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pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, seek recognition? mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1492. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 131, h.r. 1492, a bill to amend the controlled substances act to direct the attorney general to register practitioners to transport controlled substances to states in which the practitioner is not registered under the act for the purpose of
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ministering the substances under applicable state law at locations other than principal places of businesses or professional practice. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, and the gentleman from texas, mr. green, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and insert remarks extraneous materials into the record on the bill, including an exchange of letters on the committee on energy and commerce and the committee on the judiciary. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, now it's my great pleasure to yield to the gentleman from texas as much time as he may consume, mr. sessions, the chairman of the rules committee. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this legislation. i want to thank the chairman of
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the energy and commerce committee, the gentleman from hood river, oregon, mr. walden, as well as the subcommittee chairman, the chairman, michael burgess from lewisville, texas, and i appreciate dr. burgess yielding me time on this bill that is mine that i have presented several years ago, mr. speaker, that we're finally getting a chance to support today. and i wish to express my full support for h.r. 1492, the medical controlled substances transportation act of 2017. this legislation represents commonsense reforms that will ensure regulatory clarity while recognizing the needs of doctors, patients and law enforcement alike. i hope members on both sides recognize the need for not only this legislation but will be in support. currently d.e.a. licensed medical practitioners are barred from transporting controlled substances from one
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practice setting to another. this is particularly strenuous on physicians who travel on their job. for example, team physicians at both the college and professional level have been particularly affected from the lack of clarity in the law. physicians who travel with teams to away games carefully practice transporting medicines, and they have done this for decades in a manner they believe to be in compliant with d.e.a. regulations. recently, however, there has been uncertainty surrounding this issue as a number of teams have found themselves being challenged by the drug enforcement administration, those that felt like they were in compliance, they're unable to provide players with proper medical care after many injuries while they are at an away game. h.r. 1492 to obtain aeparate mobile
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registration with the d.e.a. for the ability to transport these very specific substances for medically relevant reasons directly related to the care of patients between practice settings. this legislation allows for physician transport up to 72 hours while maintaining updated records and the transport and the administration of these controlled substances. such allowances would ensure that physicians whose practices are inherently dynamic have the necessary provisions to provide quality care to their patients, regardless of the setting. i would like to thank the drug enforcement administration for working with me and my office for the last five years on this important issue. i'd also like to thank dr. dan cooper, who was the lead physician for the dallas cowboys. i'd like to thank the gentleman who owns the dallas cowboys, mr. jerry jones, for standing up on behalf of professional
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teams and their players to ensure that we work together for commonsense answers. i want to thank the gentleman, dr. burgess, and i'd yield back my time to the gentleman, dr. burgess. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i'll also i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: t gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i rise in support of h.r. 1492, the medical controlled substances transportation act of 2017 authored by my good friend from texas, chairman of the rules committee, representative pete sessions. whether it's emergency medical services providers travel to a disaster area or -- to provide care or a team physician at an away game, certain medical practitioners need to travel with and administer anti-seize your or pain med -- anti-seizure or pain medications. current law does not
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specifically authorize the transportation or administration of such substances away from their registered location. currently the controlled substance act does not specifically authorize the ansportation or the ministration of controlled substances away from a location registered with the drug enforcement administration. in order to ensure appropriate oversight of this practice, h.r. 1492 would establish a separate registration process for mobile practitioners who are already renlsterd with the department of -- the d.e.a. -- registered with the d.e.a. and in good standing. for them to transport a controlled substances pursuant to this, he or she must beland, tredgeredgesterd with a state which the substances are administerd to carry such activity at the location where it occurs. in addition, the practitioner must limit the time of transport to not more than 72
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consetive hours and return any such substances not administered to the registered location from which they were obtaine further, the practitioner must maintain records of the transporting and administering and the d.e.a. would maintain the authority to deny or revoke a regisation. mr. speaker, this is a good bill. i urge my colleagues to support it, and i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas, mr. een, is recognized. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yielmyself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. green: mr. speaker, members, i rise in support of h.r. 1492, the medical controlled substances transportation act. this legislation will allow physicians in agreement with the drug enforcement agency to transport d administer controlled substanceto patients and other -- in oth settings or disaster area. under current law, the
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controlled substance act prohibits the transport and storage of controlled substances away from the site that is registered with the d.e.a. this mes it illegal for athletic team docrs to transport a small amount of critical medications that will be needed to treat athletes while on the road. athletics are awfully important in texas, and i think it's just by the luck of the draw that -- specifically football, that you have three texans today who want to make surthat our teams can have their doctors treat them and for equal time for my colleagues from dallas, i'm sure this law would also provide for the houston texans and not just for the dallas cowboys. this -- it also complicates care for patients in emergencies or disaster areas where a doctor may want to offer their services during a crisis. this bill, it would allow a physician to transport controlled substances to another practice setting or to a presidential declared disaster area. if the physician is a registered to dispense controlled substances listed on
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schedules 2, 3, 4 and 5 and they enter into a specific agreement with the d.e.a., the agreement would require a physician to advance -- provide advanced notification, identify the controlled substances to be transported and the intended dates of transport and the anticipated travel time. the physician is also required to maintain records in their own primary practice setting for the dispensing of transporting substance and the duration of the agreement is limited to 72 hours. as the nation grabbles with the ongoing -- grapples with the ongoing prescription drug crisis, we must ensure the appropriate use while allowing doctors to treat patients where they are. i want to thath sponsor, representative pete sessions, and the committee for their work to advance this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1492, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess.
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mr. burgess: i'll reserve at this time. i have no further speakers other than myself for closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. green. mr. green: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers, and if you're willing to -- i'll yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. burgess. mr. burgess: i'll yield myself the balance of our time. i want to commend chairman sessions for working on this important legislation with the energy and commerce committee, the house judiciary committee and the drug enforcemented a m to ensure we got -- enforcement administration to ensure we got it right. this is a good bill with appropriate safeguards. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and with that i'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1492. 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 -- mr. burgess: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, rise? mr. burgess: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 702, the federal employee anti-discrimination act of 2017, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 702, a bill to amend the notification and federal employee antidiscrimination and retaliation act of 2002 to strengthen federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the equal employment opportunity commission and expand accountability within the , and for vernment other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. desantis, and the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. desantis: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. desantis: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 702, the federal employee anti-discrimination act of 2017, introduced by my colleague on the oversight committee, the ranking member, elijah cummings. i should note that mr. cummings was unable to be here with us today. he's recuperating from surgery and we wish him a speedy recovery. mr. speaker, h.r. 702 amends the notification in federal pleau anti-discrimination and retaliation act of 2002, or the no fear act, to better identify and correct issues of discrimination throughout the federal government. ranking member cummings introduced h.r. 702 in response to problems identified in the baltimore office of the social security administration. the bill requires federal agencies to establish a system
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to track equal employment opportunity complaints from beginning to end. this system must also track any disciplinary action that resulted from a finding of a discriminatory act. the bill also requires that both the disciplinary action and the reason for the action to be included in the employee's personnel record. mr. speaker, this bill implements notification and reporting requirements for instances of discrimination within federal agencies. agencies must provide a notice on an internal website if the agency or equal employment opportunity commission finds a discriminatory or retaliatory act has occurred, and the bill requires agencies to submit a report to the eeoc if such an act has occurred. the report must include any discrimnear action initiated against an employee for discrimination or retaliation against another employee. lastly, the bill bars agencies from using nondisclosure agreements to restrict federal
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employees from reporting waste, fraud and abuse to congress, the office of special counsel and inspectors general. i thank mr. cummings for his work on this piece of legislation. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly is recognized. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. connolly: i rise in strong support of h.r. 702, the federal employee anti-discrimination act of 2017 as amended and i thank my good friend, ranking member elijah cummings for his cork on this -- for his work on this measure and his passion for ensuring the federal equal employment opportunity programs truly guarantee equal opportunity. most agencies are careful to ensure that their personnel
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policies protect employee rights and that their e.e.o. programs ensure that if discrimination does occur, employees can seek fair and timely redress. unfortunately, there have been instances in which agencies fail to meet that standard of a model e.e.o. program and when that occurs, hardworking federal employees are harmed. for example, during the last congress, the committee on oversight and government reform conducted a number of hearings to examine how allegations of harassment and retaliation were handled at the national park service and the u.s. department of agriculture, including the forest service. in the case of the park service, former superintendent of the grand canyon, one of our premier parks, reseved a report in 2013, documented multiple allegations of sexual harassment. rather than determining for the further -- whether further investigation was warranted or
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disciplinary action should be pursued that superintendent attempted to bury the report. a year later, more than a dozen current and former employees sent their allegations directly to the secretary of the interior. the secretary referred those algeags to the inspector general and after extensive investigation, the i.g. found, quote a long-term pattern of sexual harassment and hostile work environment in the grand canyon river district. the inspector general's office also identified more than 20 other individuals who, quote, reported experiencing or witnessing sexual harassment and hostile work environments. the i.g. confirmed further the previous reports of sexual harassment, quote, were not properly investigated or reported. as disturbing as these findings are, the inspector general has also found instances of sexual harassment an retaliation at
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other parks including iconic places like yellowstone national park and canaveral seashore. the park service announced measures to address the serious shortcomings in its e.e.o. programs, it is clear that deficiencies in those programs are long-standing and have hurt numerous employees. similar chronic problems have occurred at the department of agriculture. the e.e.o. program there has now been the subject of two extraordinary letters sent by the office of special counsel to the president of the united states. in may, 2015, the special counsel wrote to warn the president the civil rights program has, quote, been seriously mismanaged, thereby compromising the civil rights of usda employees, end quote. just last month, the special counsel's office wrote again to the president finding, quote, the office of the assistant
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secretary for civil rights has taken positive steps to improve etc. performance, based on the significant number of cases that is still the subject of delays we have determined that the agency response is unreasonable. usga may need to devote more resources to the office to ensure that cases are promptly processed and hold senior supervisors accountable for management in this office. since findings are not to be tolerated and highlight why this bill, h.r. 702, the federal employee anti-discrimination act, is urgently needed this measure would require that the head of an agency's program report directly to the head of the agency himself or herself. the measure would also require that an agency's e.e.o. program be operated independently of its human resources or general counsel offices. ensuring that the e.e.o. program is focused solely on protecting
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the civil rights of all employees and applicants. h.r. 702 would strengthen the accountability mechanisms central to the effectiveness of the e.e.o. process. for example, the bill would expand the notifications that agencies are required to provide when discrimination is indeed found to have occurred that would require agencies to track and report whether such findings rulled in any disciplinary action. the bill would also prohibit agencies from attempting to gag employees by banning policies, forms, agreements that seek to prohibit or restrick an employee from disclosing to this congress, the office of special counsel, or an office of the inspector general any information that might relate to a violation of any law, rule, regulation, or waste, fraud, and abuse. h.r. 702 is essentially identical to the bill we considered in the last congress and which passed the house by a
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vote of 403 to 0. i urge members to support the measure again. as i close, mr. speaker, let me join with ranking member cummings in urging the senate to move in this measure as expeditiously as possible. without the addition of extraneous and harmful amendments that might seek to curtail due process rights of federal employees. any employee who engages in discriminatory or retaliatory behavior or who harasses another employee must be held accountable. the american public expect no less. the current personnel policies and practices are adequate to ensure that this can occur and there's no need for any amendment to this bill that would undermine or weaken plose' due process rights. again, i urge all members to support h.r. 702 and i reserve the balance of my timele the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. desantis: i have no further speakers on my side and i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. connolly: i want to thank my friend from florida, and assure him i talked to ranking member cummings recently, he's doing great, he's full of fight and can't wait to get back here to congress and we expect to see him shortly. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. desantis: mr. speaker, i urge coppings adoption of the bill. -- i urge adoption of the bill. i wish mr. couple ags speedy recory and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass house 702, thank 2 -- you, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3
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being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose duds the gentleman from florida -- does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. desantis: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1988, to designate the facility of the united states stal service located at 1730 18th street in bakersfield, california, as the merle haggard post office building. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1988 a bill to designate the fa still of the united states postal service located at 1730 18th street in bakersfield, california, as the merle haggard post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. desantis, and the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly, each
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will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. desantis: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. desantis: i rise today in support of h.r. 1988 which designates the post office in bakersfield, california, as the merle haggard post office building. merle haggard once sang about being a branded man out in the cold because, having served time in prison, no matter where i travel, the black mark follows me, i'm branded with a number on my name. he lamented if i live to be 100, i guess i'll never clear my name. well, merle didn't quite make it to 100 but it's safe to say the people of bakersfield will appreciate seing the post office bear the name of merle haggard. merle can hold his head up and be proud of who he was. this will be a time for
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celebration, but remember, we don't smoke marijuana in muskogee and don't take our trips on l.s.d. so in honor they have yolkie from muskogee, ill list substances will be prohibited at the haggard post office. it will be ok to stay there and drink but keep in mind tonight could be the night the bottle lets you down. we also ask people to refrain from burning draft cards on main street and please don't let your hair grow long and shaggy. waving the flag at the courthouse will be encouraged. he didn't do everything to make his mother's life ease cri. he turned 21 in prison, doing life without parole, left only merle to blame because mama tried, mama tried. merle appreciated our fighting men and women who fought and died to keep america free. he was right to ask if we can realy count on being free, we
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have to depend on some squirrely guy who claim he is just doesn't believe in fighting. merle was a patriot who loved this country. if you don't love it, then just leave it. but be warned, when you're run do you think my country, hoss, you're walking on the fighting side of me. may god bless merle haggard. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly is recognized. mr. connolly: i thank the speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. connolly: boy, that's a hard act to follow. i was transported to the 1960's. and i was always a fan of merle haggard but not necessarily his political philosophy. because i don't believe the proposition is that if you disagree, the policies of your government that you have to leave the country. i actually believe the bue beity
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of america is that you get to disagree you get to respectfully dissent and you still get to live here as a full fledged american. i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of this bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service in bakersfield, california, as the merle haggard post office building. merle halingard was born in bakersfield in 1937 and as my friend from florida said, took a circuitous route to becoming the northeast common man, as he was known. as a teenager he often found himself in reform school after committing petty crimes. by the age of 20 he was serving time as mr. desantis said, in the california prison. it was that experience, however, that helped him turn his life around. in prison, merle haggard rediscovered his love of music and later put his talent to work in the bakersfield club circuit. singing about poverty, the strugolves the ordinary man and
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woman, and how music saved him during the dark times, he captured the imagination and attention of the entire country. and had 38 number one country hits. in 1994, merle was inducted into the country music hall of fame and in 2010 he received the kennedy center honors from president barack obama. after a long and fulfilling life, merle haggard died on his 79th birthday in april of last year. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to recognize the incredible accomplishments to our culture that merle haggard represents, to celebrate his country music and his ability to give a voice to working men and women everywhere. who kept their nose on the grindstone, who work hard every day. i urge passage of h.r. 1988 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. desantis: at this time i'm
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pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, the distinguished majority leader mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: i am from california, i happen to be from bakersfield, california. i thank the gentleman for his creative use of the lyrics, merle would be proud. mr. speaker, you can take a look back on american history, you can see figures standing tall who spoke for the everyday working man. following a long tradition of whitman and twain, merle haggard was a man who knew america instinct ily. because he it wasn't a life for the movies, but it was all more compelling because it was all more real. that is the reason they called him the poet of the common man. merle haggard didn't have it easy. at the height of the
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depression, his family's -- family searched for opportunity out west. merle grew up with little means and lived with the past mistakes and regrets so he sang. he sang branded man of the stigma of prison. crooning "i held my head up high determined i would rise above the shame." he sang in "working man blues" of the grind of doing his duty to his family, working as long as my two hands are fit to use. and he sang of his roots, not of power or wealth or status, but of pride in being an oki from muskogee, a place of leather boots, football and old glory. he found success and more importantly redemption. in the music he shared with his country. now, the bakersfield sound changed country music and it's a testament to merle haggard's
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talent. so when you listen to his hits from "branded hands" to "mama tried" to "working man blues" or "oki from muskogee" you not only hear the wisdom from a well-lived life but the roots of the music we listen to today. from a man who went from bakersfield high to san quinton prison to the country music hall of fame, a building doesn't seem like much but i hope when people pass by the merle haggard post office building in downtown bakersfield, they'll remember an icon of our community, an artist who never backed down, a an whose honesty above his own failings and willingness to pick himself back up inspired music that lifts our spirits and feeds our soul.
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merle haggard's name will live on in this building, but his spirit will live on in his music that calls us to do the best we can every day god gives us. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers on this side. i just want to echo the sentiments of mr. mccarthy, the majority leader, in honoring a great artist who overcame enormous obstacles in his life to achieve great success and to make great contributions to american culture. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. desantis: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1988. hose in favor say aye.
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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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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 954. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 140, h.r. 954, a bill to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to rockingham county, virginia, nd for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahoodthank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: h.r. 954, offered by our colleague, chairman of the judiciary committee, congressman bob goodlatte of virginia, would remove certain deed restrictions on approximately one acre portion of a property previously trrd
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in rockingham county -- transfered in rockingham county, virginia, under the federal lands to parks program. the transferred land included a garage that had previously been used by the national park service. following the transfer, rockingham county decided that the nonprofit planse area daycare center which provides affordable childcare for nearly 100 children would benefit from use of the garage. in 1990, congress passed a law allowing for a portion of the previously transferred land to be used for the childcare center. although a portion of the transferred property is authorized for use as a daycare center, the center encounters hurdles in securing financing for improvements and repairs due to the terms of the orinal deed and the subsequent legislation. h.r. 954 would remove certain deed restrictions from an approximately one-acre portion
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of the property while the other two acres would continue to be subject to the existing deed restrictions and revisionary clause. removal of these deed restrictions will ensure that improvements and repairs can take place without further delay in the future. i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman, mr. panetta, is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. panetta: h.r. 954 removes the use restrictions on a one-acre parcel of federal land provided to rockingham county, virginia. in 1989, congress authorized rockingham county to use a three-acre parcel of federal land for the purpose of establishing a childcare center under the condition that the land continues to be used for this purpose. if the county no longer needs the land for a childcare center, the land reverts back to ownership by the united states or the county has the
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option to purchase it at a fair market value. the federal government has a long tradition of providing public land to state, county and local governments. their use of federal land and a fair return to the american taxpayer has yet to be at the forefront of these transactions. removing public purpose requirements and the use restrictions should only be done when it is deemed appropriate and necessary, and in this particular case, the sponsor of this bill has worked with the national park service to develop legislation that is both fair and transparent. the land provided to rockingham county includes a garage previously used by the national park service that the county has determined could benefit plans are daycare center. the park service no longer needs the garage and removing the restriction on one of the three acres would allow this childcare provider to access financial assistance to upgrade and rehabilitate the garage so
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that it is suitableo their needs. this is a worthy goal, and i commend the gentleman from virginia for this legislation, and that's why we support the adoption of h.r. 954. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, at this time i yield such time as he may consume to the chairman of the judiciary committee, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i rise today to urge passage of h.r. 954, and i thank the gentleman from illinois for yielding me the time and for his work on this bill as well as chairman bishop's work on this legislation and those on the other side of the aisle. this bill simply removes 20-year-old deed use restrictions on one acre of land in rockingham county, virginia. for over 25 years, a little over three acres of land and its associated buildings previously held by the federal government have been maintained by rockingham county and the
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plains area daycare center in the sixth district of virginia. in 1989, the federal government deeded these three acres of land with restriction to rockingham county. however, even prior to this official declaration, rockingham county had already been faithfully maintaining the property no longer utilized by the federal government. the government transferred this land to rockle ham county in 1989 -- rockingham county in 1989. the county then decided that the nonprofit plains area daycare center in broadway, virginia, which provides childcare on a sliding scale to many families who otherwise could not afford such a service, would benefit from the use of the old garage located on the property. therefore, in 1990, congress enacted public law 101-479 which allowed the deed to be changed from public use to the particular use of the childcare center. donations by the community totaling $75,000, turned the
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building into a nursery, daycare and after-school care facility. additionally, the establishment of the daycare center had a playground that the public supports. to be clear, the center and the playground are the sole reasons this previously abandoned government land is being used by the community. i have visited the plains area daycare center on many occasions and have seen the measurable investment this center is making in the community by providing high-quality childcare. since opening in 1991, the center has always been at capacity and is the only facility of its kind in the community. however, after two decades of consistent use, the facility is in desperate need of repairs. unfortunately, because of the narrow way public law 101-479 was drafted, and because of the terms of the deed, the daycare center has been unable to
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obtain a loan to complete much-needed renovations. to solve this problem, my legislation would remove the deed's use restrictions from the one acre of property on which the building resides. while i'd like to have seen the entire three acres released, this legislation is the result of a compromise that has been endorsed by the national park service and rockingham county. by passing this legislation and allowing rockingham county and in turn the plains area daycare center more authority over the land, we will ensure more children and more of the community will be served. mr. speaker, while my legislation today is simply a for malt, it is of great -- formality, it is of great importance to those being served by the daycare facility. this had overbearing restrictions. since it's clear the federal government no longer has a vested interest in the land, it's time to lift those restrictions to allow the daycare center to reach its
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full potential. 20 years ago, congress made its intention clear that a daycare facility was to have use of the property, and i am pleased to lead the charge in fixing the law. again, i thank chairman bishop and his committee for bringing this bill before the house. i also thank my legislative assistant, angela, for her hard work on this legislation. i urge passage of h.r. 954, to simply remove the deed restrictions on one acre of land so that the necessary upgrades may be made to the childcare center and this community investment may continue. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois reserves. and the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no more speakers and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i yield adoption of the legislation and yield back the balance of our time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the entleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 954. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1397. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bl. the clerk: union calendar number 143. h.r. 1397, a bill to authorize, direct, facilitate and expedite the transfer of administrave jurisdiction of certain federal land, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr.
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lahood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative da to revise and tend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: this measure would authorize a small land exchange between the department of the interior and the department of transportation, specifically the bill transfers administrative jurisdiction over approximately a third of an acre of federal land within the boundary of the george washington memoria parkway of the national park service to the department of transportation and transfers from the department of transportation approximately half of an acre of federal land within the boundary of the
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turner fairbank highway research center of the federal highway administration. the transfer centers on colonial farm road which provides public access to claud moore colonial farm and also serves as an entrance road to the turner fairbank highway research center and as a secondary entrance to the central intelligence agency. the configuration of the property lines between the farm and research center requires farm -- requires farm staff to travel across research center property to access their facilities. the three federal agencies have discussed concerns over crossing property lines. the need to have uninterrupted access to the properties and the need to improve security near perimeter fencing of the research center. the agencies have identified properties suitable for exchange on their boundary which is will provide public access to the farm while providing the means
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to improve security outside the fencing of the research center an the central intelligence agency. there'll be -- though the immediate security concerns have been address thraud temporary agreement, legislation is needed to codify the land exchange. at this point, i would like to insert into the record an exchange of letters -- of letter between chairman bill shuster of the transportation and theastructure committee and responses. we thank them for agreeing to help expedite consideration of this bill today. i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balan of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the materials will be entered. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: weather. >> this bill --
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mr. panetta: this addresses two parcel os land. parcel from a small the department of interior to the department of transportatn. it also transfers a half acre from the department of transportation to the department of the interior. simply put, this bill permits a one-time land transfer that was agreed to 15 years ago. ultimately this will improve management efficiency and save taxpayer money. th bill is noncontroversial and has been a long-standing legislative priory of the national park service. i commend representative comstock for her bipartisanship and urgmy colleagues to support its adoption. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is ecognized. mr. lahood: i yield such time as
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she may consume to the gentlelady, mrs. comstock. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. comstock: i rise isupport of my bill, h.r. 1397, which would authorize the land exchange between the national park service and the department of transportation. land ofe is a parcel of the claude moore farm. claude moore farm is a wonderful way to experiencwhat life was like on a small family farm for the average family in the late 1700's. not the plantations we often see preserved but a very small, average family farm. claude moore farm is tucked in right next to the c.i.a., as has been mentioned. the jurisdiction of this access road off george washington memorial parkway has not been clear and has resulted in confusion and unnecessary curity concerns. er the years, general use of this access road has set off
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security alarms at langley and th confusion has not only been difficult for security personnel, they have also cost taxpayers resources. on september 11, 2002, the national park service and the federal highway administration intoed into an agreement under which the transfer of administrative jurisdiction, management, and maintenance of the lands in question were agreed upon. since then the two pears have been abide big these rules. so what this agreement does now is make this permanent in a legislative fix. it's a commonsense, bipartis bill, we worked on this with senator warner also. he was able to get it attached to the energy package but that didn't pass. we now need this to move forward i urge mcolleagues to support this straightforward, noncontroversial bill. i thank t gentleman from illinois and with that, i yield k. m lahood: i reserve. sproup the gentlemaneserves this egentleman from california is recognized.
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mr. panetta: no further speakers, yield back. mr. lahood: we yield back. the speaker proempore: the gentleman yields. the questio is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1397. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of he chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the -- >> on that we ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas annays will rise and remain snding until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: i move to suspe the rules and pass h.r. 1404.
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the speaker pro tempore: th clerk will report the title of thill. the clerk: union calendar number 142, h.r. 1404, a bill t provideor the conveyance of certain land and holdings to the tucson unified school district and the pascua yaqui tribof arizona. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. laho, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. panetta, each will control -- and the gentlema from california, mr. panetta, ea will control 20 minutes. mr. lahood: isk unanimous coent that all membe have five legislative day it is revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro teore: without objection. mr. lhood: i yield myself such time as i may consume. thspeaker o tempore: the gentleman irecognized mr. lhood: i rise today in support of h. 1404, the pascua yaquiribe land condition vayians act, sponsored by mr. grijalva, ranking mber on the
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naturaresources committee. thisould be a land cveyance involving the pibe -- the tribe, distric.na school it will be placed itrust for the benefit of the tribe if the district releases all rights, title and intere to it. a 13.24 acre parcel of land shall be sdly the u.s. to the distct at fair market lue and a federal interest of 27.5 achers of land held by the district shall be cleared in exchange for the district paying this -- paying the appraise value of thfederal interest. the federal interest is a reversionary interest imposed on certain land patentedo the district under the recreatio and public services act of 1926. all transfers under the bill are subject to valid existing rights. gaming pursuant to the indian
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gaming regulatory act would be prohibited on lands taken into trust under the bill. this bill is substantively similar to the bill the house passed during the 114th congress. i than the sponsor, i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman fm california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield mysel sh time as i may consum the speakepro tempore: without objection. mr. panettathis legislation represents the final part of a collaborative land agreement between the pcua yaqei tribe and theueson school district. it will transfer a 40-acre parcel currently managed by t.s.d. under the rreation and publicuroses act into a trust r the tribe two. additnal parcel os ld will be transferred to the tusd, provided that the tusd pay fair market value so it ma better plan for the future needs of the
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school district in the areas near the tribe's reservation. i want to commend t sponsor, ranking member grijalva, not oy for his leadership o natural resource committee, but forringing this legiation forward and i now reserve the balancof mtime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman vembs. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: i reserve. thspeaker pro tempore:he gentleman fr california is recognized. . panetta: i yield as much time as he may consume the gentleman from arizona. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is regnized. mr. grijalva: thank you,r. chairman, i want to thank the gentleman for yielding. h.r. 1404 as was stated by my two coleagu is the culmination of a listeningstanding land agreeme betwee deson unified school strict and the pascua yaqui ibe. part of that agreement was already finalize bo my colleagues have stated
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the purpose of the legislation the need for the legislion. in passage of tis bill will complete the second par of that agreeme and both parties involved as well as the surrounding cmunities all s mutual benefit in this. i would hope that e bill is acted upon pitively, that it paes. i want to thank chairma bishop for his cooperion a working wi our staff to bring this to the floor today. i urge aption and iield back my te. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman frocalifornia reserves. the gtleman from illinois i recognized. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i advise the speakere have no additional speakers and i reserve the balancef my time. the speer pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. panetta: mr. speaker, briefly, the bill isdentical to h.r. 2009 which passed ithe 114th congss by vce vote. that is why awell as what
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we've heard today i urgeuick adoption of this legislation ce again and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the queion is will the house suspend the rules --he gentleman fro iinois. . lahood: thaou, mr. speaker. we also urge aption of ts legislation and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: th questi is, will the hous spend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1404. those ifavor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of t chair, 2/3 rules are suspended, the bill i passed and without objectiothe motion to reconsider is laion the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition mr. panetta: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1541. the speakerro temporethe clerk will report the title of the bill.
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the clerk: union calendar number 144, h.r. 1541, a bill to authorize the secretary of the entireor t acquireertain property related to thfort scottationalhistoric site in fort scott, kansas, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to e rule, the gentman from iois, mr. lahood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panta, each wl control 20 minut this echr recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahoo i ask unanimous consent tt all members have ve legislative days to revise and extend their remarks d includextraneous terial on the bills und consiration. the peakerro tempore:ithout objection. mr. lood: i yie myself such time as i may conse. h.r. 1541, sponsored by my colleague, representative lynn jenkins of kansas, removes a ohibitn preventing the secretary of the intior from acquiring a certan structure known as the luna blair house and including it in the fort scott national historicite.
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congress initially deemed the lunette blair blk house aknock ro niic and exclud itfrom the national historicite. e natinal park service wants add the bck house to expand the interetation of the site and to demonstrate its dferent roles throughout american history. the privatcitizens that rent mntain the block house would ke to nate the struure to the national park service. i urge my colleags to suppo preservation of this unique pie of kansas ritage and rve the balance mtime. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlemafrom alifornia i recogned. mr. paneti yield myself such time as i may consume. h.r. 1541 authorizes the secrety of the interior t pand the boundies of th ft t national htoric in fort scott, kansas. it was designated a national
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historic landmrk in 1964 eight year later, congress established the site as unit of the national park service to commemorate the significant role-played bfort scott in th openinof t west as well as the civiwar and strife in the e of kansas that preceded it. 16 acres. current a modest the additions from this bill will add approximately 3.6 acres to the pk. it includes the only intac civil war e building a entrenchments and e homestes of the first african-american families who settl in the area afr the war. preserving e history of frdom on the frontier ian portant goal and i support his bill. i rerve the my time. the speakepro tempo: the gentlemanfromllinois. mr. lahood: i have no additional speakers and would reserve the balance of myime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentman rerves, the gentleman california. mr. panetta: i yield back the balce of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the entlan yields backthe gentlen from illinois. mr. laho: i note that th spnsor, ms. nkins, was inable be here to speak isupport of her bill. she was unavoidably delayed i her disrict due to a flight cancellation today. i do have her statemen in strog suprtf the measure adoption ofthe meure a i yieldack the balace of time. the sakerro tempore: the gentleman yields. the uestio is will the house suspendhe rules and pa h.r. 1541. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1719, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. to clerk: h.r. 1719, a bill
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authorize the secretary of the interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in martinez, california, and or other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: h.r. 1719 would expand the john muir national historic site by approximately 44 acres. located in the san francisco bay area in martinez, california, this site preserves a 14-room italianette victorian mansion where john muir lived well as a 325-acre track of
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native oak woodlands and grasslands owned by the muir family. additional proposed acreage in this bill is directly adjacent to the current site and allow for better public access to trails in the area. this acreage will be donated to the national park service and will not be acquired with any federal dollars. i urge adoption of this measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you. mr. speaker, h.r. 1719 authorizes the national park service to expand the boundary of the john muir national historic site and acquire 44 acres of land from the muir heritage land trust. the donation will expand the site and help carry on muir's important legacy of conservation and environmental stewardship. john muir is one of our nation's most respected and revered echologists. his writings have inspired
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millions and his activism led to the establishment of our first iconic national parks. from the first time he stepped foot in yosemite valley, he became yosemite's most vocal champion but he didn't spend his whole life there. from 1890 until his death in 1914, muir lived on a farm not far from san francisco. it was from this corner of the bay area that muir co-founded the sierra club and helped lay groundwork for a century of conservation. john muir's tireless advocacy led to the creation of yosemite and sequoyah's national parks and his spirit and enduring legacy led to the protection of much, much more. the passage of 1719 will contribute to john muir's legacy and it will help to protect and conserve the place where he found solace and inspiration in his later years. i want to thank the bill's sponsor, representative desauliner from california, and
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i urge swift passage of this bill. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: we reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you. i yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. ms. mcsally: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to -- mr. desauliner: today i rise in support of h.r. 1719, the john muir national historic site expansion act. this bipartisan legislation will expand the martinez, california, historic site in my district that celebrates the life and legacy of john muir. muir was a life-long conservationist, leading advocate othe national park service and co-founder of the sierra club. he worked to establish and protect national parks, including yosemite, sequoyah, grand canyon and mount rainier. the john muir national historic site, which includes the home where he lived, covers 330
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acres of contracosta county where he chaired the revolutionary idea that wild spaces should be set aside for all to enjoy. this bill would make it possible for the national park service to accept a donation of 44 acres of land from the john muir land trust, improving access to the park and its scenic trails, including those on mount wanda, named after muir's oldest daughter. the trail systems are accessible for hikers, bikers and equestryans, including critical connections to the 550-mile bay area ridge trail and to nearby protected lands along the franklin ridge corridor. as muir once said, everyone needs beauty as well as bread. places to play in, where nature may heal and share and give strength to body and soul alike. mr. speaker, i want to thank my predecessor, congressman george miller, who championed this bill. i'd also like to thank the natural resources committee chair, chairman bishop, ranking
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member grijalva and the subcommittee chair, mr. mcclintock from california, and ms. hanabusa for their leadership in bringing h.r. 1719 to the floor today. i'm grateful for the support to 21 of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle who co-sponsored this legislation and to senator kamala harris for leading the bill's counterpart in the u.s. senate. i'd like to thank the john muir land trust for the dedication and sprembing this valuable rk land and shore land for future generations. this puts a fitting on the centennial's celebration, helping to preserve the trails an lands that surround the long-term home of the man known as the father of the national park service. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this bipartisan legislation, the john muir national historic site expansion act, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california
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reserbs -- reserves. mr. panetta: please, thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: we have no further speakers and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. panetta: no further speakers and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, we urge adoption of this legislation and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will will the house suspend the rules and pass the -- the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1719, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. lahood: mr. speaker, on that we ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. -- further proceedings on this
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question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1913. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar bill 146, h.r. 1913, a to establish the clear creek national recreation area in san benito and fresno counties, california, to designate the joaquin rocks wilderness in such counties, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, at this time i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: h.r. 1913, introduced by representative jimmy panetta of california, is a bipartisan bill that reopens
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public access and facilities, recreational activities in central california. the bill designates 63,000 acres as the clear creek national recreation area. 21,000 acres as the joaquin rocks wilderness and releases 1,500 acres of wilderness study area. once considered a world-class offhighway vehicle, or o.h.v. recreation designation, the clear creek area has been closed to the public for nearly a decade due to concerns from the e.p.a. by naturally occurring asbestos. however, after commissioning the study of the california, the state of -- of the area, the state of california's offhighway recreational to ion found a low risk asbestos. despite appeals and o.h.v. use oast, the bureau of land management has not reopened the area to the public or for
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o.h.v. use. this bill remedies the situation by reopening and redesignating the area as the clear creek national recreation area and including special provisions to prioritize and facilitate long-term sustainable offhighway vehicle access and recreation and i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you. mr. speaker, h.r. 1913 establishes the clear creek national recreation area and the joaquin rocks wilderness area on land administered by the bureau of land management and the central coast region of california. from hiking and hunting to offhighway vehicle use, those designations will improve and enhance access for a variety of recreational activities while
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ensuring that ecologically sensitive and unique areas are managed in a way that supports their lasting and permanent protection. in addition to the many ecological benefits, they provide, including clean air and clean water, wilderness areas throughout the country which play a large role in supporting the approximately 646 billion dollar per year outdoor recreation economy. so i am pleased that we are advancing this bill to add 21,000 acres of the national wilderness preservation system. this bill has strong local support from san benito county and government officials and a number of off highway vehicle and wilderness groups. these advocates understand that clear creek is important to the economy and they have fond memories of the recreational opportunities when they were younger. i have received numerous support comments from my constituents, the off highway vehicle community and other california residents about the importance of clear creek to
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their family and how the closure has impacted them. it is time to honor the desire of my constituents in california's 20th congressional district to pass this bill once again. this is a bipartisan bill, and i want to thank chairman bishop, ranking member grijalva for their leadership, their work and assistance in getting this bill to the floor of the house of representatives. i also want to thank representatives david valadao, jeff denham, paul cook, as well as my predecessor, sam farr, and their staffs for their work on this bill. i urge the quick adoption of this legislation, once again, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i thank my colleague and friend for introducing this legislation and urge its adoption and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1913. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1306. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar bill 141, h.r. 1306, a to provide for the conveyance of serl federal land in the state of oregon, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to first acknowledge the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, and mr. walden, for their hard work on
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this important work on this legislation which will benefit several indian tribes in the state of oregon. h.r. 1306 recognizes three tribes by conveying publicly forest lands to two of them and to improve the management currently held in trust for a third tribe. various iterations of h.r. 1306 have been considered multiple times in previous congresses and nearly identical bills benefiting some or all of these tribes were passed by the house in the 113th and 114th congresses. 1 would place title to approximately 17 rk 519 acres of public land in oregon, in trust for bet of the cow creek umquay tribe. land to be held in trust under this section are depicted on a specific map and the conveyance of the land in trust shall be subject to valid existing
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rights. a substantial amount of the public plan placed in trust for the tribe is currently part of the oregon and california railroad land grant managed by the bureau of land management. under title 1 the secretary is required to reclassify an equal acreage of public domain land located in the vicinity of the land given to the tribe as o and c land. land placed in trust by the tribe under title 1 may not be used for gambling under the indian gaming regulatory act, and timber harvested from such lands shall be subject to federal land restricting the export of unprocessed logs. title 2 of the bill would provide that seven tracks of land currently managed by the bureau of land management totaling 14,742 acres be held in trust for the benefit of the confederated tribes of the lower umquy and -- umquay and other indians. the parcels so transfer ready
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located in western oregon counties and include tracks such as the tall bed allotment and the umquay eden parcels, which are of particular consult cal significance to the tribes -- of icularly particular cultural significance of the tribes. title 3 is about the forest in oregon. this forest has been regulated as part of the northwest forest plan, which is inconsistent with the management of the other tribal managed forests in the united states. under this title the tribe would manage its forest under the national indian forest resources management act. this will improve the tribe's ability to manage its timber resources. i urge adoption of this measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 1306 is a culmination of years of work to address the wrongs of the past. mr. panetta: the termination era in federal indian policy is one of the darkest chapters in american history. in oregon, all but one of the tribes lost their federal recognition. the federal government eventually saw the error of their ways and restored the tribes. but they were now left with nonexistent or inadequate land bases. h.r. 1306, the western oregon tribal fairness act, will go a long way in helping re-establish long-promised land bases the federal government eventually saw the f. while also giving them the ability to effectively manage their land on their own terms. i want to thank our colleagues from oregon, mr. defazio, and mr. walden, for listening to the needs of the oregon tribal people and continuing to push this bipartisan legislation.
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the previous version of this bill passed the house by voice vote last congress, and i now do the olleagues to same. i reserve the balance of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. l.a. l.a. mr. speaker, i would advise --hoodhood mr. speaker, i would advise the chair -- mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i would advise the chair we have no other speakers at this time. mr. panetta: no further speakers, we yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: we urge adoption of the legislation -- legislation and 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 the bill, h.r. 1306. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, at this time i move to suspend the rules and pass h. 2156.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 147. h.r. 2156. a bill to provide for the establishment of a national memorial and national monument to commemorate those killed by the collapse of the saint francis dam on march 12, 1928, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the entleman from illinois, mr. la hood, and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, at this time i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: thank you. the saint francis dam disaster is considered one of the worst civil engineering catastrophes in the 20th century. h.r. 2156 introduced by my good friend steve knight of california recognizes the incident's devastation and
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subsequent impacts on the residents of northern los angeles county by establishing a national memorial and monument to preserve the area for future generations. the bill authorizes the secretary of agriculture to establish the memorial using donations from the community, working in consultation with the santa collar itsa city council -- collar itsa city council and the -- santa clarita city council. the bill also authorizes the creation of a 440-acre monument that will encompass the saint francis dam memorial. the boundaries of the monument were designated in consultation with the local community and the bill includes provisions to ensure motorized access within the monument and continued grazing on any land where it is already permitted. the memorial and the monument created by this legislation are a fitting tribute to the 400 people who lost their lives tragically and thousands more
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whose lives were forever changed by the saint francis dam disaster. mr. speaker, at this time i urge adoption of the measure by mr. knight and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you. in one of the worst civil engineering failures of the 20th century, the breach of the saint francis dam on march 12, 1928, tragically took the lives of over 400 americans. to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that fateful day, h.r. 2156 establishes a national memorial at the disaster site in california's santa collar itsa valley -- clarita valley. the memorial will provide a place for remembering and healing. in addition to the memorial, h.r. 2156 establishes a saint francis dam national monument on 440 acres of public land
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managed by forest service. the national monument designation authorizes the u.s. forest service, in consultation with a lange of -- range of stakeholders, to develop educational programs and improve the health of regional watersheds. i want to thank congresswoman julia brownley, as well as congressman knight, along with the santa clarita valley historical valley for bringing the legacy of the saint francis dam disaster to the attention of congress. as we have all heard, those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. this bill receivesed strong support last congress and was voted -- received strong support last congress and was voted out of the house. i urge my colleagues to support its adoption. 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. lahood: mr. speaker, that the time i yield such time as he may consume to the author of the legislation, mr. steve knight of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. knight: thank you, mr. speaker. this is something that is near and dear to my heard -- heart. this is something that has affected our community. it happened less than 20 miles
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from my house. lmost 100 years ago. today i rise in remembrance of the saint francis dam. the bill i sponsored would establish a national memorial to honor those who suffered this terrible tragedy. saint francis dam failed on march 12, 1928. nearly 13 billion gallons of water crashed down upon the surrounding areas and ultimately traveled 54 miles down to the pacific ocean. the brute force of this flood water claimed 437 lives, leaving in its wake unspeakable heartbreak and catastrophically impacted communities. the saint francis dam disaster was america's worst civil engineering failure of the 20th century. these lessons were learned at a steep price. many of the dams that were built after this were built because of the saint francis dam issues and they were built at a much different level.
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this bill takes a small but significant step in memorializing the men, women and children who love their -- lost their lives in this tragedy. i am humbled by this honor to commemorate their memory. i thank the chairman for his support of this bill and i urge my colleagues to vote yes. i yield the remainder of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. no further speakers. we yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. lahood: mr. speaker, we urge adoption of this legislation and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2156. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek
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recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 597. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 139. h.r. 597, a bill to take land is a a -- in california into the trust as part of the reservation of the lytton rancha of california and for other purposes -- rancheria of california and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. lahood: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask unanimous consent that all members have five days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lahood: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lahood: h.r. 597, sponsored by my colleague, congressman denham of california, would take into trust approximately 511 acres of land of noncontiguous fee land owned by the lytton rancheria.
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the land is adjacent to the town of windsor in sonoma county, california. under the bill, gaming under the indian gaming regulatory act is prohibited on these lands. in 2009, the tribe applied to the department of interior to place title to approximately 127 acres of land acquired in this area in trust. the application is still pending with the department of interior. the tribe has testified that it intends to use a portion of the lands for tribal housing, while the rest would support a diverse range of economic development, including plans for a future resort and winery. i want to thank the sponsor of the legislation for his hard work on this bill and you urge adoption of the measure at this time. and i would reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. along with dozens of other california tribes, the lytton
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band of indians had its relationship with the federal government terminated in 1958. that resulted in a loss of its federal status and all of its tribal lands. the tribe's federally recognized status was eventually restored. but the reservation lands were not. as a result, with the exception of a small parcel of land that congress provided for gaming in san pablo, the tribe has been left essentially landless. and without a reservation since it was terminated. this bill will take approximately 511 acres in sonoma county into trust as part of the reservation of lytton rancheria. by directing these lands into trust, the united states will ensure that the lytton rancheria will finally have a permanently protected homeland on which they can once again live communaly and plan for future generations. i commend representative denham, my neighbor to the east, for this bipartisan legislation. and urge quick adoption of the
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legislation. 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. lahood: mr. speaker, we would urge adoption of the legislation and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the . ll, h.r. 597 those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately 6:30 p.m. today.

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