this very day, inspiring the next generation of black and brown leaders. november 1 is celebrated in arkansas as john h. johnson day with great pride i rise to support this resolution, for he's also revered and loved in the village of harlem. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
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>> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to congratulate the 2021 world series champions the atlanta braves. after a stunning six-game world series against the houston astros, culminating in a shutout victory last night, the braves brought home the commissioner's trophy for the first time since 1995. i along with millions of georgians and am incredibly proud of this braves team for their unparalleled talent, electric team spirit and unwavering determination. mr. clyde: last night was poetic justice after the commissioner caved to the woke left and stole the all-star game from georgia earlier this year. over georgia's new election law reform that made it easier to vote and harder to cheat, while ill-advised political ploys fade away, world series championships are forever. chop on, atlanta braves. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to celebrate the historic deal reached by the house ways and means committee to include paid family medical leave in the build back better act. for decades, the united states has fallen behind the rest of the world in the support that we provide for working families. without a national paid leave policy, families have been forced to make an impossible choice between caring for their loved ones and putting food on the table. mr. horsford: there are millions of americans like my constituents, tameka henry who lost $200,000 in wages over the course of her lifetime caring for her chronically ill husband. those lost wages mean lost contributions to medicare and social security that push working americans further behind in our economy. this shouldn't be a partisan
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issue. paid leave levels the playing field for our small businesses and lifts up our entire economy. i hope that my republican colleagues will come forward to help us deliver this historic change for the american people. but if they fail, make no mistake, democrats will deliver from our constituents and your own. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. yesterday the supreme court heard oral arguments in the texas heartbeat case. i pray that the justices find wisdom and compassion for defend the rights of the unborn. so many of my constituents were horrified to learn that the f.d.a. was actually purchasing fetal tissue to surgically implant baby skulls into mice.
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thank god president trump defended life and stopped this horrific practice. we opened this session with a prayer to creator god which is the creator of human life which begins at conception. mrs. miller: it is an offense to god and we're bringing the wrath of god upon our nation. i urge lawmakers to repent and change course. every child is made in the image of god and every child is precious. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? without objection the gentlewoman is is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise to recognize the car center in detroit, michigan, as they celebrate 30 years of preserving, presenting, promoting and developing african and african-american culture
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arts and traditions in southeastern michigan. founded in 1991 as the arts league of michigan, the car center has worked to fulfill the mission of bringing artistic excellence by offering a wide array of programming, building upon the anybody play making, the car center is the destination and hub for performing arts in detroit. ms. tlaib: it implemented car center presents and car center contemporary focusing in visual arts and the academy offers in school intensive arts opportunities during the summer. please join me, colleagues, in recognizing the car center's many contributions in southeastern michigan over the past three decades as we wish them well in the years to come. they are a true gem of the michigan's "p.t.i." district. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is is recognized for one minute.
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>> thank you. madam speaker, this thanks giving is expected to be the most expensive in history due to the skyrocketing inflation. americans also are being warned their christmas presents will cost more and might not arrive on time due to the supply chain interruptions. i hope that doesn't happen. : to make matters worse, they are now pushing a made in america texas which will only drive businesses and jobs overseas and further devastate our troubled economy. and there are plenty of signs that our economy is significantly struggling, unfortunately. most recently, the g.d.p. growth decelerated to 2% in the third quarter. this is the slowest growth rate since the start of the pandemic
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era recovery. real disposable personal income also decreased under 5.6% in the third quarter after decreasing a staggering 30.2% in the second quarter. we must reverse course and abandon these irresponsible policies rather than continuing to compound the economic pain. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. langevin: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: madam speaker, i rise today to speak in strong support of president biden's build back better agenda. last november, the american people sent us to washington to create more jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for middle-class families. and we are ready to deliver. the build back better agenda will lower health care costs for families across my district and across the country. cut taxes for more than 35 million working families.
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expand high-quality home care for millions of older americans and americans with disabilities. as the president also returns from the u.n. climate change conference in gas co-we have -- glasgow, we have an opportunity to pass investment to fight climate change and transition to a green economy. we simply don't have time to spare. the american people are counting on us. let's get this done. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. grothman: i'd like unanimous consent to speak for a minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. grothman: i'd like to address the build back better bill. earlier this week, the border patrol announced they found 557 bodies of people who were trying to get in this country last year. that's more than double what it was a year ago. i am shocked that after finding all these bodies either dehydrating in the heat, drowning in the rio grande or falling off the 30-foot-hyphens
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that they are still doing all they can to cause illegal immigration in this country. in particular in this bill, you are still trying to give amnesty to millions of people, which acts as a magnet for people to come here, and you're still trying to give free college tuition to people who come in this country illegally while the middle class in this country, which you apparently don't care for, goes tens of thousands of dollars in debt to get that degree. and all at the time that president biden is apparently negotiating giving families who try to come here illegally $450,000. please, majority party, are give up on this horrible build back better bill, which is just one more effort to change america. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to direct their comments to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek
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recognition? mr. carter: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate and applaud the 2021 world series champions, the atlanta braves. i'm enormously proud of the atlanta braves, their players, their coaches, and especially their fans for their determination and resiliency on a long road to this championship title. the last time the braves won the world series was in 1995, and i can finally say that my atlanta braves are champions once again. with the world series victory, the braves completed one of history's greatest championship turn-arounds. plagued by injuries to their best pitcher and outfielder, the braves had a losing record in august. through much adversity, the braves relied on a number of players and others who helped them to regain the world series title. as braves fans in georgia and
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around the world celebrate, i congratulate this team on a remarkable season. a 2021 world series title and a place in the history books. the city and people of atlanta, the city and people -- the state -- great state of georgia and the great braves nation will be forever grateful for the 2021 atlanta braves for breaking the curse and winning it all. the atlanta braves are the world series champions. go, braves. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. members are reminded to maintain proper decorum while in the chamber. for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? mr. kahele: aloha, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kahele: madam speaker, we face a now or never moment to reverse the severe consequences of the climate crisis.
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our narrow margin to avert catastrophe is shrinking, and right now democrats hold the power to enact aggressive policies to turn that tide. failing to meet the moment in the build back better act is frankly a nonstarter. in my home state of hawaii, the devastating effects of climate change are crystal clear. each year we experience unprecedented flooding which causes landslides, washes out bridges, and creates dam failures, rising sea levels that lead to coastal erosion are visible along every island and warming waters that cause widespread coral bleaching that kill our fish populations and threaten our economy. as we face these challenges, hawaii has been a leader in green energy sources, including geothermal, ocean, solar and hydroenergy. however, while my state can do its part, we need a robust national effort if we want to
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sustain our planet for future generations. madam speaker, the global climate crisis is our greatest national security threat, and i urge all my colleagues to answer the call to action by passing the build back better act. mahalo and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. thompson: madam speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. without objection, jooiz 1. -- the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the national grain and feed association as they celebrate 125 years of supporting every facet of the agricultural value chain. established as one of the first industry-based arbitration systems in north america, ngfa has transformed american farmers' bounties into safe, nutritious, sustainable, and affordable human and animal food. the national grain and feed association is a nonprofit trade association that serves more than 1,000 companies and, 500 -- and 7,500 facilities.
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they continue to advocate of the complete value chain and promote the competitiveness of the united states of america. in order to recognize this great achievement, house agriculture committee david scott and i introduced a resolution celebrating the 125th anniversary, celebrating the efforts of the ngfa to transforming -- in transforming the american farmers' bounty. madam speaker, the national grain and feed association has a long standing history and note right for their continued efforts towards supporting american producers and ensuring their competitiveness in agriculture. with that, i want to say congratulations on 125 years. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam speaker, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on november 3, 2021, at 9:57 a.m. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1510, h.r. 2093. signed sincerely, cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later date. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent
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resolution 44, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 44, concurrent resolution providing for a joint hearing of the committees on the budget of the house of representatives and the senate to receive a presentation from the comptroller general of the united states regarding the audited financial statement of the executive branch. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, and the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i don't have to tell you that these are partisan times. we don't often get to consider something that's supported by both democrats on the rules committee and republicans on the rules committee. not only that, an idea that was
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also recommended by the truly bipartisan select committee on the modernization of the congress. and that is what we have before us with h.con.res 44, the fiscal state of the nation resolution. this measure from congresswoman rice of new york is coming before us at an especially important time, a time that finds us discussing matters like the debt ceiling, government spending, and transportation and reconciliation legislation. it requires the director of the government accountability office to deliver an annual address to a joint hearing of the house and senate budget committees on the financial position and condition of the federal government. members of the media would be able to cover the hearing so the american people or not just the better of congress can better understand -- so that the american people can better understand our fiscal health.
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that way we have more clarity as congress makes spending decisions in the months and years ahead that will impact every single american. a companion measure has already been introduced in the united states senate. since the house alone cannot tell our friends on the other side of the capitol what to do. although i must admit that sometimes i wish we could, madam speaker. there are more than 100 co-sponsors of this resolution, and as i said earlier, the modernization committee has already recommended this concept in their final report of the 116th congress. i think that's because of a simple reason. we all want to make the most informed spending decisions and develop the most sensible ways to combat our debt. but you can't properly address these issues unless you fully understand them. with this resolution, through the work of the house and senate budget committees, we can all better understand the fiscal reality that we face. so don't get me wrong, madam speaker. i'm sure we will still have many debates on this floor about what to do in response.
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i sure as hell would never support anything that punishes the very americans who can least afford it. for example, when we talk about fiscal health, i want us to acknowledge that america's tax code rewards wealth and power at the expense of working families. there has been a dramatic reduction in taxes paid by the very rich in this country over the last 60 years. so when some say all we need to do is cut, cut, cut, i have to say, i get a little confused. i think cutting medicare, privatizing social security and slushing funding for important programs that help working families is an awful idea. instead, i want those at the top to contribute their fair share and pay it forward. so everyone else can access the opportunities and possibilities they get to enjoy. and let me also say, taking on big problems will cost money. but in the long run, the consequences of inaction oftentimes will be more
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expensive. hunger is an issue that i deeply care about. it is estimated to cost americans over $160 billion every year in loss productivity and poor health care outcomes. in contrast, it would cost us just a fraction of that number to completely end you think hadar in america. by investing in solutions upfront, we can often save a boat load of money and pass on those savings to the american taxpayer. now, many members on my side feel the same way. but i get it. many of my republican friends probably view things differently. we can have those debates here on the floor and in the relevant committees. but because of this resolution, hopefully democrats and republicans and members of the house and senate would at least be dealing with the same set of facts. john adams called facts stubborn things, and i have to tell you, he was absolutely right. but sometimes it can feel like each side uses different
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statistics to talk past each other. this measure will hopefully help ground our discussions about fiscal policy. so i urge all my colleagues to join with the more than 100 members of this body who support this resolution and with the modernization committee who recommended this idea. let's allow members of the house and senate to hear directly from the g.a.o. so we can follow the facts and make better informed decisions about our nation's bottom line, and i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. herges: house concurrent resolution 44 provides for an annual joint hearing of the house and senate budget committees to hear a presentation by the comptroller general of the united states reviewing the findings of the audited financial statements of the federal government.
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i serve both on the house budget and the house rules committees and i am an original co-sponsor of this legislation. mr. burgess: it's long pastime for the congressional budget committees to hear from the comptroller general who is the head of the government accountability office. this should be done on an annual basis about the fiscal state of our nation. we already hear annually through the executive branching through the head of the office of management of budget, to complement this information we also should hear unvarnished, nonpolitical perspective from the head of congress' legislative support agency about the many factors contributing to the nation's debt and deficit in order to develop sound fiscal policies and meet our long term debt and deficit reduction goals. unfortunately, we are in the middle of a spending crisis with well over a trillion in taxpayer
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money spent largely on partisan priorities and the bad news is there's more on the way. financial effectiveness spending on the federal government's balance sheet may not be realized for several years. it is imperative that we keep close tabs on how our revenues, spending, and debt level are faring. congress receives information piecemeal from the executive branching and from the legislative support agencies, so we should have a comprehensive data driven analysis and the presentation to ensure that our fiscal policies are in fact working to ensure the financial health of our nation, not just in the next two-year cycle but for decades into the future as well. while this legislation before us today was introduced by my democratic colleague from new york, ms. rice, it is rooted in
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the joint select committee in the process of reform from the 115th congress chaired by my colleague from arkansas, mr. womack. this is clearly not a partisan issue as the legislation has more than 100 co-sponsors from both parties, financial success and longevity begin years before it is realized. we must not be reckless with the nation's financial future now and the best way to ensure that is to enact the fiscal state of the nation resolution. i urge all my colleagues to support h.con.res. 44 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is. mr. mcgovern: i yield to the gentleman from washington state the distinguished chairman of the select committee of the modernization of congress, mr. kill her, as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is is recognized. mr. kilmer: i thank mr. mcgovern for yielding p. i will start
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with a embarrassing admission, for a number of years i avoided stepping on a scale because i'm about 90 pounds heavier than i am now and eventually i figured out you can't get a handle on things by ignoring them, so occasionally you have to step on that scale and that's really the ethic that this bill embraces and simply says if we're going to get a handle on our long term fiscal challenges and have a economy that works better for everybody, we've got to occasionally hear a clear statement of how we're doing, a clear statement of the nation's financial realities from a nonbipartisan, unbiased source. that's what a fiscal state of the nation address would do. as the select committee on the modernization of congress looked at proposals to improve the budget and appropriations process in the 116th congress, all 12 members of the committee unanimously recommended this as a important reform and i would acknowledge that there was great bipartisanship and bicameral
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support for this notion as part of the joint select committee on budget and appropriations process reform as well. the committee on modernization believed that providing members of congress with access to nonpartisan information about the many factors contributing to the nation's fiscal challenges would allow congress to develop sound fiscal policies and meet long term needs of our nation. in its final report from the 116th congress the committee noted a fiscal state of the nation address would also encourage communication between the executive and legislative branches and improve the ability for all parties involved in the budget appropriations process to make decisions based on a common set of facts. that's why this bill has such strong bipartisanship support and i want to congratulate congresswoman rice and congressman barr for to process and encourage my colleagues on
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both sides of the aisle, democrats and republicans, to support this bill. i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. >> i would like to recognize the gentleman from from missouri, the respected ranking member of the house committee on the budget, mr. smith, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, madam speaker, i want to thank the gentleman for yielding from texas. this resolution about the fiscal state of the nation is an important step in the right direction. now more than ever, congress needs to take an honest look at government spending and the role it's playing in this inflation crisis. all across america, families are struggling, consumer prices rose 5.4% in september, year over year. inflation is on pace to hit the highest levels in 40 years. and the congressional budget office has confirmed inflation
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has eroded the purchasing power of families. is it any wonder now that only 35% of americans say the economy is good. i will know that is just a bit smaller than the 37% of americans who believe that president joe biden is competent as president. make no mistake, the high prices americans are paying at the grocery store and at the gas pump are a direct result of the democrats reckless spending agenda. so it is a little laughable that my democrat colleagues would bring up this resolution now when for the last nine months they have rammed through trillions in new spending and debt.
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and as we speak they're trying to pass the largest tax and spending bill in the history of our country without even a score from the congressional budget office. here's a tip. be honest with the american people about the price tag of your agenda and the higher prices that will be inflicted. then a hearing on the nation and our nation's fiscal health will be much more successful. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i would just say to the gentleman, i would hate to hear what he would say if he opposed the bill. the bottom line, the bills we're trying to move through this chamber right now that will be transformational are fully paid for. and i can't be lectured by anybody who advocated for a tax
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cut bill that benefited mostly the wealthy and well off in this country that was not paid for at all that added $2 trillion right to our debt. so spare me the lectures. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, in order to continue the lectures, i'm now pleased to recognize a valuable member of the appropriations committee, mr. womack of arkansas. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker, and i thank my colleague from texas for giving me the opportunity to speak on this very important subject. madam speaker, i rise in support of this resolution though i have to admit that it's easy to be somewhat pessimistic about its potential effectiveness. but i'm willing to try anything,
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anything that might work in elevating the nation's debt situation in the minds of the people we all represent. the people i represent in arkansas don't have a choice but to balance their checkbooks and if they can't, they're limited on how much they can borrow, and for what? sadly, the federal government doesn't play by the same rules. madam speaker, we're $29 trillion in debt. we have budget deficits as far as the eyes can see. we are mortgaging the future of our kids and our grandkids. and it's painfully obvious to me the governing majority doesn't really care much about deficits and debt. but third district arc kansans do. i had the honor of co-chairing the select committee in 2018
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that tried to address the budget and appropriations process that has tripped up the congress every year since i've been here. and to being that we're only funded through the third day of december with no assurance of a full year's appropriations by then, something has to be done. but the fiscal state of the union is one of the recommendations that came from our joint select committee. and i'll remind everyone we needed three more, count them, three more democrat votes to move those recommendations, and four, madam speaker, four democrats voted present. so forgive me if i don't sound terribly optimistic that congress will get its act together but maybe, just maybe something like this will force a rational discussion before we have what is coming, a sovereign debt crisis.
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so i'm willing to try. and i encourage my colleagues to support it. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields, the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i will remind the gentleman it's a bipartisanship bill put forward by a bipartisanship commission and i'm glad to hear him talk about the debt. i wish some of my colleagues would have talked about it when they controlled the house and the white house, but the debt that we're talking about, it was accumulated, you know, by republican presidents and republican congresses and democratic presidents and democratic congresses and president biden has only been in office nine months and the spending that he is proposing is to be fully paid for with a recognition that we do not want to see an increase in our
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deficits and our debt but this is a bipartisanship moment and we should, like, celebrate it. anyway, maybe i'm sounding a little eccentric when i say that. in any event, i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. [mr. burr guess: we're prepared to close if the gentleman is, also. mr. mcgovern: we're prepared to close as well. mr. burgess: i'll yield myself the balance of our time. so madam speaker, in closing, this legislation will provide the congressional budget committee with an unbiased, analytical understanding of the audited financial statement of the federal government. we know problems remain in completing this audit as the department of defense has yet to receive a full financial audit opinion to ensure that this statutorily required audit is achieved and gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial health of the
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federal government we must pass the fiscal state of the nation resolution. i yield back and urge support of the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from massachusetts is is recognized. mr. mcgovern: so, madam speaker, this is a bipartisanship resolution. it was presented to us by a bipartisanship select committee. i think we should all appreciate this particular moment. and it's about making sure that congress is provided a presentation of the facts about our nation's fiscal health as we make decisions that will impact america's bottom line. democrats and republicans could then fight it out over the next steps. we have different priorities and different values on a lot of things. but there should be no disagreement about this resolution right now. and surely even in this day and age, we all can still agree on the need to get the facts in the light of day for us and the
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people that we represent. so i again want to thank congresswoman rice from new york for her leadership on this issue and i want to thank my colleague on the rules committee, congressman burgess, for co-sponsoring this legislation. and there should be no controversy over this. : with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 44 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1917, the
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hazard eligibility and local project act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 124, h.r. 1917, a bill to modify eligibility requirements for certain hazard mitigation assistance programs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. mathis and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest each will have 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire. mr. mathis: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1917. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mathis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mathis: i rise in support of h.r. 1917, introduced by representative fletcher. it's designed to cut through red
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tape to unlock federal assistance to state and local governments to complete projects more efficiently. mr. pappas: it will be welcome news to communities across my state of new hampshire and across the clint as we deal with more frequent severe weather agreements -- events that may require federal response. the national institute for science has conducted analysis on return on investment for investments in mitigation. in congress under both democratic and republican majorities has seen fit to bolster investments in mitigation to drive down future disaster response and coe r.v.ery response. last week, the transportation and infrastructure committee mark tipped the resilient america act which would align the calculation used to fund the predisaster mitigation fund with the agency's postdisaster mitigation program.
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fema's longest running hazard mitigation program began in 1989 and provides assistance after disaster has struck. while there have been more than $5.2 billion obligated to these projects, more than $1 billion in hmgp dollars were unobligated and returned to fema. this will help disaster-impacted communities complete land acquisition and construction pronls that would be categorically exempt from nepa review, streamlining the process with fee mavment i want to thank representative fletcher for helping communities, quick then pace of recoveries and mitigate against future events. i support this bill and urge my colleagues to do the same. i ask unanimous consent to enter into the congressional record a letter from chairwoman maxine watts or the -- of the house committee on financial services agreeing to waive consideration of h.r. 1917 as well as the
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chairman's response for her willingness to work on this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: without reservation. mr. pappas: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. excuse me. mr. guest: i rise today in support of h.r. 1917, the hazard eligibility and local projects act. this bipartisan legislation will let communities recover from disasters more efficiently and even more importantly better prepare these communities for the next disaster. h.r. 1917 provides assistance for certain mitigation projects that began before the grant was applied for. last congress the house also worked in a bipartisan manner to pass this very practical bill under suspension of the rules. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire
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is recognized. mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. i wish to yield such time as she may consume to the gentlewoman from texas, mrs. fletcher. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. fletcher: thank you, madam speaker. i am delighted to bring my bill, h.r. 1917, the hazard eligibility and local projects or health act to the floor todae floor today. i think congressman pappas and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on transportation and infrastructure committee for agreeing to must've this bill forward. i'm so proud of the help act and all it represents. it is bipartisan, commonsense, meaning. legislation that was born out of a real partnership with local officials in my district in houston that will benefit all americans. as many in this body will recall, hurricane harvey hit my district in houston and the entire texas gulf coast in august of 2017, causing great devastation, dropping nearly 60
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inches of rain, claiming 6 # lives and causing an estimated $125 billion in damages. it was the second most expensive hurricane in united states history. members of this body responded to harvey's devastation be the speed and purpose we needed for our recovery, passing three supplemental appropriations bills, sending billions of dplars aid to texas through different programs. but our recovery was and still is slow. slower than many expected. and slower than any can afford. before i was sworn into congress i met with local officials at home to talk about the impediments to our recovery. how could we speed it up? where was recovery ky layed? what could the federal government do? and one impediment that had significant impact on our recovery was the process for the award of mitigation project funding from fema. here's why.
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as mr. pappas noted, section 404 of the stafford act provides that fema may grant up to 75% of funds for cost effective mitigation projects through the hazard mitigation grant program, hmgp. when state or municipalities apply through the hmgp program, project, regardless of size or scope, require comprehensive review to make sure all requirements of nepa or other statutory requirements are met. importantly these hazard mitigation grants don't allow for the reimbursement of costs incurred before the grant is approved. as a result many areas recovering from disaster must wait for the fema review before purchasing land or starting construction on a project designed to mitigate damage. this fema review can go on for months or years at a critical time for decision making and recovering. in the case of natural disasters, local governments need to move quickly on projects
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like land acquisition, for example, buying land or buying out homes that have been dammed or other land acquisition projects. in houston, this was true for us when we were looking to buy a golf course to create additional storm water detention. the chief recovery officer for the city of houston told us fema's pre-award cost policy that not allowing reimbursement of costs before grant approval is a limiting factor in recovery, especially in cases of land acquisition. the homeowners simply cannot afford to wait the months or years to make decisions about whether to repair their homes or participate in a buyout. the result is not only inefficiency but real hardship. for example, harris county flood control district received $25 million from the hazard mitigation grant program to conduct buyouts to reduce flood damages in areas located deep in
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the floodplains where structural projects redeuce flooding aren't cost effective. but that was nearly a year after harvey. it took a year because the review period required it for all fmgh applications. most ohm honers don't have the luxury of waiting a year or more for repairs or to decide what to do. the quicker governments can move, the more people they can help and the more resources they can leverage. having a one-size-fits-all approach is not efficient or effective. it needlessly delays critical mitigation work. that's where the idea for the help act came from. it will allow land acquisition projects and simple construction projects that don't require an environmental impact statement to comebs immediately without risk of losing the potential federal funds. this will allow state and local governments to respond more quickly to the needs of their communities and to plan disaster
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mitigation more efficiently and effectively by removing unnecessary delays and streamlining fema hazard mitigation grant programs. it's simple. it's straightforward. and it is needed. at home i continue to hear consistent concern that these federal disaster recovery programs move at a slow pace. this bill addresses that and will be a real improvement for communities across the country. i would like to thank my colleague, mr. mccaul, for working with me on this bill. disaster mitigation is not and should never be a partisan issue. there remains much work to do to prepare for future storms that we know will come. but i am hopeful that the help act willed astate and local governments when they do. i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation and help our families, businesses, and communities recoverer from disasters. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: madam speaker, i have no additional speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from -- from new hampshire. mr. pappas: we have no further speakers and are prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: i have no additional speakers, i'm prepared to close at this time i would ask to be yielded time so i can make final statement. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guest: in closing, h.r. 1917 benefits communities by allowing them to be eligible for federal disaster mitigation assistance for projects started prior to their request for assistance. i believe that this bill is a good bill and i would urge the support of this bipartisan legislation and would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: i want to thank congresswoman fletcher for her help on this issue. i urge my colleagues to pass this commonsense piece of legislation and i yield back. the speaker: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1917. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is pass and without objection the motion to reconsider -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: 3ur sunt to -- 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 will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? mr. pappas: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1339 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 115, h.r. 1339, a bill to require the secretary of transportation to establish an advanced air mobility interagency working group and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the
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gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas, and the gentleman from missouri, mr. graves, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire. mr. pappas: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any ex-train us to -- extraneous material on h.r. 1339 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pappas: i yield mr. pappas: madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pappas: i rise in support of the bill introduced by the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. davis. once viewed as only a figment of people's imagination, flying cars on the verge of becoming a reality and take to the skies in no time thanks to recent innovations in aircraft and propulsion technology. advanced air mobility, or a.a.m. vehicles have the potential to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce the current burden on infrastructure, and provide a more environmentally sustainable mode of daily transportation.
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in fact, last year my hometown state of new hampshire became the first state to safely allow roadable aircraft to use our roads once they are certified for travel. as these new aircraft emerge in an already complex airspace, we must ensure they are safe. both for those onboard and the ground. h.r. 1339, the advanced air mobility coordination and leadership act, would establish an interagency working group bringing together the federal government, states, and localities, aerospace industry, labor unions, and other key stakeholders to plan and coordinate efforts to safely integrate aam operations in our national airspace system of the the interagency working groups' recommendations on safety, security needs will help support the deployment of this technology and advance u.s. leadership in this emerging global industry. this legislation has support from both sides of the aisle and the endorsement of several organizations representing u.s. aviation and aerospace sector. i rise in supporter this bipartisan bill and urge my colleagues to do the same.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: you are recognized. mr. graves: i rise in support of-h 1339, the advanced air mobility coordination act and thank the sponsor of this legislation for introducing this very important bill. the bill directs the department of transportation to form a working group with other federal agencies to ensure that the advance air mobility industry has the federal pack -- backing that it needs. i recently theunt to fly a simulated a.a.m. flight and was very impressed with the technology. in just a few short years we may be seeing cull multiple companies paring -- carrying passengers. these operation also connect cities and towns and neighborhoods all across the country in a very safe, quiet, and environmentally friendly way. this is a good bill and keeps
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the momentum going for american leadership in the advanced air mobility industry. that's why i rise in supporter h.r. 1339 and i urge a yes vote at this. madam speaker, before i reserve, i do want to pay tribute to who -- hollywood -- our long time staff director. after nearly 20 years of service on the committee, holly will retire at the end of this year. it's hard to imagine the committee without holly. each new republican chairman or ranking member has received the same advice from their predecessor. whatever you do, make sure holly stays. i'm sorry that that streak is finally ended on my watch, but her legacy will cast a long shadow on these halls for years to come. holly's helped shape every single piece of aviation legislation in the past two decades. she is responsible for literally hundreds of provisions in law that have improved the lives of everyday americans.
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holly, you are a consummate professional and dedicated staffer. we are sorely going to miss your counsel and very much miss your wisdom. i'm personally grateful for your service to the committee. both as a pilot and a member of congress. i thank you so much for dedicating your career to aviation safety and the service to your -- your service to the american public. you'll never be a stranger around here and i hope you and mark make the most of your well earned retirement. thank you for all you have done. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: madam speaker, we have no further speakers. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has reserved. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i yield such time he may consume to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. graves: thank you. madam speaker, i want to thank
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mr. graves for yielding to mr. graves. madam speaker, i rise in strong support of this legislation and i want to thank our sponsor with this -- on this legislation. congresswoman sharice davis, for working with us. congress is often the body that comes in and proposes legislation and poses solutions after something's happened. after something bad has happened. this is a different approach. this is congress actually stepping in and being proactive. this is bipartisan legislation that recognizes the united states leads the world in innovation related to aviation. and the only way we are going to be able to do that, we are going to be able to continue leading the world with these advanced technologies related to advanced air mobility, is by being proactive in this case. we are talking about incorporating innovative
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technology that will effect virtually every aspect of our lives, but integrating it into one of the most complex, one of the most congested airspace areas in the world. and this isn't something we can just do overnight once the technology's ready. this legislation puts together a working group for us to look at how this is going to be integrated, what regulate layingses we need in place. regulations we need in place. what infrastructure changes we need in place to facilitate this. madam speaker, we can't cede this technology, this innovation to other countries. the united states has the safest and most advanced aviation system in the world, but we are not going to be able to maintain that without being proactive, without thinking through all of the integration that's going to result, whether it be infrastructure, people who want to use urban air mobility to fly from one city to the other. in my home state of louisiana.
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flying from baton rouge to new orleans as opposed to sitting in the parking lot that is interstate 10. those people that want to fly from lake charles to houston for date because they don't want to live in houston. and fly back and spend the night in lake chorals. charles. i'm kidding, texas friends. madam chair, the people that work in the offshore industry, that ability to fly through advanced air mobility to these facilities and come back, doing it safer, doing it with less fuel, less emission, doing it more efficiently, less expensive. this is what this solution, this technology potentially provides for us. there have been studies that show that by 2035 this industry could cloi -- employ 280,000 people and the value of this sector could be $115 billion. once again, madam speaker, we are not going to realize those benefits out us being proactive in facilitating the integration of this technology into our communities.
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madam chair, even our military, the department of defense recognizes the potential of the technology and its own operations, and it's why it's aguessing in the agillibility prime program to foster the a.a.m. industry. the issues that we are looking at include aircraft certification, ground infrastructure, air traffic control, battery storage, cybersecurity, physical security, spectrum, and many other challenges. so this legislation helps to ensure that we have solutions in place when the technology is ready. again, madam speaker, i want to thank the vice chair of the transportation infrastructure committee, sharice davids, for her leadership and partnership in sponsoring the bill. i appreciate the work of our ranking member, sam graves, and chairman defazio in allowing us to move this forward in a bipartisan manner. madam speaker, before i yield back, i also want to recognize
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one of the hardworking heroes and unsung heroes. i want to take a few minutes to honor our aviation republican staff director, holly, who will be retiring at the end of the year. holly was raised in sunny southern california and she made the inexplicable decision choose to go to colgate college in freezing cold upstate new york. i think she quickly realized the error of her ways and transitioned to san diego school of law, university of san diego school of law for law school. she did some time in private practice. then she began her federal service over 20 years ago in 1999 where she followed in her father's footsteps and worked for the f.a.a., the federal aviation administration, and the airports and environmental law division. holly came to the aviation subcommittee as counsel in may of 2002. under then chairman don young.
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and, madam speaker, also having worked for the dean of the house i also question that decision. when considering whether to take the job, holly wondered whether she was too old to start a career in capitol hill. her first subcommittee staff director saw there was something special about holly. he told us that one of the best decisions he ever made was recommending holly to the committee. holly became the aviation staff director in 2007 where she remained for most of the last 14 years. working under chairman mica, chairman shuster, and now ranking member sam graves. she did, however, spend a brief time as deputy general counsel of the full committee before returning to her rightful place in the subcommittee. she made invaluable contributions as the ranking member noted to every aviation legislation effort over the past 20 years, including the homeland security act of 2002, the vision 100 century aviation re-authorization act, the cape
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town treaty of 2004. the ntsb re-authorization act of 2006, the airline safety and federal aviation administration, extense -- extension act of 2010. she served as the lead house negotiator on the european union e.t.s. prohibition act of 2011. the f.a.a. modernization reform act of 2012. the f.a.a. extension safety and security act of 2016. and the f.a.a. re-authorization act of 2018. recently last congress she was also the lead house republican negotiator on the 2020 aircraft certification safety and accountability act. in each one of these efforts she's been a model staffer. she's professional, intelligent, consciencious, and hardworking. she's an excellent and fierce negotiator as everyone who has had the pleasure of sitting on her side of the table or the misfortune of sitting on the other side of the table knows. she fights for every advantage at every turn while remaining disarmingly pleasant and entirely unflappable. one memorable negotiation,
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though, holly leaned forward, made a sickerle with her fingers, and told another committee in no uncertain terms they had zero jurisdiction. over a certain topic. as one former committee staff director is fond of saying, holly plays for keeps. madam speaker, there are two kinds of people that work on capitol hill. those that have been schooled by who holly and those that will. the reason everyone loves a good war story about holly is it contrasts so much with her usual personality. her friendly, kind, and approach yabl. she's been a wonderful mentor and friend to junior committee staff. sheets almost single-handedly trained and mentored an entire again racial of transportation policy professionals. there is no one who's worked with or for holly and can't say they haven't learned from her. madam speaker, we oarve often say the savation is the safest form of transportation as though it's the way it's always been when we get on the plane we don't think about whether it's
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safe or not because of the work because of people like holly and what they have done over the decades. it's only when they look back over the career of someone like holly where we can see how much things have changed for the better without question aviation is safer today than it has ever been in no small part to the work of holly. holly, can't thank you enough for your service to the committee, your service to the house of representatives, and your service to the american people. your work has saved lives and made this country a better, safer, and more prosperous place. we are sad to see you go, but we couldn't say goodbye, we still have your cell phone number. instead, we'll say see you soon. we wish you and mark all the best as you start this next chapter of your life. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: we thank holly as well for her contributions to the house and to this important issue area and wish her all the
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best. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reservesth -- reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. in closing this legislation takes an important step in preparing the federal government and our communities for the introduction of advanced air mobility vehicles. i urge support and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. i urge adoption of this commonsense legislation. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1339 as amended. snairve. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what reason does the gentleman rise.
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>> madam speaker, qui the yeas and nays, please. i request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? mr. pappas: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3193 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3193, to amend the electronic act to provide for high speed broadband deployment initiative. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the jell from new hampshire, mr. pappas, and the gentleman from missouri, mr. graves, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire. mr. pappas: thank you, madam
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speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3193 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pappas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pappas: i rise today in support of h.r. 3193, the eliminating barriers to rural internet development grant eligibility or e-bridge act. introduced with i ranking member graves and representative guest would clarify that public-private partnerships and consortium -- consortiums are eligible for grant awards. access to high speed internet is vital. whether it's working or learning from home, communicating virtually with friend and family, shopping online or consulting with your doctor remotely, almost every aspect of our daily lees relicense access
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to the internet. unfortunately millions across the clint don't have access to high speed internet. 10% of households lack an internet subscription in my district. almost 30% of rural americans don't have access to high speed broad-- broadband internet services at home. this poses challenges to students and families and passing this legislation will help rural communities thrive by removing existing barriers to internet development. e.p.a. has the authority to fund grants to those in need of assistance but many lack the resources necessary to develop broadband deployment strategies. in order to effectively deploy broadband projects in the last mile, local communities must have the flex to believe the collaborate with public-private partnerships in developing these po posals. by clarifying that
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public-private partnerships are eligible for e.d.a. grants, h.r. 3193 ensures they can lev ramming private sector expertise without disqualifying them from receiving assistance. this provides grant applicants with additional flexibility in financing broadband infrastructure projects by clarifying funds can be combined with other federal resources in allowing real or personal property to account for the nonfederal share of the project's cost. i want to thank the ranking member for introducing this critical legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman verves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. graves: i'm proud to be the sponsor of h.r. 3193, the eliminating barriers to rural internet development grant eligibility, e-bridge, along with the representative from mississippi.
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unfortunately too many lack broadband access. broadband is critical to conducting business and attracting jobs for telehealth, education, emergency preparedness and response efforts and -- in this digital age. the economic development administration, or e.d.a. grant, may already be used to attract jobs in economically distressed areas, there are hurdles to using the grants for broadband projects including difficult last mile efforts that delay rural broadband development. this bill removes those hurdles. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: i ask unanimous consent to enter into the congressional record a letter from chairwoman maxine watt oars they have house committee on financial services agreeing to waive consideration of h.r. 3193 as amended as well as chair defazio's response for
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ms. waters expressing her willingness. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pappas: i have no further speakers and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest. the speaker pro tempore: the yell is recognize. mr. guest: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i would first like to thank ranking member graves for his leadership on this important piece of legislation that would eliminate hurdles and leverage economic development agency dollars to ins in broadband deployment across america's rural communities. by utilizing public-private partnerships and consortia between internet service providers and economic development agencies, e.d.a. dollars could be leveraged to deploy broadband and spurn modern -- spur modern development for rural and economically distressed communities. many of these consortiums exist in the private sector include
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manage working to deplay broadband across vast rural areas. however e.d.a. funds have been held back from small towns and communities working to attract private investment in their community. the e-bridge act would directly respond to the needs of these communities and provide flexibility to leverage in-kind services and other federal resources. covid-19 has demonstrated the necessity of internet in our lives and the need to close the dwijtal divide that exists between rural and urban areas. this bill is supported by the app association, the american farm bureau, and national association of development organizations. i proosht the chairman and ranking member for bringing this legislation to the floor and urge my colleagues to support it. thank you, madam chair and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from missouri.
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mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, in closing, h.r. 3193 is going to ensure that rural and economically distressed communities are equipped to use e.d.a. grants to develop high speed broadband access. i feel very strongly about this bill and i would urge support of this important legislation. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman from missouri yields back. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: i want to thank ranking member graves and mr. guest for their leadership on this issue. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3193 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> madam speaker, i would request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of the
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house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? mr. pappas: i move that the house sprawls and pass the bill h.r. 3709. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 117, h.r. 370 #, a bill to direct the administrator of the federal emergency management association to make changes in the federal emergency management agency and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas, and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire. mr. pappas: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3709. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pappas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pappas: i rise in support of h.r. 3709, introduced and championed by representatives katko and dell gaw doe, two colleagues of ours on the transportation and infrastructure committee. the preliminary damage assessment or p.d.a. improvement act would direct to produce a report of the p.d.a. process and establish a more consistent training rejet stream for fema personnel to more effectively support state and local officials as they conduct assessments in the wake of disaster. fema uses p.d.a. findings to determine the unmet needs of businesses and the public sector
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in a disaster-impacted area. this will ensure greater consistency across fema's 10 regions by creating a training program ensuring a more consistent process of data collectionage analysis. as communities across the country have more weather event, consistent and timely p.d.a.'s are more important than r to the recovery process. i support this legislation and i ask my colleagues to do the same and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guest: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3709, the preliminary damage assessment improvement act of 2021, introduced by my colleague from new york, mr. katko. fema's preliminary disaster assessment is critical when determining eligibility for disaster assistance. this bill will ensure state and local stake holders are involved in reviewing and developing
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recommendations for improving this process. this bill will help reduce unnecessary delays and get assistance to disaster survivors more quickly so they can move forward with their lives. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the yell reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: we have no further speakers, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi. mr. guest: we have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. in close, h.r. 3709 makes disaster recovery easier for victims by improving state and local communities' abilities to coordinate with fema when determining the impacts of major disasters. i urge support of this important bipartisan legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. i want to commend again my fellow committee members for introducing this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support it. i yelled back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house
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suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3709. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? mr. pappas: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2220. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 116, h.r. 2220, a bill to amend title 40, united states code, to mought phi the treatment of certain bargain price options
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purchase at less than fair market value and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas, and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire. mr. pappas: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 2220. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pappas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pappas: h.r. 2220, introduced by representatives guest, webster and pence, requires the congressional services jay mrgs to obtain approval before obtaining a lease. operating leases allow agencies to budget their rent outlays annually whereas capital leases require them to budget upfront the entire net present value of all rental obligations it will
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incur over the duration of the lease term. unless g.s.a. has full upfront appropriations in hand the agency must rely on operating leases that can be paid for year-by-year. but preventing and operating lease from containing a prenegotiated bargain price option means if g.s.a. wans to acquire the building at the end of the lease the agency must pay fair market value instead of being able to negotiate a sales price at the beginning of the lease. in essence, the federal government ends up paying for the building twice, once when it leases the building and once when it purchases the building at the end of the lease at the current market rate. the scoring rules are see de-sined to ensure ownership risk stays with the lessor and the lease isn't a mechanism by which the government finances its ownership of the property but the government is overpaying for buildings and not getting equity it has created for private sector landlords. it is time to give them the flexible to make savvy fbs cial deals.
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i urge adoption of the deal and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guest: i rise in support of h.r. 2220, which would allow the general services administration to enter into bargaining price purchasing agreement where buying the federal prophet prot is a cheaper alternative to long-term lease. designed to bring free market efficiency into federal real estate, h.r. 2220 would save taxpayer dollars from costly long-term lease contracts where bargain purchases better suit the situation. for example, for example, the union station purchase approved earlier this year shows the benefits of allowing these bargain price purchases. prior to a scoring rule change, the g.s.a. negotiated a $1 purchase of the facility in order to undertake necessary
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seismic and building system modernizations. by purchasing the property the g.s.a. will be making the needed investment to modernize the facility for federal use while realizing a lease cost avoidance of approximately $6.4 million and protecting american taxpayer dollars. this legislation provides a commonsense correction that will continue this committee's work in reducing the taxpayers' burden in federal real estate. i appreciate the chair and ranking member of the committee for bringing this legislation to the floor. my colleague and friend from pennsylvania, congressman greg pence, and his office's work on this issue in the previous congress. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: thank you, madam chair woman, i yield to my
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friend from indiana, not pennsylvania, as much time as he may consume. at this time i would like to yield time to the gentleman from indiana, mr. greg pence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pence: thank you to my very good friend, the gentleman from mississippi, for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 2220. as a champion of this legislation last congress, we must continue to work towards giving the g.s.a. the ability to negotiate a discounted or fixed price option on government leases like it happens in the private sector. the foundation real infrastructure broken, which is too often ignored by this congress, i am committed to getting a commonsense option like this one across the finish line. h.r. 2220 will save billions of taxpayer dollars, reduce government waste, and free up
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money to invest in our crumbling roads and infrastructure. innovative free market solutions like this bill have the potential to save $5 billion taxpayer dollars by bringing fair market practices to federal real estate. hoosiers and all americans deserve an efficient government that can meet our 21st century infrastructure needs. by passing this bill, we are enacting real commonsense infrastructure legislation that has bipartisan support across the aisle. i thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: we have no further speakers. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi. mr. guest: we have no further speakers. we are prepared to close. in closing, madam speaker, h.r. 2220 ensures that the g.s.a. is able to negotiate discount purchase options in leases to
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pay -- save potentially billions in taxpayer dollars. i urge support of this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. i urge adoption of this legislation. yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2220. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> madam speaker, i request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition? mr. pappas: madam speaker, i
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move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 390. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house calendar number 41. h.r. 390, a bill to redesignate the federal building located at 167 north main street in memphis, tennessee, as the odell house reporton federal building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas, and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire. mr. pappas: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 390. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pappas: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. h.r. 390 designates the federal building at 167 north main street in member 23eus, tennessee, as the odell house reporton federal building. house reporton -- horton federal building. it is co-sponsored by the entire
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tennessee congressional delegation. currently the federal building in downtown memphis is named for clifford davis a. former congressman a member of the k.k.k., this legislation would rename the building in honor of judge odell who areton -- horton, nominated by president jimmy carter and confirmed by the u.s. senate in 1980. the history of america is replete with acts of bigotry, oppression, and hatred. we can't erase it, but we can make sure we don't honor it. i rise in supporter this resolution and urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guest: i rise in support of-h 39 o which designates the federal building located in memphis tennessee as the odell horton federal building. judge o horton served his community with great honor and distinction. i want to thank support
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committee represents members representative cohen and burchett, along with members of the tennessee delegation for their leadership and bipartisan work on this bill. i also know that my colleagues in the senate are very interested in this issue. i hope that we can work together to find a resolution that works for both chambers. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: madam speaker, i would like to yield such time he may consume to representative steveon, sponsor of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- steve cohen, sponsor of this bill. mr. cohen: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in strong support of this bill h.r. 390 which would fully name the federal building in memphis for odell horton a great jurist. this would remove clifford davis' name from the building. one of my first acts as a congressman, the first bill i passed was the bill to adjudge horton's name to the federal
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building and call it the clifford davis, odell horton federal building. i had initially hoped to rename the building for judge horton but the political will to do that was not present at that time. here we are in 2021 and the political will present, including the family of the late clifford davis, who we communicated with and they suggested that it should be renamed. the family said we are proud of cliff davis' many contributions to memphis, but his membership in the clan and support for jim crow cannot be excused. i completely agree. i believe it's hiemtime to ensure all people in memphis can look with respect to that federal building. judge horton left a remarkable legacy as the first federal black judge appointed since reconstruction. he served as assistant u.s. attorney, first african-american member of mayor henry love's senior administration. and president of an historic
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hbcu. he was a man of honor to dedicated his life to public service. he broke down racial barriers and served the judicial system well. i'd like to thank the entire tennessee delegation and mr. guest for joining in the movement to past this bill and honor judge horton in this manner which will be, and chairman defazio and chairman titus and ranking members grace and webster for advancing the bill to the floor. i urge my colleagues to join me and vote yes on this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new hampshire reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: we have no further speakers. we would be prepared to close at this time i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new hampshire. is recognized. mr. pappas: we are prepared to close as well. we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: thank you. madam speaker, in closing it is appropriate to honor judge horton's service to our country by naming this building after
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him. i urge support of this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized mr. pappas: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank representative quoen for his sponsorship of this legislation for the bipartisan support that it enjoys. and i urge my colleagues to adopt it. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 390. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> madam speaker, i request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this the question are postponed. for what purpose does the -- for
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what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. defazio: the gentleman from oregon would like to call up h.r. 4679. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house calendar number 43, h.r. 4679, a bill to designate the federal building located at 1200 new jersey avenue southeast in washington, d.c., as the normano sheo mineta federal building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 4679. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. defazio: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: i thank the chair. h.r. 4679, names the department
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of transportation headquarters building in washington, d.c., after our noarm colleague, norman mineta. this recognition is long overdue. second norm mineta is a great american patriot. he along with his family suffered the grave injustice of being forcibly relocated and interned during world war ii. he was not bitter towards his country or his government. instead he spent his career serving his country by participating in and improving government. for almost 30 years norm represented san jose, california, on the sit city council, as mayor, and 1975 to 1995 as a member of congress. he served on the committee and transportation public works throughout his two decades in congress. and we served together for seven years. he chaired the subcommittee on aviation, subcommittee on surface transportation, and finally the full committee.
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he was the primary author of the intermodal surface transportation act of 1991. i.s.t. which as president h.b. bush said during assigning -- a signing ceremony, was the most important transportation bill since president dwight david eisenhower started the interstate system. he was also a ko founder of the congressional asian pacific caucus and served as its first chair. norm's skills and accomplishments have been widely recognized by both sides of the aisle. he was pred bill clinton's secretary of commerce. president george w. bush's secretary of transportation. where he was the longest serving secretary of transportation in u.s. history. january, 2001 until july, 2006. he was the first asian pacific to serve as secretary of commerce or secretary of transportation and he was the first d.o.t. secretary to have
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served in a previous cabinet position. following the terrorist acts of september 11, 2001, secretary mineta worked closely with then chair of aviation, mr. mica, and myself as ranking member to create the transportation security administration. prior to that time the security at airports was always provided by the lowest bidder. one of the companies was owned by previous felons. we professionalized aviation security in the t.s.a. that agency was 65,000 employees, the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since world war ii. for his contributions to this institution, to our government, and to the field of transportation, secretary mineta deserves this recognition and i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore:
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mr. guest is recognized. mr. guest: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guest: madam speaker, h.r. 4679, designates the u.s. department of transportation headquarters as the norman yoshio mineta federal building. he served as both the chairman and ranking member of committee of transportation and infrastructure, and later as the u.s. department of -- secretary of the u.s. department of transportation. . madam speaker, i know our colleagues in the senate are interested in this issue and i hope we can work together to find a resolution that works for both chambers. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon.
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mr. defazio: reserve. guest: no further speakers and am prepared to close. i want to recognize norman mineta for his service on the committee and the u.s. department oftransportation. i rnlg the adoption of this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i would recommend this legislation from my colleagues for the longest serving secretary transportation and served as secretary in another part of the administration. and with that, i yield back the ball ands of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4679. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for
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what purpose does does the gentleman rise? >> i request the yeas and nays, please. pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of the rule, further proceedings on the question will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house call environs car number 42 h.r. 4660, a bill to designate the federal building and united states courthouse loathed at 1125 chapline street in wheeling west virginia as the frederick p. stamp junior federal building
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and united states courthouse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest each will control 20 minutes. mr. defazio: i ask unanimous consent that members may include extraneous material on h.r. 4660. the speaker pro tempore: without objection mr. defazio: h.r. 4660 disets the federal building located at 1125 chapline street in wheeling, west virginia, as the frederick p. stamp junior federal building and courthouse. this was interviewed by congressman mckinley. congressman mcconditionly has long sought to honor the judge's career and legacy. he was born in wheeling, west virginia, bachelor of arts agree
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from university of virginia. private in the united states army from 195, 1960, first lat in the army reserve and after 30 years in private practice in wheeling from 1960 to 1990, he was nominated to a seat on the district court where he served as chief judge from 1994 to 2001. his service by judge stamp to his community and his state, our nation and the judicial system is widely respected and i strongly support h.r. 4660 as an overdue recognition of his service and i urge my colleagues to join me and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi. guest: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 4660
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that designates the federal building and courthouse loathed in wheeling, west virginia, as the frederick p. stamp junior federal building and united states courthouse. i thank my colleague from west virginia, mr. mckinley, for his leadership on this bill and i know my colleagues are interested in this issue and want to work together with them. i hope my colleagues will support this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i have no further speakers. guest: i yield to the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. mckinley: thank you for your support on this. mr. speaker, i rise today to
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honor an individual who represents the very best of west virginia and recognize him as one of our country's most respected and thoughtful injuryift honor habl frederick p. stamp junior. he began as a federal judge when he was confirmed in 1990 to the united states district court for the northern district of west virginia, where he would preside as chief judge. in west virginia, judge stamp is known for his commitment to service above self. this is evident from his military service and time spent in the west virginia legislature and work as a private attorney and his support of countless community organizations. he has been a steadfast and respected pillar of west virginia, living there his entire life. having raised two adult children, he and his wife are
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valued members of the wheeling community and he has been honored by his selection to the wheeling hall of fame. humble to the extreme. but humble by nature is a testament to his crashing that judge stamp would never personally seek this type of recognition. but he's earned it and his piers would like to see that recognition for him. i am so proud that congress is taking this opportunity to honor such a great american by naming the building in which judge stamp spent the majority of his professional service and public life. the frederick p. stamp junior federal court house in wheeling, west virginia. i urge the adoption of this resolution and i thank the chair for your support. and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i have no further speakers. guest: we have no further speakers. mr. defazio: this is a long overdue honor for judge stamp and as the gentleman from west virginia said he never would sought this honor himself. and with that, i urge members to support the legislation and i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4660. those in favor say aye those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion toreconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? >> i request the yeas and nays, please pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from floor seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the rules and pass s.1064. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: an act to advance the diplomatic tools for free, fair and transparent elections in nicaragua and protect the fundamental freedoms and rights pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr.deutch: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include material on s.1064 and i ask to include an exchange of letters between the chair of the house foreign affairs committee and house financial services committee regarding s.1064. the speaker pro tempore: without objection mr.deutch: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr.deutch: i rise in support of s.1064 act. i thank representative sires in championing this bill and to the anti-democratic actions by the ortega regime. the united states will not sit by quietly as another country slides further away from our democratic values. working with our friends and
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partners, this bill will ato go ahead of the elections later this month. all signs indicate that these elections will be far from free and fair. the united states strong commitment to upholding human and free expression are key pillars in promoting and preserving democracy. the legislation takes important steps and restricts the regime to access capital for corrupt purposes and will bolster transparency mechanisms to make sure funds are not siphoned off. and it will ensure our sanctions policy is thoughtful and effective by focusing on bad actors and not on the people of nicaragua and requires the secretary of state to work with partners to make our sanctions
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multi lateral and even more effective. the act also serves a crucial fact-finding prurps and human rights abuses, and russia's role in the country just as this bill builds on anti-corruption act of 2018, these reports and provisions will help congress develop and mold additional responses should the regime continue down in an undemocratic path. and with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from tennessee. >> i rise in support of this legislation to address the ortega's regime of dismantling democracy and frankly, mr. speaker, this legislation should have been passed months ago when we had the opportunity to stop his campaign of terror.
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nicaragua under ortega has consolidated into one-party dictatorship. joining the governments in venezuela and cuba, nicaragua. this coming sunday, nicaragua will hold a political farce claiming to hold elections. daniel ortega hold opposition candidates 140 political prisoners. this includes people like opposition student leader, a 23-year-old who cannot even walk due to the brutality he has endured or the husband of victoria cardenas and leading presidential candidates planning to oppose ortega in the next election but found themselves in prison and deprived of due process .
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i have met these member. i'm a lead co-sponsor of this bill and grateful for the leadership of congresswoman maria salazar and chairman of the western hemisphere subcommittee sires for his advocacy of the plight of nicaragua's political prisoners. and i appreciate his friendship and leadership. this bipartisan bill will require targeted sanctions against corrupt regime officials who have dismantled nick nicaragua's democracy and undermined these elections t will also ensure the united states is coordinating targeted sanction was our canadian and european union allies. this legislation also expand oversight to ensure interbe -- international financials institutions are not enriching the corrupt regime while making sure there are humanitarian exceptions. it requires a classified report on russia's nefarious activities in nick nicaragua whose intelligence and security cooperation has dramatically
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expanded. united states must condemn the electoral charade taking place on sunday and urge our international partners to join us. america must continue to be the beacon of freedom and stand against authoritarian socialist leaders. we must hold the ortega re-- regime accountable. we only need to look at venezuela to see the consequences of ignoring rising socialist authoritarianism. more can and should be done and a positive first step is passing this legislation. i'm proud to join my colleagues in this effort. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: i'm pleased to yield four minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. salazar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for four minutes. miss salah schar -- ms. salazar:
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thank you. madam speaker, thank you ranking member green. i rise in support of resolution 1064. i'm proud to have introduced this bill with congressman albio sires, and senator marco rubio. for years dictator daniel ortega has been quietly dismantling democracy in nicaragua. first ripped the constitution apart to get re-elected. then he seized control of every branch of government, of the military, of the police. ortega wants to rule the could be country from an iron thrown. and the nicaraguan people are suffering as a result. ortega has banned political parties and killed hundreds of nicaraguans and jailed hundreds more. now we are on the eve of one of his most brazen moves in nearly 35 years of terrorizing this country. a sham election where all seven
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presidential candidates were arrested in broad daylight, one of them being my ex-husband. this is his most flagrant example of a stolen election as we have ever seen. and the world needs to know that. his brutal regime must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity. for its systematic attack on democracy. and that is why congress must pass this now. increase sanctions on or tagovailoa ortega and his chief vice presidentis has wife, and under nicole simpson rag juan security force that is brutalize their people. it brings the international community together to take down ortega's safe havens around the world and it exposes the russian meddling in that country. the renacer act sends a clear message that your time is up. i'm also pleased that the
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provision from my nicole simpson rag with a free trade review act were included in this legislation. this will trig' review of nicaragua's participation in the central american free trade agreement. the cafta trade agreement gives nicaragua open access to united states markets, but the trade with the united states is a privilege, is not a right. and i am here to tell ortega and mario, you murder dictators, you thugs, you will no longer have a free pass to enrich yourself. now tyrants around the world are watching. passes renacer shows the consequences of jailing your political opponents. of oppressing your people, and stealing elections. i urge my colleagues to stand with those who have been beaten and detained. i urge my colleagues to stand with the nicaraguan people and i urge my colleagues to take a stand against tyranny. the united states has long been
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the torchbearer for democracy around the world. we must continue to carry that torch. i urge my colleagues to support the renacer act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: mr. speaker, in closing i would once again like to thank my good friends, mr. deutch, mr. sires, and ms. salazar for leading this measure. i'm proud to join my colleagues in this effort. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself time for closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, renacer is an excellent piece of legislation. i want to thank my colleagues who in a bipartisan way worked
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together under representative sires' tireless leadership and his work with senator menendez in getting this bill across the finish line. the united states must stand for democracy, we must stand for democracy in nicaragua. this legislation shows that we will not abdicate our responsibility to do so. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time has expired. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1064. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the rules are suspended. the bill is passed. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the gentleman from ohio. >> seeks a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays
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are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 760. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 760, resolution expressing solidarity with cuban citizens demonstrating peacefully for fundamental freedoms, condemning the cuban regime's acts of
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repression, and calling for the immediate release of arbitrarily detained cuban citizens. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.res. 760. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. church: -- mr. deutch: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. h.res. 760 introduced by my friend and colleague, congresswoman wasserman schultz, together with my friend congresswoman diaz-balart, and the chair of the american hemisphere subcommittee, by congressman sires, supports the basic human rights of the cuban people and stands with them in their right to peacefully protest their own government.
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in july the largest protest in decades swept the island of cuba, activists in turn were beaten and jailed by the government. many remain jailed. according to human rights watch, many have been subjected to abuse and torture simply for standing up for access to food, medicine, information, and to have their rights respected. this resolution expresses the solidarity with the cuban people ahead of planned nationwide protests for november 15. the organizers of these protests sought approval from the government as the cuban constitution allows for legitimate protests. they were denied. we must stand with the people of cuba as they exercise their right to free expression. we must condemn the violent response to peaceful protest by the cuban people. that's what this resolution does. i thank my colleagues for working to bring this resolution to the floor. and that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. green: i rise in supporter this resolution expressing solidarity with the freedom loving cuban citizens, condemning the regime's violence against innocent protestors and calling on our international partners to pledge support for cuban freedom. i also want to thank my colleagues, debbie wasserman schultz, mario diaz-balart, albio sires for their work on this resolution. for over 60 years cubans have been held hostage by a tyrannical dictatorship. the communist vs. bankrupted a beautiful country, condemning three generations to misery and separating countless families. castro's cuba is also a threat to regional stability and security, trafficking weapons to north korean -- north korea propping up venezuela's regime, and forging alliance was pariah's like russia and china. the cuban regime is a cancer that has ma it's at that size throughout latin america. starting on july 11, tens of
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thousands of protests across the island demanded and pleaded for an end to the repressive regime. some were waving the greatest symbol of liberty known to mankind, the american flag. since the protestors began, ranking member mccaul has called on the majority to consider a resolution standing in solidarity with the cuban people. each time it was blocked. i'm pleased that the leadership has finally allowed a measure to be considered, four months after the initial protests. meanwhile, the senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution reinforcing congress' support for the pro-democracy movement in cuba. as members of congress and americans, we have a moral obligation to support them. the united states remains committed to democracy and respect for human rights in the western hemisphere and this resolution urges the international community to join us in these efforts. i urge my colleagues to support this measure. and advocate for many cubans who cannot speak for themselves. thank you.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the majority leader of the house of representatives, mr. hoyer of maryland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for a minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the chairman for yielding. i thank him for his support. i want to thank the chairman of the committee as well for his agreeing to this have come to the floor. i look forward to his support. i want to say, mr. speaker, i have talked to a lot of members about this. the policies that we have regarding cuba are subject to debate. and so what i think, mr. speaker, there are no differences on in this congress
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that we are all for supporting those who seek democracy, who seek the benefits of freedom, and who see the welfare of their families associated with that freedom. i don't think there's a single member who wasn't appalled by the way peaceful protestors in cuba were brutally suppressed in july. i doubt there is anyone here who is not concerned that such actions will be repeated this month when the next protests are scheduled to occur. so this is a very timely resolution because it anticipates that there will be another group of people who will have the courage to stand up, to speak up on behalf of the freedom in their country.
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there was a resolution passed by the united states senate on august 3, 2021. although it doesn't exactly mirror our resolution, frankly our resolution is somewhat less specific in terms of criticism, in terms of policy. why? because we wanted this to we wanted this to be about human rights and for people who stand up for freedom. we want it to be another statement of the thousands that we have made in countries throughout this globe who suppress the rights of people, who imprison people because they try to express their views. but this resolution that was passed in the senate was sponsored by my counterpart, the
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majority whip, mr. durbin, mr. kaine from virginia, mr. schatz from hawaii, mr. coons from delaware, mr. booker from new jersey, ms. cortez from nevada, mr. brown from ohio. mr. padilla from california, mr, mr. ms. rosen from nevada, mr. warnock from georgia, mr. lujan from new mexico, our former chair of the campaign committee. my point is that this along with many republicans, but it was unanimous consent, so everybody was for it. the vote we take on this resolution is a simple one. the text of the resolution is
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clear. it states that this house, all of us stands in solidarity with cubans seeking to express themselves and redress of their leaders and afilms that the cuban people should enjoy the same access to information and access to internet as other free people around the world and urges the biden administration to promote basic needs in cuba. these are goals we can support overwhelmingly. i know that some members believe that the text of this resolution does not include items on policy that they would like to have. i certainly think that is the legitimate concern and there is no reason why we cannot have resolutions that speak to that. but this is singularly focused
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on the rights of people. john kennedy said we will bear any burden and defend any peoples who essentially seek freedom. that's what this resolution does, simple, straightforward. i have supported many of these policies as chairman of the commission on human rights, the helskinki commission, where resolution after resolution said to soviet satellites that the helskinki signature of the russians on that document demanded that they observe the human rights of those folks. this is a similar resolution. i hope all members would share my view that a strong, bipartisan and united vote by this house will send a message to the people of cuba that they are not alone, that the american people stand with those who speak out in peaceful protests,
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that democrats and republicans stand together in support of the freedoms they seek. so, mr. speaker, in conclusion, i ask my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution and i hope the valid concerns and differences members have both sides of the aisle when it comes to cuba will not preclude us from agreeing that we ought to stand in solidarity with those who are seeking the same rights that we enjoy in this extraordinary country in which we live. that's why i will be voting an enthusiastic and strong yes on this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. diaz-: balart thank you, mr,
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mr. green, and mr. deutch, to my good friend debbie wasserman schultz, thank you all. on the 11th of july, the cuban people hit the streets demanding freedom. freedom after 62 years of repression. that was four months ago. many of those who hit the streets were arrested and many of those remain in prison in the worst possible conditions. several have held hunger strikes to protest their unjust and cruel imprisonment and there is very little solidarity and haven't used technology available to the united statesgovernment and even the private sector to provide internet to the cuban people. the administration has fail to support adequate funding for broadcasting into cuba through
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the office of cuba broadcasting and i fear the administration will use other ways to propose up the regime. having said that, that's why i am so grateful to congressman debbie wasserman schultz who has not given up or stopped working to try and bring a resolution to the floor. this resolution is a compromise. and although as you have heard before, many of my colleagues would have liked a stronger resolution such as the one i interviewed in july, which again house leadership has refused to bring forward, this resolution does express solidarity with the cuban people and that's why i'm grateful to congressman debbie wasser schultz and i have to mention congressman mccarthy, schultz, and gimenez, mr. mark
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green, michael mccaul, ted deutch, for your solidarity and i urge my colleagues to support this resolution for the cause of freedom and human rights in cuba so the cuban people know they are not lean and we are with them. i'm thankful to finally bring this forward, cuba will be free and must know and will know they are not alone. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr.deutch: high yield 1 1/2 minutes to ms. wasserman schult. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. wilted wild i rise in support of of the cubans who have over the past month turned out in large
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numbers to engage in peaceful demon strayings for a better future and did so with the full knowledge that they were braving an authoritarian regime. according to amnesty international's director, in response to the protests of july 11, the cuban authorities have applied the same machinery of control that they have used to target alternative thirst for decades but now amped up to a scale that we haven't seen in nearly 20 years including the use of internet interruption and online censorship to control and cover up the grave human rights violations they have commitsed. these are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives and they are human beings who are entitled to fundamental rights denied to them. as the house of representatives takes this vote, let us stand
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with every prisoner of conscience and dissident facing persecution in cuba and every corner of the world. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: i yield four minutes to the gentlelady from florida. ms. salazar: i want to thank my colleagues, mario diaz-balart and debbie wasserman schultz in denouncing the cuban regime and supporting the people of cuba. on july 1, thousands of cubans calling for freedom or liberty. but the castro thugs cracked their heads open on the streets
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of havana. countless dissidents have been arrested and many more have disappeared. what is encouraging, they cannot be stopped because their hunger to pursue freedom is what drives them and tay is bigger than the straining willhold that the castro regime has put on them. freedom is bigger than fear. in 10 days from today, november 15, breaive freedom fighters will flood the streets of cuba once again and the castro apparatus is showing its ugly head and that is why, we the united states congress, the shining city on the hill must approve this legislation today to express solidarity with the cuban people. we are demanding that peaceful protestors be allowed to
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assemble without fear being brutalized and we are condemning the crimes called by this regime. we are calling on the biden administration to provide internet to cuba. we are on the cusp of momentous change for that island. less than two weeks ago -- away from another violent crackdown by the regime. these pictures that came from castro regime came armed with clubs who dare to shout on the streets. in cuba, protestors are brutalized and jailed and charged with treason because in the eyes of this regime, free speech is a crime and liberty is illegal. this resolution from the united states house of representatives
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will send a message loud and clear that we will always stand on the right of freedom, democracy and human rights. that the castro regime days are numbered. the world is watching and time for the cubans to be free like americans. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution 760 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from flail reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr.deutch: i yield three minutes to our colleague from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. schultz schultz i thank the gentleman for yielding and his leadership as well worldwide on human rights. i rise to urge my colleagues to support h. res. 760 i authored
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this resolution with congressman diaz-balart to help cubans looking for freedom. the american people are by your side. the cry for self-determination ringing out from the streets of havana has moved this congress and achieved something beautiful and all too rare, it has united republicans and democrats behind this call for freedom. we are doing something simple and unifying, support human rights and freedom of expression and freedom from repression. today, this body stands arm-in-arm to proclaim the possible support for the cuban people to take a stand on the streets on november 15 as they did on july 11 and express their words against the castro regime.
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and people who wish to assemble and the regime has all the tools of repression in their possession but the cuban people are armed with truth, conviction and courage. dictators thrive on lies and fear. that's why the resolution before this chamber today is so important. this body must use our platform to shed light on the tyranny. the cuban regime, repression and arbitrary imprisonment cannot withstand their accountability. bypassing this resolution we will make sure their calls are not silent. we will amplify them here as we are this afternoon. in adopting this resolution, we will join with the european parliament who adopted a resolution who blames the regime
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for blatant disregard for human rights. we dean ounce the corruption clinging just across the straits of florida. i thank all of those including president biden and especially president biden to standing up for freedom, for free and fair electrics on the island, for freedom of expression and making sure that we can help hold this regime accountable and to help deliver this message today, my friends, representative diaz-balart and representative sires and chairman meeks. without their hard work and efforts of many other allies we could not send this powerful bipartisan message today. .,
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today. mr. speaker, make no mistake, we are united today around the cuban people's fight. i ask all members to embrace the unifying principles in this resolution which avoids the policy arguments and expresses our support for basic human rights. who could be against that? i urge all my colleagues to stand behind and side by side with the cuban people and support their pursuit of liberty and justice. i urge a yes vote on h.res. 760. i yield back the balance of my time. i thank the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for a minute. ms. lee: thank you very much. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.res. 760.
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let me just say i, too, support the basic rights of the koobian people. the basic human rights of the cuban people. as a african-american who has engaged in many protests for justice, i know the impact of keeping government and police forces from interfering in our actions for our basic rights. we should not excuse the cuban government for limiting their own people's freedom and opportunity. let me just say here in congress we need to also take a hard look at the failed u.s. policy that has not helped the cuban people and too often inflicted harm on them. they say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. for 60 years we have been squeezing the cuban people thinking if we starve them just enough it will somehow lead to democracy. so it's long overdue to support policies that truly help the cuban people. the obama administration showed us that we can take a new approach. that's through engagement. diplomacy, trade, travel, and, yes, support for human rights
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for the cuban people. i ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution on the suspension calendar today. we should have an honest debate about a new cuban policy that talks about and supports what real human rights for the cuban people mean. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from florida, representative frankel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for a minute and a half. ms. frankel: thank you, representative ted deutch and to my colleagues. mr. speaker, i rise today in solidarity with the people of cuba who deserve the right to stand up peacefully for freedom and basic human rights without fear of repercussions.
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this summer as my colleagues have already described, thousands of cubans took to the streets peacefully to raise their voices for basics like food and medicine, access to the internet, for freedom and opportunity in their country and what was the response by their cuban government? violence and arrests and detention without due process. of hundreds of the protestors. look, here's what i think we all are agreeing with. the ability to speak freely, to rise in protest our fundamental human rights that everyone deserves no matter where they live in the world. that's whether you are marching here in washington or in south florida or the streets of havana. we must continue to support and stand up for those who are standing up for fundamental freedoms. we must condemn the acts of violence and undue repercussions
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against people for exercising these rights. so today by passing this important resolution we take a stand and we shine a spotlight on these platant attacks on human -- blatant attacks on human rights in cuban a by condemning the acts -- by condemning the acts -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. deutch: 15 seconds. ms. frankel: mr. speaker, i just join those in condemning the acts of repression by the cuban regime and calling for the immediate release of cuban citizens arbitrarily detained. i urge my colleagues to pass this resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for a minute and a half.
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mr. cuellar: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. deutch for yielding and his strong leadership on this issue. i certainly want to thank my classmate, miss ms. wasserman schultz, for her bringing this bill to the floor. plus all the members in a bipartisan way. thank you so much. i rise to express my solidarity with the cuban people who exercised their human rights to peacefully demonstrate for their rightful freedoms and liberties. this past july thousands of cuban citizens took to the streets and in unison they chanted, liberty, liberty. they protested for freedom, they protested for liberty. for vida, life. and also country. they wanted to change after more than six decades of authoritarian rule. demonstrators were observed waving american flags symbolizing the liberty they so desperately want. one protester remarked to the press, it felt so good to
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finally be able to protest in our country. it is only human to feel -- fear, but that move to the background because you knew that we are doing the right thing. the cuban government reacted to such demonstration with unjust imprisonment and hundreds of protestors, and of course that cut off people's access to the internet as part of the government's break down, crack down. in closing, the people of cuba deserve the right to protest. they have the right to have freedom, vida, with that, mr. speaker, i ask we support this legislation. and pass this. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tan -- tennessee. mr. green: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from florida, mr. crist. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for a minute and a
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half. mr. crist: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, representative deutch. in recent years the living conditions for the cuban people have deteriorated rapidly. shortages of basic goods like food, medicine, even hygienic products like diapers have become the norm. socialism and communism have truly failed. the economy has collapsed. and in order to maintain power, our leaders have only tightened their hold on the people. the cuban people have responded and this past summer we witnessed history. cubans from all walks of life peacefully took to the streets demanding reform and freedom. they were met with violence. since then demonstrators have been rounded up, arbitrary detentions and crackdowns on thought and speech have followed. activists are still missing and have not been seen for months. our hearts are with the cuban exile community nearly 1.6 million in florida alone,
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including many second and third generation floridians. they call america home because they cannot call cuba home due to the violent communist dictatorship. this resolution is an important statement by the people's house that we will not stand by while cubans suffer and die. and we will lead the international community in holding the communist regime accountable. please vote yes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, the people of florida stand with the people of cuba. i'm pleased to yield to another colleague from florida, mrs. demings, for a minute and a half. the speaker pro tempore: for a minute and a half. the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. demings: mr. speaker, during his inaugural address in 1960, president kennedy said these words, let every nation know that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
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and oppose any foe to ensure the survival and the success of liberty. we know what freedom means in america. it is the life line of our nation. the people of cuba have cried out for freedom. and because of who we are, america must answer the call. the failed socialist regime has delivered tyranny instead of freedom. poverty instead of prosperity. and violence to silence his own people instead of protection and safety. we denounce that regime and we stand with the people because we stand for freedom. one protester said this, it's only human to feel fear, but that move to the background because you knew you were doing the right thing. america, this statement should be familiar to all of us. we will not stay neutral for neutrality helps the oppressor never the oppressed. democracy and free economy are the right path forward for cuba. we stand today and we support
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this resolution so that every cuban like every american and every floridian will know that they have a god-given right to safety, liberty, and the right to truly, truly really choose their own future. together we stand. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: continue to reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield a minute and a half to my florida colleague, mrs. murphy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for a minute and a half. mrs. murphy: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this bipartisan resolution. this resolution honors the cuban people who have protested peacefully at great personal risk for their fundamental freedoms and a brighter future for their families. these are men and women of courage and character, confronting a ruthless and repressive regime.
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our resolution sends these patriots a simple message, america has your back. i feel a deep sense of solidarity with the cuban people. when i was a baby my family fled a communist country. like many cuban families we found refuge and opportunity in america. and like so many cuban americans, i never take for granted the rights i am afforded in this country because i know what the alternative looks like. following the historic protest in cuba, i offered a bipartisan amendment to an appropriations bill that would have increased funding to support democracy, human rights, political prisoners, and internet access in cuba. to my grave disappointment, this amendment was prevented from coming to the floor of the house by members of my own party. america must speak and act with moral clarity. we should support men and women standing up to authoritarian regimes across the globe and especially in our shared neighborhood. i urge support for this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from tennessee.
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mr. green: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i am pleased to yield a minute and a half to my good friend from florida, mr. soto. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. soto: mr. speaker, let it be known just 930 miles off the -- 90 miles off the coast of our state of florida is a murderous, socialist dictatorship that is murdering and crushing its people. let it also be known across this nation that democrats and republicans are coming together today to express solidarity with cuban citizens demonstrating peacefully for fundamental freedoms and democracy. we saw this before this summer when they took to the streets on the island as well as across our country, including in orlando. i was proud to stand in solidarity and resolutions expressing support are important. but so is action.
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which is why after this is done we need to pursue other more substantive policies like stopping the enslavement of cuban doctors, putting more pressure for internet access on the island, addressing -- attacking our diplomats, sanctions and u.n. action to stop even some of our u.n. european allies from continuing to drop -- prop up this dictatorship. that will make a dig birches. i yield back -- big difference. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman fromtown tfnlt mr. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, before we vote on this, i would like to yield one additional minute to congresswoman wasserman schultz from florida, the driving force. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for a minute. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. [speaking spanish]
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. green: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. green: i would like to first associate myself with the comments that the majority leader made at the beginning of his comments where he described a significant overlap, place here where both parties can come together to support this resolution. we all agree on the importance of human rights. i'm hopeful for a dialogue on the differences he mentioned that it occurs soon. the shift toward aauthoritarianism in latin america continues and i believe most of this body recognizes cuba's hand in all of that. [speaking spanish] mr. speaker in closing i want to thank my friends, ms. wasserman
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schultz, mr. diaz-balart, mr. sires, for leading this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. deutch: i want to thank mr. green, i want to thank ms. wasserman schultz and mr. diaz-balart, our good friend, mr. sires, all of them, for their bipartisan leadership of this important resolution. thank senators menendez and rubio for their -- for the same. we have the opportunity today here at this moment to show up equivocally that the united states stands with the people of cuba. that we stand with them in their desire for basic rights.
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that we want to see relations between the united states and the cuban people flourish. that we support today and will always support the cuban people in their pursuit of freedom, the rights to free expression, the rights to live and be free. i thank the bill's sponsors for their important work on this resolution. i urge my colleagues, all of my colleagues, to stand for human rights, to stand with the people of cuba, and to support this resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time has expired. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 760. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the
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resolution is agreed to. the gentleman from ohio. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less
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