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have more medical experience than i do. i am not a fan of anthony fauci by any means, but at the same time i recognize he is more studied in infectious diseases than i am, so i want to hear from him. what i don't want is for his words to trickle into society as if they are mandates and dictate as if they are supposed to be obeyed no matter what. especially when you look at the medical bureaucrats, including anthony fauci. on one day they say this and another they say that and american citizens are supposed to jump and obey no matter how conflicting the >> and we'll leave this here to keep our over 40-year commitment live gavel-to-gavel coverage of congress. on the agenda, legislation to give debt payment relief to ukraine. also, a nearly $40 billion ukraine aid bill requested by president biden will come to the house floor later today. that bill includes both military
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms e. washington, d.c. may 10, 2022. i hereby appoint the honorable jason crow to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by chaplain cribben. chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. your love, lord, reaches the heavens. your faithfulness to the skies. your righteousness is like the highest mountains. your justice like the great deep. give us eyes of faith that we may look to the heavens and know your love. hearts that we may enjoy your faithfulness. grant us strength we would climb
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the highest mountain to learn of your righteousness. courage that we would plunge the great deep to exercise your justice. how priceless is your unfailing love, o god. people take refuge in the shadow of your wings. they feast on the abundance of your house. you give them drink from the river of delights. holy lord, even as you provide shelter and food and drink for us this day, may we serve to be the extension of your wings of refuge. may we share the bounty of our own larders and give water to those who thirst for the refreshment of your own living water. for with you is the fountain of life. in your light we see light. hear our prayer this day that we may reflect the light of your sacred name. amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the jeurnt
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of the last day-journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from texas, ms. garcia. ms. garcia: 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 pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed s.4160, an act to amend title 40 united states code to grant the supreme court of the united states security related authorities equivalent to the legislative and executive branches in which concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests
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for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. garcia: mr. speaker, i rise with outrage at the recent cruel attack on women's reproductive rights. through a leak we have learned about the supreme court draft opinion that would terrifyingly overturn roe v. wade if finalized. this is shocking. you see, i know what happens when republicans strip reproductive rights away from women. i have seen it in my home state of texas which has the strictest reproductive health care laws in the country, s.b.-le each month nearly 1500 texans
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are forced into such desperation where they travel to surrounding states for a chance to receive their health care. many times these texans are forced to travel in unsafe conditions, putting themselves in harm's way. my colleagues, we will not go back. we must not go back. i urge my senate colleagues to codify roe v. wade into law. we must protect a woman's right to reproductive health care. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: thank you, mr. speaker. crime and the fear of crime impacts the lives of every american. we know its rising pace, carjacking at record highs. smash and grab robberies surging. and at least 12 major cities breaking homicide records in
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2021. we know its price in dollar terms. $200 billion annually in aggressive crime tax. we know it's spread costs to families who are afraid to walk the streets at night. we know the tragic cost it inflicts in death and suffering. and we know its root cause, soft on crime policies, far left prosecutors, and radical democrats. from seattle and portland to new york city and washington, d.c. democrats have failed the first duty of government, they have failed to keep citizens safe. now, some house democrats want to erase their own soft on crime record. but the american people will not be fooled. this congress, 219 house democrats voted for a bill that would cost local police departments hundreds of millions of dollars.
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the american people can't afford democrats' radical agenda. fewer police officers on the street, fewer criminals behind bars, more victims of violent crime. our police officers can't afford it, either. last year more officers were murdered in the line of duty during president biden's first year in office than at any point since 1995. mr. speaker, let me say that again. last year more officers were murdered in the line of duty during president biden's first year in office than at any point since 1995. one of those officers was sherr live's office deputy philip campus. he was a rising star who was killed in the line of duty last year after a swat team responded to domestic violence call. he leaves behind a wife and a
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young family. he grew up in my hometown, went to the exact same elementary school and junior high that i did. campus was a bright example of what it means to serve others. fittingly this year his name was added to the roll call of heroes on the national peace officers memorial in washington, d.c. to deputy campus' children, we cannot begin to imagine your sadness and pain. i want you to know this, your father was a hero. we will never forget him. mr. speaker, the solution to safer communities is the exact opposite of democrats' radical agenda. this crime crisis deserves serious leadership and it starts with stepping up and supporting law enforcement. our brave officers face enormous challenges. yet they choose to wear the uniform every day. it's not enough to fullly fund
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them -- fully fund them. they must know we have their backs. as national police week begins, i want to say something our law enforcement officers don't hear enough, thank you. 2457bg you for -- thank you for protecting our communities, thank you for protecting our children, thank you for protecting our country. while radical democrats want to defund, demonize, and abolish the police, republicans salute you and we will always support you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, as a former army ranger, i rise today in support of s-872. a bill to award army ranger veterans of world ward ii a congressional gold medal.
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in world war ii the u.s. army formed six battalions. some of the important battles of the war relied on their skills, sacrifice, and unending surge. mr. crow: they fought throughout europe, including d-day landings and omaha beach and liberated 500 prisoners from a japanese p.o.w. camp in the philippines known as the great raid of the of the 7,000 rangers who served in world war ii, only 15 are alive today. they live across our nation and heartland. as an army ranger who followed in their immense footsteps, i thank them for their service, sacrifice, and example. i also thank senator ernst for her partnership on this bill and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting its passage when it comes to a vote today. rangers lead the way. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. in honor of national charter school week, i'm here to talk about the importance of school choice. families should be empowered to find the best learning environments for their children instead of being forced into failing public schools that may not meet their child's need. piedmont community charter school located in gas ten county, north carolina, is an amazing example of a school that puts students first. this school isn't afraid to hold its students to a high standard or to provide a challenging curriculum. schools like piedmont should inspire us all to renew and strengthen our support for education freedom. instead of trapping children in a race to the bottom, charter schools like piedmont are pushing students to the top. more options mean more successful students.
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happy national charter school week. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. the horrifying reality is that in a matter of weeks we could live in a post-roe country. a country where women no longer have fundamental right to make decisions about their own bodies. ms. brown: a country where women no longer have control over when and how to start a family. a country where women will suddenly face government interference in their personal lives, their privacy, and their freedom. overturning roe will not eliminate the need for abortion, it will simply eliminate access to safe, legal abortion care.
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and it will take the worst toll on poor women, women of color, and others who already face countless barriers to health care. decisions about a woman's body are deeply personal. they should not be controlled by politicians. every person, no matter where they live, how much money they make, or what they look like deserves the right to make their own decisions about their health, life, and future. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize 100 years of stellar performance of an exemplary company in michigan's first district, ethel barredin and son
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lumber. since its founding the company has become a vital component in helping northern michigan grow and adapt to the needs in all aspect of daily life. this centennial milestone represents the years of service that barredden lumber has dedicating in contributing to the economic well-being of the area and the lives of countless residents. in resplect flecting on the company's 100 year history, it is clear they have continually chosen to not only make decisions for the good of the company in the wake of a changing marketplace, but they have also proven capable of looking beyond the balance sheet to include the ideas of -- and ideals of its people and community. mr. bergman: even as our cyclical michigan economy has presented obstacles to its growth, they have sustained itself through dedication and innovation. we are grateful for the company's contributions to all of michigan.
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thank you f.o. barredden and son. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. >> after almost 12 years in congress, today is my last day. it is an honor to serve with you all from both parties of the i love this institution as it exemplifies about what is best of our government, we are the peoples' house. while we put people before politics, there is much more to do. i hope to have greater impath on our country. i believe the current focus on extremism demands us to heed the words of abraham lincoln. mr.reed: a house divided cannot stand, but i add, a house united will not fail. it is time for petty political
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posturing to end. in god i trust. his divine protection will extend if we accept his love and the divine spark that exists in each of us. i want to thank my family without their love and support i am nothing and i thank the people who worked for us, i am gritful. my most profound appreciation is for the people of western new york. thank you for giving the covent try lawyer, youngest of 12 raised by a single mother the honor of representing you at the highest level. only in america can such a dream come true. i bid farewell and i wish you all god speed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: the leak of the supreme court's draft opinion, a draft opinion is a betrayal of confidence between the justices who deliver process and the public. no mat irside of the aisle you are on, everyone should find it republic hence i believe that an assault. the leak breaks down the ability of our nation's highest court to examine on all sides and come to clear issues. justices consider dobbs' case and should be able to debate. i expect the full investigation into this leak and condemn this attempt to undermine the american judicial process. this leak has caused protestors
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to now threaten the justices families' at their homes and we get silence from the biden station. if it falls on the side of issues and topics they gee with, it isn't violence but just merely protests and strong feelings. what hypocrisy. we must have a full investigation so they can do their judicial process in safety and without any kind of false influence. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i request 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. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate the men and women of naval air station pensacola being named navy installation command of the year. i'm in awe of the dedication and patriotism our servicemembers and defense civilians display
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day in and day out to ensure the dense of our nation. the patriots conducted 50,000 operations in fiscal year 2021 without mihap. the installation accomplished the emergency family assistance center to provide relief and aid for the recovery, shelter and assistance of 267 hurricane victims. we ask our servicemembers and families so much and enjoy leisure time is critical to their well-being. the moralee, welfare and recreation department received a five-star rating. it is my privilege to serve florida's 1st congressional district and the best is yet to come. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition?
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>> i request 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. >> i rise today to raise to honor ms. ann thomas who is retiring as a math teacher. she challenges her students to look beyond the students of the textbooks. every day her tenacity, her passion and dedication impacts each and every one of her students. she ensured that young people would have the knowledge and skills to not only help them succeed in the classroom but become empowered to be productive members of society. in honor of her 43 years of remarkable service, i thank and commend mrs. thomas to her commitment to math education and helping the next generation of
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young folks succeed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from seek recognition? mr. carter: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. carter: i rise today to remember the life of an incredible and selfless woman, melinda powell, referred to as sweet melinda. a nurse practitioner by trade, she led by example setting a standard of love and service, enriching the lives of friends, family and community members. melinda resided in savannah, georgia with her husband and was an active member of the community. she was a caring woman who looked after her patients like they were her own family and left a lasting impression and deeply loved by all who knew her. her service and love for our community will forever be remembered and her memory will always be cherished. my thoughts and prayers reside
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with me linda's and may godspeed her on her journey home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following communications. he. the clerk: the honorable, speaker, house of representatives, madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on may 5, 2022 at 4:25 p.m., that the senate agrees to conference with the house of representatives h.r. 4521, signed sincerely, deputy clerk. the honorable, speaker, house of representatives, madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate
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on may 9, 2022 at 2:40 p.m., that the senate agreed and sent to the desk of honorable hatch former senator from the state of utah, senate resolution 621, appointments board of trustees of american folklife of the. pursuant to clause 8, of rule 20, the chair will postpone further motions on motions to suspend the rules on which yeas and nays are ordered the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? ms. stevens: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 847 promoting technology act as amended. the clerk: union calendar number 225, h.r. 847, a bill to support
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research on privacy enhancing technology and promote responsible data use and for other purposes pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. stevens and is the gentlewoman from oklahoma each will control 20 minutes. ms. stevens: 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. 847 the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection ms. stevens: i yield myself such time. i rise in support of h.r. 847 the promoting digital privacy technologies act. the 21st century has ushered in the internet, the gig economy of nearly everything. americans are online. practically any digital action that users take from social media or shopping online or
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browsing news or using email creates data that is stored by companies or organizations. more and more data about each of us is generated faster and faster each day. 2.5 trillion bights of data are gathered. 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years alone. they can use, share or sell data and collect because most of the data economy is invisible, americans can't see this constant flow of their information, but the more modern digital economy is fueled by personal data. unfortunately, there are few processes that use personal data while also protecting the privacy and confidentiality. a 2019 survey by the national
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telecommunications and information administration found that 73% of u.s. households have significant concerns about online privacy and security risks. i hear it from my own constituents all throughout oak left-hand county, michigan. there are tremendous opportunities to capture the benefits of data and improved public health and better educational outcomes. however, in any use of this data, we have the ability and the necessity to ensure privacy and confidentiality, form and function, my friends. one way is to achieve is through the development of privacy enhancing technologies. they are a broad range of technologies that allow organizes to collect, share and use data while mitigating the risk. the goal is to make these systems that use personal information private by default.
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opening up those data to a wide range of researchers who would otherwise not have access. these technologies have the potential to enable prodder use of risks that data is the greatest barrier to open government efforts. we recognize the untapped potential and opportunity for the united states of america to lead here. the technology itself for p.t.e.'s is immature and not necessarily ready. my bill h.r. 847 supports research, work force development, standard setting and government coordination for p.e.t.'s. h.r. 847 directs the national science foundation to conduct fundamental privacy research to improve these technologies and assess their limitations and broaden their applicability. this bill directs the national science foundation to support
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work force development activities in order to help address the growing shortage of privacy officials across the united states of america. h.r. 847 also supports activities at the national institute of standards and technology to facilitate the development of standards and best practices for integration of p.e.t.'s in the public and private sectors. this is the best of government in action, my friends. h.r. 847 directs the white house office of science and technology policy to coordinate federal activities to accelerate the development of p.e.t.'s across government. congress has been debating different proposals for privacy legislation as we know for many, many years and i remain hopeful and optimistic that we will get something done. promoting privacy digital technologies act will make sure we have the necessary tools to
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fully implement privacy legislation without stifling innovation. it is high time that we research ways that privacy enhancing technologies can be utilized to protect americans' personal data. i would like to thank my colleagues. this has been a bipartisan effort. congressman anthony gonzales and representatives mass trough and senator deb fisher for working with me to develop this legislation last year. and i thank our stakeholders whose feedback strengthed this bill. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 847. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs.bice: i rise in h.r. 847. this legislation supports research activity to advance
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innovative technologies to safeguard individuals' privacy. we have used more and -- as americans have moved more of their lives online especially during the pandemic, it has resulted in consumer data and personal information being generated than ever before. this personal information has long been a target tore cyber criminals and it is only worsened over the pandemic. according to the federal identity theft increased by almost 3,000% over the last year. this problem is exacerbated by the failure of some companies to safeguard consumer data. this data is a valuable asset. in 2017 the economists claimed data is now world's most valuable resource. when safely utilized it can do a great deal to spur our economy and support innovations like artificial intelligence, and machine learning. our task is to ensure this
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resource doesn't fall into the hands of bad actors. putting americans' private information at risk. privacy enhancing technologies may be part of the solution. p.e.t.'s utilize statistics to minimize the identical information while ensuring the data sets are still usable. however, more research is needed to understand p.e.t.'s amicable and encourage further development and adoption. this bill requires the national science foundation to support fundamental research into p.e.t.'s, the mathematics that is the foundation of them, and the additional technologies that promote data minimummization principles. the legislation also directs nist to work with stakeholders to develop voluntary consistent standards for incorporating these technologies into federal and commercial applications. i want to thank chairman stevens and representative gonzalez for leading this very important legislation.
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i encourage my colleagues to support the bill. at this time i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs. bice: i'm prepared to close as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. bice: thank you, mr. speaker. i again would like to thank my colleagues, chairwoman stevens and representative gonzalez for leading this important legislation. while the data revolution offers an opportunity to solve many of the world's grand challenges, we must also ensure these innovators don't put americans' private information at risk. by supporting further research on privacy enhancing technologies through this legislation, we are taking important steps to strengthen consumer privacy while enabling the use of consumer data. i encourage my colleagues to vote yes on this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman from from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: i join my colleagues and encouraging members of this legislative body to support h.r. 847. i want to recognize that privacy enhancing technologies are an innovation opportunity for the united states of america. the role that the national institute of standards and technology will play with this legislation will convene industry stakeholders, nonprofit groups to standard set which is certainly welcomed by many and also ensures the -- ensure us the ability to succeed and compete in years to come. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has yielded. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. 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
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purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. rosendale: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3 the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from -- for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5324, the n.w.r. modernization act of 2021, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 228, h.r. 5324, a bill to provide guidance for investment in the upgrade and modernization of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration radio halls network and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the
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gentlewoman from michigan, ms. stevens, and the gentlewoman from oklahoma, mrs. bice, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 5324, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to voice my support for this bipartisan legislation led by ranking member bies and chairwoman sherrill of the science committee's environment subcommittee. the n.w.r. modernization act of 2021 will direct noaa to undertake various updates to the noaa weather radio. noaa weather radio serves as a consistent and reliable source of weather, forecasts, warnings, and watches from the national weather service to communities across america. something that is all too
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palpable to americans today given the rise of weather ex-- extreme weather incidents. because of its broad reach and continuous coverage, noaa weather radio also provides information related to natural disasters and other hazardous nonweather events. in order to ensure the noaa weather radio can continue to provide reliable, lifesaving information, it is vital to ensure the system is upgraded to reflect the modern era. this bill requires noaa to acquire more transmitters and update vital software and telecommunications infrastructure to support operation of noaa weather radio and enhance its transmission of nonweather emergency messages. these updates should help to expand noaa weather radio coverage to ensure all communities, especially underserved, rural communities receive these critical alerts.
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this bill will provide benefits to many across this incredible country. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting its passage. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs. bice: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 5324, the noaa weather radio modernization act, is dedicated to supporting, upgrading, and modernizing one of the best alert systems we have for extreme weather and other dangerous events. the noaa weather radio all hazards system known as n.w.r., is a highly successful nationwide network of stations that broadcasts natural, environmental, and safety alerts to the public through radio broadcast free womencies. freak womencies. whether it's an earthquake, tornado, chemical release, or am bert alert, the n.w.r. broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to 95% of the u.s.
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population. it is lifesaving and informative to everyone. no matter 24eur location -- their location. simply put n.w.r. is the sippingle source for exre weather and emergency information. many of my constituents in oklahoma heard alerts through the national weather radio receiver last week when severe weather and tornadoes struck seminole county in the late evening. thankfully there have been no reported casualties and that's due in large part to citizens heeding the warnings of the n.w.r. it's consistent as it operates even with the power goes out and cell service is down. it's also trusted because of its accuracy and long track record of savings lives. but as with all technology, it needs to be upgraded and modernized to remain effective. just as effective in the future as well as ensure current outages are short and infrequent. it was almost three decades ago in the late 90's that the n.w.r. network received its last
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upgrade. since that time operations and maintenance costs related to transmitters and antennas have increased. it should be obvious the technology has greatly advanced. as the very first iphone wasn't available when these upgrades took place. as the world becomes more digitized, we must ensure that older systems like this that protect lives and property don't get lost in the shuffle. that is why i introduced this legislation, h.r. 5324 authorizes upgrades to the existing system through timely repairs and ensures that the reliable infrastructure in place is not abandoned. this will help outages become less common. to give you an idea of this need, right before coming down i checked the n.w.r.'s website to see that 19 transmitters are currently out of service. and nine are experiencing degraded signal. that means 28 areas and surrounding communities are at risk of severe events without
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minimal warning. this legislation also establishes a modernization initiative for broadcast to transmit to i.p.-based communications and develop options for backup capabilities and enhanced signal transmission. this paves wait for future development and provides fail-safe options so that n.w.r. is never down for an extended period of time. last but not least, h.r. 5324 requires noaa to conduct an assessment of n.w.r. access. this will ensure the modernization efforts are effective and people across the country have easy, reliable access in a manner that is in line with modern technology. the benefits of the national weather radio right now are numerous. the signal can easily reach and educate vulnerable communities. it can cover both land and marine warnings. and when a disaster is over, it can issue an all clear for a community that might be
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battered, but whose people are safe. therefore we should ensure its continued use by supporting its reliability and efforts to bring the system into the 21st century. i'm proud to have introduced this legislation that does exactly that and will protect the lives of oklahomans as well as communities across the nation. i want to thank environmental subcommittee chairwoman sherrill for leading this bill with me. and for her efforts to work across the aisle for its passage. i also want to thank representatives kilmer, laturner, bonamici and ellzey for co-sponsoring it. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oklahoma reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i'd like to take a moment to reflect the congresswoman from oklahoma mentioned something that i believe is important to reiterate which is that the technology adoptions occurred before the iphone. last june in oakland county, michigan, farmington, the city
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of farmington and farmington hills experienced an extreme weather event otherwise known as a supercell. this is rapid winds at a high level, multiple -- hundreds of feet sometimes up in the air ripping large trees from their roots. it was very destructive. there was no warning. it f terrified residents of my district. we reflect in mason city, iowa, last month there was a major tornado that blew through again without warning. this is very real and palpable to the american people. i again want to recognize the leadership of the congresswoman from new jersey, the subcommittee chair of the environment subcommittee, ms. sherrill, for her leadership, along with the congresswoman from oklahoma, mrs. bice, for bringing us this very critical bill. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs. bice: mr. speaker, i yield as much time as he may
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conconsume to the the gentleman from oklahoma, the distinguished ranking member of the science committee and dean of the oklahoma delegation, mr. lucas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the the gentlewoman from oklahoma for yielding and for introducing this legislation. h.r. 5324, the noaa weather radio modernization act of 2021 is a straightforward lifesaving bill introduced by my esteemed colleague from oklahoma, representative stephanie bice. ranking member of the environment subcommittee. last week nearly the entire state of oklahoma experienced an outbreak of severe weather and a number of confirmed tornadoes. that is not uncommon for this time of year, and our citizens were well prepared. while there was significant damage and widespread power outages, there have been no confirmed deaths at this point. that is because of the lifesaving efforts of noaa, the national weather service, and warning capacities like the noaa
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weather radio, also known as n.w.r. day or night, power or no power, in the rural area or heart of the city, an n.w.r. device alerts you to severe weather nearby. most oklahomans grew up listening to these announcements and learned to act when we hear them. that saves lives. this ins n.w.r. was designated as the sole government provider of direct warning to private homes in 1975, thecies democrat has gone through few upgrades other than broadly expanding access across the country. the n.w.r.'s aging infrastructure has led to increased maintenance costs and more frequent outages. the copper wiring that connects broadcast transmitters to weather service stations has become obsolete and expensive. more powerful storms require backup options and stronger
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signals in case of extensive damage to mission critical facilities. the n.w.r. moddization act addresses these challenges and gives noaa the authority and resources to ensure the n.w.r. is as useful in the 21st century as it has been for the last four decades. this legislation continues to expand access to n.w.r. but does so while ensuring the system does not become obsolete without a date technology. i want to thank the leadership of the science committee for leading on this critical issue. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. and i would simply note, we pass lots of pieces of legislation in this body every session. but every so often, we address a piece of legislation that makes a real difference in the lives of people, a piece of legislation that deserves to move as swiftly as possible through the process to enable
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its implementation. i urge a yes vote. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. garcia: the gentlewoman reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs.bice: i'm ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: does anyone close? mrs.bice: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentlewoman from michigan prepared to close? ms. stevens: yes. mrs.bice: n.w.r. modernization act of 2021 will ensure the continued safety of all americans when experiencing severe weather and other emergency events. we have seen some examples of the noaa radio saving lives in oklahoma, iowa and colorado. this is available to 95% of the
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u.s. population, i see no reason why he we shouldn't strive for 100%. every citizen deserves equal access to this service. additionally, because we have seen how effective n.w.r. is, we need to support its modernization and continued use for decades to come. many services have used technology to adopt to a more modern age and our country's emergency alert system should be no different. this bill allows noaa to achieve both of those goals. i support the bill and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: noaa radio weather -- weather radio. we have a bill to modernize it. the american people need it now. h.r. 5324, n.w.r. modernization
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act of 2021 has my full support. i urge my colleagues to support it. and i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5324 as amended. favor. those opposed, no. in the opinion 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: punt to section 3 of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass s.666 the south florida clean coastal waters act of 2021.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 66, an act to require the interagency task force to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating for for other purposes pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. stevens and the gentlewoman from oklahoma, mrs. bice each will control 20 minutes. ms. stevens: i ask unanimous consent that members may include extraneous materials on s.66, the bill now under consideration. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the south clean coastal waters act. the south florida region suffers from blooms of harmful algae in
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fresh and marine bodies of water. the impacts of marine red tide and fresh water algae are felt in marine life and the local economy and on public health. when they die and sink into the bottom of water bodies, they can cause hypoxia or low events. this bill, authorizes a scientific assessment and action plan to address the negative impacts of harmful blooms and hypoxia in south florida. we know that many residents of michigan enjoy the splendors of south florida in the winter season. we have had this reported from colleagues in florida and we are supported this bill because this can serve as a template and how
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to address these disruptive events. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs.bice: senate 66, i support this bill and i would like to note that i appreciate that we are going through the normal legislative process here. last congress, the house passed h.r. 335, a bill introduced by representative mast to address harmful algal blooms in south florida. comafn mast fluesed the same language with science committee co-sponsors. and h.r. 335 -- h.r. 565 and
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senate 66 are all one and the same. it is simple language that is important to my colleagues in florida and their communities which are dependent on clean, healthy waters. the legislation requires the interagency task force on harmful algal blooms and hypoxia to have a report on options to reduce this in south florida. the legislation also calls for the task force to assess our current work and gaps in research, monitoring and management efforts. the task force will develop an action plan for reducing, mitigating and controlling h.a.b.'s and hypoxia. this will build on the debate work to reduce those in other parts of the country, the great lakes region and northern gulf of mexico. it is solid legislation, and i look forward to seeing its
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results in florida. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: for those watching at home, a friendly reminder that senate bill 66 passed the house last session of congress, the 116th session of congress. we will pass this bill again and that is our intention to send it over to the senate and get it passed and signed into law. the house, science, space and technology committee oversees and has jurisdiction over the harmful algal bloom and hypoxia act, which is why we are passing it through not only our committee but obviously on the house floor. yet again, i join my colleagues to pass this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves.
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the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs.bice: this will help floridians enjoy clean, safe and healthy waters and helps families and our economy. we have seen efforts like this can succeed in defeating harmful algal blooms. southern florida needs to enjoy the same success. this is solid policy making through regular order and i appreciate the work. i thank senators rubio and scott for their work and representative mast to collaborate and others for leading this effort. i urge my colleagues to support the bill, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: the gentlewoman reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has the only time
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left. ms. stevens: i'm prepared to close. with that, i would like to note with this bill, the task force to develop an action plan based on integrated system for reducing, mitigating and controlling h.a.b.'s and hypoxia is essential. this is an interagency effort involving the state, involving local and tribal governments and nonstakeholder groups. we urge the passage of senate bill s.66. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 66. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair -- the gentleman from texas. mr. roy: i ask for the yeas and
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nays pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? ms. stevens: madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 7077 empowering the u.s. fire administration act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to require the united states fire administration to conduct investigations of major fires and for other purposes pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. stevens and the gentlewoman from oklahoma mrs. bice, each will control 20 minutes. ms. stevens: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material
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on h.r. 7077, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection ms. stevens: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman may proceed. ms. stevens: i rise in support of h.r. 7077 the empowering the u.s. fire administration act, although fire laws have improved significantly, the fire problem in the united states of america remains serious and is deserving of our attention and our legislative action. the united states still has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world. it is clear we have work to do to prevent these fires and unfortunately, their deadly consequences. according to fema between 2017 and 2019, residential building fires caused 11,000 injuries and $8.1 bill yofn in property loss.
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in michigan, and this is deeply personal, we have experienced a significant rise in fire-related deaths during 2022, just this year alone. according to the bureau of fire services, fire-related deaths increase creased by 140%. fires are on the rise in the first month of 2022 alone compared to 2021. it is reported that these increased fires in michigan were preventable and i enjoy congressman torres in supporting his legislation. the empowering the u.s. fire administration act is part of a federal legislative package aimed as solving the underlying causes that cause dangerous fires. this is led by representative torres. on january 9 of this year, a
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fire occurred in an apartment building in representative torres' district, 17 people, including eight children tragically lost their lives. we experienced a less deadly fire, although monumental at oak left-hand hills in the last sp largest wood-frame structure caught on fire. a key objective of the u.s. fire administration is to significantly reduce the loss of life from fire while achieving a reduction in property loss. this bill authorizes the u.s. fire administration to conduct on-site investigation of major fires. by authorizing the usfa ton send investigators to the site of a major fire, this bill will more fully leveraging the unique expertise of the usfa to
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contribute to what we can learn from these fires to continue to strengthen prevention going forward. these catastrophes deserve federal support. they hamper our local fire departments, our local residents deserves. i mentioned in february i mentioned in february for oakland club experienced. it was where i worked as a hostess following my senior graduation from high school at birmingham. i was saving up money for college. thankfully, no one was injured. but the sheriff recently forecast the total fire investigation could take up to a full year to complete. we must learn from these fires to inform efforts to prevent major fires from occurring in the future, and the usfa is an
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important component of these efforts. the agency is limited in its ability to learn from these fires and it currently lacks the authority to conduct on-site investigations. this is what this bill will achieve. it will unlock the expertise of fire specialists to coordinate with local agencies and requires the usfa to send their own experts to the site of a major fire to conduct an on-site investigation in coordination and cooperation with appropriate federal, state, and local authorities. in doing so, this bill more fully utilizes the agency's extensive expertise to help learn from major fires and to help inform prevention efforts in the future. additionally, this bill requires usfa to issue a public report on the findings of the investigation to local, state, and federal authorities. this report would include
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recommendations in how to mitigate the causes of the investigated fire as well as buildings with similar characteristics that may bear similar fire risks, the sharing of national best practices is how we succeed as the united states of america. if other federal agencies, for example, nist, are also investigating the fire, the bill would encourage the agency to collaborate on a comprehensive report an interagency effort. collaboration with local, state, and other federal authorities is the central theme of this entire bill. we're just ensuring that usfa h also the specific -- also has the specific authorities. i want to thank richie torres for his fantastic leadership on this bill. i want to recognize my science committee colleagues, congressman peter mejer from
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west michigan. and i want to thank you in j joining us in passing this bill. madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs. bice: i want to rise in support of h.r. 7077. this bipartisan legislation would help us better investigate and prevent deadly fires by giving the u.s. fire administration the authority to collaborate with local fire departments. with this authority, they can send safety specialists, fire protection engineers, codes and standards experts, researchers and fire training special itses to -- specialists to assist with on-site investigations of major fires. the u.s. fire administration is housed within fema, and it helps enhance our ability to prevent and respond to fires through research and education. it has valuable and lifesaving resources in preventing,
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responding to and investigating fires. this bill would ensure that state and local governments can access their expertise and hopefully present -- prevent major fires in the future. the bill directs u.s. fire administration incident investigators to examine the cause and origins of fires. their expertise will help local officials assess factors that contribute to the loss of property and life, including the use of codes and standards, demographics, structural characteristics, smoke and fire dynamics and related costs. additional, the bill requires the u.s. fire administration to issue a report in coordination with federal, state, and local authorities on their findings and to provide recommendations on how to prevent similar fires from occurring in the future. i'd like to thank representative torres for introducing the bill after new york's deadliest fire in over three decades, claiming the lives of 17 residents,
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including eight children. rep torres recognizes it is critical we empower the u.s. fire administration to coordinate with local fire departments to make sure these fires never happen again. it incorporates stakeholder and agency feedback and is endorsed by the fire department of new york, the international association of fire chiefs, the international association of fire firefighters, national association of state fire marshals, and the national fire protection association. in its smart and -- it is smart and practical policy to make the best use of our resources to protect american lives. in addition to rep torres, i'd like to thank the original co-sponsors from our committee, representatives stevens, meijer and gonzalez. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: madam speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from new york,
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mr. torres. the speaker pro tempore: mr. torres is recognized. mr. torres: madam speaker, i'm here to speak about h.r. 7077. which stems from the tragedy of twin parks northwest, the scene of new york's deadliest fire in more than three decades, one that left the south bronx with a death count of 17, including eight children, one as young as 2 years of age. the legislation would empower the united states fire administration to investigate the deadliest fires in partnership with state and local governments. not all local jurisdictions have the capacity to investigate the causes of complex fires on their own. the federal government, tapping into the technical expertise of usfa can and should aid fire investigations in the aim of ascertaining the truth about what exactly happened and why. we must investigate the deadliest fires so that every lesson is learned and so that no life is ever lost in vain.
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the objective here is to enable the usfa to share lessons learned with governments at all levels in the hopes of transforming those lessons into policies and practices that prevent fires and save lives. every time a fire breaks out and a life is lost, we should be reminded of a simple injunction, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. let us enable the usfa to learn from the deadliest fires so that we as a nation never repeat them. i'm enormously grateful for the partnership of congress member haley stevens, without whose support the bill would never have been brought to the floor. i'm also enormously grateful for the bipartisan cooperation of congress members byes, m -- bice, meijer and gonzalez. i had a like to include letters from the fdny, international
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association of fire chiefs and national association of state fire marshals. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. torres: thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs. bice: madam speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from michigan, my freshman colleague, mr. meijer. the speaker pro tempore: m mr. meijer is recognized. mr. meijer: i rise in support of the h.r. 7077, empowering the u.s. fire administration act, which is an important piece to honor the u.s. fire administration. i'm glad to join mr. torres in introducing this bill, spurring from a fire in the bronx apartment building that left us with many questions. upon further examination, it became clear there's currently a lack of coordination between the u.s. fire administration and other state and local authorities. in fact, the u.s. fire
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administration does not have the authority to conduct on-site investigations of major fires and as a result, our state and local authorities are limited in their capabilities to investigate major fires. the u.s. fire administration's expertise can and should be used to the fullest extent, in coordination with all existing authorities responsible for fire investigations. that is why h.r. 7077 is so important, to address the existing coordination gap between federal, state, and local authorities, and allow the u.s. fire administration to send investigators, including safety specialists, fire protection engineers, codes and standards experts, and fire training specialists to the site of a major fire so that these experts can then work on the ground with their state and local authorities to determine cause, examine building failures, provide answers as to those affected by the fires and establish lessons learned so similar tragedies can be prevented in the future. the tragedy we saw in the bronx was heartbreaking and should
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never have happened. we need answers and we also need to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again. it's pastime to -- it's past time that we allow them to help them achieve this goal. our grand rapids fire department offers their support. i want to thank my colleague, mr. torres, without whom this wouldn't happen, mississippi stevens, and mr. -- ms. stevens, and mr. gonzalez, as well as my colleague, ms. bice. i -- mrs. bice. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma is recognized. mrs. bice: thank you, madam speaker. i rise, again, in support of h.r. 7077, the empowering the u.s. fire administration act. as i previously mentioned, the usfa has valuable and lifesaving resources in preventing,
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responding to and investigating fires. this bill would ensure that state and local governments have access to these resources and that the u.s. fire administration has the authority needed to conduct on-site investigations of major fires. we cannot afford to let any more tragic and preventable fires, like the one in rep torres ' district, happen in the future. i ask my colleagues to support the bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan. ms. stevens: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. stevens: madam speaker, i, again, urge my colleagues to support this critical bill, h.r. 7077, a bill to empower the u.s. fire administration, to act in regards to the event of fires for investigative purposes. i'd also like to note that the members who are supporting this bill not only share a time zone but share a generation and share
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a vision for the future, a vision for the future of this country that utilizes the best of government in interagency effort, government acting cohesively together when needed. federal government coming in and supporting local fire departments in the wake of catastrophic fires. this is quite palpable, madam speaker. the urgency to pass the bill, h.r. 7077, could not be more palpable. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7077. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> i'd 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 are postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? ms. stevens: madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1437, the presip -- precip act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1437, to amend the weather research and forecasting inonovation act frp 2017 to direct the national oceanic and atmospheric administration to provide comprehensive and regularly updated federal prescription information, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. stevens, and the gentlewoman from oklahoma, mrs. bice, will
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each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. ms. stevens: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 1437, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. stevens: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. stevens: i rise today in support of h.r. 1437, the providing research and estimates of changes in prescription, or precip act. i'd like to commend environment subcommittee chairwoman ms. sherrill of the science committee on her work to bring the precip act to the house floor today. the bipartisan bill is the result of significant stakeholder engagement led by congresswoman sherrill of new jersey. prescription data is used by decisionmakers like dam safety officials, floodplain managers,
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civil engineers and federal, state and local officials to build resilient infrastructure, something we care a lot about in this body, for communities. the prescription data is extremely important for michiganders. this is a huge reality for us, particularly in southeastern michigan, after record, record rainfall over the last year. the great lakes integrated sciences and changes in precipitation in the great lakes region will read to more extreme precipitation events in the state of michigan, otherwise known as flooding, a relate all too palpable to the speaker. these extreme precipitation events can cause flooding and affect lake levels which could have ecological impacts across my home state of michigan and across the country. the precip act would modernize
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outdated precipitation data and the bill directs noaa to update precipitation data. this will not only address many precipitation estimates that are currently years and sometimes decades out of date. it will also help local responders act when their residents need them to and will help local elected officials coordinate with the federal agencies in responding to extreme precipitation events and ensure in precipitation estimates across the united states as we know precipitation events do not respect state or regional boundaries. we are also participating an increase of frequency and intensity of precipitation events due to the reality of climate change, it is critical that this bill requires noaa to
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require future climate change. this will ensure that this data remains relevant for the future. i am deeply proud to co-sponsor this bill that has bipartisan and bicameral event and will impact all americans a urge all my colleagues to support this bill. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from oklahoma, mrs. bice is recognized. mrs.bice: i rise in support of h.r. 14737. this legislation sponsored by the chair woman of the environmental subcommittee would amend the weather act to enhance precipitation estimates and improve how noaa works to best utilize this data. this precipitation data is crucial to our forecasting abilities. not only does it inform us, but
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predict and protect ourselves from natural disasters. to improve these estimates, this bill directs noaa with the national academies to review practices and identifying research needs in order to improve those forecasts. additionally, the legislation requires noaa to update estimates within six years of the national academy's report and every 10 years afterward. finally, this bill directs noaa to develop and publish a guidance document. meteorologists and other users to follow when performing probable precipitation studies. this will provide tremendous benefits across the country and communities will benefit from better data as they make better
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decisions to address extreme weather events including flooding. this will make a real difference. my home state of oklahoma oak is home to thousands of dams and they are in need of repair and modernization and the communities responsible rely on accurate data to ensure we are prepared for future rainfall. too often, we had to rely on out of-of-date data. and i am proud to be a co-sponsor of the legislation and i would like to thank chairwoman sherrill. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: i have seen you congresswoman debbie dingell in your weighedders moving around your district in flood-ridden
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neighborhoods and it is important to pass the precip act. co--led by congresswoman brian fitzpatrick of pennsylvania. this is a remarkable set of legislation that will make a huge difference to this country. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oklahoma. mrs.bice: i want to thank representative sherrill for sponsoring this legislation. this mr. williams: improve the way we do business and prevent losses during natural disasters. this is a smart and practical bill that we have accurate data and ensures that noaa will update estimates more frequently so committees can use timely data to make crucial decisions. i appreciate my colleagues' work on this important topic.
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and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan. ms. stevens: i am prepared to close. h.r. 1437 precip act is great merit and i urge my colleagues to join me in its passage. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1437 as amended. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. roy: request the yeas and nays pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings
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>> and congressional gold medal act sponsored by senator ernst. the clerk: h.r. 1872, accord a congressional medal to the united states army rangers of world war ii in recognition of their extraordinary service during world war ii the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr0 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: i ask thack all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself as
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such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of the army rangers veterans of world war ii congressional medal act. this bill honors the service in the men in the u.s. army rangers whose actions in the european, north african american and pacific theaters during world war ii were essential to ensuring victory for the allied powers. with the onset of world war ii there were no army units capable of doing missions. to resolve the brigadier general proposed the creation of army ranger battalions to general george marshall. these small and independent units drew upon existing american expertise using
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infantry for raids and scouting. captain o'darby was the first ranger commander due to his experience in amphibious training in both cavalry and infantry. he went recruiting volunteers, 473 of whom became the first ranger battalion. thereafter, the second through sixth ranger battalions were formed along with the 24th battalion comprised with the members of the national guard. the first was given the mission of taking part in the british and canadian raid in france making them. american troops following this raid, the first ranger battalion operated prime aerial throughout
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north africa and italy where they played a crucial role in the operational success of the battle of enzio. they participated in smaller raids in norway and france and disbanded due to the new formation of the 2nd and 5th ranger battalions who took part in france, belgium and central europe including most famously the invasion of normandy and d-day. they conducted missions across italy, while the 6th ranger battalion engaged in combat in the phillipines and new begin's. it is know in the rescue of 500 prisoners of war in the raid of the prison camp at cabaatwan.
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following the war, all seven infantry battalions received the presidential unit citation for their contributions to the allied war effort and i believe their heroism ought to be rewarded. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. hill: i rise, too, in support of s.1872, the united states army rangers veterans of world war ii congressional medal act. i thank my friend from illinois for managing the time and thank the senators for their work on the senate side in originating this bill and representatives
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here in the house, crow, mill-meeks and waltz on the house come pan h.r. 3377. to become an army ranger is a distinct honor. those have the privilege of donning the tan beer a are proven warriors to our freedom knows no bounds. they embody the ranger motto, rangers lead the way. the 75th ranger regiment is so well known that it is hard to pleefn that the united states had no official units organized to carry out such specialized missions prior to world war ii. when america entered the war, conventional wisdom changed and it became that special operation units were essential to an allied victory. the first rangers were trailblazers and influenced our nation's approach to special
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prayings across all branches of the military. in may, may 26, 1942, brigadier general prescott, with the prettyish combined operation headquarters proposed to army chief of staff general marshall that we, quote, we undertake immediately the organization of an american unit along british commando lines, closed quote. in short order, a cable was sent from the war department to major the commander of army forces in northern ireland to authorize the activation of the first ever ranger unit. the idea was disseminate volunteer units with the british commandos to become combat tested and eventually to return
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to their original american units and share their newfound combat knowledge. the title was rangers. he said i selected rangers because few words had a more glamorous contation in american military history. the organization destined to be the first of american ground forces to battle germans on the european continent in world war ii should be called rangers. their fighting ability and achievement were legendary. in just a few weeks after his original proposal, the first ranger infantry battalion was activated 19 june 1942.
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five more ranger battalions followed as well as a provisional army national guard unit known as the 29th ranger battalion. the newly formed ranger battalions had an immediate impact on the allied war effort. the first battalion, then led by major william o.d -- o. darby, they were awarded battle honors in tew niecea, spear -- tunisia, and he was a war hero in arkansas. bill darby was born and buried in fort smith, arkansas, and darby, for all his leadership, proudly represented that ranger uniform, ranger leadership, was killed in action in italy at age 34 in april, 1945.
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darby and those early ranger units were able to overtaken my troops where the axess forces held every -- axis forces held every advantage, including that of shear numbers. our debt can nefver be repaid. but today we can honor this very special group of volunteer soldiers, those very first ranger battalions who, during the second world war, set the tone for the modern ranger regiments. i -- regimens. i ask my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. i reserve the balance of my time until mr. hill yields back. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman prepared to close? mr. hill: no. i have additional speakers. at this time, madam speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to a
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distinguished member of the 75th ranger regiment, our colleague from ohio, warren davidson, and i yield mr. davidson two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davidson: i thank the gentleman from arkansas. i thank everyone who's had a hand in taking time to create this bill, to create this congressional gold medal, and to recognize the limited number of world war ii army rangers that we still have alive with us today. but frankly, to honor the service of each and every one of them, the heroism and legacy of the army rangers goes back to the revolutionary war, since we fought, we've recognized the ranger tactics and ranger units that inspired the creation of the rangers in world war ii. and so it is an incredible honor to have gotten the chance to complete the school and to serve in the 75th ratnger regiment. more than half a century passed without formal ranger units in
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america. mr. hill highlighted the history how that was created but from their very first engagements in north africa, it was clear the difference they could make on the battlefield. so the third and fourth battalions were trained in africa by darby. hard to think of such a young man who lost his life, gave his life in battle for our country, has created such a legacy that can continue today. they began a tradition of wearing the scroll at that time and it's officially been adopted by today's ranger battalions. the second and fifth ranger battalions participated in the d-day landings in omaha beach, normandy. and that's where the motto formally was coined, rangers, lead the way. they scaled cliffs there, overlooking omaha beach, they trained fires on the beach head. the sixth rather than battalion
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prapted in the philippines. our colleague already highlighted their famed largest rescue of more than 500 p.o.w.'s in that battle. today, the 75th ranger regiment owes its heritage to the china-burma-india, october 3, 1943. it was during the campaigns during that theater that the regiment became known after their commander -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hill: i yield the gentleman 30 more seconds, madam speaker. mr. davidson: they were deactivated at the end of world war ii and we know of all their achievements since then. but it's fitting we take this gold medal to honor our army rangers. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. is the gentleman from arkansas prepared to close? mr. hill: madam speaker, i would urge that our friends across the aisle and on this side of the aisle support this important bill to recognize the few army
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rangers that are still living, recognize the work of the establishment of the ranger core in our nation, and i'm so grateful that warren davidson was here today, madam speaker, because warren's work on the house financial services committee and in this bill truly, he's the embodiment of rangers lead the way, his reflection on the formation of the regiments makes us all think back to that historic anniversary of d-day and president reagan's speech at point dehawk when he paid tribute to those rangers, the boys of point dehawk, and there were, madam speaker, at the 40th anniversary a whole row of rangers still living, and point dehawk that sat in front of president reagan to hear him pay tribute to these brave men who scaled the cliffs at normandy. and now so many years later we lost so many more. so i want to thank my friends in the senate for this bill and for
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our friends in the house who worked on it. urge all of the house to vote unanimously to support this gold medal to recognize the greatest j generation of army rangers. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. i would like to thank the gentlewoman from iowa, senator ernst, for sponsoring s. 1872, along with my colleague, the gentleman from colorado, congressman crow, for introducing its companion version in the house. the army rangers veterans of world war ii deserve this accolade for their tireless courage, grit, determination, and the dedication to their country. the heroism they demonstrated throughout the war made an incalculable contribution to the allied victory. they are truly the embodiment of their motto, rangers lead the way. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on s. 1872.
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i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1872. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. roy: 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 are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5911. the fair hiring in banking act, as amended, sponsored by congresswoman beatty. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5911, a bill to
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amend the federal deposit insurance act and the federal credit union act to expand employment opportunities for those with a previous minor criminal offense, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks within which to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 5911, the fair hiring in banking act. i thank the chair of our diversity and inclusion subcommittee, congresswoman joyce beatty, for this important piece of legislation and the members of both sides of the
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aisle who came together to support this bill. for far too long, american citizens, especially people of color, who have paid their debt to society have continued to face unnecessary barriers to employment within the financial services industry. black and latinx people face harsher prosecution and sentencing than their white peers for the same crime. arrest records for such convictions often prevent individuals from securing employment, putting them at higher risk of homelessness and recidivism. until recent changes by the fdic and the ncua, if a bank or credit union wanted to hire an individual who is highly qualified but happens to have a couple of minor drug possession violations on their record from 30 years ago, they would need to go through a cumbersome process
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for filing for a waiver from the fdic or ncua to allow them to hire this highly qualified individual. this is true whether the job that they're applying for is a janitor or a bank teller. these kinds of policies created entirely unnecessary and unjustified barriers to employment for highly qualified individuals who have done their time and who deserve to be given a second chance to reintegrate into society. so this bill would codify and expand on these recent changes from the fdic and ncua to break down these barriers. in particular, this bill reduces the lookback period from certain criminal charges for an indeterminant timeline to seven years or five years from the time a person is released from incarceration. the bill also makes it clear that criminal offenses that have
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been expunged, sealed, or dismissed are not included in the fdic or ncua review of eligibility to work for an insured bank or credit union. this bill also would build on the administrative changes that fdic and ncua have made by providing statutory clarity on the definition of certain crimes of dishonesty that received special treatment under their rules. we must ensure that those who have successfully paid their debt to society are not arbitrarily denied job opportunities that they otherwise are qualified to do. again, i thank chair beatty for introducing this important bill and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker.
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i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: i rise in support of h.r. 5911, the fair hiring in banking act. and i appreciate the hard work of congresswoman beatty from ohio in its preparation and passage. this bill is an important step towards continuing to expand employment opportunities for all americans. including ex-offenders. this bill is bipartisan. in fact, this bill codifies rules promulgated under the previous administration. the fdic's rule struck a balance between allowing qualified individuals to obtain employment through the waiver process with the need of protecting the safety and soundness of our banking system. republicans and democrats worked together on this bill to ensure that both of those objectives were met. in fact, i'm proud to say that one place where we worked together to improve the bill was on the question of
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rehabilitation. just because an individual once committed a crime does not automatically mean that they can never be trusted. nor does it mean they are unqualified to work in our financial system. it's our responsibility as lawmakers to ensure our banking system is safeguarded against bad actors. but it's also our responsibility to ensure that those that are qualified to work in america's financial institutions have that opportunity to pursue happiness in that manner. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and support those who've repaid their debt to society as they begin that important journey of shifting back to society, building a new life, and pursuing happiness. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i now yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, mrs. beatty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. beatty: i thank the
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gentleman from illinois for yielding time, and i also thank him and the minority for their support of this bill. madam speaker, with the historic recovery since president biden took office, there are now 11.5 million job openings in the united states. unfortunately, for for mr individuals, 1-3 american adults that those opportunities are too often out of reach. people with criminal records are prohibited from working in a federally-insured financial institution like a bank or credit union unless they get a waiver from the government. that is not just for pay jour felonies but for minor misdemeanor like shophistorying or having an altercation. my bill, the fair housing banking act would update the law to reduce barriers for individuals seeking to work at a
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federally-insured financial snugs. a young individual who had an altercation or misdemeanor and got six month probation and no time served and without admitting guilt. they would fall under this. this bill would reduce the existing lifetime ban to a more effective seven-year ban. research shows after 7 years someone convicted of a felony is not more likely to commit a new offense. my bill would keep in place the ban for people who aren't convicted of major banking offenses. the bill, as you have heard, codifies the recent rulemaking of the fdic to exempt those individuals whose crimes have
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been ex punked or crimes happened before the age of 21. i would like to point out to my colleagues that this is a bipartisan bill that passed the financial services committee without controversy and has the backing of major financial industries and groups and broad range of organizes from the united states chamber of commerce to public citizens. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i want to thank mrs. beatty for her work on this bill and leadership. and i think it deserves reiterating when former fdic chair was at the helm she issued rules to allow individuals convicted of certain crimes that are currently barred from employment to on apply for an
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exemption and she did an outstanding job on behalf of the trump administration. h.r. 5911 takes the approach that they would codify and put into law aspects of that rulemaking and expand the employment opportunities at banks and credit unions. and as congresswoman beatty says it eliminates that waiver requirement for older criminal charges and reducing the look-back for crimes committed by persons committed under the age of 21. this bill no way eliminates the waiver. and it doesn't change the 10-year minimum probation period. this bipartisan bill codifies work done by the prior administration in an effective way that opens up as i say, the opportunity for many people in this country to pursue happiness by a career in the financial
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services industry. i spent almost four decades in the financial services industry and been involved in hiring hundreds of people in the banking industry. and this is practical commonsense view that will help our banks hire and retain key members of their staff. i thank the gentlewoman from from ohio. i encourage my colleagues to support the bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: i have no further speakers and prepared to close and i reserve the balance of my time until mr. hill yields back. i yield myself the balance of the time. this is just the next step towards addressing employment barriers for justice-involved individuals.
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more must be done and i'm glad we can agree on a bipartisan manner to provide this opportunity for fair employment opportunities at banks and credit unions. i thank chairwoman beatty and i urge to support this important h.r. 5911. i yield back. 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. 5911 as amended. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. roy: request the yeas and nays pursuant to section 3-s of rule 8. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,
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further proceedings are postponed. mr. garcia: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5914, the empowering states to protect seniors from bad actors act, as amended, sponsored by congressman gottheimer. the clerk: h.r. 5914 a bill to amend the act of 2010 to provide grants for states of senior investors and poll sill holders and for other purposes pursuant to the rule the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, each will control 20 minutes. mr. garcia: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise to voice my support for h.r. 5914 empowering states to protect seniors from bad actors act. i want to thank mr. gottheimer for introducing this legislation that provides grants to state securities' regulateors to support programs that protect senior investors and i thank mrs person for working with us on this important bill. as you know, seniors are particularly vulnerable to investment fraud, scams and deceptive practices. in october of last year, in its annual report on elder fraud and abuse, the department ofjustice reported that in 2020 alone, seniors suffered over $1 billion in financial losses due to
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fraud. state regulateors are on the front line of protecting our investors. the s.e.c. with the a advocate d division of enforcement can evaluate and administer programs to state regulateors' efforts to protect senior investors. this is supported by state securities' regulateors and north american securities administrators association, consumer if i had regulates of america, public citizen and c.f.a. institute. i thank members on sides for coming together. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. hill: i rise in support of h.r. 5914 empowering states to
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protect seniors from bad actors act. i thank mr. gottheimer. protecting investors and the most vulnerable to financial crimes and fraud is a bipartisan effort. in the great state of arkansas our seniors make up 17.4% of our population and across the nation with 54 million seniors over the age of 65, senior investors are a frequent target. so it is especially important that we protect this population against fraud and punish bad actors especially these bad actors are on fixed income. h.r. 5914 better equips state security regulateors and enforcement and investigative arms to punish and d deter fraud committed against our seniors.
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with this being a new grant program, important provisions have required an interim and final report to the congress. this will allow us to determine the effectiveness of this program before it is renewed. i urge colleagues og both sides of the aisle to support this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: i yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. garcia. ms. garcia: i rise today in support of my colleague from new jersey, mr. gottheimer's bill, h.r. 5194 empowering states to protect seniors from bad actors act. senior investors and consumers have become the target of financial exploitation. sadly, 1-5 have been victimized
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by financial fraud. in today's world of technology and robe on the calls, it is only getting calls. i have had many lives in my life. i'm like a cat. the first was a engineer at trick social worker. it was little bit different. now with technology and all the high-tech things one can do, the numbers are getting higher and the dollar values are getting higher. protecting seniors is critical to ensuring that seniors can maintain a secure retirement. this bill will help do that. it creates a senior investment protection grant program to be implemented by the securities and exchange commission which will work closely with state security regulateors to protect older investors and educate about financial scams.
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thanks to chairwoman waters and representative gottheimer for bringing this bill before us today. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i look forward to seeing it to fruition. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. hill: i urge my colleagues to provide support for this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the speaker pro tempore: gentlem an prepared to close? mr. hill: i yielded back. mr. garcia: i yield myself the balance of the time. this is a strongly bipartisan bill aimed to strengthen senior investment protection programs at our state securities and insurance regulateors and protect millions of seniors who are vulnerable to fraud.
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i thank representative gottheimer. and i yield back. 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. 5914 as amended. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. roy: request the yeas and nays pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8. yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 935, small business mergers, acquisitions, sales and brokerage simplification act of 2021,
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sponsored by representative huizenga. the clerk: a bill to amend the national securities act brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership with smaller, privately-held companies. p pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and insert extraneous material thereon. i yield myself -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. garcia: i rise today to urge passage of h.r. 935, the small business mergers, acquisitions,
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sales and brokerage simplification act of 2021 and thank the sponsors, congressman huizenga and is the ranking memberring and congresswoman maloney. and congressman huizenga and congresswoman maloney have come forward to provide relief for small and ms.-sized businesses who are looking to merge or sell their companies. these so-called brokers esengly help facilitate -- essentially help facile trait the transfer and ownership of control to a buyer. the securities and exchange commission which oversees brokers can become involved in these transactions because m & a
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brokers facilitate securities transactions when they connect a selling company to a buyer. in 2014, the s.e.c. via a no action letter permitted brokers to affect securities transactions with the transfer of ownership of privately held companies without registering as a broker dealer. this no action letter helps to account for the fact that small and midsized businesses have fewer resources to pay for the services of registered broker dealers and ultimately do not pose the kinds of potentially systemic risk that larger companies may pose. so h.r. 935 would codify the s.e.c. 2014's no action letter and will further clarify and simplify the registration regime for brokers which will reduce costs for buyers and sellers.
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h.r. 935 is consistent with the north american securities administration's model slate regulation for brokers which exempts these brokers from state securities legislation. i urge this bill's passage. i reserve the balance of my time. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise today on behalf of the committee in support of h.r h.r. 935. i particularly want to thank the bill's sponsor, mr. bill huizenga of michigan, for his leadership on this issue on behalf of small businesses across our country. the importance of small businesses to our economy, our job creation and the innovation across our nation cannot be
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overstated. they're the backbone of all of our communities. mr. hill: in october of 2020, the small business administration reported there were 31.7 million small businesses in the united states. and yet too often democrats' heavyhanded approach to business regulation in this country can put that success at risk. a one-size-fits-all regulatory approach disproportionately burdens small enterprises. and for those looking to grow through merger and acquisition, they often face additional costs, the expense of that transaction. the committee has found that merger and acquisition brokers provide crucial services to small businesses whose owners desire to sell the business or merge with another firm. however, certain of these brokers face significant compliance costs, including s.e.c. registration fees, which are, of course, passed on to their clients, the small
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business. h.r. 935 helps to alleviate these costs by amending the exchange act to create a simplified registration system for these kinds of merger and acquisition brokers. the securities and exchange commission, the s.e.c., agrees with the premise of this bill. in fact, back in 2014, the s.e.c. issued a no action letter to exempt certain m&a brokers from registration and that no action letter, madam speaker, is relied upon today. without a change this law, the regulator community is left in a state of uncertainty -- regulated community is left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to federal securities laws. the gentleman from michigan's bill will clarify, simplify and provide much-needed certainty as to that process. without compromising important investor protections. i would also remind my
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colleagues that this bill has previously passed the house in prior congresses. therefore our committee urges our colleagues to support h.r. 935 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. i reserve the balance of my time until mr. hill yields back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker. i'd now like to yield five minutes to the author of this legislation, the ranking member of our capital markets subcommittee, the gentleman from michigan, mr. huizenga. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. huizenga: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, for yielding me the time. i rise today in support of my legislation, house resolution 935, the small business mergers, acquisitions, sales and brokerage simplification act of 2021. madam speaker, this bill isn't
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new. we've been here before. in fact, this will be the third instance that my legislation has actually come to the floor. and each time members of this body have unanimously supported the legislation before us today and i certainly hope that the third time is the charm. but let's be clear. for small, privately owned businesses, merger and acquisition advisors and business brokers perform crucial roles in preparing these privately held businesses for a sale or a merger by finding and screening potential business buyers or partners. these brokers play a vital role in navigating m&a transactions to successful outcomes. unfortunately federal securities regulations technically require an m&a broker to be registered and regulated by the securities and exchange commission, as well as finra. just like a wall street investment banker selling or buying publicly traded companies. this is a problem long
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identified by both practitioners and the regulators themselves. so whether it's a small, locally owned store in my hometown or a fortune 500 company, today the same rules apply. regardless of the size of the business, the size of the transaction, or whether they are publicly or privately held. and sadly, these last two years have only increased the need for mile mayorga bill. despite $-- my bill. despite $5 trillion in covid relief packages, which often picks winners and losers, rising costs due to inflation are making it difficult for many small businesses to keep the lights on today. recent data from the federal reserve itself showed that 85% of small businesses experienced financial hardships and difficulties in 2021. and according to the small business administration, 68% of small business owners say they are having a hard time keeping and hiring staff. nevertheless, small businesses
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continue to be the backbone of all of our local economies. just look at my home state of michigan, which is home of very large companies like the automakers and office furniture makers and chemical companies and medical device companies. but it also is a place where 98% of businesses are small businesses. 98% of them. and they employ literally half of the michigan work force. and just as important, for every $100 spent at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy. according to studies. small businesses need to grow and have to do a couple of different things to go be successful. for some, that means they need to consolidate. some, they may need to restructure. and try to recover from the challenges that have been exacerbated by whether it's the pandemic or the economy or whatever it might be. sometimes it may be a family
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succession plan that is happening within those small businesses. these innovators, entrepreneurs and risk takers are critical to our country's economic growth and prosperity. and so we need to level the playing field that gives an unfair advantage to those wall street big guys. so how did we get here? as was discussed, in 2006, merger and acquisition brokers attempted to address their concerns with the securities and exchange commission by developing a rule that would codify and simplify the, quote, broker-dealer regulation. unfortunately due to the fallout from the great financial crisis, the s.e.c. could not make the time for this rulemaking and make it a private, which sent groups then to congress for a legislative fix. but along the way, this bill has enjoyed bipartisan and bicameral support. it passed the committee on financial services not once, not twice, but now four times, including this last summer. and in 2014 the chief counsel of the division of training of the
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securities and exchange commission released the m&a broker no action letter which concluded that the s.e.c. staff would not recommend enforcement against an unregistered person who is engaged in facilitating a securities transaction solely related to the purchase or sale of a privately held company. regardless of the size of the company, provided certain conditions were met. well, h.r. 935 is consistent with the no action letter, but it will clarify and simplify the merger process for small businesses and m&a brokers. the bill codifies the extensive investor protections, which while not effecting the s.e.c.'s jurisdiction over m&a brokers. however, a no action letter is not legally binding. it cannot change securities laws. that's up to us. congress. so we must pass my legislation to provide legal clarity once and for all. so, madam speaker, we've been on a journey for nearly 10 years --
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hill: the gentleman may have 30 more seconds, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. huizenga: thank you, madam speaker. we've been on this journey for nearly 20 years, -- 10 years, going back to the 113th congress. while many of the members who served with me back then no longer remain, the challenges in small business -- challenges small businesses have faced have not dimmed. i want to recognize my colleague from new york, representative higgins, who has been the original co-sponsor from day one and he's been on this journey every step of the way. as well as congresswoman maloney and chair waters and ranking member mchenry. so, again, i urge my colleagues to pass this commonsense, bipartisan legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from arkansas reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: is the gentleman from illinois prepared to close? mr. garcia: i am.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas. mr. hill: madam speaker, let me conclude the discussion on h.r. 935 by thanking my friend from michigan for his persistent leadership over many congresses on this topic. and urge my colleagues to support him in this effort, putting it over the goal line and getting, i'm sure, a great result out of the senate in the days ahead. with that, i urge a yes vote and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: i certainly hope the third time is the charm, as the sponsor of the bill has reiterated. h.r. 935 will provide legal certainty to certain financial intermediaries who serve and support small business owners and buyers. the bill would codify a longstanding no action letter by the securities and exchange
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commission. i thank its sponsors, mr. huizenga and mrs. maloney, and i urge the speedy passage by the house. 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. 935, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- >> madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> 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 are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 7066, the russian and belarus financial sanctions act, as amended. sponsored by congressman
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sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 7066. a bill to require united states financial institutions to ensure entities and persons owned or controlled by the institution comply with financial sanctions on the russian federation and the republic of belarus to the same extent as the institution itself and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 7066, the russian and belarus financial sanctions act,
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sponsored by congressman brad scherman. within days of -- sherman. within days of russia's unjustified invasion of ukraine, president biden demonstrated strong leadership when he brought our allies together to impose the toughest set of sanctions ever against a major world economy. the effectiveness of these sanctions will depend in large part on strong enforcement of these restrictions and prohibitions both by the u.s. and by our allies. u.s. financial institutions, u.s there is some ambiguity as to whether compliance by u.s. financial institutions extends to foreign entities that they own or control. congressman sherman's bill will
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clarify that all foreign operations of u.s. financial institutions including any subsidiary, domiciled outside the united states must fully comply with all existing sanctions imposed in response to russia's brutal war against ukraine. i want to thank congressman sherman for his good work on this bipartisan bill as well as congressman hill for partnering with him. this -- this is a commonsense clarification to ensure we are doing all we can to degrade the russian economy until it is no longer able to fund its incursion into ukraine and to show russia that there are consequences for its actions. for these reasons i urge my colleagues to support this bill. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. i want to thank my friend from illinois for managing the bill
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and it's also good to be on this house floor again talking on an issue that we share in common, and that's the importance of sanctions, being successful as a part of our strategy to get mr. putin out of ukraine. so it's been very good to partner with my friend from california, mr. sherman, on h.r. 7066, the russia and belarus financial sanctions act. madam speaker, u.s. financial institutions are already prohibited from engaging in transaction with sanctioned russian entities. but h.r. 7066 extends that prohibition to entities owned or controlled by u.s. financial institutions as well. this is a commonsense provision, and it's helped other sanctions programs be more successful and i cite particularly the efforts
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to isolate iran and north korea. under the president's ongoing russia measures, anyone providing support to a sanctioned person runs the risk of being sanctioned themselves. we know that u.s. financial institutions are fully aware of this and congress expects their full compliance and to be watchful on their affiliates that may also do business with russia. as the u.s. continues to pressure the putin regime, we must seek and prevent opportunities for russia to find loopholes through non-u.s. financial institutions. i'm glad to see that our current sanctions on russia are making it more difficult for moscow to find alternatives to western banks. however, opportunities remain for us to tighten these multiral sanctions and increase pressure on rush particularly in rush's
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energy experts. -- in russia energy exports. both the united states and others continue to provide carveouts for energy transactions and the next step on the sanctions ladder is to close these loopholes so russia cannot receive hard currency by selling oil and gas. i hope republicans and democrats can work together to pursue this kind of policy, continue to collaborate on how to tighten the financial noose around putin. just as we work thond bill together, i hope members on both sides of the aisle will come together and support the work of my friend from california. 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 illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sherman: i rise in support of h.r. 7066, the russia and
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belarus financial sanctions act. i thank chairwoman waters, ranking member mchenry and my co-lead on this bill, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, for their work in bringing forward this legislation. this bill passed unanimously in the financial services committee in march. the russia and belarus financial sanctions act represents a significant step forward in imposing sanctions on russia and on belarus for their historic aggression. i've spent 26 years on the foreign affairs committee and well over a decade on the ukrainian caucus. i understand the importance of financial sanctions in changing russia's behavior, in part through my discussions with president zelenskyy and other ukrainian leaders who have pointed out that that is their achilles heel. chairwoman waters and i have for several years been pushing to prohibit americans propurchasing
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all new russian sovereign debt and have passed that through the house several times. but that was before the inv invasion. as has been explained by my colleagues who have spoken, we now have effective sanctions prohibiting u.s. financial institutions from engaging in a wide range of transactions with russia and belarusian individuals, particularly the russian central bank, many state-owned enterprises and financial institutions and kohl gashings. what people have not focused on is that these sanctions apply only to u.s. persons and do not aplay to the over 1,000 foreign sub sid ears of american financial institutions. as we meet here today, foreign sub sittaris owned by u.s. financial institutions are engaging in the very financial transactions that we have prohibited. if engained by a u.s. institution.
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it is time to deal with this gaping loophole. that's why this bill requires all u.s. financial institutions to prevent their foreign subsidiaries from engaging in transactions prohibited to u.s.-based financial institutions. i think it's important that this bill has acquired bipartisan support and show that congress comes together to deal with this outrageous invasion. i urge my colleagues to support this timely legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. let me say, i want to thank again, my friend, mr. sherman on this bill. and let me remind the leaders of the kremlin that americans on both sides of this aisle are unified in our efforts to cut
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off the economic flow to the kremlin. and we share that objective with our friends in europe. when i was in europe a few weeks ago, just before easter, leads for the both poland and romania reiterated that they're prepared to go further in economic sanctions against the putin regime and moscow. so it needs to be clear that americans, while we are fully on board with our transatlantic friends in constraining mr. putin, the announced sanctions by president biden and the sanctions that we're talking about today are just a beginning point as this congress works to provide lethal assistance with 31 countries to help the ukrainian defend themselves and this congress helps provide
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humanitarian assistance along with countries from all around the world and the united nations to help ukrainians have the medicine, food, material that they need to survive in this really outrageous, unprecedented attack by the russians on the sovereign nation of ukraine. so it's important to note here that we're here not for the last time to talk about how to fine tune, how to tighten, how to direct our economic sanctions more successfully. so i want to thank my friend from california for our collaboration on this. i want to encourage all members on both sides of the aisle to support it, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. forward see ya: i yield mr. garcia: i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. garcia: the russia and belarus sanctions act was passed in our committee with bipartisan support. it provides clarification that requires institutions follow the law and implement sanctions on russia and belarus. i urge members to support this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7066 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> 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 are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr mr. garcia: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass
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the bill h.r. 7081, the ukraine comprehensive debt payment relief act as amended, sponsored by congressman garcia the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 7081, a bill to seek bilateral, multilateral debt payment relief for ukraine. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. garcia: i rise in strong support of h.r. 7081, the ukraine comprehensive debt payment relief act. which i introduced earlier this
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year. ukraine needs significant financial resources to sustain its defense against putin's brutal invasion so my bill would provide ukraine with urgently needed relief from crushing debt payments to international financial institutions like the international monetary fund or i.m.f. and the world bank. let me provide some context. this year alone, ukraine owes $4.6 billion more than $20 billion in total to international institutions. and even as it is under siege from the invading russian army, ukraine still owes payments on that debt. for example, the i.m.f. imposes additional surcharges on countries that already have high levels of debt or are behind on
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their payments. ukraine is one of those countries. so while it fights a war against russia, ukraine also owes an estimated $14 million in surcharges to the i.m.f. each month. money that is desperately -- that it desperately needs to defend itself, provide vital services to its citizens and once the war is over, to focus on reconstruction. these surcharges along with loans and debt payments, will hold ukraine back not only during this war but for years to come. now is not the time for development institutions to come collecting debts. and that's exactly why i introduced the ukraine comprehensive debt payment relief act my bill would direct u.s. representatives at these institutions to support the immediate suspension of ukraine's debt payments, direct
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our government to coordinate comprehensive debt relief for ukraine from government and commercial creditors, and direct u.s. representatives to support additional financial assistance for ukraine on generous terms. i'd also like to note, key language that was put forth by representative beatty which was included in the bill. the language makes clear that the financial assistance called for in the bill should include economic support for refugees from ukraine for countries receiving refugees. it specifically includes support for refugees of african descent, african refugees from ukraine have been experiencing discrimination in the current crisis. according to press reports, there have been incidents where african refugees from ukraine have been stuck at the border, unable to cross safely while
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suffering through the cold without food or shelter. by adopting this bill we will send a strong statement of support to these refugees. i'd like to thank chair waters, ranking member mchenry and all those at the financial services committee who helped get this bill to the house floor in a timely manner, soy urge support for h.r. 7081, a simple but urgent measure to let ukraine focus its limited resources on defense, aid, and reconstruction and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of 7081, the ukraine comprehensive debt payment relief act. last month the ukrainian president gave a speech about rebuilding a free, sovereign and
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democratic future for his sovereign nation of ukraine. and while it seems distant now with putin's war raging, we in fact must start to think about the country's event rebuilding, recovery and rebirth. the united states and our allies must support ukraine to ensure that its debt repayments don't overwhelm the country while it continues to confront russia's invasion and keeps up the fight every day, not only at the war front, but on the home front. in trying to keep its domestic operations functioning. in fact, madam speaker, ukraine is spending roughly some $5 billion a day in its core functions for government. so while putin's pulverizing villages, plaza, parks, -- plazas, parks, ports, the ukrainian government presses on in serving its citizens.
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when this war is over, ukraine will face an enormous financing need that will require international financial institutions to step in with support. i'm pleased to support this legislation which calls for a suspension of ukraine's debt service payments and urges debt relief from multilateral and bilateral creditors. when you think of the hundreds of billions and certainly possibly trillions of dollars of long-term reconstruction that faces ukraine, you've got to recognize the need now for conserving cash flow and conserving its resources. that rebuilding's going to take immense good government, investment of the country's municipal health, energy resilience and energy independence. and that will be a special opportunity to strengthen
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democracy and the rule of law in europe. prior to the war, ukraine's economy had stagnated for too long. therefore international financial institutions should assess how best to foster ukrainian industries that can expand export, earnhardt currency and move -- earn hard currency and move forward. this bill is an important step in our bilateral and multilateral efforts to help ukraine mush on, get through this war, maintain its services to its citizens and fight putin to the end of his leaving the country. this legislation was reported out of our committee unanimously and i look forward to its passage today and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlewoman from ohio, mrs. beatty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. beatty: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in support of h.r. 7081.
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it's one of the many actions this congress has taken to support ukraine in its fight against putin's atrocities. since the invasions, the u.n. estimates that nearly six million refugees have fled ukraine to neighboring countries. the largest refugee crisis since the 1990's. that is why i authored the provision in this bill to use the united states position and international financial institutions -- in international financial institutions, the world bank, i.m.f., etc., to encourage economic support for refugees. the provision specifically makes it clear that this economic support should include refugees of african descent who have been experiencing difficulties and discrimination as they flee danger. i want to express my thanks to chairwoman waters and ranking member mchenry for working for me and especially to the bill's sponsor, congressman garcia. i urge my colleagues to support
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this excellent bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. does my colleague from illinois have any other speakers? mr. garcia: no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: no other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker. i just want to reiterate my thanks to the -- my friend from illinois for his work on this bill. as one key component of helping ukraine have the financial wherewithal, the financial resources to fight back against putin's illegal invasion, i would remind my colleagues that this debt suspension has a seven-year sunset in the bill. that this is in no way a panacea buts an absolute -- but it's an absolute critical element in the cash flow conservation for the ukrainians as they attempt to deliver the important services that they have to in their country of over 40 million
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people, while a war rages on their domestic and sovereign ground. so let me urge a yes vote on this bill. let me thank the gentleman from illinois and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: the debt service payment relief for ukraine called for in h.r. 7081 would be a quick and efficient way to provide financial support for a country that we all want to do everything we can to help. 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. 7081, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i request the yeas and nays.
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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 are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 6891, the isolate russian government officials act, as amended, sponsored by congresswoman wagner. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6891, a bill to exclude government officials of the russian federation from certain international meetings and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks
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on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: i rise in support of h.r. 6891, the isolate russian government officials act, sponsored by congresswoman -- the congresswoman from missouri, congresswoman wagner. i commend her for her work on this bill and i appreciate that she worked with chairwoman waters to improve the bill. the russian government participates along with the u.s. in a wide range of international organizations that are intended to promote collaboration and harm niez global standards and critical issues like financial stability. however, russia shattered any notion of international harmony by violating the sovereignty of ukraine and its people with putin's unlawful invasion.
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as such, russia should no longer have a seat at a table of meetings of a wide range of important bodies, including the basille committee and the international organization of securities commissions. i applaud the biden administration for securing the suspension of russia from the bank for international settlements and the financial stability board. it is time to kick the kremlin out of every other room and pass h.r. 6891. for these reasons, i urge my colleagues to support this bill. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: well, thank you, madam speaker. i rise in strong support of congresswoman wagner's bill, h.r. 6891. the isolate russian government officials act. as the united states and our
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allies confront russia's aggression in ukraine, we must show the world that the congress can unite around bipartisan legislation to hold the putin regime accountable. i want to thank my friend, congresswoman wagner, who recognized early that russia's invasion of ukraine required a complete rethinking of moscow's involvement and engagement in our international organizations. congresswoman wagner is imminently qualified for that, as she is a senior member of both the house financial services committee and the house foreign affairs committee and has had the distinction of serving our nation abroad as our ambassador. congresswoman wagner's bill would establish that u.s. policy is to exclude russia from participating in key international bodies until
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moscow withdraws completely from ukraine. i think americans join us in knowing that it is illogical and unreasonable for a country that threatens peace in europe and financial stability globally to take part and then overseeing the world's many multilateral financial system organizations. our strong sanctions against the putin regime have been vital to raising the costs and imposing new ones, as we've talked about on this floor today, on moscow, on putin's leadership, on his cronies. but moscow must pay a diplomatic cost as well. we were in romania and poland, many of us, on both sides of the aisle, over the last few weeks and we've also had some
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extraordinary presentations by the distinguished ambassador to the united nations from ukraine. and universally diplomats, both in the european union, across europe and at the united nations are asking themselves, are we really going to have business as usual? when a member of the u.n. security council invades another united nations member and destroys a country? so, today we are proposing to employ a heavy diplomatic cost on moscow. and that means leaving russian government officials on the outside, madam speaker, looking in. after h.r. 6891 was introduced, russia was suspended from the bank of international settlements and agreed to no longer participate in the meetings of the f.s.b., the financial stability board.
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these moves would be codified in law when mrs. wagner's bill is enacted. we now need the g-20 to follow suit. why, it's a symbolic step for treasury secretary yellen and other allied officials to walk out of the recent g-20 meeting last month, where russian represent weressive attending, -- were attending -- representatives were attending, this congress and our trans-atlantic partners need to do more and under this bill a hostile russia would have no future in the g-20. h.r. 6891 presents a clear choice for the putin regime. in your destabilizing, illegal violations of ukrainian sovereignty, or remain an international pariah. our response to putin's invasion should signal to china a similar fate awaits beijing should it ever decide to follow in putin's
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ill-conceived foot steps. the cost imposed on russia through this bill foreshadow costs that china or any other nation bear if it violates the international norms of behavior. this strong measure passed unanimously in the house financial services committee and i too welcome its passage on this house floor. i want to thank chair waters for her work on 6891 and appreciate the strong bipartisan work on on this important national security and economic security and diplomatic cost measure. let me reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, there are no further speakers on our side. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: madam speaker, i'm proud to offer five minutes to the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner, the author of h.r. 6891. and let me reiterate
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congresswoman wagner's experience as the vice chairman of the house financial services committee and vice chairman for the house foreign affairs committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. wagner: i thank you, madam speaker, and i thank my mrs. wagner: i thank you, madam speaker, and i thank my friend from arkansas, french hill who is managing this bill, for yielding me the time. i rise in support of my bill, 6891, the isolate russian government officials act, a bipartisan bill that would exclude russian government officials from participating in key international bodies until moscow puts a stop to the brutal and utterly unprovoked war in ukraine. these russian officials would be excluded from international bodies including the g-20 and other organizations that oversee the world's financial system.
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taking part in these groups' proceedings should be out of the question for a country that has ended deblg kids of peace in europe and threatened financial stability globally. as we know, the u.s. and our allies have leveed -- have levied punishing sanctions against the putin regime and these have imposed immense cost on moscow but there must be a diplomatic cost as well. and that means leaving russian government officials on the outside of every one of these key organizations looking. in after i introduced h.r. 6891, i was pleased to see that the president called upon russia to be ejected from the g-20 and this legislation would ensure that treasury and the federal
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reserve take all necessary steps to advance this as u.s. policy. and law. the financial services committee on a bipartisan basis has traditionally pursued clear objectives in its national security legislation. our bills are a means to an end and my legislation is no exception. while h.r. 6891 takes a hard stance against russian officials, it provides an off ramp for moscow if, if and only if, putin chooses to end the violence in ukraine. there's also waver authority so that the executive branch can have maximum leverage when negotiating an end to the russian hostilities. but let's be crystal clear. just as launching an illegal and unilateral attack on ukraine was wholly putin's choice and his
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alone, so too is it his choice to bring russia back into the fold of the international community by ending his war on ukraine. china and other countries and adversaries are watching our response to russian -- to russia closely and our resolve in the face of putin's invasion should signal to china and others that it will become an international pariah if beijing ever follows moscow's playbook. benefiting from participation in international organizations including the ones in my bill calls for a basic level of commitment to international order. we mustn't let others take this for granted. again, i want to thank the chairwoman and the ranking member for their support of h.r. 6891 and i urge my colleagues to support the bill, the isolate russian government officials
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act, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: i misspoke earlier and would ask the indulgence of the gentleman from arkansas in allowing -- mr. hill: without objection. mr. garcia: thank you. i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia who is a member of the foreign relations committee, mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. connolly: i thank my friend from illinois for his indulgence. i want to rise in strong support of the effort of my good friend and colleague, mrs. wagner of missouri, on h.r. 6891. i think it's important that we speak with one voice in this body, that the brutal, reckless, unprovek voaked invasion of -- unprovoked invasion of russia and the -- in the ukraine and the terrible toll it's take on the ukrainian people is not acceptable.
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not to the american people and certainly not to this congress. taking the steps enumerated in mrs. wagner's bill is a very important matter in isolating russia and in raising the cost to russia of this reckless and brutal invasion. it is not ok to target hospitals. it is not ok to target innocent citizens. it's not ok to target children including children's cancer hospitals. with missiles raining down on their heads. and killing the innocents. it is not ok in the 21st century to settle disputesky netcally that is to say by military invasion. until and unless russia stops its actions in ukraine, and withdraws from its sovereign territory, completely, we need to stand as one with our allies and as one nation in seeing that we will resist and we will
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assist the ukrainian people in resisting this ruthless action by vladimir putin and his kleptocrats in moscow. i thank my friend in missouri for her leadership and i'm proud to support this effort. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker. i want to ask my friend from illinois if he's now prepared to close. mr. hill: i -- mr. garcia: i am. mr. hill: i thank my friend. let me make a few closing comments. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: i want to reiterate my thanks to mrs. wagner on her leadership on this bill and she's done so well, ably, even as a diplomat in our own house of representatives, provide leadership through house foreign affairs and financial service committees on this issue. secondly, let me re-- reiterate my friend, mr. connolly's, comment that we do speak in one
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voice on this house floor as it relates to putin's illegal, unprovoked aggression against a sovereign nation, ukraine, particularly egregious for a member of the security council to be in this place. but i think we do have to take to heart ukrainian ambassador to the united nations' view of, we're not going to have business as usual. and so while we speak in one voice here in the people's house, let's encourage the executive branch under president bide ton also speak with one voits on this point. let's not have weasel words from former secretary kerry talking about, oh, but we need the russian support on climate. or jake sullivan saying oh, but we've got to have russian support negotiating with iran on the failed jcpoa re-entry project of this administration. so i agree it's not business as usual. and you can't have it both ways
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when you're having ukraine a nation of over 40 million people, the size of the state of texas, in the heart of central europe, invaded by a permanent member of the u.n. security council. it's outrageous. they don't have a seat at the table. and this bill demonstrates it and demonstrates that strong, bipartisan view in the house of representatives that putin doesn't deserve a seat at the table. i think americans, as i said earlier, believe it is illogical and unreasonable for a country that threatens peace on the continent of europe and financial stability globally in any way, shape or form, to take part in overseeing the economic affairs of our international order. and therefore i reiterate that this bipartisan support for ukraine is fully embraced in
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h.r. 6891. i urge all members to support it and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: i want to again thank representative wagner and her staff as well as ranking member mchenry and his staff for working with us on this legislation. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in supporting h.r. 6891 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. 6891 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> 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,
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further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6899, the russian and belarus s.d.r. exchange prohibition act as amended sponsored by congressman hill. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6899, a bill to prohibit the secretary of the treasury from engaging in transactions involving the exchange of special drawing rights issued by the international monetary fund held by the russian federation or belarus. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on this
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legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: i want to commend the gentleman from arkansas, mrn h.r. 6899. the russian and belarus s.d.r. exchange prohibition act of 2022. mr. hill's legislation would codify the biden administration's current position against exchanging any special drawing rights or s.d.r.'s held by russia or belarus for u.s. dollars. s.d.r.'s are a special reserve asset created by the international monetary fund to supplement the official reserves of its members. s.d.r. allocations are distributed to all i.m.f. members countries in proportion to their share holding in the fund and countries can hold their s.d.r.'s as part of their precautionnary reserve balances to convert them for hard
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currency to finance balance of payments needs, pay for import, adjust the composition of their reserves or pay back i.m.f. loans in. august of 2021, the i.m.f. issued a $650 billion general allocation of s.d.r.'s of which $275 billion went to emerging market and developing countries to help transform the global pandemic crisis into a fair and resilient economic recovery. given the recent sanctions placed by the g-7 group of nations against russia's central bank and other russian financial institutions, as well as the international sanctions against the banking sector in belarus, it would be difficult for russia or belarus to find any country willing to convert their s.d.r.'s, especially since such a transaction would be viewed by the rest of the world as a hostile action.
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even if the central bank of russia for able to acquire a key freely usable currency such as u.s. dollars, euro, yen or pounds, as a result of such a transaction current sanctions would effectively immobilize these assets. i think it is useful for congress to reinforce the administration's against the converse of s.d.r.'s held by russia or belarus and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: i rise in support of my legislation being considered here on the house floor, the russia and belarus s.d.r. exchange prohibition act, h.r.
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6899. this legislation would prohibit the united states from exchanging any special drawing rights or s.d.r.'s with russia or belarus. these s.d.r.'s are reserve assets issued by the international monetary fund, the i.m.f. this bill would also require the secretary of the treasury to work with other i.m.f. member countries to prevent them from doing the same. now let's be blunt. we should be especially concerned by russia's ability to exchange its s.d.r.'s for chinese r.n.b. or pledge their s.d.r.'s for a loan that isn't transparent to the world in support of russia's illegal invasion by a country such as china using those reserve assets.
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this this is a particular risk as moscow is turning to china in response tore global sanctions imposed on the nation of russia and its central bank. madam speaker, the world is watching and the united states is not standing by to use to finance the destruction of the ukraine. russia owns $25 billion of these i.m.f. assets. and these i.m.f. assets represent liquidity and source of financing for the kremlin. it's important to note that of that $25 billion of d.d.r.
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assets, more than $17 billion of it was just recently gifted to czar putin last year. through the biden's administration $650 billion greenlighting of an allocation by the i.m.f. nearly a billion dollars were awarded to belarus last year, a move that our colleagues from the bipartisan belarus caucus warned would be rewarding state-sponsored violence against civilians. now, mr. speaker, on this house floor and in our committee and in many other forums over many months, i urged treasury secretary and the administration
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not to pursue this flawed policy. there were superior policy choices with an eye to benefiting the poorest nation in our globe that have had the hardest macro-economic impact as a result of covid-19, superior policy choices, far superior across the allocation because not only do wealthy countries get that allocation and the poor countries, but the foes of freedom get the allocation and we are talking about the ramifications of when that happens. and two foes of freedom today no doubt are belarus and russia. my warnings came long before the invasion of ukraine began, but those warnings were not heeded.
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so today, we come to the house floor united as a bipartisan leadership team saying under no circumstances should the central banks of belarus or russia should have access to their special drawing rights and pledge their drawing rights, pledge their special drawing rights and we urge our treasury secretary to put up the guardrails and lay those rules of the road out and prohibit anyone who is a member of the i.m.f. from doing likewise and that is critical to ensure that china or other nations doesn't throw putin an s.d.r. lifeline. passing this bill signals a signal to beijing that the united states would not tolerate such a move. and i would argue our european
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transatlantic partners would not tolerate such a move. this bill requires the administration to oppose conventional loans to belarus or russia if they approach the i.m.f. as a lender of last resort. as we ex earth maximum pressure against these regimes, we cannot allow loopholes to be exploited for potential assistance. h.r. 6899 presents a clear choice. end the destabilizing activities in ukraine or find yourselves cut off from emergency liquidity. shutting off diplomatic efforts with global responsibilities. i conclude my comments by champing chairwoman waters and
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her work on this bill and her recognition of what a tragedy a back-door bailout of russia by others using central bank assets would be. we will continue to find a way to did he prieive russia of cash and financing as it continues to wage war in ukraine. h.r. 6899 is a strong step in that direction. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: we have no more speakers, and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: as russia continues to wage war on ukraine, this bill will ensure all the maximum pressure to the ukraine, maximum
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diplomatic pressure and maximum economic pressure that we are talking about on this floor, of which h.r. 6899 is one cog in that wheel. mr. speaker, i want to thank u.s. senators rick scott and joe mamp chin who -- manchin who introduced this bill. i look forward to this becoming law soon. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: i yield myself the balance of the time. in closing, i would like to thank representative hill for giving members of the house the opportunity to act together against russia and belarus and war against the free world.
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i urge members on both sides of the aisle to join me in supporting h.r. 68 # 9 and i yield back -- 6899. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6899 as amended. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> i would like to request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered under clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this bill are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the
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bill h.r. 6015 the benjamin berell ferencz congresses ole gold medal act sponsored by congresswoman frankel. the clerk: a bill to award a congressional gold medal to benjamin berell ferencz during the post-world war ii newer emberg trials for international criminal justice and rule of law pursuant to the rule of, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. garcia: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. garcia: i would like to share with my colleagues the life story and story of the chief prosecutor at the trial in nuremberg, germany, the man who
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brought to justice the individuals responsible for or chess traiting the horrific war crimes committed during world war ii. i thank the gentlewoman from from florida for sponsoring this bill honoring his life and legacy. benjamin ferencz came to the united states when he was an infant and fleeing persecution. he geu up poor in new york but his perseverance, intellect earned him a scholarship from harvard law school. he was tasked with gather evidence against the jewish people and other groups. a fate that his own family could have met had they not fled. at the age of 27, he was
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appointed chief prosecutor for the united states army for a case involving war crimes and crimes against humidity committed by 22 individuals from groupen. a nazi secret police death squad operating in eastern europe. in his opening statement that the purpose of this case was quote, to affirm by man's right to live in peace and dignity regardless of his race or creed, a plea of humanity to law, unquote. the 22 defendants were charged with are charged with killing 1 million jews and members of the lgbtq and those that the third like deemed to be different.
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mr. ferencz secured conviction for all 22 defendants and spent the following decade advocating for an international criminal court and international rule of law to prevent something like the nuremberg trials from ever being necessary again. as ferencz stated, quote, if law is to be respected, it must apply equally to everyone everywhere. if a permanent international criminal court had already existed, these ad hoc tribunals would not have been necessary, unquote. throughout his life, he sought to make the world a more safer, more equitable and peaceful place through his denuns yagses of war and advocacy of international criminal law. i urge my colleagues to support
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h.r. 6015 which would grant mr. ferencz the highest congressional honor to advance justice. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from arkansas. mr. hill: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i thank the speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 6015, benjamin berell ferencz congressional gold medal act. i thank representative frankel and the co-sponsors for their work on this legislation. he was the last surviving prosecutor in the nuremberg trials. a few minutes ago, we were reflecting on how few army rangers we have left from world war ii.
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the greatest generation is passing before us. he was one of the few people -- is one of the few people remaining on earth who had a fluent-row seat to witness the horrors brought about by nazi germany, before and during the war. as we witness the horrors being carried out in ukraine, it has never been more important for the world to hear. his family came to new york city to escape persecution. he attended harvard law on a scholarship. after graduating from harvard in 1943, he joined the u.s. army and like so many many americans, the decision to put him face-to-face with the potential of death and face-to-face with
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the worst face of persecution and genocide in history, the holocaust. after two years at camp davis, ferencz was transferred to the headquarters of general patton's third army. there he was assigned to a team tasked with setting up a war crimes' branch collecting the evidence of the horrors that had been carried at the recently liberated concentration camps. one of those liberators in april, 1945 was my father-in-law, captain william a. mckens yes, air graduate of texas a&m university and engineer with patton's third army and one spring day in april, 1945, their convoy rolled up to the gates of a
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concentration camp. there, he bore witness to the nazi terror. a terror that started with an ideology of hate and superiority based on race and creed. bill mackenzie was a good kid from texas put in an incredible position, and that was being one of the first u.s. army officers to see smoke still coming out of the chimneys, bodies stacked up and survivors. in 1994, at the 50th anniversary of freedom in europe, in paris, bill mckenzie, that skinny captain from texas a&m, got to meet a survivor from buchenwald, jacques gobert, who was from
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brussels, who had ' been in prison in buchenwald and survived. and 50 years later, they met face-to-face in paris, france, and mr. mckenzie swaggered up to this man and said, well, what unit were you in in world war ii? and mr. gobert said, i wasn't in a unit. i was in the buchenwald concentration camp. and mr. mckenzie was so caught with emotion, so embarrassed for his question that he said, i never expected to meet a survivor. and jacques looked at bill mckenzie and he said, i never expected to meet someone who saved us to say thank you. and so today, we're back on this floor to thank the work of ben
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fri feren ferencz and those who fought against the ideology to the nazis, such an affront to american ideas, and ben ferencz was there to put those puzzle pieces together that those army officers found at buchenwald. ben would go to that concentration camp, he would honor us with the work in that war crimes branch. and sergeant ferencz was honorably discharged in 1945 and recruited to work on those trials for many, many years. three years he led the researchers ■investigating thos records. and we know it was no easy task. and as the lead prosecutor for the einsatzgruppen case, he successfully convicted 22 men for taking part in a mobile death squad which was
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responsible for nearly a third of jewish civilian deaths. his work at the nuremberg trials established an incredible mandate for international criminal responsibility for the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity. and ben ferencz's work, his suffice echoes true as we saw what assad has done in syria and we see what putin is doing in ukraine. fer ferencz fought for proper compensation for the survivors of the holocaust and working to establish an international criminal court. so mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to come together in support of this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks
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on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. garcia: i now yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the sponsor of the bill, ms. frankel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. frankel: thank you. thank you, mr. speaker, and to my colleagues, for your very articulate words today. mr. speaker, i rise with great pride as we move forward with a bipartisan bill to award the last living nuremberg prosecutor, a prosecutor against nazi criminals, mr. benjamin ferencz, awarding hinl the congressional gold -- him the congressional gold medal, congress ' highest -- congress' highest appreciation. in this day of conflict, this is a rare show of bipartisanship with 296 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. mr. ferencz is 102 years old,
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and till this day is a tireless advocate for the rule of law and international justice. i have met ben ferencz because i am blessed to say i am his constituent in delray beach, florida, and he remains very alert and very humble. my colleagues have said and i am going to quickly repeat a little of his history. mr. ferencz immigrated to the united states with his family. he was only 10 months old to escape the persecution of jews in eastern europe. grew up in new york city, eventually earning degrees from city college and harvard law school before serving in the army during world war ii. he enlisted under general patton before being transferred to a newly created war crimes unit to help collect evidence of nazi war crimes. he would enter concentration camps and come face-to-face with the horrors of the nazi regime's
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systematic murder of millions of jews. he once said, even today when i close my eyes, i witness a deadly vision i can never forget, the glow with the fire burning flesh, the mounds of e-maciated corpses -- corpses waiting to be burned. i had peered into hell. after the war, he was honorably discharged and awarded five battle stars for his service and that's when he was recruited for his most notable role, chief prosecutor of the nuremberg trial, that was later called the biggest murder trial in history. at age 27, it was his first case, and yet, he rose to the occasion, reminding the courtroom and the world that this was a case that dealt with our humanity. and in his closing statement he
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concluded that the nazis on trial, death was their tool, and life was their toy. and if they were found innocent, then the law has lost its meaning and man must live in fear. and not only did his words ring true in the courtroom where all 22 nazi officials he prosecuted were brought to justice, they resonated around the world and have been quoted time and time again when the international community rallies to decry crimes against humanity. and nearly 80 days after the conclusion of these trials, we meet here during jewish american history month. after having just celebrated israel's independence day and observing the day set aside for jews to remember the holocaust. it is important to recognize we're still fighting the ongoing battle against racism, anti-semitism and holocaust denial in this country and
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around the world. and we are witnessing the horror of inhumanity of putin's war on ukraine. so the time offing -- so the timing of this bill has never been more important because mr. ferencz inspires us to stand up to the cruel barbarrians of this world. mr. -- barbarians of this world. mr. ferencz said, nuremberg said that this would be a long and arduous -- he was quoted recently by ukraine's ambassador. and today, in bipartisan fashion, we're going to recognize this magnificent man committed to justice, peace, and human dignity with a congressional gold medal. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. i'd ask my friend from illinois
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if he has additional speakers. mr. garcia: we're prepared to close. correction. we do have one more person. mr. hill: i thank my friend and i yield to him. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized -- illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: the gentlewoman from north carolina, i yield two minutes, ms. manning. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. manning: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my good friend, congresswoman frankel, for her efforts to recognize the hard work and dedication of benjamin ferencz. it's quite fitting that he be awarded the congressional gold medal for his remarkable work prosecuting nazis during the
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nuremberg trials, first at a time when immigrants are being villainized, he's an example of an immigrant who fled to this country from the persecution of jews by the nazis and made this country proud with his military service and with his tireless advocacy for justice at the nuremberg trials. second, because at a time of rising anti-semitism globally and in this country, it's important to honor mr. ferencz who fought to hold responsible those whose anti-semitic actions resulted in an unprecedented genocide, the murder of six million innocent jews. third, because today we are witnessing another tyrant, vladimir putin, who reminds us of the brutality, the unprovoked aggression, and the unbridled cruelty of adolf hitler and his war machine. we can only assume that when putin's aggression against
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ukraine and the ukrainian people is put to an end, we will have honorable and highly skilled people, like mr. ferencz, who will hold putin and other war criminals accountable in a court of law. finally, during this jewish history month, it's a privilege to recognize a jew who served his country and his people with distinction, honor, and success. mr. ferencz was the embodiment of the biblical instruction, justice, justice, you shall pursue. i thank my colleague, ms. frankel, for her efforts to make sure this gold medal is awarded to such a deserving recipient. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. i'm prepared to close. let me thank ms. frankel for her leadership, congresswoman manning for her testimony there. and we all on both sides of the aisle stand in recognition of
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ben ferencz's pioneering efforts of his and his colleagues during the nuremberg trials for laying out the protection of evidence, the careful documentation of it, preserving a way to convict the perpetrators of the holocaust. those lessons in ben ferencz's legacy lives on today. as just a few months ago we received one of our first convictions in a court in germany of an assad henchman of murder and mayhem in syria. there's no doubt in my mind that the chain of evidence and the actions of this congress, the actions of the united nations to promptly set up an evidence protection and evidence documentation effort for ukraine will bear fruit in coming days. those are all efforts standing on the shoulders of ben ferencz and his colleagues in nuremberg. so i urge all my colleagues to
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support this recognition of his efforts and, mr. speaker, i urge a yes vote, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. garcia: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. garcia: i'd like to thank my colleagues, the gentlewoman from florida, congresswoman frankel, for her leadership in sponsoring h.r. 6015, and for working so hard to ensure that mr. ferencz receives the recognition that he so clearly deserves. through his prosecutorial work, his teaching, his written works and advocacy for the establishment of the international criminal court, he has directly and indirectly brought countless criminals to justice and left a lasting humanitarian legacy. the recent reports of russian atrocities being committed against the people of ukraine are a reminder that war crimes are far from being a relic of the past.
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now more than ever, we must act to honor and uplift those who have dedicated their lives to advancing justice, peace, and giving voice to the voiceless. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 6015. 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. 6015, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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ses the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the ruse and agree to the bill s.2201. the clerk: an act to manage the
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supply chain risk for counterterrorism challenges pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly and the gentlewoman from south carolina. mr.connolly: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of s.2201, the spry chain security training act led by gary peters this was reported by the committee without opposition.
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this important bill will defend our nation's technology supply chains and cannot be enacted. on december, 2020, a government accountability office report that government agencies failed to support. and same month, the discovery of the solar winds breach made clear how dangerous supply chains vulnerabilities can be. the networks of at least federal agencies were compromised by russian actors and before they were even discovered. to help address these concerns, it established as a training program was responsibility with risk maimingment and better to associate threats with products and services. the requirements will ensure
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that the acquisition work force has the capability to identify items that could be used to exploit federal systems. as the largest purchaser of goods and services, the federal government expands continents and targeted foreign scheming to breach. and to protect our national security and guard against these attacks we must equip our first with the expertise and skills they need to reenforce our defenses through purchasing decisions. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlewoman from south carolina is recognized. >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. recent cyberattacks on the u.s. government continue to reveal weaknesses in our federal and
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federal agencies purchase from the private sector, i.t. and software products now rely on global supply chains and this means from criminal actors and our foreign. congress must ensure federal agencies address supply chain. the act will ensure it properly understands and the appropriate policies implement to address the risk. ms. mace: and developing and the office of management and budget with implementing a apply chain training program. this will prepare the work tosser to mitigate throughout the life cycle of foyer and communications products and
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services. federal agency personnel would be able to avoid purchasing prowght with malware aand existing are council and an effort established by congress to develop policies and procedures addressing supply chain risks. despite these efforts, there are no federal work force training to ensure policies are properly and consistently implemented. the stakes are too high. and s.2201 represents a reform to a very real threat. i appreciate my colleagues representative neguse and frankling on championing the house companion bill. i look forward to seeing this
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pass the house and advance to the president's desk. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. mr.connolly: we have no further speakers on our side. ms. mace: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mace: i want to recognize my colleagues representatives kneeing ugh who are championed. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman is recognized. mr.connolly: i thank the gentlelady which will help guard federal assets. i urge passage of the bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 2201.
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those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative the rules are suspended and the bill is passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr.connolly: i move the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill s.1097. the clerk: an act to have a work force program for the federal cyber work force. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly and swrosm south carolina, ms. mace, each will be recognized for 20 minutes. mr.connolly: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection without objection. the gentleman is recognized mr.connolly: i rise in support of s.10 # 7. the bill was introduced by senator peters with bipartisan support here in the house with the companion legislation by representative khanna and representative mace. this will rotate assignments on a vol up tear basis. the office of personnel management would accomplish guide lins. and the government accountability office would achieving in threats the nation faces was identified in the g.a.o. in an area where the government is redegreesing. g.a.o. reported that they are struggling to withdraw and had
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to address the cybersecurity risk. this program, this bill creates allows the security in place to develop their skills and agencies across the government to benefit. recent cyberattacks in the private and public sectors have demonstrated the consequences to improve the government's cybersecurity operations. those in russia and china, state and nonstate are working to breach the u.s. government's communication and data and at times they have been successful. in 2020, russian hackers infiltrated the hackers and went undetected for months. this bill goes a long way toward imto strengthen the operations, help them retain top talent and
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facilitate the exchange of expertise. security of technology symptoms is a national security priority and ought to be. it is essential to public trust in government and better equipped. and i strongly support the bill and i urge my colleagues to do the same. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from south carolina is recognized. ms. mace: i yield myself such time as i may consume. >> the u.s. government is under constant attack and watched news story avenues story being attacked and but also federal agencies are vulnerable. malicious hackers try to steal information and disrupt. in fact in 2020, there were 11 federal agencies that were
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hacked by actors of countries aligned with countries like china and russia and these malicious actors are successful. my colleagues crafted the house companion bill. that come pan bill is h.r. 3599. the bill continues the thrum administration's efforts. and this executive orderer have details of the department ofhomeland security. these programs in more diverse professional and continue to sharpen our skills and maintaining a skilled federal work force. specifically this bill accomplishes a government-wide operational opportunity for professionals. the bill has oversight mechanism
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d.m. anand: a future government accountability office review and will help if the program is running as will provide congress to evaluate the program and decide whether to renew it. i thank my house and senate and which build upon the cyber work force efforts of the prior administration and i encourage my colleagues to send this necessary bill to the president's desk and any teenager who loves to code, i encourage you to look at cybersecurity and jobs and opportunities because we will need you. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. mr.connolly: we have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlewoman from south carolina. ms. mace: i have no further speakers and am prepared to
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close. now more than ever the cyber work force of our federal agencies needs to be well equipped to address the threats we face by expanding programs under this bill we will help gain and share best practices across the government. i environs corm my colleagues to support this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr.connolly: i want to congratulate my colleague for leadership on a very important matter and i urge passage of this important legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1097. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed
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and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr.connolly: i move the house agree to the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3561 a bill to provide funding under certain programs for areas of persistent poverty and for other purposes pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly and the gentlewoman from south carolina, each will control 20 minutes. mr.connolly: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material under this measure. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i urge my colleagues to support the targeting resources to communities in need act thvment
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bill is bipartisan and was introduced by the distinguished majority whip, representative clyburn of south carolina and mr. rodgers of kentucky. according to the census bureau, the official rate of poverty was 11.4%. that statistic illustrates the hardships faced by over 37.2 million people. poverty can be experienced by people of all backgrounds. the aims of this important bill are straightforward. the bill would provide additional transparency about the areas of the country facing persistent poverty and would target resources to those very areas. specifically, h.r. 6531 would require the census bureau to publish a list of all areas of
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persistent poverty and they would direct additional funds to the places where people need it the most. the report would be submitted annually. assessments of the economic impacts of the additional investments to the extent possible. this bill also calls for g.a.o. to evaluate the effectiveness of the investments over time. those areas of the country facing exceptional hardship require our exceptional attention and support. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from south carolina is recognized. ms. mace: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. mace: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 6531 directs the office of management and budget to lead a governmentwide effort to review the share of federal funds addressing poverty in a consistent manner across agency assisted programs. specifically, this legislation will ensure a more up-to-date and consistent listing of areas of persistent poverty in our
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nation will be used by agencies to determine funding allocations. this will help struggling rural americans to get help with poverty assistance programs. we spend an enormous amount of funding to low-income populations. it needs to go to counties with prolonged struggles with poverty. i want to thank my colleagues, congressman clyburn and congressman hal rogers for their bipartisan efforts on this legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: mr. speaker, it gives me great pleasure to yield four minutes to the distinguished majority whip, mr. clyburn of south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. clyburn: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentleman for yielding me this time. as i have informed him, it will be two for him.
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i need four, the southerner. i rise in support of h.r. 6531, the targeting resources to communities in need act, a bipartisan bill that i introduced with hal rogers of kentucky and senators corey booker and rob portman to ensure communities that have been determined to be suffering from persistent poverty receive a more equitable share of federal investments. according to the census bureau, there are nearly 500 persistent poverty counties in our great country. they are defined as counties that have had a poverty rate of 20% or more for the last 30 years. these counties are as diverse as the country. including white communities in appalachia, african-american
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communities in the south, latino communities in the southwest, and native american communities throughout the west. in 2009, i included a provision in the american recovery and reinvestment act requiring that at least 10% of the funds in three rural development accounts be spent in these counties. this became known as the 10-20-30 funding formula. the funding worked effectively, efficiently, and equitably. funding infrastructure projects ranging from water -- water was negl neglected far too long. democrats and republicans have worked together to expand this approach to nearly 20 appropriations accounts. much of this progress was made
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when mr. rogers was chair of the appropriations committee, and i thank him for his leadership. this legislation would expand this 10-20-30 targeting formula throughout the government, recognizing that the best way to target funding in these areas may differ from program to program. our bill gives discretion to federal agencies led by o.m.b. to tailor the policy to the needs of each program. while requiring them to report to congress on the progress being made to create and expand opportunities in these communities. this bill does not increase federal spending one iota. it simply targets federal resources to communities that are most in need. in closing, i want to thank my
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friend, hal rogers, for his collaboration, and i ask our colleagues for their support of this effort to make america's greatness more accessible and affordable to all communities. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from south carolina is recognized. ms. mace: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield five minutes to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. hal rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 6531, the targeting resources to communities in need act. the impetus for this legislation was the understanding that in certain parts of the country there are pockets of systemic poverty caused by a variety of factors that can be very difficult to boost economically.
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ranging from rural towns to populated urban areas, these areas are persistent poverty deserve a keen eye from our federal government and a plan to help them reinvigorate. i've been proud to work with the majority whip, jim clyburn, on this for many years now with some modest success, but hopefully a great future today. but i've been happy to work with mr. clyburn on legislative efforts to alleviate persistent poverty and set up these communities for economic success and self-sufficiency. this bill directs the office of management and budget, in consultation with the federal agencies, to develop and implement guidance and measures to increase the share of federal
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investments targeted to areas of persistent poverty. the bill will require the o.m.b. director to submit to congress each fiscal year a report, including the list of programs by agency, under which the amount of federal funds targeted to persistent poverty areas were increased in the previous fiscal year. by targeting federal resources to these communities, we will spur economic development in the areas of the country that need it most and strengthen the american economy as a whole. the bill further requires the u.s. government accountability office to report on the effectiveness on the measures implemented, which will responsibly ensure that this legislation is making a meaningful impact. we've made great strides to lift
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up impoverished areas, like kentucky's appalachian region, but we have more work to do in my district and in similar parts of the country that need our attention. this targeted bill will help communities breakthrough the -- break through the cycle of poverty and provide the resources necessary to thrive. i want to thank whip clyburn for his partnership and his great work on this over the years and his commitment. and i urge support for the bill and, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: mr. speaker, it gives me pleasure to yield two minutes to my friend and colleague from texas, sheila jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the distinguished gentleman from virginia and i thank the manager for the minority. let me, mr. speaker, ask unanimous consent to speak for two minutes.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me rise with enthusiasm for this legislation, for it has been a long time investment of whip clyburn. targeting resources to communities in need act of 2022 tracks work that i have done as it relates to equity in various entities but in particular in african-americans. this work of mr. clyburn, 10-20-30, has the ability to reach poor communities that have not been necessarily receiving the benefits equitably of federal resources. this can be a great boost to our rural communities. it can be a source of change. for example, in texas, during the pandemic, we lost a large number of rural hospitals.
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in that, communities, people were denied access to good health care. hospitals were closed because they did not have the resources. this, as well, deals with education, flood mitigation, infrastructure. all of these issues come out of appropriations. i want to thank mr. rogers, who i know has been working with whip clyburn afor a long time o the equitable approach on the distribution of funds. i think it's important that the american people know that we're concerned that funds get to the people and get to the people that are most in need and they are life-changing efforts. for example, as we have worked on the community projects, many members have found when they give those dollars, those pointed dollars, you can change lives of communities, of schools, neighborhoods, families. and so this particular legislation, targeting resources
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to communities in need act, is an appropriate approach to ensuring that tax dollars get where they're needed and help those in need. i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 6531, congratulate mr. clyburn for his work, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from south carolina is recognized. ms. mace: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields -- the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mace: thank you. i support h.r. 6531 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker. let me just say, this is how it's supposed to work. watching the collaboration between the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn, and the dean of the house, mr. rogers, on addressing indemic poverty in the united states is how this house works best. and i congratulate both of them for showing us the way.
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i hope we emulate it on more than this occasion. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation. let's help our fellow americans when we can, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 653. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from texas. mr. roy: 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 are postponed.
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