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this morning on board the c-span bus. it is there just outside the state capital today. for folks in kansas who may want to visit. do appreciate it. hope you again down the road. and we also want to thank, cox canwe leave, our indications partners in kansas. stay tuned for our next stop on the capital store in austin, texas, and now we take viewers led to the house floor. pray. eternal god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. on this day we ask your blessing on the men and women, citizens all, whose votes have populated this people's house. each member of this house has been given the sacred duty of representing them. o lord, we pray that those with whom our representatives might meet during this coming long weekend in their home districts be blessed with peace and an assurance that they have been listened to.
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we ask your blessing now on the whose of this house responsibility lies also beyond the local interests of constituents while honoring them. give each member the wisdom to represent both local and national interests and responsibility calling for the wisdom of solomon. grant them, if you will, a double portion of such wisdom. bless us this day and every day and may all that is done within the people's house be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. gabbard. ms. gabbard: 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.
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the speaker: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-min speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. much has been said about the tumultuous times which we live. it's true, we do face enormous challenges. i would like tree mind the american people of the things that will get us through these times. my parents were part of the greatest generation. my father was a pilot in world war ii and i'm honored to wear his air force wings. my mother was a mother of 10 amazing children, many of which today.h me they are the best friends i have ever had. our parents taught us something that each of us has embroidered and hangs on our individual family walls and it is this, our family's today. motto is, d honor, service to god, family, and country.
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we're as abraham lincoln said, the last best hope on earth. mr. stewart: that was true when he said it. still true today. we created the miracle of the constitution. we survived the catastrophe of the civil war. we defeated communism, totalitarianism, fascism. we have the strength to get through the challenges that we face today, but it will only be true if we're true to that principle -- due, honor, service to god, family, and country. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii seek recognition? ms. gabbard: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. gabbard: mr. speaker, for far too long big phrma has played by its own rules. benefiting from skyrocketing drug prices on the backs of our most vulnerable populations. back in 2003, legislation was passed establishing medicare part d to make prescription drugs more affordable for
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people, but big phrma lobbyists influenced those policies and made it so there is a provision included that would ban the secretary of health and human services from negotiating lower prices directly with pharmaceutical companies. something the v.a. can already do today. over 42 million americans who are enrolled in medicare part d costs e to face rising on brand name drugs, fewer generic drugs, and higher premiums making it difficult if not impossible for many to fill their prescriptions. i urge my colleagues to co-sponsor the medicare drug price negotiation act to take back our health care from pharmaceutical companies and allow the secretary of h.h.s. to negotiate drug prices directly with manufacturers to secure affordable lifesaving medication for millions of americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas 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
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minute. mr. smith: mr. speaker, yesterday the house judiciary committee approved the legal work force act. a bill i introduced that saves jobs for citizens and legal workers. it it requires u.s. employers to use the e-verify system to check the work eligibility of all future hires. september, 2017, "washington post"-abc news poll shows that 82% of voters favor requiring business owners to check the immigration status of prospective employees. e-verify is the most popular immigration reform that reduces illegal immigration. e-verify is a free and quick system that already is used voluntarily by employers to cover 1/3 of the work force. the legal work force act has the backing of both national business organizations and immigration enforcement groups. this bill deserves the enthusiastic support of all members of congress who want to
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put the interest of american workers first. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today house republicans will move one step closer to giving a budget busting $2 tax cut to the super wealthy on the backs of hardworking americans. closer to : one step increasing taxes on vulnerable americans. one step closer to gutting medicaid by $1 closer to increasing taxes trillion and slashing medicare by $500 billion. one step closer to decimating programs that help veterans, seniors, students, and families. many families in my home district in ohio are struggling, struggling because
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they haven't had a pay increase in over a decade. that is why instead of pushing the donald trump's billionaires first tax cut plan, we need to ensure that all americans have a chance to achieve an american dream by expanding the earned tax income credit, child tax credit, and low housing income tax credit. not capping retirement contributions and eliminating tax loopholes that allow u.s. companies to profit from shipping jobs overseas. mr. speaker, it is time that we provide a level playing field for all families to truly help them have a better life. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute.
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mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i rise today to share the story of c.j. rudolph of sellersville, pennsylvania. c.j. was born in december, 2015, at grant view hospital. before he was born, he tested positive for the gene meaning he was going to be born with down syndrome. but his parents, chris and donna, had faith he would be a fighter. from day one c.j. battled just to stay alive. he had two heart defects and was immediately put in the neonatal i.c.u. as the condition became more critical he was transferred to the children's hospital in philadelphia. and ultimately ended up at the university of pennsylvania hospital. after five weeks at the university of pennsylvania hospital at the age of 58 days, c.j. underwent heart surgery performed by a miracle worker named dr. spray. four days later he was finally able to come home with his parents. mr. speaker, at almost two years old, c j. has overcome more obstacles than many of us will face in a lifetime.
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today c.j. serves as the inspiration of the sellersville fire department and continues to inspire all those he encounters with his grit and perseverance. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from tennessee seek recognition? mrs. black: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 580, i call up the house concurrent resolution 71 with the senate amendment thereto. i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. , designate the senate amendment and designate the motion. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 71, concurrent resolution establishing the congressional budget for the united states government for fiscal year 2018, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027. senate amendment. mrs. black of tennessee moves that the house concur in the senate amendment to the house concurrent resolution 71.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 580, the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the budget. the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. black, and the gentleman from kentucky, mr. yarmuth, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the tennessee. from mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. tennessee. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of senate amendment house concurrent resolution 71, the budget resolution for fiscal 2018. passing a budget is never easy and has once again been a challenge this year. but i am encouraged with where we're now and i am pleased that the senate did its work by approving a budget. one that we can support in order to unlock tax reform for the american people. without question there are plenty of things that i wish were included in what the senate passed. ideas that the house put
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forward earlier this month when we approved our budget. for example, i still feel strongly about addressing unsustainable mandatory spending, and that hasn't changed. the growing burden of debt caused by mandatory spending is a real problem that cannot be ignored. we owe it to the american people to do something to offer serious reforms that ensure government programs are financially sustainable and working well for generations to come. and i think we will tackle this important issue in the future. a choice.don't have but despite any shortcomings of the senate passed budget, i am encouraged that it does reflect the shared priorities of both chambers. moving forward with this budget by our upported president. i want to remind my colleagues that before final passage last week the senate did include numerous provisions previously passed by the house.
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and i was proud to be involved in those negotiations with the leaders of the house, the senate, and the white house. for example, the senate passed budget creates a mechanism that would permit the budget committee chairman to adjust the budget allocations if there is future legislation signed into law that revises the b.c.a. spending caps. the senate passed budget also includes numerous improvements to the house budget's enforcement that are designed to strengthen fiscal discipline . because we work together to find common ground, we can move ahead towards tax reform and expand upon the ideas in the conservative framework unveiled last month. throughout nearly my seven years as a member of the house, republicans have talked about modernizing our outdated and overly complicated tax system, and today we have the opportunity to take that next big step to unlock tax reform for the american people, fulfilling the promise that we made long ago to our onstituents.
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by advancing tax reform, we can help americans keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. we can by advancing make it possible f st americans to file their taxes on a taxes on a simple postcard. we can level the playing field for business and help them tax e reforming our system for the first tax system for the first time in nearly three decades. president trump is with us on this and i agree that we must
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move quickly. and that's why i urge my colleagues to pass this budget today. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, the bill we're debating today is not a real effort at responsible budgeting. it is a means to an end. a single-minded plan to make it easier to enact tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations, regardless of the consequences for everyone else. if approved by the house today, an irresponsible $1.5 trillion tax bill will come to the floor in the-n a matter of weeks. it is being rushed because republicans don't want the american people to know what's in t they don't want you to find out that it overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy while increasing taxes on billions of middle class families. rushing through legislation thame pacts nearly every american family and business is reckless, and voting on a bill that rewrites our nation's tax code a week or two after it is introduced without any real input from the people who will impact is neglect.
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that's -- negligent. that's what you do when you can't defend your own policy, and there's a lot of unjustifiable provisions in this budget. . it cuts vital national investments, threatening our progress and national security. it cuts more than $4 trillion in mandatory spending, including nearly $2 trillion from medicare and medicaid alone. the enormity of these cuts and the severity of the consequences for american families cannot be overstated. but more cuts will be coming once the republican tax cuts blow an enormous hole in the budget. we will see a tax on medicare, medicaid, social security, nutrition assistance, on important benefits that help american families get ahead. i know my republican colleagues desperately want to believe that the tax cuts in their budget will pay for themselves and usher in a new era of economic growth, or at least they want the american people to believe that. but the record is clear. this approach has failed time
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and time again. and now even though the evidence and experts have concluded that these tax cuts will not create an economic boom but will instead lead to a higher concentration of wealth among the rich while dramatically increasing deficits and debt, my republican colleagues are trying to do it again. everything we do in congress should be about making the lives of american families better and more secure. we owe them a budget that invests in their future, a tax code that is fair, and a full and honest debate on both. this budget and the tax cuts that will follow are a failure on all fronts. i therefore urge my republican colleagues to abandon this dangerous budget and start addressing the needs and priorities of the american people. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: 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 the senate amendment to house
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concurrent resolution 71. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. black: it is now my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. juju smith-schuster mr. speaker, first of -- mr. smith: mr. speaker, first of all, i want to thank the chairwoman for yielding me time. mr. speaker, we need to pass this budget, not only to rein in out-of-control spending but also to give congress the go ahead on much-needed tax reform. we need to reduce the tax burden on hardworking americans. the typical household in the 21st district of texas pays over $15,700 in federal taxes. past experience shows that tax relief generates strong economic growth. it enables americans to save, invest, create jobs and spend more of their income. our vision of tax reform benefits families across america. for example, in my congressional district, 1/ of households utilize the -- 1/6
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of households utilize the tax credit. ncreasing this will allow them to use it on school supplies and other things families need to raise a child. let's have a more prosperous future rather than paying more of their hard-earned money to the federal government. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i am happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from washington, a distinguished member of the house budget committee and ways and means committee, ms. delbene. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. -- del bell: ms. delbene: i rise in opposition to this resolution. our top priority in congress should be helping expand opportunities, opportunities to sustain long-term economic growth and security so no
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american is left behind. unfortunately, the bill we're voting on today is not a serious budget designed to help middle-class families. instead, this budget is simply a vehicle to rush through a partisan tax proposal, using a process known as reconciliation. and what's worse, the ryan-mcconnell tax plan would add trillions of dollars to the deficit, making our children foot the bill for tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest. in fact, the tax policy center has estimated that the ryan-mcconnell tax plan could ise taxes by an average of $1,209 a year on families earning between $50,000 and $150,000 a year. this is moving in the wrong direction. i urge my colleagues to vote no, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr.
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speaker. it is now my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. norman: i today in strong support of the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution which is a critical step, first step to achieving comprehensive tax reform and making the american economy great again. i also applaud chairman diane black for her leadership in producing this budget. our nation has not significantly reformed our tax code in more than three decades, which has allowed the tax code to explode in complexity and unnecessary burden on hardworking american families and businesses. moreover, while the united states is a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, we have failed to reduce our corporate tax rate which stands at 35%, the highest in the developed world. and i would add corporations don't pay tax, the american people pay tax.
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unineed framework unveiled earlier this year will simplify the tax code for everyone. it will eliminate wasteful tax loopholes and reduce taxes on businesses. i am also pleased to see the plan eliminates the death tax on farmers and moves to full expensing. under this plan, the average family will see an increase in income between $4,000 and $9,000 annually. while i believe this budget is necessary to spur economic growth and increase wages, i am extremely disappointed the senate removed the $302 billion of mandatory spending cuts giving the challenge our national debt poses to the great united states. however, we should not make the perfect the enemy of the good, and i ups that issues as complex as the -- understand that issues as complex as the budget and tax reform will require compromise. i appreciate the leadership of speaker ryan, chairman brady and the rest of the leadership team for their hard work on tax reform and i look forward to
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working with my colleagues to moving tax reform over the finish line and to president trump's desk. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from washington, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. jayapal: mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to this fiscal 2018 budget resolution for a number of reasons. not the least of which that the underlying assumptions are grossly misleading. it assumes fictions like hundreds of billions of dollars from the repeal of the affordable care act, and it assumes an economic growth rate of 3%, which most economists on both sides do not believe is possible. this budget is merely a vehicle for republicans to fast track tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires and large corporations. any assertion of cuts for working families is debunked by
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experts like leonard berman, co-founder of the tax policy center, which calls this utterly implausible. mr. speaker, the facts are this. 80% of the republican tax cuts go to the top 1% by 2027. the average tax cut for the top $207,000. will be 42 million middle class households will face a tax increase, including those earning between $50,000 and $150,000 who will see a tax increase of 1/3. that's what this budget lays the path forward. let's look at kansas, a place where republican legislature has rolled back the tax cuts that they passed from several years ago because they simply didn't work and put kansas' economy into a downward spiral. we know who wins under this budget resolution. simply paves the way for a huge tax cut for the wealthiest millionaires, billionaires and corporations. that's wrong and i urge a no vote on this budget. thank you and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it is now my honor to yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, also a member of the budget committee, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. mcclintock: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, unsustainable government spending drives both taxes and debt. the budget resolution sets the spending architecture for the fiscal year. the house version provided for $200 billion of enforceable mandatory spending reductions over 10 years and balanced within the decade. the senate amendments gut these provisions. squandering the one opportunity congress has each year to bring mandatory spending under control, taking us another year closer to a sovereign debt crisis. i condemn it in the strongest terms. the senate, though, has retained just one key provision from the house budget. it makes tax reform possible
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this year. tax reform is essential to economic growth and economic growth is essential to confront our debt. now, many are alarmed it provides for $1.5 trillion of additional debt, but this is do solely to the senate rules that require tax cuts to be scored only as revenue losses without taking into account economic expansion. during the obama years, our economy grew at an average of 1.5% annually. that's about half the average rate since world war ii. reagan averaged 3.5%. reagan did this by reducing the tax burdens that were crushing our economy. he slashed the top income tax rate from 70% down to 28%, and income tax receipts nearly doubled because of the economic expansion he unleashed. taxes driven by spending are the greatest threat to our economy today, and debt driven
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by spending is the greatest threat to our future. controlling spending is currently impossible in the senate, so it's obvious that we can't balance the budget and reduce our debt without significantly increasing economic growth. we can't increase economic growth without tax relief, and we can't get tax relief without the provisions in the senate budget. arthur lapper, the architect of the reagan tax policy, forecasts that the corporate tax reform alone will increase g.d.p. growth at a rate that should generate a temporary bump of 5%, settling down to an average of 2.6% over the decade. this will add $5 trillion to the american economy and directly increase revenues to all levels of government between $1.8 trillion and $2 trillion. now, we tried the static approach to tax policy during the obama years. the economy stagnated, and the debt doubled. i remember what it was like in
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the reagan era. wages were rising, opportunities for better jobs were everywhere. there was a sense of optimism that comes with prosperity and abundance. when we abandon these policies we lost that prosperity to a decade of despair. i want my kids to know what sense of relief and optimism was like, what it feels like when morning dawns again in the american economy. this resolution starts that transformation, and i urge its adoption. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i should remind the prior speaker, my friend from california, that arthur was also the architect of the kansas plan which was disastrous for that state, so citing him as a source, i'd be a little bit careful. i am happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from california, distinguished member of the budget committee and the appropriations committee, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. lee: thank you very much. i want to thank the gentleman for yielding and for his tremendous leadership and also just very briefly, i just want to mention to my colleague from california on the other side, i remember the reagan era tax cut period also. and there was a huge rise in homeless veterans as a result, unfortunately. i rise in strong opposition to the so-called budget plan. i know that our budget shapes our national priorities and values, but the republicans have put forward a budget that i think is downright sinister. this budget is morally bankrupt. it's a trojan horse that steals health care from children and rips food from the hungry just to fast track $1.5 million in tax breaks to billionaires and corporations. budgets are moral documents. they should not be rigged in favor of special interests and the wealthy few. but the cruel and, yeah, it's a crooked republican budget.
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it does just that. our nation's budget should prioritize working families and the middle class, too many of whom are making low wages and living blow the prompt line. it should a-- below the poverty line. it should spur job education and job training. instead, this republican budget creates tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires and corporations. our budget should expand to protect health care for all. instead, this budget steals nearly $2 trillion from life-saving medicaid and medicare. and with nearly 40 million americans living in poverty, our budget should invest in communities of color and rural communities which have higher rates of poverty. simply put, the house republican budget would push more people into poverty, it slashes programs that help create good-paying jobs for struggling families. it's a shame, it's immoral, it's un-american and i hope we defeat it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. .
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mrs. black: i must make a comment what went on in kansas and the attribution that this was mr. laffer's idea. i know him personally and have had a conversation with him about his plan and suggestion. it was not followed. i do want to lift up his good name and say his plan was not followed. with that i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. allen: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to congratulate our chairman black on the markup of this important piece of legislation. i want to as we all know, tax season is the worst. evokes images of stress, american families sending hard-earned money to the federal government. i for one have never been excited when it is tax season. as a business owner, it took on a whole new meaning.
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taxes affect all americans, but tax season shouldn't include months and months of , often required to hire tax professionals. our tax code is broken and millions of americans are looking to us to fix it. that's why republicans have released the unified tax reform framework to provide relief for hardworking americans and jump-start our economy. first it lowers taxes at every income level, allowing americans to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. it delivers the lowest tax rates in modern history for job creators, allowing them require hire tax professionals. our tax code is broken and millions to invest in growing their business. i remind you the small business community is responsible for 7 oers -- 70% of all new jobs created. the vast majority of taxpayers will no longer have to deal with the complexity of itemizing due to the increased standard deduction. small business also no longer be taxed under the individual
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side of the code. families will no longer be penalized for inheriting family property or businesses, which he death -- when the death tax is removed. finally, we'll cut tax rates on personal savings and investment in half. americans should invest in their local economies and build towards a more financially secure future without exorbitant taxes. now is the time for tax reform, and today we take a big step towards action. we must pass this budget. hardworking americans across same tion will have the
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april 15 they always have if we don't. and that is unacceptable. we same april 15 they always have if we don't. and that is unacceptable. we cannot miss this opportunity. president trump is with us on tax reform and we must act for the american people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. boyle. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boyle: i rise to oppose the billionaire's budget. that's exactly what the republican budget 79.7% of it goes to the richest 1%. on top of that, who pays for it? the middle class and working class families of my district. some 50 million americans will be paying more in taxes not less as a result of this tax plan. i have nothing against the billionaires that my friends on the other side are so eager to help. i just don't think the working class and middle class families of my district should be paying for their tax cut. we should instead have a budget that focuses on building the middle class out. lifting up those who have
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been working for the last 15 years and not getting a pay increase. this budget does absolutely nothing for those families. zero. and on top of all of been working for the last 15 years and not getting this, it adds $1.5 trillion to our national debt. it is wrong, it does not do anything to help the great american middle class. and it must be rejected. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it is now my honor to yield two minutes to a member of the budget committee, mr. johnson from ohio. mr. johnson: thank you, madam chair, thank you, mr. speaker, for the time. i hear it alt time and it's just a -- all the time and it's just a false narrative this. idea that the tax reform package presented by republicans is only a tax relief for the wealthy and that the middle class and low-income families are not going to benefit from it, it's just
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absolutely untrue. we're talking about doubling the standard deduction. millions of americans aren't even going to pay any taxes. that's particularly important in rural areas like i represent in ohio. and so i would urge my olleagues, let's stop this false false narrative that says that this is just a tunth for the for the tax cut wealthy because that's not true. when you cut taxes on businesses and corporations, who pays those taxes, mr. speaker? it's the american people who buy for the wealthy because that's not true. when you cut taxes on businesses and corporations, who pays those taxes, mr. speaker? it's the american people who buy the products that pay those taxes. when they get a break, everybody wins. but the adoption of the senate
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amendment to the house passed budget that we're going to vote on today paves the way for tax reform. it's for the wealthy because that's not true. when you cut taxes on establish to balance through restrained spending, reduced taxes, and economic growth. it's going to allow for higher defense spending contingent on future adjustments to discretionary spending caps or defense and national security. but it begins to address our national debt. it reduces nondefense discretionary spending by over $600 billion over 10 years. it assumes more than $4 trillion in mandatory savings over 10 years. and it provides for budget endorsement in the house in order to strengthen fiscal discipline. madam chair, mr. speaker, this is a responsible path forward. the american people are he screaming -- are screaming for fairer, flatter tax code, one that makes american workers competitive, one that lets the american people keep earn in their ey fairer, flattx pockets. with that i urge my colleagues to support today's vote, pass this budget amendment, and let's get on to tax reform. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i
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yield 1 1/2 minutes to the south carolina, the assistant democratic leader, mr. clyburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. clyburn: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend for yielding me the time. mr. speaker, the document before us is a partisan exercise to deliver large tax cuts to the wealthy. working americans will see their tax goes up and our children and grandchildren will have to pay back the debt republicans will create to finance these tax cuts. while they promise the american people revenue neutral tax reform that will simplify the tax code and close costly loopholes, the budget they are ramming through will borrow $1.5 trillion to finance these cuts. t will precipitate cuts to medicare, medicaid, and other safety net programs upon which middle income families depend. it proposes to eliminate the deduction for state and local
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taxes. increase the tax burden on over 500,000 people in my home state of south carolina. this document threatens to earned income tax credit and lowers the ceiling on middle income savings and eliminates inheritance tax which only affects those with estates valued over $11 million. it creates a pass-through for businesses that pay zero corporate taxes effectively giving the owners of these companies a lower individual rate than the people they employ. if the republicans would engage us, we could produce a bipartisan tax plan that would expand the earned income tax credit for single individuals and the child tax credit for working families. we could produce a bipartisan tax plan that woned -- would
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end the preferential team of investment income which undermines working americans while enriching wealthy investors. we stand ready to engage with the other side. until then, we will be resolute in our opposition to this unfair, immoral document. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, member of both our budget committee anti-appropriations committee, mr. diaz-balart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. diaz-balart: thank you, sir. i want to first thank the chairwoman for a phenomenal job. look, our current fiscal environment according to the c.b.o., they project the growth of our economy will be 2% or less. for the next decade. i'm reminded of what a good friend and colleague, democratic colleague in the budget committee said one day, that 3% growth, that's just a dream. unrealistic.
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yet before the storms hit what did we see as far as our economic growth in the country? 3.1% economic growth. something that one of our colleagues, democratic colleagues, said was a pipe dream. and this is in large part because of excessive regulations have been curtailed by both the administration and t before the by congress. but to keep that momentum we need to pass tax reform. it will lead to a sustained strong economy. it will again lower the burden, tax burden to our families. it will lead to increased wages for families, for the middle class, for individuals for the first time in such a long time. allowing the american people to keep more of their hard-earned money. it would make small and large and mid-sized businesses more competitive so they can create and additional -- millions of additional jobs here in the united states. mr. speaker, this legislation will allow us to do real tax reform to keep the economy
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growing, to get the economy going, to get the american people working again. and this is an essential part. so i would urge for everyone's support. with that i yield back, thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from california, distinguished member of the budget committee, mr. carbajal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california virginia tech. mr. carbajal: thank you ranking member yarmuth. snake oil. ake oil is all that this republican budget will give to the american middle class and working families. this republican budget before congress is squarely aimed at ramming through republican without bipartisan consensus or input. this proposed tax plan will , adding ur deficit a tax plan
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$1.5 trillion over the next decade. and it leaves the middle class stuck, footing the bill with an increase in their annual federal taxes. in fact, 80%, 80% of the tax cuts $1.5 trillion plan benefits onl the wealthiest 1% of americans. that means those benefits are geared towards those earning $900,000 a year or more. one in three middle class families making between $50,000 and $150,000 will see their taxes go up. one proposal that republicans eliminating the state or in ths and local tax their plan deduction. this will cause central coast homeowners and families in my district over $15,000 a year, on average. as a mefment budget committee, i encourage my colleagues to -- as a member of the budget committee, i encourage my colleagues to reject this plan nd get to work on bipartisan
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negotiateations for lasting tax reform that negotiateations for lasting tax reform that benefits middle class families. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. there's an old saying, the devil's in the details. though details have not been released yet. so it is difficult for me to understand how my colleagues on the other side of the aisle make assumptions on just what this tax plan will do, calling it things such as snake oil when i can assure you that as a member of the ways and means committee it is our goal and intent that the people in the middle and low-income categories will see a tax relief. also want to remind them that what we know was the devil in the details is the details given to the american people a number of years ago on the affordable care act, which is neither affordable or caring, in my opinion, on which people would see a return of about $2,500 on the average in their pocket. as a result of the fracts --
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affordable care act's policies. what we saw and what we're seeing now is a big increase in those premiums. certainly they have not received $2,500 in their pocket. they were told they could keep their doctor, which we knew wasn't true. and the other kinds of things that were done that caused people to lose their insurance. in my very own state because we had a plan that people liked and people wanted to keep and could not because of the mandates put on by the affordable care act. i want to remind them, my friends from the other side of the aisle, that maybe the thing to do is to wait and see what plan because he the devil is in the detail. i think you may like it enough that you perhaps will even vote for this tax plan that does give a jolt to the economy and does help the american people, especially in the lower and middle income, to keep more of their hard-earned dollars in their pockets w that i reserve. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. mr. yarmuth: i am happy to
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yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from florida, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yield. to my friend on the other side of the aisle, the gentlewoman from tennessee, the reality is the truth hurts. this budget resolution totally abandons america's most cherished values and betrays its highest ideals. this extreme budget not only threatens programs for our veterans and hungry children, it makes drastic cuts to the medicare and medicaid programs hat our seniors count on for survival. this resolution hands massive tax cuts to millionaires and powerful corporations, all while adding $2.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. it also fails to protect our environment, neglects our children's education and once more targets women's health care for severe cuts. in short, the wealthy win, the middle class is ignored, and we all get saddled with more debt. those are not values that this
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house should stand for. it's certainly not what veterans, children, seniors or hardworking americans deserve. this irresponsible budget rewards the rich and powerful and punishes everyone else. and that's the best thing that i can say about it. and with that i urge a no vote and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i now am happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from new york, a distinguished member of the budget committee, mr. jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jeffries: our house democrats are focused on delivering better jobs, better wages and a better future for the american people. house republicans have once again presented a budget that's reckless, regressive and reprehensible. it is a billionaire-first, middle class-last tax plan.
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it will not help the middle class. the house republican budget and tax proposal will hurt the middle class by raising taxes on working families and middle-income americans. the house republican budget and tax plan is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing. it will benefit the wealthiest and the well-off here in this country, 80% of the tax cuts proposed in the ryan-mcconnell plan will go to the wealthiest 1% in america to millionaires and billionaires, to the privileged few, to special interests, corporations. it will not lead to economic growth. it will saddle this country with trillions of dollars in additional debt and deficit. and you know, it's based on a phony, fraudulent and failed theory of trickled down
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economics, which i finally figured out what it relates to in terms of the middle class. you may get a trickle but you're guaranteed to stay down. stay down because they're going to undermine your medicare. stay down because they're going to undermine social security, and stay down because they're going to saddle your children with trillions of dollars of additional debt. reject this plan. it's a bad deal for the american people. they deserve a better deal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. and now it is my honor to yield two minutes the distinguished gentleman from illinois, a member of the ways and means, mr. roskam. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. roskam: thank you, mr. speaker. madam chairman, i'm also tempted to yield time to my friend from the other side of the aisle, just keep driving the expectations of any tax relief further and further and further into the ground. and i think people are going to be surprised and delighted with
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ultimately what the house ends up considering. here's why i'm here. this is a prelude to tax reform. we vote on this, we then make it so no single political party is able to deny a vote on tax reform and both parties can come to the table and try and negotiate something that's thoughtful. because here's what we know, it's the current tax code that is benefiting people that everyone is scanned liesed they're benefiting. it's the current tax code that allows corporations to have trillions of dollars off-shore. it's the current tax code that's so stifling and so difficult, and it's the current tax code that nobody can defend. there is not a single person on this floor that is going to say, oh, the internal revenue code, i love that, mr. chairman. just leave it the way it is, because it's a disaster, and nobody likes the i.r.s. so rather than moaning and growning and having posters and his and that -- groaning and
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having posters and this and that, let's have something transformational. let's not have shabby phrases from the past but they are looking for to us lead and bring people together and that's what we're trying to do. there's a nettlesome issue that's affecting my state, a high tax state, and a lot of other folks and how we deal with state and local tax deductibility. i have a view that this does not mean a redistribution from one part of the country to another but it means tax relief for everybody. and so i think what we're looking for is to create middle-class tax relief. if the gentleman's expectation is we're, you know, are that low, i think he's going to be pleased with what we ultimately are able to come up with. so mr. speaker, i urge an aye vote. i thank the gentlelady for the time, and i look forward to passing this resolution and move forward to changing our tax code. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, a distinguished member of the ways and means committee, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. without objection. mr. levin: mr. speaker, the republican budget politically paving the way for their tax reform proposals can best be described as an elicks irof elixor of growth, and history has shown that a huge tax cut primarily for the very wealthy and large corporations does not promote growth and will make life harder for the middle class and everyone else. this budget calls dangerously for raising our debt by $1.5 trillion, creating a future deficit tax for middle-income families, cutting medicare by nearly $500 billion, cutting
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medicaid and other health programs by $1.3 trillion, and assuming $4 trillion in cuts to a broad range of programs which could include education and health research. vote no on this budget. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it is now my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman who is the chair of our committee, the distinguished member from north carolina, mr. walker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i am torn as i rise today. first, there's no question i will vote in favor of the budget, encourage my colleagues to do so because there's no doubt this is the best way forward to achieve tax reform and unlock the promise of bigger paychecks, more jobs and eturn of investing in america. however, must also include the
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senate did not do its work. after months of hard work by chairman black and the budget committee, the house was able to get it done. even acknowledging the difficult position of our country that put us on a balance -- on a path to balance in less than a decade. the house's budget included reconciliation instructions to speed up the enactment of $203 billion in mandatory savings, and the house budget included instructions that allowed us for the first time to stay on the path to repeal the obamacare, to help those that continue to suffer with rising premiums in the individual market. i would guess that nearly every republican in the chamber agrees that house's budget is superior. so why are we voting on the senate's? because our senate colleagues seem allergic sometimes to making tough choices. why will the senate budget's pass? well, because the american people need tax relief. families and small businesses wrestle with an outdated and complicated tax code every
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year. it is true we do have a once-in-a-generation opportunity. the corporate rate mean capital and resources are held outside of the united states and not invested here. making our tax code fairer and simpler will bring this capital back to the market and jump-start investment and growth like we have rarely seen in the united states. despite my ongoing and deep frustration sometimes with the senate, i encourage my colleagues to pass this budget and bring the promise of more jobs and bigger paychecks closer to reality. i am pleased by the speaker's commitment, the house will vote on important fiscal legislation in the form of balance budget amendments, some other deficit reducing legislation. bottom line, it is vital the house fulfill its promise to the american people. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. speaker. i now am happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from texas, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady is recognized. i thank the e: gentleman. the american people will look forward to a thanksgiving and a christmas of which families come together, but they'll also see a halloween. today on the floor of the house, the republicans vote for the worst halloween of hob goblins and ghosts. monsters scare children, and so today we will be voting on that monster that will scare children. let me let you listen to senator sykes from kansas. her state offering a republican tax cut that was going to boost the economy. her words are, with the benefit of hindsight we can say with certainty this promise was unfulfilled. in the following five years kansas experienced nine rounds of budget cuts, stress on state
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agencies and the inability to effectively provide the core functions of government for our citizens. what do you think will happen to this nation if we vote for this budget plan, this halloween of a plan? latest republican budget mandates $4.9 trillion in spending cuts. mr. speaker, i cannot vote for this. i cannot vote for it because of the people in texas after hurricane harvey, the people in louisiana after hurricane nate, people in puerto rico after maria and irma and the virgin islands and florida. i cannot vote for this. this will gut disaster relief, education, infrastructure, research, veterans' benefits, and it will clearly provide cuts taxes for the rich. the republican budget provides $1.6 trillion in tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, wealthy corporations. it doesn't give any money to the middle class. it provides an explosive deficit.
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does the gentleman -- mr. yarmuth: i yield 15 seconds. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman. it explodes the deficit. how could this happen? it demands higher, higher cuts to medicare, social security and education. this is a halloween america will not tolerate, and my good friend from north carolina, there will be over a million people that will lose benefits under this plan that they are planning. they will pay higher taxes. this is a bad bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from kentucky reserves? mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i yield -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mr. yarmuth: oh, i'm sorry. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, sir. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it's now my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. flores. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. flores: i thank chairman black, and i want to thank her and her committee for all of
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the great work they have done and putting forth a budget that moves america in the right direction. mr. speaker, i have been astounded by the rhetoric that i have heard from the other side for a plan they have never seen. they are coming up with things that suit their wishes. mr. speaker, i support the 2018 budget resolution. while i think the senate's version falls far short of what the -- the great work we did in the house on our budget, it's still the key thing we need to have to move forward with tax reform for the american people. our tax reform plan includes tax cuts for the working class americans that have been struggling for the last several years under a broken tax code. it also makes america's businesses the most competitive in the world instead of having to struggle with the world's least competitive tax system. in summary, mr. speaker, this budget provides a way for a tax plan that provides for bigger paychecks, more jobs, a stronger economy, a balanced
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budget. i urge -- i strongly urge our colleagues to support this budget. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, may i inquire as to how much time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has 12 3/4 minutes. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. speaker. i am happy now to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, the ranking member of the ways and means committee, mr. neal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. . mr. neal: it's getting time for halloween so they put on the disguise on the other side. what we're hearing today is from the last two republican speakers, this is a bad budget, let's vote yes. the gentleman from ohio said a while ago, this is all about the middle class. the middle class does not pay the estate tax. the middle class because of our efforts, i think mine in particular, they no longer pay alternate minimum tax. the people in the middle class .6 not locked into the 39
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top rate in the tax code. this is a disguise. they are adding $1.5 trillion to the debt and actually over 10 years when you borrow the money, they are adding $2.3 trillion to the debt. all for a tax cut for people at the very top. let me say this, i am happy to negotiate a tax reform package that we could all live with. i am happy to sit down with the other side and acknowledge some parts of the code that clearly don't work any longer for the american people. this is being done by one party. exclusively. they have not negotiated with us. they have not given us the opening. they have not said to us, where do you want to proceed on this? instead, if you pass this budget today, they suggest you're going to see their plan on november 1 and you're going to vote for it sometime around november 6. that is not negotiation. the congress i signed up for actually negotiated these agreements. if it couldn't like the final
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package, you could like it because you had sufficient input. this process is one-sided. one dimensional. they interchangeably use the word tax cut and tax reform. this is about a tax cut. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. mr. yarmuth: reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i reserve. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i now yield to three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i have been here, this is my 37th year. this is the most reckless and irresponsible budget that i have seen in the 37 years that i have been here. today we're considering the senate's budget resolution. not because the house supports it, but because it is just a vehicle to get partisan tax
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reform. strike that, tax cut. on an issue as consequential as tax reform, the congress should not be rushing to meet self-imposed political deadlines without enough time to read and analyze its effects. more importantly, we should not be considering a bill to cut taxes that is partisan and that is as terrible as we're hearing the majority's proposal will be. i say that because we still haven't seen the full details of a bill that this resolution provides for republicans to jam through on an expedited process. one they will reportedly introduce, mark up, and bring to the floor in a few legislative days we have left before thanksgiving. is the sun shine too bright for you? even my friends on the other side of the aisle don't know will be for d it
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their constituents. when asked about the details of the republican bill, representative chris collins, a republican will be for their constituents. when from new york, said, we don't know. we don't know. we don't know. we don't know. we don't know. that's a republican member of congress who is saying he has no idea what this bill is. we do know based on a nonpartisan aal siffs their framework, it will -- analysis of their framework, it will raise taxes on 47 million americans. we know that 80% of the tax cut, 80% of the tax cuts will go to the top 1%. and we know as well that nearly half of all taxpayers with children, 44.5%, will see their taxes go up. those same children will not be on the hook. those same children will be on the hook for a $2.4 trillion
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cost. this is the biggest debt explosion of any bill that i have seen. republicans representative matt gates of florida summed up today's vote as being for a budget. hear this my friends, on both sides of the aisle, this is matt gates, republican -- gaetz, republican, florida, summed up today's vote as being for a budget that quote, nobody believes in so that we have a chance to vote for a tax bill that nobody's read. that's not what we should be doing. we ought to be working together to graft a bipartisan tax reform package that is revenue neutral. it will be the height we ought to be working together to of hypocrisy to say that you're for fiscal discipline and to vote for this budget. s -- let's not risk our fiscal future and economic security of our people. defeat this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky
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reserves. tennessee ady from is recognized. mrs. black: it is now mihonor to yield two minutes to the distinguished member of the budget committee from georgia, mr. ferguson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ferguson: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the f.y. 18 budget. i think that this is a very important step in doing something that this nation needs and that is for the united states congress and the president to pass tax reform. for way too long our national economy has languished at a g.d.p. growth that is far below historical averages. one of the most important to do is have got row our economy. because that leads to families being successful. rising wages, being able to have careers for themselves and their family members, and i believe that tax reform unlocks the american economy in a way that it -- we haven't seen in decades. for far too long we have looked at our tax code only through a
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set of domestic lenses and only looked at the rates, and we get into these ridiculous debates about the top bracket versus the lowest bracket, and we divide our nation. for the first time we're approaching our tax code through a southwest global lens that is really give our american economy a chance to be competitive on the world stage. it's not simply about cutting rates, it's not simply about giving a break to one group or another. to get away from this rhetoric. it is about creating the most vibrant place in the world to do business by reforming the code and creating fairness. if we do that, and our american families succeed, and we see eople moving from poverty into the middle class and from the middle class up, and we see entrepreneurs, and we see new businesses and innovation, we're going to see growth in our economy like we have not seen in a generation. the importance of that is it will give us the tools that we address the address the single
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biggest driver of our debt and that is mandatory spending. this body must have the political courage and integrity, along with the senate, to address mandatory spending, to have an honest conversation about social security, about medicare, about medicaid and most importantly about welfare entitlement reform because we can no longer trap generation after generation in poverty. we must create pathways out of poverty into the middle class for our fellow americans. we can do this. we can be committed to it. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky virginia tech. mr. yarmuth: i'm happy to yield one minute to the gentlelady from illinois, a distinguished member of the budget committee, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. schakowsky: regardless of what the republicans say, their budget paves the way for trillions of dollars in tax cuts for millionaires, illionaires, and wealthy corporations. corporations.
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and who would pay for it? it would be the middle class families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. it would slash medicaid by $1 trillion. threaten health care for one in americans. it would slash medicare by $470 billion. proposes yet again to repeal the affordable care act. under the republican tax plan, $social security 9 million illinoisans would no longer be able to claim state and local tax deductions. nationwide, 47 million people in the middle class households making between $50,000 and $150,000 a year would pay more in taxes. and so i ask my colleagues, did you really come to congress to take away health care and reduce income for middle class families? if you care about anyone other than millionaires and billionaires, you need to vote no. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. reserve.k: i
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. gentleman from kentucky is recognized. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i'm now happy to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from vermont, distinguished member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. welch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. welch: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i want to say three things about this budget. first, deficits matter. deficits matter. this budget explicitly raises the deficit. it admits to $1.5 trillion. more likely $2.5 trillion. that means that our children and our grandchildren are going to be the ones paying for this -- for the deficit that's added. second, process matters. we're hearing a lot of talk about tax reform, but there has been no process. there is no bill. we're about to vote on a package tax reform that has not been exbliss itly -- explicitly print to paper. this is no way to do any base bist. we're making it up as we go along.
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it's the same process that was used on health care. we went in to committee with no bill and came out 27 hours million people losing health care. there's been no process on this. third, details matter. the details that million people losing are leaking out are very punishing to the middle class. anybody who is an income taxpayer in a state, property taxpayer in a state is going to lose that deduction. it's very tough on middle class efforts to save for retirement. that's in play. folks' deductions on their keough plans, their 401-k plans are very much a part of the process that's going to lower this. reject this plan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. welch: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. i almost can't sit here and not make a comment on my colleague's budget on the other
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side of the aisle. all of a sudden they seem to be very concerned about deficits when as a matter of fact their budget assumed almost $1 trillion worth of deficits in their budget. i want to also say that our committee did a really good job budget.g a balanced and we're obviously looking at a budget from the senate that we're going to be taking up so we can do tax reform. but they also in addition to of had $2 trillion worth new taxes that they placed on the american people. so all of a sudden this purityy of worrying about -- purity of worrying about these deficits makes me scratch my head and about raising taxes on the people when their own plan did the very opposite of what we're trying to do is cut taxes. they added $2 trillion worth of taxes. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: may i inquire how much time we have remaining?
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has 5-s 3/4 minutes. mr. yarmuth: i yield -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has -- the gentlelady from tennessee has 5-s 1/4 minutes. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i yield my se self such time i may consume. as we wind down our arguments here, once again we have had a very fascinating discussion and once again we seem to disagree on virtually everything. for instance, i have heard from the other side many times over the last few days and today that we really can't say what the impact is, the claims that we're making about whether this bill will help the rich or help the middle class or help lower income individuals because we don't have the details. well, that's absolutely correct. we don't have the details. but then if we don't have the details, how account other side talk about the huge benefits that this proposal, this tax proposal, that is yet unwritten, will provide for the middle class? how can they deny that it will benefit the wealthy
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disproportionately? we know from the outline that was released by the other side in recent weeks that they intend to eliminate the estate tax. the estate tax only benefits wealthy americans. people with estates over $11 million per couple. they want to eliminate the alternative minimum tax. we know the alternative minimum tax only affects wealthy individuals. there was one estimate that the one year of president trump's tax return that we have that in that year alone the alternative minimum tax, if it were repealed, would have saved him $30 million. so we know that affects very wealthy people. we know that if you reduce the 35%, te from 39.6% to that 35%, that benefits very high income people. so we do have enough information to draw some pretty
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definite conclusions about the impact that the released outline will have on wealthy americans. and we can draw some of the same conclusions about how it will hurt middle class americans. if, in fact, the republican tax bill repeals the deduction for state and local taxes, there will be, in my state, a half a million people who will lose an average of $9,900 of deductions every year. so we absolutely know the impact that the proposal, as we know it now, will have. i think it's fair given that there will be no hearings on this bill, it is fair to raise the alarms about what the potential for this bill is. so with that, mr. speaker, i will reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my extreme honor to yield
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three minutes -- three minutes to our majority whip, mr. wonderful o is a member of my conference and it's my honor to yield three minutes to him. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. and i want to thank chairwoman black for her leadership on this budget. it's important we do a budget, and it's always difficult to bring a budget forward because it represents the views that we have and of course we in the house passed a budget that shows the country how we can get back to a balanced federal budget, how we can get our economy moving again and how we can finally rebuild the middle class and that, mr. speaker, is really what's at heart with this budget vote. this budget starts the process of actually going out and cutting taxes across the board so american families can have a better opportunity for the american dream. if you look over the last 10 years, we have seen our middle class evaporate in this country
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and so many times we've seen company after company move jobs overseas, and anybody who's complained about that -- and i've sure been angry about it -- the first thing you do is ask, why did you move the jobs overseas, they say america is not competitive again. we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, in the entire industrialized world. what it means is middle-class jobs being shipped to other countries. now, we can complain about it all day, mr. speaker. but how about we actually do something about it? this bill starts that process, working with president trump who wants to bring those middle-class jobs back to america. we are talking about high-paying jobs, $60,000 to $150,000 a year jobs that left our country. we can bring those jobs back. that's what this vote is about. that's what this budget is about. starting the process to finally rebuild our middle class, to finally bring those jobs back and finally to give a tax break to families who have been struggling for so long under slow economic growth. let's actually grow our economy, growing our economy is
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not just good for rebuilding the middle class and for those hardworking taxpayers who will get relief under this bill but our ability to reduce the deficit and finally get back to balanced federal budgets so we can create a healthier economy and a healthier america. i urge everybody to vote yes on this budget and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. jafflet kentucky is -- the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. yarmuth: i have the distinct honor of yielding one minute to the gentlelady from california, the democratic leader, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from kentucky for yielding. i particularly want to recognize his extraordinary leadership as the ranking member on the budget committee. as we all know, budgets should be a statement of our national values, what is important to us as a nation should be reflected in how we allocate our resources. again, a statement of values. who better to manage all of
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that in this congress of the united states than mr. yarmuth who brings his values, his heartland priorities to the budget process? and i thank him for the leadership he has provided. sadly, though, i rise in opposition to what the republicans have proposed, a devastating republican budget, the first step in the g.o.p.'s dangerous plan to fast track their immoral tax framework to hand trillions of dollars to the wealthy while raising taxes on working american families. the republican budget and tax plan cruelly rigs an unfair system even further against hardworking americans. it cuts a raw deal for families in every corner of our country. democrats have a better deal. better jobs, better pay, better
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future. but right here before our eyes in this republican -- in this house, republicans are replacing the great american ladders of opportunity with the plutocracy.s of their agenda raises taxes on the middle class. that is the fact. tens of millions of middle-class families will pay higher taxes, including a heavier burden for state and local taxes. and on that subject of state and local taxes, might be interesting to our distinguished colleague, mr. scalise -- and it's a joy to see him in the debate on the floor -- in his state of louisiana, 458,000 people will pay nearly $7,000, an average f nearly $7,000 more by losing their deduction. and congresswoman black from
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the great state of tennessee, 573,960 people will lose their deduction. filers will lose their deduction around $5,600 a filer. not only that, if that isn't bad enough for assaulting the dream of homeownership in our country by attacking the deduction, this plan that the republicans propose has been estimated to reduce the value 10%. ple's homes by you not only are paying more money in order to give a tax break to the wealthy and to big corporations, you are reducing the value of your home, and by the way, your neighbors' homes as well. so with all of the unfairness in it, the one that is most
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understandable to people directly is how it affects them, and in that case, 44 million americans will pay more because of what the republicans have in their plan. so it raises taxes on the middle class, particularly with the assault of the state and local deduction removed. and by the way, another by the way, if you're a corporation your reduction is not removed just as you are an individual filer. so again, an advantage to corporate america at the expense of america's working family. next, it borrows trillions from the future to give tax cuts to the wealthiest. 80% of the tax cuts in this republican proposal go to the wealthiest 1%. 80% go to the wealthiest 1% at the expense of america's working families and children.
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the budget on the floor today reveals the true cruelty behind the republicans' tax plan. what words will be best to use it? it's looting the middle class. massive looting of the middle class. ripoff of the middle class. you know what, there are many middle-class people. so you take some money from all those middle-class people and those who aspire to it so you can give a lot of money to the few. big sucking up of assets from the middle class to the wealthy, that's what they're here for. it's in their d.n.a. trickle down economics. it's in their d.n.a. that's what the republicans come here to do, and that causes a deep, deep addition to the national debt. they're supposed to be deficit hawks, but i think they've become an endangered species because they don't seem to care that this with the cuts that
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they're making, the tax breaks they're giving to corporate and wealthy america will cause over $2 trillion -- not counting service on the national debt which would take it closer to $3 trillion. it's a very hard road to come back from. and as our distinguished ranking member has pointed out, the opportunity cost in the budget, whether it's a trillion dollars from medicaid, half a trillion dollars from medicare, funds taken from education, the seed corn of america's preeminence in the world. why? to give a tax cut to the high end, and they'll say, oh, the growth will come from this. will pay for that. never has. never has. don't take it from me. bruce bartlett, who was one of the orchestrators of the supply-side economics said -- we never said it paid for
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itself. anyone that ever says it does, it's not true, it's nonsense. he went further to call it b.s. as i said, it ran sacks medicare and medicaid, adding tax breaks to corporations and the millionaires. looting the middle class. shaking down the middle class. ripping off the middle class. increasing the sackses of the middle class. so it devastates vital investments, as our distinguished ranking member said, good paying jobs, higher wages for working families, education of our children, health of our working families. it really is a good example of what they say that medicare should wither on the vine in keeping with their trickle down economics, medicare should wither on the vine because it will take -- half a trillion dollars from medicare in their budget that will follow. so republicans will harm veterans, rural america,
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seniors in children, again, all in the name of fast tracking trillion-dollar tax breaks for the wealthiest 1%. 80%. what more do you need to know? 80% goes to the wealthiest 1%. again and again on the floor, the republicans have tried to tilt the playing field against hardworking families. this is really quite remarkable, though. this is a great transformative moment for america where we can reject this assault on the middle class, this addition to the national debt and instead say, let's go to the table and work in a bipartisan way to truly reform our tax code so that we can be competitive in the world, so that families can thrive, that they can have the deductions that are fair for them and needed and not taken away from them but not taken away from corporate america. so we stand ready to go in a
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bipartisan way to work to -- any tax cuts -- this is tax cuts for the rich. this is not tax reform. any tax cut, any agenda like that has to be bipartisan in order for it to be sustainable. so let's come to our senses here. common sense says -- well, athematics say if you take money away from many to give to the few, you won't have equity income in our country. this is the wrong thing to do. it's not what our values are about. it's really a shame that they would even bring such a document to the floor. and anybody who lives -- anybody who lives in a district where their deduction, the tax deductions for state and local taxes are taken away from individual filers but not for corporations, as the bill
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determines, to the tune -- i can read you all the statistics across the country about how devastating this is. as our own governor said, how could they do that to our state or any state without the department of finance of our states saying, wait a minute, understand what this does to the economy of our state? understand what this does to our individual filers in our state. who said that this document that came over from the senate should have such a devastating impact on states and members coming to the floor and endorsing it? some say, oh, i'm just voting for the budget but it isn't really -- no. no. you are putting your name next to taking deduction of homeownership, of state and local taxes away from your constituents. they're going to know that.
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i would rather you reject this. we don't want a political argument. we want to protect the american people. that's why i hope everyone here would come down in favor of the middle class and reject this assault, this ripoff, this shakedown of the middle class that the republicans have on the floor, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it's now my honor to yield one minute to the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mooney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mooney: thank you, mr. speaker. we had a democrat president, john f. kennedy, who cut taxes when he was president. i think he'd take issue with a lot of the things said by his own party. it's been 30 years since we addressed taxes in this country. president ronald reagan addressed it 30 years ago. we are way overdufort tax cuts in the united states of america. everybody knows that the 35% tax rate on corporations have driven companies overseas. west virginia saw just a couple years ago one our largest remaining corporate
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headquarters relocate overseas to avoid the taxes that are too high in this country. we all know that's a problem. we have a plan we're putting forward to try to solve it. say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, where is your plan? you have no plan. this is all political. all you do is take political attacks. you had meetings said don't offer a plan. attack their plan. we have a plan to address this because hardworking taxpayers in west virginia and america need and expect us to deliver on these tax cuts. so i rise in strong support of the budget today so we can move forward with our tax cut plan. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. ou have 2 1/4 minutes remaining. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. it's now my delight to yield two minutes to the chairman of the ways and means committee, the distinguished member from texas, mr. brady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brady: thank you, mr.
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speaker. with this budget we have an opportunity to move forward on a major priority for the major the which is fixing broken tax code. this is completely and utterly broken. you can see it's so complex. it forces millions of families and job creators to spend billions of dollars and hours each year filing their taxes. it's unfair. it gives wasteful washington lobbyists loopholes and carveouts to special interests by giving hardworking americans nothing but frustration. you can see our tax code is miserably uncompetitive. that's why more and more of our american businesses and good-paying jobs are going overseas to countries with more modern and more competitive tax systems. passing this budget today we can send a clear message the -- block tax e --
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reform and defend the status quo. we are working closely with president trump who leads this charge. together we have bold ideas to deliver more jobs, bigger paychecks for all americans this year. i want to thank chairman black and the budget committee for all their hard work. i want to encourage my colleagues to vote yes, vote yes on tax reform and join me in taking an important, historic step forward to deliver on our tax reform promise. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from kentucky is virginia tech. the gentlelady interest tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i have no more speakers and ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky. mr. yarmuth: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing i would like to say that for anyone watching this ebate or watching any of our the sions out there in
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country, i know it often appears that we don't get along, that we hate each other, that we're add each other's throats, but nothing could be further from the truth. and it's been such the country, i know it often appears that we don't get along, that we hate each other, that we're add each other's throats, but nothing could be further from the truth. and it's been such an honor to work with chairman black as a member of the budget committee. and all the members. we do the country, i know it often appears that we don't get along, that we all respect each and get along. we just have some very serious disagreements about policy. that's fair. that's what this country is about. and once again although i may not get to do it -- since i may not get to do it again, as chairman black pursues another office and probably won't appear with me on the same program anymore, i want to wish and say what a joy it's been to work with her. with that we yield the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: mr. speaker, may inquire how much time i have left? 30 seconds. 30 seconds i want to once again say thank you to my colleague from the other side. i have enjoyed working with him. this is history. we're going to make history. i urge my colleagues to join me in their support of the budget because doing so means that we
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can truly benefit the american people. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 58 o -- 580, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion offered by the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. black. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman ask for the yeas and nays. mr. yarmuth: i request the yeas and nays, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the 15-minute vote on the motion to concur will be followed by a five-minute vote on the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1698. this is a 15-minute vote.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 216. the nays are 212. the motion is adopted. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. royce, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1698 as amended on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title bill. the clerk: h.r. 1698, a bill to expand sanctions against iran with respect to the ballistic missile program of iran, and for other purposes. bill. the clerk: h.r. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 423. the nays are 2. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? mr. speaker, mr. speaker -- mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to be removed from h.res. 220. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. members will please remove your conversation from the house floor. he house will be in order.
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the house will be in order. members, please remove your conversation from the house floor. he house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute for the purposes of inquiring of the majority leader for the schedule of the week to come. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hours: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield to my friend, the majority leader, mr. mccarthy from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california virginia tech. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker -- mr. her: mr. speaker, still a lot of din in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman correct. the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. members, please remove frur conversation from the house floor. members will please take their seats. he house will be in order. the house will be in order. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mccarthy: again, i thank the gentleman for yielding. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker, on monday, no votes rex spected in the house. on tuesday, the house will meet at noon for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. votes will be postponed until 6:30.
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on wednesday and thursday the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. on friday, the house will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. last votes of the week are expected no later than 3:00 p.m. mr. speaker, the house will consider a number of suspensions next week a. pleat list of which will be announced by close of business tomorrow. in addition, the house will the der h.r. 2936, resilient federal force act sponsored by representative bruce westerman. we have all seen the devastating effects of wildfires. especially this year. resilient federal force act sponsored by representative unfortunately, the u.s. forest service estimates there are still nearly 58 million acres of forests at high or very high risk of wildfire. the bipartisan legislation builds on our recovery efforts by giving the forest service and b.l.m. the tools necessary to better manage our public land. the house will also consider
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h.r. 849, the protecting seniors access to medicare act, sponsored by representative phil roe. supported by both republicans d democrats, this bill repeals obamacare's independent payment advisory board, or as most know it as ipab, and gives patients more control over their health care and not repeals obamacare's independent payment washington. finally, mr. speaker, the house will consider legislation to extend funding for the children's health insurance program and other important public health priorities. this was marked up earlier this month by the energy and commerce committee. this package will help low-income children get health coverage. continue funding important health priorities like community health centers. and do so in a fiscally responsible manner. i look forward to the house passing these commonsense bills next week without delay. with that i yield to my friend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is ecognized.
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the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. the majority leader announced the chip bill will be on the floor next week. chip and community health centers have always been, as the majority points out, a bipartisan priority. unfortunately, this bill did not come out of the committee as a bipartisan bill. and negotiations were essentially not fruitful and reported -- the committee reported out legislation to programs se important included billions of dollars in partisan offsets. mr. speaker, i want to ask the majority leader, does the gentleman know whether the $8.2 billion re-authorization of the children's health insurance program, which serves included dollars in partisan offsets. ne nine million children from low-income working families, will be offset? i yield to my friend. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. first, let me set the record straight. yes, it did come out of
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committee, and yes, we did hold it up three times because your side of the aisle asked us to. but the reason why we're bringing it up next week is not because next week was the date we wanted to, we wanted to get this done long ago. but the reason why we're doing week, because minnesota's about to run out of money. and my dear friend knows, because i sat with him even this week, trying to work something out. now, we know these health centers and in this bill we double the money for them, of this is not something to play political games with or because some leadership wants to hold it up and go into december. we believe committees should do their work. we started out and committee chairman greg walden three times was asked to delay by the ranking democrat on the committee, even though we know a time line is about to hit a
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number of states that they cannot wait because of lack of action. yes, i'm upset by this but i'm more upset to work things out. only yesterday i was told, democrats said they don't want to do anything and we should go forward. that is not the way this place should work. if you look at this bill that i believe if the committee had the freedom on the other side without the leadership telling them they had to vote no, it would have come out of the committee with a much different vote. i yield back. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for his comments. as far as i know the leadership didn't give any direction to the committee. the committee decided on its own that it thought that the cuts that were being proposed by the republicans are very harmful to ome very important programs in
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health care for seniors that the gentleman in his previous remarks telling us what the schedule was, said was very important. so the reason that we have concerns is we believe the offsets being proposed, mr. speaker, by the republicans and why we don't agree with the bill that's being brought forward is because we think it hurts health care of millions of americans. let me ask another question, mr. speaker, of the majority leader. does the gentleman -- i'm going to preface it as you said in response to my question about it hip program, of course is offset. let me ask you a follow-up question, does the gentleman billion her the $7.2 for community centers that provide primary health care
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services will be offset? i yield. mr. mccarthy: right before your question, you said you had concerns with the offset. the gentleman knows that i reached out to him i don't know how many months ago before a break numerous times ago right on your side of the aisle and i said i'm very concerned from what i'm hearing on the democratic side on the committee. and i asked for your assistance and you helped. there is one higher position on your side of the aisle, called the speaker numerous times and shut down your committee. three times we were asked to delay and we did. and this week, i went back to all of you, if you have a
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difference of opinion, let's pay for it. it's not us who walked away from the table. it was the message that i was delivered. i don't know why we're having this discussion. i don't know why you're asking these questions. it is you and your side of the aisle that have said no. it is us who said let's sit down and work this out. but let me walk through a few of the pay-fors so you understand them because i don't think they're controversial. we require health insurance companies to pay claims when they cover medicaid enrollees while keeping medicaid as the payer of last resort. that saves $4 billion. individuals can't skim on their days. phone -- for 90 if someone wins a high dollar
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lottery, those winners should not be eligible for medicaid. your side of the aisle voted against that in committee. so the argument that you're making that it's not bipartisan, it's true. your side of the aisle believes if someone wins millions of dollars in a lottery, they should be eligible for medicaid. that will save $600 million that will go to the disabled. and what's more importantly, these states shouldn't have to wait. these states shouldn't -- colorado has announced it will freeze enrollment and freeze enrollment because you guys said you walked away from the table. it will freeze enrollment because you say the high dollar millionaire lottery winners should stay on medicaid. i don't think that's what the american public believes this debate should go. that is common sense. let's care for the individuals and let's stop playing politics.
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i'm personally stunned you are asking about this because you know what has gone on. i yield back. mr. hoyer: i'm chagrined that i have stunned my friend, the majority leader. yes, we don't agree with those pay-fors. no reason that a lottery winner should be on medicaid. i didn't yield yet, simply to say to my friend, had i instructed as the gentleman or the leader instructed that outcome may have been different. however, there are some really substantive issues that we had and we had for a long time and we negotiated for a long time and we didn't reach agreement. my question to you was, are they offset. i think your answer is yes, they were offset and you proceed to tell me what the offsets were.
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let me ask a follow-up question. does the gentleman know whether the repeal of ipab is offset? that's a $17 billion deficit creation item. is it offset. and i yield to my friend. r. mccarthy: is ipab offset? no and doesn't need to be. mr. hoyer: perhaps the gentleman knows why i asked the first two questions. apparently it's not the debt of concern, because if it was a concern, the $17 billion would be of concern. that was put in the bill as the gentleman knows to try to pay for, as we paid for every nickel of the affordable care act. and that was one of the larger pay-fors. now many members of your side of the aisle don't like that
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pay-for and many of our members don't like that pay-for. if we are exceeding expenditure caps, what needs to be cut. as the gentleman knows that board has never been appointed, but if it had been appointed, we would have had 30 legislative 30 or calendar days -- calendar days in which to say no, we don't agree with that. but my point is, we are selective in what we are going to pay for. and i think that is of concern certainly to me and i'm sure it is to others. and the gentleman said, of course it's offset. the gentleman here says, this is not offset. can i ask the gentleman why is this not offset? -- is this $17 billion doll and the other dollars for
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children are? and and i yield. mr. mccarthy: debate question. nd let me explain very easily, -- mr. hoyer: reclaiming my time. the gentleman is correct, i want to say the gentleman has come to me and worked on reaching a bipartisan agreement and i regret we didn't reach that conclusion and the majority leader did come to me in absolute good faith and i wanted to get to a resolution. we didn't get there. i regret that and where we are where we are. i will work towards that objective, i yield. mr. mccarthy: chip is in effect. ipab is not. it hasn't even created a board yet. so what you're saying to me is, let's offset something that hasn't even been created. the last time we had this bill
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on the floor, it was bipartisan votes. democrats voted for it as well. 43 co-sponsors on your side of the aisle. i don't think this question is just to me but for the whole bed. the majority of the body wants to get rid of it, it hasn't been created. so let's get rid of it and chip is already in effect. what's even worse, it's in effect, but people are freezing enrollments. and so if your argument is why democrats can't help us on chip and why they want to defend millionaire lottery winners where something that's not created has to be offset, i don't think that's a fair argument. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman. i was going to respond sooner, but let me respond now. this bill was not marked up in committee. prior to its expiring, prior to
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the authorization ending. so when the gentleman talks to me about time, with all due respect, had it been an item of importance, which it is a bipartisan bill, we both warrant to see this get done. the gentleman is also correct that until we fix this, there will be states who will be running out of money. that is of great concern to us. it will adversely affect millions of children. we ought to get it done in a bipartisan fashion. i'm sorry the committee didn't get it done so it didn't come to my attention or the leader's attention. having said that, that doesn't answer the question of -- the gentleman says ipab doesn't exist. it exists in scoring, as the gentleman surely knows that this is a $17 billion item that will have to be paid for at some point in time. and it will add to the debt if
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we don't pay for it. let me finish. it may not exist right now. it may not exist for reasons that the gentleman probably points out correctly that large number on your side and large number on my side is not for it. i want to tell the gentleman, i'm for it. i voted that way. but a large number of majority of my party is not for it. i agree with that. he fact of the matter is it -- repealing this is not paid for. and as a result, the costs will have to come from somewhere. on chip, we had to pay for it. on community health centers, we had to pay for it. i agree with that, mr. majority leader. mr. speaker, i just think -- i yield to my friend. mr. mccarthy: you voted to repeal the ipab?
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mr. hoyer: i believe i did. i'm checking on it. i'm saying here publicly i voted for the a.c.a. the a.c.a. was good for the country and one of the pay-fors and we did, one was ipab. if we want to substitute some other way to pay for the health care that we're giving, fine. that will not increase the debt. if we don't pay for repeal of this ipab, it will increase the debt. mr. mccarthy: we have brought to the floor twice, the repeal of ipab. am i understanding that you voted to repeal that? mr. hoyer: i thought i said and let me it rate, i voted against repealing. i'm for ipab. i know it is politically very controversial and tough thing to do. and the problem in this house and the problem that we had on
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the tax bill, we are not paying for what we buy. we do not pay for what we buy. it's easy to buy and it's hard to pay. here we are with another example. i yield to my friend. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding back to me. let me just make history, repeat on what happened on this floor. twice this bill has come to the -- time the the repeal of ipab. 43 members on your side joined us. it was the will of this house. your argument is why we cannot fund children's health, why we cannot say millionaires winning a lottery, that they have to stay on medicaid, if that's the defense from the other side of the aisle why they walk away from the table, i'm ashamed. we are better than that. this house is better than that.
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i told you each time -- and i tell the gentleman, i know it's not you, but there are other people on your eyed of the aisle won't release their members from committee. i know your members on energy and commerce did not want to vote no on that amendment and don't want to defend millionaires and taking aa way from the children. you don't want to sit back and have chip that there are problems throughout that colorado has to freeze enrollment. we are better than that. and if twice it has come to the floor and it's the majority of the house that voted on it and 4 members doing it, we should move on. let's get back to the table and let's solve this problem. mr. hoyer: appreciate the gentleman's remarks and the he stood.
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i look forward to having the dream act brought to the floor which the majority of members on this floor will vote for. i believe my friend knows that tonight case. i hope they bring it to the floomplet let me go i if krk the majority leader can-d not mention whether alexander he st. i look forward to having the dream act brought to the floor murray was going object on the floor next week. obviously as the gentleman knows there is an extraordinary digs ruppings of the marketplace in the -- disruption of the marketplace in the insurance field. alexander murray at the request of president trump, was senator alexander, former governor oftown, former secretary of education, to respond to the president's request. and working with as the gentleman has just noted, working in bipartisan fashion to come to an agree to stabilize markets to ensure that people are going to have health care, and particularly to ensure that the poorest among us can afford their health care. alexander-murray is bipartisan
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and has over 60 senators supporting it. do you believe that that will be brought to the floor at any time in the near future? mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for the question. as the gentleman knows, for built to come to the floor here it has to come out of the senate. the senate hasn't voted on that bill. i know the gentleman quotes a certain number. i would wait to see on the votes. as the gentleman knows this house has passed a bill that repealed obamacare, reformed t. got us a new bill, but made those payments as it went forward. there is a bill sitting in the senate they can take this up and solve this problem at the same time. yield back. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, the gentleman, the majority leader, my friend, the majority leader, with whom i work in a constructive way on many, many items, mentioned earlier about how children may lose their health insurance or some of our
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less well off citizens who rely on community health centers ll lose access and that, therefore, we need to get this bill done soon. millions, i suggest to the majority leader, mr. speaker, will be adversely affected if don't pass a bill stabilizing. yes, i understand you introduce add bill to repeal. -- introduced a bill to repeal. you control the house, the senate, and the presidency. we're now 10 months into the year. that bill hasn't passed. so what we implore, mr. speaker, the administration and the majority party to do is not do indirectly, that is destroy the access to affordable quality health care for millions of americans, that which they cannot do directly.
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and they haven't done it directly. would hope that we could bring, at least a bipartisan bill in light of the failure to pass a partisan bill, which has, i am told, 60 senators who have indicated they support it. maybe more. i would hope when it comes from the senate, if senator mcconnell will put it on the floor, that we will consider it forthwith. because the instability that grips the system now is hurting millions. costing them millions. perhaps billions. so i hope that would be a priority. along with the bill that we call the dreamer act. we need to redeem the dream, mr. speaker.
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and continue a policy which the eaker has indicated he thought was erroneously repealed by the president of the united states, which i think many republicans with t was erroneously whom i have talked think it's a policy that ought to be pursued. i hope we could bring that to the floor as soon as possible and certainly before hanksgiving. unless the majority leader unless the majority leader has any further say, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: further with the house adjourns on that day it adjourn to meet on tuesday, october 31, 2017, when it shall convene at noon for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request permission to address the house for one minute. rerned my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from is recognized for one mifpblet >> thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to honor the 75th anniversary of indian rock dam in york county, pennsylvania. indian rock dam was completed by the u.s. army corps of engineers in 1942 as part of an unprecedented boom of water resource, infrastructure construction across america that stem from the flood control act of 1936. it is an earth and rock structure measuring 1,000 feet
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long, rising 83 feet above the stream bed that dams up to 9.1 billion gallons of water that other wise would inundate down stream communities. while impossible to prevent all floods, we can limit the damage and risk. since indrock dam was completed in 1942, it's presented more than $55 million in potential flood damage to our community of york, pennsylvania. managed by the corps' baltimore district. it was one of 13 core dam projects in the susquehanna river water shed. for 75 years it has been a silent protector for our citizens, for that and its continued benefits to reducing risks to american down stream, aim proud to recognize the 75th dam. rsary of indian rock thank you, mr. speaker. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek
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recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> ryan black was the kid in washington with boundless potential, always striving to do more. he excelled in the classroom, get this both on the wrestling mat and at state chess tournaments, go figure. when he grew up he took his potential to the united states army where staff sergeant brian black conquered ranger school and special forces selection. sergeant black was not just a warrior and a protector, he was a healer. as a green beret in the elet third group he served as a medic, always encouraging and caring for those about him. mr. heck: and on october 4, sergeant black was killed in niger. our hearts ache for his wife, michelle, and for his sons, and for his parents. their son, husband, father,
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friend, and patriot will be remembered. precious few among us dedicate our god-given ability to protection of our country, but as sergeant black's father, hank, so eloquently said, some people could, would, should. others do. and brian did. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today on the day of the deployed to honor the men and women is reco minute. mr. thompson: of our armed forces who are serving overseas. today we salute them for their service on behalf of the united states of america. we also acknowledge the sacrifice of their families who are separated from their loved ones during deployment. mr. speaker, serving one's
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country is a noble and selfless act. these men and women have answered the call of duty and today we honor their dedication, service, and courage. in 2016, there were nearly 1.3 million active duty military personnel. nearly 200,000 of those active duty members are deployed overseas from japan to germany, and south korea to afghanistan. our american men and women serve with distinction. in the commonwealth of pennsylvania, more than 50 airmen from the 193rd special operations wing are scheduled to return home this week. following an overseas deployment in support of operation inherent resolve. mr. speaker, i'd like all of our deployed troops to know that we're proud of their efforts and grateful for their service. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute.
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>> mr. speaker, just a month after the u.s. national debt surpassed $20 prltril for the very first time, today this house passed an irresponsible budget that will add a shocking additional $1.5 trillion to that sum. this additional debt threatens our future prosperity and constricts our ability to respond to the challenges we face today. the purpose of today's budget is to pave the way so partisan tax reform that can be fast tracked through the snafment mr. schneider: by financing tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit those at the very top by ballooning our nation's budget deficits is exactly the wrong approach. we all agree or tax code is broken and needs reform, but true tax reform needs to be fiscally responsible. rather than crafting plans behind closed doors, i urge my colleagues to reach across the aisle. together we can pursue reform of our tax code that focuses on the middle class, promotes
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entrepreneurship, job creation, and private investment, and supports public investment in our infrastructure. let's bring this tax reform debate into the open and get this done for the american people. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> 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. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize october as breast cancer awareness month. as well as all of the men, women, and families that have been affected by this devastating disease. breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. research, early dying knowcy, and modern treatments are raising survival rates. but it remains the second leading cause of cancer mortality for women. during the month of october, we reflect on the lives lost and the families affected by this
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cancer, including my own family, as my own beautiful wife, carol, who we just lost this last spring. but we also bring light to the actions that we can take to fight against it. i encourage all women to talk to your doctor about he breast -- are breast cancer screenings for early detection. i admire the unmatched courage those urvivors and currently suffering from this disease. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? those currently suffering from this disease. thank >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarksp the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman virginia tech for one minute. >> thank you. mr. speaker, it is the 30th anniversary of domestic violence awareness month. domestic violence is a crime that impacts every race, gender, class, and sex. in my home state, 33% of california women and 28% of california men will experience domestic violence.
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nevertheless, since this month was recognized for the first time in 1987, much progress has been made. i began my professional career as a prosecutor back in 1996, and i can tell you back then it was tough to get a jury to understand and even listen to the circumstances behind domestic violence. it was tough to convince jurors that domestic violence is not a private issue. it should be kept in the bedroom. but instead it's a righteous issue that needed to be brought out in our courtrooms. fortunately, there were police officers to make arrests. there were propertyors to try the cases, a -- prosecutors to try the cases. and advocates to give the confidence they need to come forward. this month we recognize those who support domestic violence victims. we wow to hold abusers accountable, and we strive to create and update legislation that not only protects but emboldens victims of domestic violence so that they can embrace living their lives. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for at purpose does the --
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without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one mifpblet >> mr. speaker, when derek harper stood in front of a pittsburgh judge a few months ago, it was clear the defendant was a special kind of evil person. mr. poe: for years harper and his crew of deviants rn the city's most brutal and ruthless sex trafficking ring. the traffickers lined their pockets by forcing young women to have sex with countless men every day. . women were tortured and gang raped. harper shaved the women's heads with butcher knives and branded them with hot irons. harper was the ring leader. but it wasn't until four of his young victims bravely escaped and testified against him that
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justice was served. his attempts to rob these women of their dignity has failed. seeing the did he praft, the judge sentenced to 289 years. as a former judge, i applaud this judge. criminals need to be locked up, not victims. merica must track down these perpetrators and rescue the victims from this scurge. the messenger: a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker, i have been directed by the senate to inform the house the senate has passed h.r. 1329. this act is the veterans compensation cost of living adjustment act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i want to urgently have set up an appeal process on an expedited basis for my constituents and those across the disaster-impacted areas of a fema denial appeal system. thousands of my constituents have been denied fema assistance. pictures just came to my phone last evening and i'm urging the fema director and all who can do so, including the president, we are in desperate need of help. people do not have their lives restored and make mention of the fact that today, there will be some statement made on this horrific opioid crisis which we as members of congress have been dealing with for over a year. this may be called a public
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health service emergency versus a catastrophic emergency using the public service act or the stafford act. the funds are completely almost diminished because of wildfires and hurricanes. the casualties of opioids abuse are 1423 per day which is like an airplane crash every single day. with this amazing and unbelievable budget that has passed, the halloween budget of 2017, there will be trillions of dollars cut. it is imperative that the president call this an emergency and use emergency funds to deal with the opioid crisis. ly thing you can say is that -- vote for hurricane disasters and others but as well as the opioid crisis. i yield back and thank the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise
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and extend my remarks. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 71st rescue squadron of the united states air force which is at moody air force base. they responded as part of the 23rd wing effort by mobilizing their peron ell and equipment to help the victims in texas. they successfully evacuated 308 flood victims and 38 family pets. they repositioned 15 rescue crafts and teams to access difficult areas saving 1,000 100 lives. in addition, they moved 83 tons of cargo and 23,000 gallons of fuel which was used to conduct helicopter search and rescues. because of their dedication, this group received that others may live squadron of the year
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award. ank you 71st rescue squadron to help the citizens of this country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute . the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as i mentioned a couple of weeks o, i plan to to talk about each victim. my goal is to honor the lives and ensure they will never be forgotten. i rise to remember a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend whose life was taken far too soon. hanna lived in california and traveled to las vegas to attend the route 91 music festival. friends and family describe hanna as a beautiful person who
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was full of squoy and always went out of way to help her friends and family. her commitment to her friends, family and community was felt by everyone. she could light up the room any moment she walked in. her father-in-law described her as a young marry tyler moore. her kids thought she was a cool mom. she lived her life to the llest and enjoyed the simple pleasures. i extend my condolences to hanna's family and friends. the city of las vegas grieves with you. this is a tragedy that should have never happened. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to honor officer craig craner a buffalo police officer
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who lived a life of heroism and who died during a training exercise on the niagara river. he was a nine-year veteran of the buffalo police and serving partner, ficer, his four-year-old german shepard served along side him. he served our country for 16 years as a military police officer, having served in iraq and guantanamo bay, he was a well decorated staff sergeant awarded more than a dozen medals for his bravery and military achievements. he made the ultimate sacrifice and we be forever grateful. he will be remembered for his bravery, keeping americans safe both abroad and in western new york. i offer condolences to his mother and surviving family during this very difficult time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the hard work and esteemed career of broward county administrator, bertha watson henry. mr. deutch: she is being honored at the annual conference in san antonio as the recipient of the mark e. keene memorial award. i couldn't think of anyone else more deserving. he navigated the 2008 recession with table finances and strong referry and helped broward maintain a aaa bond rating something that three other florida counties have accomplished. let construction of a county courthouse, 40,000 square foot annual center and protect broward's interest in the national hockey league venue.
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her recognition is historic as bertha is the first ever african-american women to receive that award. and she continues to steer broward county's 60 agencies in a budget of $5 billion. she deserves this award because the way she has made broward county to live, to work, and visit. thank you for your outstanding award. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady new york seek recognition? >> permission address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. tenney: i rise today to recognize robert miller, uperintendent of the my county school district. when he became superintendent in 2013, he was facing a problem
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that many superintendents across the country are facing, a low and decreasing graduation rate. however, in the four years since mr. miller began in his huh role, the county has seen a turn -around in the graduation rate. in 2006, the in 2006, the graduation rate was 86%. he has made sure to get that again. it is teachers that led to the significant increase. to intervene with students at risk has moved to contribute positively to our community. thank you, superintendent miller, and the dedicated staff for the tremendous work and commitment to our next generation of leaders. i know your efforts will continue to inspire students for years to come. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i'm honored to rise today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of boy scout troop 78. this troop's long standing commitment to instilling positive social values and building self-esteem has provided a great benefit. mr. espaillat: opened in 1947, troop 728 has plused a tradition of excellence and has been led by many dedicated scout masters over a 70-year history, each of whom has contributed to the legacy. these leaders allow the memories of past leaders to continue to flourish in the troop's culture today. traditions of troop 728 include breakfasts, hiking, camping trips. scout masters' focus in
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leadership skills and troop members and developing leaders for the 21st century. it has produced over 30 eagle scouts, the most pressingous award. this demonstrates their commitment to the long legacy of service. on this special anniversary, i congratulate troop 728 for all their successes. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> the image beside me is of a young lady named haley thompson who was killed in a car crash. i pened this letter. dear, mr. and mrs. thompson, my own heart as i pen this letter of encourage and condolence, your beautiful daughter is no doubt in the presence of our
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beloved lady and our loving forgiving safer. you are endeavoring each day to endure the grief of your loss even as you present a strong and determined front to honor the life and spirit of your daughter. i have personal insight relative to your pain, having lost my own first born, long ago on the 10th day of november, 1990. i wish to convey it has come on to my heart that your haley is present at this moment with my own daughter, looking upon you both with admiration as you honor and respect our lord's mysterious will. our prayers are with you and my own quiet service to america and fellow man has dedicated this day to the beautiful haley, angelic now, as she lives amongst the heavenly host.
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respectfully i remain your humble servant. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition -- i'm sorry, oregon. >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> as co-chair of the house paper and packaging caucus, i recognize the 57th anniversary of national forest products week. s this week takes on special significance for me. oregon is home to 174 wood products, paper and packaging manufacturing facilities and $11 billion in products and contribute $2 billion to the state and local economies through wages and compensation. i recognize and thank the 38,000 hard-working men and women employed in my state. your contributions to our state and local communities are greatly appreciated. in this country, we are fortunate to have the renewable
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natural resources and domestic manufacturing to be able to provide americans with paper, packaging, tissue and wood products that are essential to modern life and the modern economy. i want to thank the people and employees in the forest products industry for the valuable role you play in the community, not only in my state and district, but to rural communities across this country. and i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. can't cament mr. speaker, we cannot allow the -- mr. cantor: -- ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, we cannot allow the republican majority to trade away jobs here in america for dowling out massive tax -- dolling out massive tax breaks to wealthy corporations that have no intention of invelt vesting here in the united states of america. the republican plan will actually fuel more job outsourcing and move benefits to shareholders and overpaid c.e.o.'s, not the workers of our
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country. we can't allow republicans to cut education, cut medicare, cut social security, cut medicaid, which serve the elderly and the ill. 80% of the tax give scombrn aways in their plan -- giveaways in their plan go to the top 1%. untargeted tax cuts don't create jobs. in fact, when congress during the 1980's passed a tax cut, companies couldn't outsource middle class jobs fast enough. it was a bad deal then, it's a bad deal now. our country can't afford to balloon the deficit by $1.5 trillion. so wall street can appease their shareholders a little more and stack the decks against american workers. tax reform should not result in the outsourcing of our jobs. it should result in investing here in the united states of america. and that begins with real tax reform, not scam tax reform. i yield back my remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: are there further requests for
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one-minute speeches? seeing none, under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. gallego: thank you, mr. speaker. this year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of profiles in courage. john f. kennedy's famous volume tells the story of eight leaders who put country before party and patriotism before politics. men for whom personal integrity was more important than personal popularity or power. unfortunately the kind of political and moral courage described in kennedy's book is in tragically short supply within the modern republican party. a president intent to undermine the values and norms that sustain our democrat
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circumstances few republicans have been willing to do more than ring their hands and roll their eyes. while senator corker and senator flake have been bold in denouncing trump, they are exceptions to a well-established rule. indeed when a new profile and courage is written for the twefrpbl, we can be certain that no one from the current house republican leadership is going to be featured in its pages. when questions about trump's attacks on women and minorities and the disabled and gold star families, speaker ryan has been equivalent cal and evasive. when called upon to condemn trump's outrageous embrace of white nationalists, speaker ryan has deferred and deflected. when asked to defend trump's reckless rhetoric on north korea, speaker ryan has done so enthusiastically. earlier this week on the senate floor, senator flake complained that reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excuse. mr. speaker, paul ryan, the g.o.p. leadership, are the very people who are doing that excusing. they are normalizing and
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condoning that -- actions that should shock us as americans and shame us as a body. but don't take my word for it. mr. speaker, with the help of my good friend, congressman lieu of california, we will now read for you in chronological order speaker ryan's responses to donald trump's most outrageous and abusive behavior. congressman lieu, let's get started. mr. lujan: thank you. before we do, -- mr. lieu: thank you. before we do, let me first say that today is thursday, that means we all need to ask, why do i virginiaa trump and jarod kushner still have their security clearances? but i digress. we are now going to read into the congressional record outrageous and stupid things the president of the united states has done or said and then representive gallego is going to give you speaker ryan's response. i'm going to start. on may 11, donald trump fired f.b.i. director james comey and this is what donald trump said. regardless of the recommendation i was, i was going to fire
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comby, knowing there was no good time to do it. in fact, when i decided to just do, it i said to myself, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. mr. gallego: speaker ryan's response, trump acted and that's what a should should do. real profound courage there. mr. lieu: on may 16 it was revealed that donald trump asked director comey to drop an investigation into general flynn's collusion with the russians before he was fired. trump said to comey, flynn is a good guy. i hope you can let this go. mr. gallego: the speaker's response, trump's new to government and so he probably wasn't steeped in the long-running protocols to establish the relationship between d.o.j., f.b.i. and the white house. he's just new to this. mr. lieu: on may 22, donald trump confirmed he leaked classified information to russian officials at a meeting in the oval office. mr. gallego: the response from ryan's office is, the speaker hopes for a full explanation of
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the facts from the administration. an explanation that the american people are still waiting for, by the way, five months later. there has been no explanation. i'm pretty sure there was no follow-up. mr. lieu: on july 17, donald trump defend his son, don jr., for holding a highly inappropriate and likely illegal meeting with agents of the russian government. donald trump said, most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one don jr. attended in order to get info on an opponent. that's politics. mr. gallego: speaker ryan was then asked whether he would have taken a meeting with the russian official who offered opposition research on a political opponent. his evasive answer, of course, is, i'm not going into hypotheticals. mr. lieu: on july 26, trump announced a ban on transgender americans serving our nation in uniform. let me just digress for a moment. representative gallego is a combat veteran. i served on active duty. we know that there have or strong all volunteer mill tearks the best in the world. we need to recruit the best and the brightest.
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to discriminate an entire class of people is not only wrong, it's harming our military readiness. this is what donald trump said. our military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transjender in the military would entail. mr. gallego: to respond, and i will rift a little, the cost is minimal in terms of the medical costs. it's just an excuse for the president to be homophobic. but speaker ryan's condemnation of this or announcement did not exist. he said, d.o.d.'s reviewing this with the white house. i want to see what it is they actually produce. of course that is not another non-answer. lie lieu lew and we're still waiting. on august 8 donald trump responded to escalation with tree by threatening military action. he said, they best not make any more threats to the united states, they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
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mr. gallego: speaker ryan's response in regard to a potential nuclear war, i think the president in my view of it, quote, he likes the unpredictability side of this. that's right. speaker ryan thinks our commander in chief enjoys the unpredictability of bringing the world to the brink of a nuclear war. mr. lieu: on august 16, donald trump repeatedly refused to condemn a white supremacist rally in virginia. trump said, i think there's blame on both sides. we also have people that are very fine people on both sides. mr. gallego: speaker ryan's response, i do believe that he messed up in his comments on tuesday. he has since then cleared up that. but trump never clears up anything. he certainly did not in this case. mr. lieu: on september 5, trump announced an intention to terminate the daca program, a move that would expose 800,000 young undocumented people, americans in every respect except on paper, to deportation from the united states. mr. gallego: before that decision was made, ryan had
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said, actually, i don't think you should do that. however, after the announcement was said, ryan pulled an embarrassing u-turn. so fast it would cause whiplash. saying, president obama was wrong to do it in the first place. president trump was right in his decisions. he made the right call. shameless. mr. lieu: on october 3, with millions of puerto rico without electricity or basic necessities, donald trump congratulated the people on the island for not losing hundreds of lives like in a real catastrophe like hurricane katrina. despite massive flooding and overwhelming devastation, trump called his administration's response, and i quote, unbelievable and credible. he attacked local leaders who pleaded with his administration for additional resources, trump even criticized the brave people of puerto rico claiming they are throwing our budget out of whack. i just also note that trump was kind enough to dedicate a golf trophy cup to puerto rico. mr. gallego: speaker ryan's
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response. president trump has tremendous compassion. you can see the compassion. he's flying to these emergencies as soon as he can. it shows me that the people who are suffering from these tragedies are in his mind, front and center. i'm pretty sure the millions of puerto rico -- in puerto rico who still lack electricity and running water do not feel that way. they don't feel that way about trump and they don't feel he has any compassion for. they they definitely aren't front and center for this president or his incompetent dministration. mr. lieu: finally, beginning on october 17, president trump repeatedly attacked one of our colleagues, congresswoman wilson of florida, and he essentially said that a gold star widow was lying. mr. gallego: so what was speaker ryan's response? actually, we're still waiting to hear from hit he hasn't commented or issued a statement. when trump denigrates the personal integrity of a member of this body, speaker ryan says nothing. when trump demeans a grieving widow whose husband has made the
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ultimate sacrifice for our nation, speaker ryan stays silent. frankly, it's embarrassing. congressman lew, what do you think these responses -- congressman lieu, what do you think these responses say about the house republican leadership and the state of the republican party? mr. lieu: thank you, representative gallego. there's really twonal choices here -- only two choices here. either all of us in congress can follow the leadership of republican senators john mccain, bob corker and jeff flake, and tell the truth. or we can be complicit. jeff flake is unwilling to be complicit. we are unwilling to be complicit. keep in mind, when senator bob corker, who is not a flame flower -- flower, he's a chair of the senate foreign relations committee, when he comes out and says that he is concerned the president of the united states could lead us to world war iii, americans need to listen. and so we call on speaker ryan to not be complicit and enable the reckless and dangerous behavior of our president and that he have the currently to
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stand up and tell the truth and to really make sure that our president does not take our country off the rails. mr. gallego: our founding fathers knew that there was danger in putting so much power in one person. they knew that given too much power to -- giving too much power to one person, an irresponsible and immature leader, could use that to both affect democracy and enrich themselves. there's a reason why we have this, what we call the checkses and balances. one of those checks needs to be the u.s. house of representatives. under that, the person who is in charge of the u.s. house of representatives is speaker ryan. he is not providing that check. he's only helping this administration carry on more with their abuse and the destruction of what we understand the normans of this democracy -- norms of this democrat sifment thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back -- democracy.
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thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. members are also reminded to properly yield and reclaim time under recognition. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader.
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mr. gohmert: thank you meerks. -- thank you, mr. speaker. it's interesting, when i'm watching the news or look at a wspaper, i can see what kind of pictures are there in the , having been at where print nces extremely slanted will come up, the photographer from such media sources will come up and get right in front and then start taking pictures and have their camera on
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nonstop, just click, click, click, click, click, second after second. so you know they've got 100, 200 pictures. it's easy to know what they're doing. they're taking as many pictures as fast as they can and you know that they're going to go through and they're going to take the picture in which your mouth is in the most contorted position, or where it looks like you're saying a word that would be inappropriate for an elected official to say. . and you know that's the picture they are going to put up to make you look as stupid as possible before you even read the article. you know, for some of us, it's not difficult to make us look stupid. we can't help our looks.
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but you just know before you ever read the article, when you look at the picture whether it's going to be a fair and objective article or whether it's going to be totally skewed and totally subjective. and i notice when friends across the aisle come from blowup pictures and i can tell whether it's going to be a fair and objective dissertation i'm going to hear from my fellow representatives from across the aisle. but it's true of republicans as well. i just don't see those type of skewed pictures very often at all, if at all, from republicans. but any way, it seems to be a good rule of thumb. look at the pictures and you can tell whether it's going to be
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fair or a total hit piece. but i have been very interested to watch during the course of months, as we, 10 come through 2017, the story nonstop from representatives from across the aisle has been about russia, russia, russia. sounds a lit like sean hanty, russia, russia, russia, i don't mind sounding like someone i greatly admire. but isn't it interesting that in the revelations that been coming out in the last few days, our friends across the aisle have not been as anxious to run down and talk about russia, russia, russia, but somebody needs to talk about it. i have been talking about it for
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quite some time and for most of this year, have been pointing out that we actually need a pecial prosecutor, a special counsel to investigate former f.b.i. director comey and to investigate the clinton ties to $100 millione over in contribution that came from stockholders apparently of the uranium one. it is just absolutely incredible. nd what's amazing, though, there are bound to be so many fingers going out eminating from
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that deal, but we have not seen or heard of them. we didn't know what was going on. and now we know that the f.b.i. headed by director robert mueller at the same time he was purging our f.b.i. training materials of anything that offended radical islamists that , at the same time he was not investigating properly tips about the older son being radicalized that he was going to kill people. because let's face it, that's when we get a tip that someone who has been radicalized as an islamist, it means likely they are going to commit a terrorist attack as tsarnaev and his brother did. the f.b.i. didn't properly
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investigate. they didn't know what to ask. and they didn't know how to investigate whether or not someone had been radicalized because robert mueller purged the training materials. how to know if someone was radicalized or a peace-loving muslim or radical islamists, mueller prevented that from happening because he was so taken up with the idea of being friendly and neighborly, he called it his outreach program and he testified before our judiciary committee years ago after i was there about how -- he kept wanting to make the point that muslim community is exactly like every other community, every other community -- the muslim community is just like every other community.
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and he kept making that point over and over as democrats asked him questions. and then he talked about his lovely outreach program with care, the council on american-islamic relations has ties that were named as co-defendants supporting terrorism with those who were actually convicted of those supporting terrorism. and yet even though the f.b.i. had the evidence that convicted these supporting terrorists and even though there was plenty of evidence that the people that he as trying to be friends with had radical terrorist ties, he continued his so-called outreach program as people were plotting to kill americans among those
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that he was trying to have meals with and be friendly with. but i asked him the question, you know, you keep saying that the muslim community here in america is just like every other community and you keep bragging about your outreach program with the muslim community. so i would like to ask you, director mueller, how is your outreach going with jews, catholics and baptists and other religious groups? how is your outreach program going with the buddhists. that was the basic question i asked and of course he was taken aback and couldn't explain because eventually we got the truth, there is no outreach program like that that the f.b.i. had with any other religious group. so it's kind of disingenuous, if
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not to say dishonest to say that a group that required special attention and coddling is somehow exactly like every other group in america. no. they required special attention, at least that's what robert mueller thought. i don't think any religious group that believes in our constitution and supports our corner stution requires any such special attention as robert mueller was giving the outreach so ner care that has done much damage to america and continues to undermine evidence arrest and convict radical islamists. and it's normally like clock work as soon as a radical
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islamist has committed a terrorist act, you can count on care, not the kind that actually helps people around the world, to sayir to be out there is guy was not one of us but at some point, i hope that people who are muslims will quick listening to cair and listen to the words of a much al individual, president i i who stood in a room with ma'ams and said we have to get our religion back from the radicals or else they are going to destroy it. that is a strong man. you don't find the courage in these people who have press conferences to deflect instead
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of helping us find and kaptur, the radical islam ufts before they kill too many people. they are trying to make it appear that they are not radical islamists. no. they are radical islamists. they clearly are. and i was kind of saddened that general kelly ended up being the chief of staff for president trump, because i thought he was starting out to do a soup pesh job as secretary -- superb job as secretary of homeland security. turns out that as some of us have warned, that during the ama administration, all this radicalabout countering islamist. let's not call it fighting, but
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countering violent extremism. some of us had figured out the game. and michele bachmann was one of those people. yes, it's not countering violent extremism but it's fighting radical islam. thank god president trump is now occupying the oval office. he understood that isis was not that j.c. -- j.v. team they would love to kill as many americans as possible and didn't need to have their groups denigrated but needed to have their groups destroyed. these were not people that were going to be rehabilitated. ey were radical extremists that believe they win a place in
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paradise by killing innocent people. and if you want to go back to why there is a copy -- an nglish translation copy of the koran in the library of congress that was purchased by thomas jefferson is because he was negotiating with the radical islamists, the barberry pirates and he was so well educated and well read, he couldn't understand why the barberry pirates kept attacking american ships. as he indicated, we're not a threat to you. we don't even have a navy to speak of. we're not your enemy and we don't understand why you keep attacking american ships. and when he was told that under their belief system that those
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islamists believed they went to paradise if they died killing what we would consider innocent people and they consider people worthy of death, they would go to paradise. and jefferson, as well read as he was, he couldn't believe that there was any religion anywhere in the world that believed you could go to heaven or paradise if you are's killed -- while you are killing innocent people who were not military. they're not a threat to the radical islamist's life. yet they thought they were going to go to paradise and have 70 some odd virgins or so waiting for them -- he couldn't believe it. that's when he got his own copy
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of the koan because he couldn't there was a religion that believed you could go to paradise if you are killing innocent people. so hopefully that will set the record with some folks who thought it showed how open-minded thomas jefferson was. actually, he was quite open-minded. some tried to denigrate him because he had slaves. the manmade plenty of mistakes. one was an egregious wrong to john adams. adams asked him to do the first draft of the declaration of independence. and jefferson was wise enough that when he did the first draft of the declaration of independence, if you look at the different grievances that he set out as to why they should be independent from england, like
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the longest paragraph grievance was about how king george outlawed slavery to ever start in america. virginia at the time had a law illegal to free your own slaves. so he was law-abiding, but he believed that one of the worst things that ever happened to america was king george allowing slavery to start and exist in this country, that it was going to cause massive problems that would be very difficult to cure. and he was exactly right on all fronts. . there are some who claim that george washington should have his name remove from school or public places when the fact is there would be no free america without george washington having lived at the time he did.
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i believe with all my heart that george washington was the man for such a time as that. never been a man in all of in ary that led a military revolution, won the revolution, and then tendered his resignation as we see down the hall, his outreached hand i think is the most important scene in all of the capitol. massive mural. he's handing in his resignation. he sought no further power. he could have been king of america, emperor. there were a couple of coups they tried to involve him in. he stopped them. anybody else in the world, we know from history, would not have done what he did. he was reluctant to take any power. and yet because of his humility and his focus on creating a free
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and independent land, we have a free and independent land. yes, he had slaves. but he was dealing with a virginia where there was a law against freeing the slaves. but even so, he put in his will that their is lives would be free on the death of his wife -- upon the death of his wife. certainly there were better ways to have done that. he was trying to abide by the law. but we just have such an incredible history. people like washington. ome of us were attending andreas by an author who had researched and done a biogreafer on benjamin frank -- franklin. and someone asked him, you know, is there anybody you can think of in modern america that reminds you of ben franklin? and he said, actually we've got many people that are witty,
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clever, very inventive. ben franklin was an absolutely incredible -- of course i'm paraphrasing, but he said, it wasn't like he was george washington. there was only one of those. just only one of those. we had the director of the society of cincinnati speak at the library of congress on one occasion. that since ked, most biographers, the more they dig into the background of an individual, and he had studied washington every year of his adult life, did he come to a point where he had less respect for washington because of all of the details he discerned about washington's life? and he indicated that he could honestly say that in addition to knowing more about washington every year of his adult life,
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that he had more respect and admiration and awe of george washington with each passing year, with every bit of information he learned. that's the kind of incredible history we have. the kind of selflessness. people say, oh, yeah, but washington, look at the big payoff he got. he didn't take a salary, but, boy, did he take a lot of money after the revolution. actually he didn't take a salary, he didn't take a payoff. he was reimbursed some of his out of pocket expenses. he had been paying for spies to work for the country, he had paid so much out of his own pocket. and he was only seeking part of what he had come out of pocket, knowing that if the revolution failed, not only would he have been killed, but obviously his family would not have had all that money he spent.
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so, i think that kind of puts in her spectacularive, when we start looking at -- perspective, when we start looking at people who are willing to sell off america's national security for millions of dollars, well, you have to admire their appreciation for large amounts of money, but not at the price of selling our safety. so, for all this year, i have been saying that robert mueller should never have accepted the role of special counsel. because we knew that james comey was such a close, dear friend of his, and comey was a witness central to this investigation. he could not be a fair arbiter, a fair investigatorest. should have, if he'd been properly -- he should have, if he'd been properly, morally inclined, he should have said, i can't be the special counsel because i'm too close, especially to comey, to these
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people. comey himself testified that before he testified up here to cornings he talked to murel -- to congress, he talk toed to -- talked to mueller. there's a 2013 washingtonian article that -- just a long, glowing piece on comey, that in effect, if the world were burning down, the one person comey would know would be right there with him would be robert mueller standing with him. i mean, these guys were so close. he looked at mueller as a mentor. they were really tight. to question in my mind, because of that tightness, since we know comey leaked in order to, as he said, to try to get a special counsel, that mueller encouraged him to do that. was mueller behind this setup to get a special counsel, so he could be appointed? start making massive amounts of money and hire all of these
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republican-hating democrats, contributors to hillary clinton, some of them. wow. what a great setup. for a guy that obviously held grudges against some republicans , this is somebody that should not have been appointed. even though he was appointed to be director of the f.b.i. by george w. bush, you know, obviously, as hazard as george w. bush was trying -- hard as george w. bush was trying to pick the primet, taking other advice, like his father's mistake in appointing david souter, what a disaster that appointment turned out to be. he turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. appearing to act as one thing, when we saw his teeth, as he went to the supreme court. edith jones, and david souter came under consideration. i'd been told they were both
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sitting in the white house, as president h.w. bush tried to figure out which one to appoint. if he'd have appointed edith jones, history would be totally different. and we would not have either justice kagen or society mayor -- society mire, because who he -- sotomay, because who he appointed never would have resigned during prident obama's presidency. to so those kinds of mistakes have long-reaching affects. but prush apointed mueller. the more i find out, unlike the director finding out about washington and growing in awe and admiration, the more i find out about robert muell, the more concerned i am and disclose you ares -- dilosures ts week about what ts man knew, what th man was involved in, what he did. see, i thought he was accepting
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he role of special counsel because of some possible revenge motive he had. just like for some republicans who love the idea of doing what which fitzgerald did, happened to be just a friend of james comey. he was the godfather of a comey hild and we find out later comey recommend to attorney general ashcroft he should recuse himse so he could appoint his -- the god father of his child -- the godfather of his child, patrick fitzgerald, tonight special counsel. -- to be the special counsel. weound out this years, well, comey leaked information, ich may or may not have been a crime, it needs to be investigated, in order to get a
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special counsel appointed. so he's using the same type of manipulative behavior as did he to get the godfather's child appointed special counsel, in order to get the one guy that would be with him through thick and thin, no matter how bad things got, robert mueller. get him appointed special counsel. had no idea that robert mueller had been involved and been director of the f.b.i., as they investigated russia's efforts to corner the market on uranium and to spend millions and millions united s to acquire nations uranium. he's director of the f.b.i. they're investigating this. it even knowing that, pears that he and now deputy
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attorney general rosen seen it -- rosenstein actually covered up their investigation so that people would not get upset with secretary hillary clinton for being an approver of the deal of selling america's uranium to an enemy of the united states, according to all the democrats for all this year. russia, russia, russia. his big, horrible enemy. and how dare anybody do business with them. and it turns out that actually they were the ones who were involved in this terribly sorded business of selling our national security to -- sordid business of selling our national security to the russians.
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and the f.b.i. investigated, they had all of this information . and they even had an f.b.i. informant, as mueller knew, as director of the f.b.i., the informant had been working with the russians. it was an undercover operation, perhaps the most important one the f.b.i. had going on at that time. they did have the operation going on under director mueller of creating a fictitious case against senator ted stevens, republican from alaska. in which they created evidence, they conspired to hide evidence that completely didn't just exonerate ted stevens, it showed that he was law-abiding an they hid that evidence. and they manufactured a case that would cost him his senate see the, which the loss of his
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senate -- seat, which the loss of his senate seat ended up putting him on a small plane that crashed and he lost his ife. as far as i know there were no ties of the plane crash to mueller but murel walz the f.b.i. director. and -- mueller was the f.b.i. director. and thank god there was an f.b.i. agent involved in that investigation, that after ted stevens was convicted, he couldn't stand it, his conscience would not allow him to sit quietly by after the f.b.i. and the u.s. attorney -- but this f.b.i. lead agent, under director mueller, as director, was just fabricated a case. and it turns out not only did ted stevens not accept hundreds of thousands of dollars of improvements to his home without paying for it, he paid more.
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hundreds of thousands more than the improvements were worth. and apparently there was even evidence that they covered up where the contractor was going, look, ted, you're paying more than this -- than we're charging you. and stevens was saying, look, i'm constantly being watched, people don't like my political positions, so i've got to be so far above and beyond ethical and moral that i got to pay more. just accept the checks for overpayment. the guy overpaying and yet they came after him, knowing that this was an innocent man, they prosecuted him and convicted him. so, after the whistleblower f.b.i. agent comes forward, under director mueller's leadership, what happened? the informant was ordered be kept from investigating any criminal cases, which meant he had no job at the f.b.i..
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and he went ahead and did as he was being pushed to do. he went ahead and resigned. thank god for a man with a conscience like that. but his affidavit made clear that the lead agent had manufactured evidence and hidden evidence from the defense counsel, because they had come in with warrants and taken everything, computer drives, thumb drives, documentary evidence, gone to the bank, gotten his documents, he did not have any evidence to show how innocent he was, because the f.b.i. had taken it. i know f.b.i. agents that are the most honest people i have ever met and we have thousands of them in this country and thank god for them. what did director mueller under his leadership, what happened?
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the whistleblower that exposed the fraudulent misconduct, he gets run out of the f.b.i. under director mueller. and what happened to the one who fabricated the evidence, fabricated the case, hid evidence that showed ted stevens' evidence? when mueller is director, that f.b.i. agent continued to get accolades and be moved on to investigate some of the most important cases the f.b.i. had. that was director mueller. he also had a policy he created the d the -- an article in "wall street journal" pointed out years ago, ended up destroying or running off thousands and thousands of years of experience from the f.b.i.,
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weakening this incredible investigative body that until mueller got there was the best investigative body in all of america. but after running off thousands and thousands of years of experience of f.b.i. agents so he could have less experienced agents, agents that would not have the experience to say, mr. director, that would be a mistake. that was done in 1985 or 1992. no, he had people with no experience. and i know from being a prosecutor right out of law school, you are ready to put the bad guys away and push the lines of the limit, do your job, salute the flag and it always helps to have experienced people around to say, i know you mean
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well, but it's not a good idea. he spent millions of dollars that some agents pointed out was being wasted on programs that .ere wasteful and ineffective and now we know with what's oming out this week, i'm surprised how naive i continue to be. i thought mueller accepted the job as special counsel to investigate the russia-trump alleged relationship, because it would be a great job and he could carry out vendettas that he might have. that was so naive. now we know he had had an nvestigation of russia, had an undercover informant for years working on the case.
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and that he covered up that investigation along with rob rosenstein so that hillary clinton could make this deal approve the deal and yes there were other people that approved the deal. i believe the attorney general, eric holder, also approved the deal and also covered up the investigation to show the investigation would show. from all the indications that russia was committing crimes in america to get hold of our uranium. and knowing that, of course, if that investigation were made public, there's no way hillary clinton and eric holder could have approved the deal that was selling off 20%, 25% of america's uranium to the russians. could never have done that. and if she hadn't done that,
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there is not any doubt in some of our minds that the investors, the stock holders, ultimately of uranium one, certainly would not have contributed over $100 million to the clinton foundation and certainly russia would not have been paying half a million dollars for one short speech, remarkably, hard to believe from the state of the union addresses he gave, he could give a short speech and get half a million dollars for one short speech. what was so special? could it be that hillary clinton was so critical in persuading others to sign on to allowing uranium one to get so much of our uranium? that, gee, perhaps that's why russia was so emboldened. and then we find out, there's
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more than that. the democratic national committee, we're told, they were helping pay for this dosier that i created the most lure had, ridiculous allegations against donald trump as a candidate, trying to destroy his presidency and not only that, that the d.n.c. was involved and the clinton campaign may have been involved. and the f.b.i. gets involved with that and it appears they to pay used the d.n.c. at manufactured evidence th was absolutely false, that could be used to get the f.b.i. under mueller's control and the u.s. attorney's office under
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rosenstein's control, to go ter the trump campaign and possibly get wiretaps based on the d.n.c. fusion-g.p.s. -manufactured evidence. going back to mueller accepting the appointment as special counsel and comey possibly committing a crime the way he went about leaking private information to the "new york mes" and it appears -- you look at his contacts and who reported what from the "new york times" and what could have only been known by james comey, possible he did that six other times, possible that james comey committed crimes in one or six other occasions if he was the source as it appears he may well have been now. so now, it becomes more clear in
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thinking he had a personal motivation, mueller having a personal motivation including getting paid for a job he would love to do to go after people he didn't like in the republican party, including donald trump. but now it's becoming more clear. mueller - comey needed to be a special counsel and he admitted in testimony here. he leaked information, which may have been a crime. he leaked information in order to get a special counsel that he had to have known was going to be robert mueller, his friend joined at the hip, and that his other friend, rod rosenstein would certainly appoint mueller because rosenstein and mueller were involved in covering up the
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f.b.i.'s investigation of russia and their efforts to get uranium . and if mueller and rosenstein hadn't covered up that and sealed that information and gotten the informant to agree to a nondisclosure agreement, then hillary clinton and the clinton foundation would be short making mega millions they received as a result, it certainly appears of the uranium transfer from the u.s. to russia. and eller and rosenstein comey all needed mueller to be appointed and mueller needed to accept appointment as special counsel because he had to cover the coverup that he and
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rosenstein had been involved in years earlier in order to facilitate the deal that was national ll off our security. now, president trump had this great plank in his platform as he ran for president that we need to bring in money that americans have earned overseas back into the united states. well it had never been here, but bring it into the united states. but these american citizens and american companies had to leave it in foreign banks and foreign businesses in foreign countries because in some countries they pay 50%, 60%, 70% on it and if they bring it into the united states they would be required to pay 40% plus penalty interest. they can't afford to do that or else they would be paying more
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tax than the money they earned. so they had to leave it in foreign countries and in foreign banks and former fdic chairman ame to the hill back when this dufus henry paulsen was telling we had to give him $700 billion to buy mortgage-backed securities and save our economy. in our private conference call, he said i have to have $700 billion to buy these mortgage-backed securities and only government has the wherewithal to buy thousands and hold them until they get value back and will save banks to keep them from going under which would destroy the united states economy and take us back to a day worse than september of 1929. so you have to give me $700
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million -- $700 billion. somebody in my party beat me to the question, and it was this. secretary paulsen, if nobody knows what these mortgage-backed securities are worth, how do you know you need $700 billion to buy them? i'll never forget his answer and i quote, we just needed a really big number. when i heard that, i knew that $700 ozo did not need billion and shouldn't have trusted him as secretary of the treasury. but he got his $700 billion and between him and geithner, they bailed out their friends and the big banks while the community banks were being punished and had to borrow money at the regular rate and made sure that the investment banks that brought us to the brink of ruin,
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they got money for nothing. got big bailouts. at was a bad day in american history. issacs said you don't need to take taxpayer money if you will just say the united states congress should declare -- pass a bill that says anything that we declare to be a troubled company or a troubled asset, if that is invested in, american companies, american individuals who have earned money overseas, if they will bring that money from those countries and invest it in what congress labels as troubled, they'll pay no tax on that money bringing it into the country and then probably have a trillion dollars and won't need $700 billion or money from china to bail out the banks. you will have americans that will invest in those with money
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earned overseas. you don't need tarp. and it won't be the government getting into bed with the banks. that was a great idea. but pulsen was so determined to let his enemies like lay man brothers to go bankrupt and allow his company goldman sachs to be the big dog, that he didn't want to do issacs idea and convinced enough members of the house both democrats and republicans to give him $700 billion because he needed a really big number. president trump had that similar idea, let's allow american money to come into america that's earned overseas and that will get our economy going because americans will bring this money in and it will be great for the economy. that's what we need to get the economy going. well, little did we know that
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years before candidate donald trump had the idea of bringing in american-earned money in foreign countries to america. yet hillary clinton with the idea of selling off our national security to get mega millions to go to the clinton foundation, her and her husband's bank account, to get the economy going in america. wow. that was a debate idea, wasn't it? we sell off some of our national security to bring in foreign money specifically, russian money to get our economy going. . the coverup that mueller and rosenseen it did of the original investigation into russia's efforts to correctly buy american uranium and corner the market, that would continue to
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be covered up. wow, what a great deal. even though hillary clinton did not win the election, donald trump did. and they got donald trump's attorney general to recuse himself to that rosenstein, a guy that participated in covering up the original f.b.i. investigation, could appoint someone else who helped cover up that original uranium investigation with the russians, and make him special counsel so that not only would he make a lot of money and get to work with lots of people he liked that hated trump and loved hillary, but he could also cover up the prior coverup, even though hillary didn't get elected. amazing. the kind of stuff that's coming out now. the work that john solomon and "the hill" have done, been extraordinary. got an article from october 25,
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that the f.b.i. informant in the obama-era russian nuclear bribery was cleared to testify before congress. that is great news. despite mueller and rosenstein's efforts to keep their prior russian investigation that he had covered up -- that they covered up so the russia uranium deal could go through. wow, we may actually get to find out about that now that the f.b.i. informant has been cleared under the current justice department, under jeff sessions. we'll get to find out more about that russia effort to corner the market using u.s. uranium. an article from fox news, gag order lifted, d.o.j. says informant can speak to congress on uranium one. russia bribery case. with clinton links.
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and then i was glad to see, a friend down the hall, grassley, senator there from iowa, he's calling for special counsel in the ewe reinum one scandal -- ewe ray -- uranium one scandal. of course that's appropriate. fox news article that clinton is mum on fusion g.p.s. scandal, as the democrats' does anyway e ials poss up -- os -- dosi denials pile up. now there are indications the democratic national committee ay have actually paid for this figure -- fictitious dosier that could be used to get warrants to investigate political opponents n a presidential race. this is incredible. absolutely incredible. even going back to tamny hall.
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as far as i can recall they dn't have an f.b.i. director and an attorney general or a deputy attorney general that had helped cover up a prior investigation so that their friends could make millions of dollars. let's see. there's an article from "the new ork times", joe becker and don van netta jr., this goes back january 31 of 2018. -- 2008. indicating that late september 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the canadian mining touched down in a regularly picturesque city in southeast kazakhstan.
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several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited. highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. the financier was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them. unlike more established competitors, the financier, i'll just say mr. g, was a newcomber to uranium mining in cazz tack stan. former soviet reason -- kazakhstan, former soviet republic. but what his fledgling company lacked for in experience it made up in connections. accompanying mr. g on his luxuriously appointed md-87 jet that day was a former president of the united states, bill clinton. upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a midnight bank wet with kazakhstan's president
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whose 19-year-old stranglehold on the country had all but quashed political dissent. another man walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after mr. clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the kazakh leader's bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. mr. clinton's public declaration undercut both american foreign policy and sharp criticism of kazakhstan's poor human rights record by, among others, mr. clinton's wife, senator hillary rodham clinton of new york. within two days, corporate records show that mr. g also came up with a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements, giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by kazakhstan's state-owned uranium
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company. so, it's just incredible the deeper you get in this stuff, the more it smells. "wall street journal" article, written by holman jenkins, jr., the f.b.i.'s political meddling. interesting story. i like the way it starts. a ause it starts referencing movie, i believe. but let's give plausible accounts of the known facts, then explain why demands that robert mueller recusing himself from the russia investigation may not be the fanciful partisan grandstanding you imagine. here's a story consistent with what has been reported in the press. how reliably reported is uncertain. but democratic political opponents of donald trump financed a british former spook who spread money among contacts
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in russia, who in turn over drinks solicited stories from their supposedly connected sources in moscow. if these people were really connected in any meaningful sense, then they made sure the stories they spun were consistent with the interests of the regime. if not actually scripted by the regime. the resulting trump dossier then became a factor in obama administration decisions to launch an f.b.i. counterintelligence investigation of the trump campaign. and after the election to trump, its suspensions of trump collusions with russia. we know of a second, possibly even more consequential way the f.b.i. was effectively a vehicle for russian meddling in u.s. politics. authoritative news reports say f.b.i. chief james comey's intervention in the hillary clinton email matter was prompted by russian intelligence
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document that his colleagues suspected was a russian plant. goes on to say, ok, mr. mueller was a former close colleague and leader, but no longer part of the f.b.i. when these events occurred. this may or may not make him a questionable person to lead a russian meddling investigation in which the f.b.i.'s own actions are necessarily a concern. but now we come to the disclosures last week in the hill. here's another story as plausible as we can make it, based on credible reporting. after the cold war, in its own interest, the u.s. wanted to build bridges to the russian nuclear establishment. putin government for national or commercial purposes agreed and sought to expand its nuclear business in the u.s. purchase and consolidation of certain assets were facilitated by canadian entrepreneurs who
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gave large sums to, drum roll, the clinton foundation and perhaps arranged a bill clinton speech in moscow for $500,000. a key transaction had to be approved by hillary clinton's state department. how about that. now we learn that before and during these transactions the f.b.i. had uncovered a bribery and kickback scheme involving russia's nuclear business. and also received reports of russian officials seeking to curry favor through donations to the clinton foundation. this criminal activity was apparently not disclosed to agencies vetting the 2010 transfer of u.s. commercial nuclear assets to russia. and that's why, mr. speaker, i refer to the original f.b.i. and d.o.j. coverup involving mr.
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osenstein and mr. mueller. which was going to be able to be covered up. that's so we understand the plot here, mueller as f.b.i. director, rosenstein working as u.s. attorney or deputy u.s. attorney, whatever he was at the time, it's interesting, i hear rumors that he may have even signed on part of this ceiling document to help cover up the original -- sealing document to help cover up the original investigation it. would be interesting to see whether he did that. if it turns out he signed off to get the f.b.i. investigation documents sealed, and mueller s as f.b.i. director was charting the course to get this thing center field, covered up, wow. the guys that did the coverup are in charge of the investigation, which would allow them to cover up their prior
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coverup, which would look bad since they covered it up, to allow the hillary clinton-approved deal selling ited states security via our uranium to russia. and i didn't realize how russia -- how bad russia was until my friends across the aisle and secretary clinton, candidate clinton, feeted candidate clinton, kept talking about how -- defeated candidate clinton, kept talking about how bad russia was. they convinced me. this article says the criminal activity was apparently not disclosed to agencies vetting the 2010 transfer of u.s. commercial nuclear assets to russia. the f.b.i. made no move to break up the scheme until long after the transaction closed. only five years later, the justice department in 2015 disclosed a plea deal with the
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russian perpetrator so quietly that its significance was missed until "the hill" reported on the f.b.i. investigation last week. they almost, if not for the good work of mr. solomon, i think somebody else at "the hill," might have been missed entirely. so good work. there are some potential woodwards and burn seen its out there -- burnsteins out there, in addition to the hardworking news investigators with places like the daily caller and jish watch, conservative review and others. but the article says the agency when mr. mueller headed it, soft pedaled an investigation highly embarrassing to mrs. clinton, as well as the obama-russia reset policy. all right. then i yield back. there's more to come. i'm sure. the speaker pro tempore: under
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the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, is recognized for 30 minutes. mr. hill: i thank speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today during breast cancer awareness month to call attention to this topic that's so important throughout our nation. with one in eight u.s. women or 12% developing breast cancer over the course of their lives, too many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with this tragic disease. i lost my mother as a result of breast cancer and my friend and former district director, jill cox, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. she attributed her -- attributes her strides in recovery to early detection and self-examination. many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, underscoring the importance of how regular breast cancer screenings and
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self-examinations can save lives . no test is too early. we all must continue to work together and move forward, addressing breast cancer. and i urge my colleagues to continue their focus on this critical issue. mr. speaker i want to rise today and recognize my good friend cody heiland and his appointment as u.s. attorney for the eastern district of arkansas he graduated from the university of central arkansas and the william h. bowen school of law in little rock. he served as the prosecuting attorney for the 20th judicial district of arkansas since 2010. before beginning his career in law enforcement, cody was a partner at his own firm, a staff tern and rural communication liaison for the arkansas public service commission, and the program director for the arkansas transitional employment
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board. his experience and activism truly embody all communities need in the fight against crime. i'm proud of this leader this consummate professional, he's devoted to law and order, he'll be a great voice in reducing crime throughout central arkansas and i congratulate my riend, cody heiland. mr. speaker, i rise to congratulate arkansas advocates for children and families on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. aacf was established in 1977 bhi 10 arkansasians including our former first lady, betty bumpers. they were passionate about the status of children in our state. over the past four decades, aacf has helped families throughout arkansas to ensure that they have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy
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and productive lives. working to promote good public policy that makes kids' lives better, aacf played an integral role in the creation of our kids first and the expansion of quality pre-k for at-risk 3 and 4-year-olds. i'd like to extend my congratulations to aacf and wish it much continued success for generations to come. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the joint efforts of the city of conway, faulkner county, the faulkner county historical society and the working bridges, a nonprofit organization, that are collaborating to restore a historic bridge in faulkner county, arkansas. de depmbings esa -- the springfield desart bridge
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is one of the oldest in arkansas. it was placed on the national historic register in 1988. this bridge was originally constructed back in 1874 to facilitate travel between faulkner and conway counties in the second district. over the year the bridge faced continued operational wear and tear, three major floods and lost its flooring to a fire. the bridge was decommissioned when the road was rerouted on a new and better concrete bridge. faulkner county historical society and the city of conway worked together to establish a restoration plan for the bridge and proposed to relocate toyota beaver fort lake park. the 146-foot structure was dismantled and transported to north little rock for cleaning and refinishing. the bridge now sits at beaver fort lake part as a link between the swimming area and the
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fishing pier. i want to thank those who work sod diligently over the years to preserve this historic bridge and give it a new use for a new generation. mr. speaker, tomorrow is a certainly historic day. 159th the 150th -- anniversary of our 26th's president's birthday, theodore roosevelt, october 27, 1858. the national park service is also celebrating the birthday anniversary weekend with the 50th anniversary of the dedication to have the theodore roosevelt memorial on roosevelt island in the potomac river across from georgetown. that family friendly program will be the 29th, from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. the event will include addresses at 2:00 p.m. by president roosevelt's great grandson,
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tweed roosevelt, and other academics that talk about the amazing legacy of our 26th president, theodore roosevelt. i want to thank also the national park service for their outstanding work in restoring roosevelt island, restoring teddy roosevelt's presidential memorial that's out on the island, it's one of the best places to visit when families come to washington, d.c. on its very peaceful and tranquil island location in the potomac river. the national park service and this restoration work collaborated with the friends of theodore roosevelt island and the theodore roosevelt association. i congratulate them for their work, i congratulate them on the 50th anniversary of the roosevelt presidential memorial on the island, and of course my hat's office to teddy on his anniversary of his birth. with that, mr. speaker, i yield
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back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair would entertain a motion to adjourn. if the gentleman, mr. hill, had such a motion. mr. hill: i move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the motion to adjourn has been made. the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. there's no opposition, the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a
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