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between 59 and 61 republicans, pretty solid. on the house side -- guest: let me interrupt. right now there are 51. caller: like you say, there is only nine republicans up on the ballot. basically the remaining of the 33 are democrats. they are going to lose more -- about half. on the house side, there were be about 235, 240 >> we'll leave this conversation to go live now to the u.s. house. can you see the rest of it online at c-span.org. house members continue to work today on health care related bills. including one to expand health savings accounts and lower premium health insurance plans. both expected before 2:00 p.m. eastern today. members could also debate national flood insurance legislation. now to live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, bishop irinej, serbian orthodox diocese f eastern america, new york. the chaplain: lord god almighty, god of justice, we offer you our sincere thanksgiving and heart felt prayer for and with those whom you have graciously vested in governance of these united states of america. enable the members of the house of representatives elected by the people and for the people to
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present equitably the diverse interests of our citizens and those from the expanse of the world who reside, labor, and study here. guide those who deliberate and legislate on our collect i behalf in the spirit of unity, openness, and understanding. allow their hearts ever to be open to the resounding cry of those who earnestly pledge indwissable liberty and justice for all. may they be enlightened by your precepts and motivated in their altruistic service to our nation and its people. bless and preserve them and us, lord. this we pray in christ jesus, through the holy spirit, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his
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approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from michigan, r. bishop. mr. bishop: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, s recognized for one minute. mr. 30e: -- mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to express my appreciation to budenholzer of the serbian orthodox diocese of eastern america for coming to lead the opening prayer on this special day. 100 years ago, july 28, president wilson declared a national day of prayer for the serbian people in their fight
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during world war i. bishop irinej has a long career of service both to god and the church as well as the serbian american community. his work has taken him around the world. formally he was the district of australia, new zealand, and spent years serving the church in serbia. most of his career has been a dedicated educator, teacher at low yolea university in chicago and member of the orthodox church faculty in belgrade. perhaps he's most notable today for his work to improve the ties between the serbian diaspora and the serbian state. he plays an important role in bringing us all together with god's love. it is my honor to invite him toe share -- to share his faith with us today. thank you, bishop irinej, for that prayer. and may god bless serbia anti-united states of america. that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, with the sincere gratitude and appreciation, i have the opportunity to recognize matt blackwell, former senior legislative assistant for south carolina's second congressional district. i will always appreciate matt for his years of service on behalf of the people of south carolina. at a native of akin, south carolina, he worked on a wide variety of issues including energy, tax, financial services, transportation and infrastructure, and budget and appropriations. beginning as an intern in the office in 2013, it has been an such a work with dedicated public servant. it is with mixed feelings but great happiness that the office bids matt farewell. he will be doing amazing work as his new role as legislative trector for congressman neal
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dunn of florida. a distinguished graduate of washington lee university in lexington, virginia. i know his parents, state representative bart and paula blackwell and family members join me in recognizing his achievements. in conclusion, got bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war n terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> 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 inute. mr. pane -- mr. payne: mr. speaker, since of pilots in the united states has decreased by 30%. demand for pilots is up and the supply of trained pilots is down. throughout the aviation industry, there is a desperate need for trained aviation employees. one way we can help end the
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shortage is to create paths for minority training. african-americans are significantly underrepresented in the aviation industry. they represent only 9% of airline mechanics and service technicians. 2% of aircraft pilots and flight engineers. of air traffic controllers. creating opportunities to diversify aviation field will help the critical shortage of pilots and aviation employees. soon i'll be introducing a bill to creating opportunities to diversify aviation field establ advisory board within the f.a.a. the advisory board will engage african-american students throughout -- through aviation training, mentorship, education, and outreach programs. i urge my colleagues to join me in my effort to decrease our nation's pilot shortage by tapping into an underutilized population and create a more inclusive aviation industry.
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with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one inute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor a remarkable constituent from rochester hills, michigan, row sara meeko. she joins so many other brave women to help the war efforts during world war ii as one of the original rosy the riveters. she served her conry tri by working on b-17 bombers for a good portion of the war. last sunday she reached a milestone. born in 1910 during the william howard taft presidency, she celebrated her 108th birthday in rochester hills, alongside her two daughters, eight grandkids, 18 great grandkids, and 12 great great grandchildren. that's five generations of family. mr. speaker, i'm privileged to represent such an outstanding
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and honorable person. mr. bishop: i would like to the her a very happy 108th birthday and thank you for her outstanding service as the original rosy the riveter. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the work after committee in western new york dedicated to constructing the only monument in the nation honoring african-americans who served in the united states military during times of war. this long overdue tribute acknowledges the selfless sacrifice of our veterans, many served our nation while being tea need eebling a wall rights at home. -- equal rights at home. the monument to be located in the military park will feature 12 illuminated black pillars representing conflicts and designed to give visitors an experience that is reflective,
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educational, and inspirsational. the monument is being designed by a local young talented artist, jonathan casey. i have asked the smithsonian national museum of african-american history and culture to collaborate with local project leaders on this first in the nation african-american veterans memorial. mr. speaker, i commend the veterans, artist and new york state assemblywomen, crystal stokes, who have dedicated themselves to making this monument a reality. it is long overdue recognition of those who served proudly and courageously. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> request 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 travel michigan's seventh district in neighborhood to stores to the factory floor, there is a renewed sense of
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optimism. folks i hear from feel safer and more secure about the future. the economy is thriving thanks to pro-growth policies like tax cuts and regulatory reform. businesses are hiring and there are more job openings than job seekers. workers and families are seeing bigger paychecks and more take-home pay. it's not just our economy that's getting stronger. our military is as well. we're taking care of our troops, raising their pay, and reforming the v.a. to help our veterans. we have also taken significant steps to combat the opioid epidemic. r. walz: crack down on human trafficking, and make our community safer. is there more work to do? absolutely. our focus will trafficking, remain on helping improving people's making it easier for them to get ahead. the results so far are clear. americans are better off now. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from kentucky seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of a special man, mr. john a. poe lum bow -- polumbo, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 97. he was born in 1921. as a youth he was a boxer winning a golden glove and moved to lexington to attend the university of kentucky. during the time as a student world war ii was raging and he volunteered for the army infantry first division. following basic training he was sent to england to train for the d-day invasion. he landed on omaha beach, swimming ashore when his landing boat received a direct hit and sank. he fought across europe and received many citations for his brave service, including the world war ii victory medal bronze star. after the war, he returned to lexington, finished his
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education, married, and earned a law degree from the university of contract c he worked for years in the lumber business and as a lexington developer contributed greatly to the city. mr. barr: he was well respected in the business community and active in many civil organizations. they are true heroes as member of the greatest generation they willingly served to protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy today. i'm humbled to honor the life of an american hero, mr. john a. polumbo, before the united states congress and i extend my deepest condolences to his family during this time. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i want to thank bishop irinej today from the serbian orthodox church for offering today's prayer.
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we're at the 100th year anniversary of when president woodrow wilson raised the serbian flag in a show of support of the serbian people. that symbolic act of solidarity is remembered today, and i think it's really important. since 2006, my home state of ohio has worked closely with serbian armed forces through the ohio national guard, through the state partnership program. soldiers from the ohio national guard and the serbian defense forces have worked together on deployments and training. serbi we have also worked together to construct schools, do humanitarian missions, provide health care. on this anniversary of the u.s.-serbia cooperation, i look forward to another 100 years of friendship with serbia and ohio stands ready to lead the way. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: i rise in support of an am must brief child by majority whip steve scalise. the 93-year-old memorial honoring fallen soldiers has come under attack simply for being shaped like a cross. the fourth circuit court of appeals ruled the memorial unconstitutional because of an inherent meaning of the cross as a religious symbol. what kind of world do we live in where a monument to honor fallen soldiers of world war i, 93 years old, is being threatened because of its shape or religious meaning? what's more this is a clear violation of the establishment clause which has been litigated. it can only be described as hostility towards religion not neutrality. what's next? arlington national cemetery? the u.s. capitol? or countlets other national monuments or historic sites or traditions? the supreme court has a chance to reverse the decision.
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i urge them to set precedent that will protect america's historic monuments into perpetuity. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in june, new mexico's unemployment rate ticked down to 4.9%. this is the first time the state's unemployment rate has gone below 5% since september of 2008. and just for perspective, one year ago , in 2017, the unemployment was at 6.1%. when we passed the tax cuts and jobs bill, new mexico didn't immediately feel the results but now people are being filled with confidence, businesses are hiring, they're expanding and people are going back to work. but even a more remarkable
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development was the drive to export our oil. two counties in new mexico are driving a surplus that is causing america to extend above and beyond where saudi arabia is currently producing. we're on track to become number one. when we release the ingenuity of the american worker, american can compete with anyone. these things are happen, america is better off today because of what we've done here in congress as republicans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of the resolution we're voting on this afternoon, condemning the violence committed by the government of nicaragua against its own citizens. i met with brenda lancaster and her husband last week in my
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office. she's a constituent of mine who started an organization called z.m.i. family ministries international. they have ministries in five different country, one of those being nicaragua. brenda has received hundreds of calls and messages from people affiliated with her ministry there there -- down there confirming the violence. she has seen pictures and videos she wishes no one would ever have to see. luke 9:57 recouldn'ts a man speaking to jesus saying, i will follow you wherever you go. brenda didn't think she'd start a ministry in nicaragua, but that's where gd led her. now people who work there fear for their lifes. america has always been at the forefront of fighting human rights abuses around the world. i will continue to do everything in my power to bring awaretons this pressing issue and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek
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recognition? >> mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the participants of the 2017 teach for america capitol hill fellows program. soon many fellows will conclude their year-long placement with committees and member offices throughout the house and senate. this fellowship offers insight into legislative -- into the legislative process with a focus on professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities. i've had the pleasure of hosting paul camacho, an educator from philadelphia, pennsylvania, as part of my staff. prior to his fellowship, he fought six years in philadelphia and two years in cholula vista, california. before becoming a teacher he spent eight years in the marine corps where he traveled extensively and learned important leadership skills.
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he's been a valuable member of my team and i'm grateful for his service. i wish paul and his teamly the best as they start the next -- their next chapter. i commend all the 2017 teach for america for taking a year to immerse themselves in public policy and the work thoferingse legislative branch. i encourage my colleagues to explore what this program has to offer to their offices. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on the motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20678 the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 569 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5693, a bill to
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amend title 8 united states code to authorize the secretary of veterans affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the placement of veterans in nondepartment medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently, to establish the veterans economic opportunity and transition administration and the undersecretary for veterans' economic opportunity and transoifings the department of veterans' affairs to amend the interest rate for certain loans guaranteed under the home loan program of the dotcht veterans affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, and the gentleman from california, mr. takano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: i rise today in support
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of my bill h.r. 5693 as amended, the long-term care veterans choice act. this bill would expand long-term care opportunities for veterans by allowing the department of veterans affairs to cover the cost of a medical foster home for certain veterans. medical foster homes are private homes in which a trained caregiver provides round the clock care to a small group of individuals. medical foster homes have proven to be a popular, safe, and cost effective alternative to traditional nursing homes, particularly for veterans who prefer a more familial, less institutional care setting. however, v.a. is unable to cover the cost of care for a veterans residing in a medical foster home that is true even for veterans who v.a. would otherwise be required to pay for a more expensive nursing home. as a result, v.a. stilts the department pays more than twice as much for nursing home care
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than it otherwise would. the loverple care veterans choice act would help address an issue and in doing so ensure that veteran doctors sr. the flexibility to choose the long-term care setting that feels most comfortable for them. the bill would also create a veterans economic opportunity and transition administration to be led by an undersecretary for veterans economic opportunity and transition. investing in education and employment opportunities for our nation's veterans is one of v.a. most important but least recognized missions. today's program -- programs concerning education and employment are embedded within the veterans benefit administration which understandably devotes most of its time, attention, and resources on disability compensation related issues and backlogs that rise and fall with time. creating a new administration within the v.a. to house education and employment programs will ensure that those programs receive the focused
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leadership time and attention that they deserve. to offset the medical foster home and veterans economic opportunity and transition administration provisions of the bill, it woult also authorize a temp -- it would also authorize a temporary increase for interest rate reduction loans when refinancing homes. this bill is sponsored by congressman clay higgins of louisiana as an engaged member of the subcommittee on health, clay is a champion for his fellow veterans and i thank him for his leadership on this education. i'm also grate to feel my good friend and former senior committee member dr. brad wenstrup of ohio who has sponsored the veterans economic and transition administration provisions of this bill. as a veteran and physician he's championed veteran unemployment and education issues because he knows better than most how important it is that veterans transitioning from combat zones come home to meaningful education and employment
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opportunities. i thank him for his efforts and urge all my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: to begin, i would like to thank representative higgins for his hard work on this legislation and i support h.r. 5693 as amended. this bipartisan legislation is a forward-thinking first step toward better aligning v.a.'s long-term care options with veteran preferences. medical foster homes are a solution for veterans that may not be comfortable in a traditional institutional setting such as a nursing home, yet still need some form of daily assistance and care. these homes provide care giving services in a group setting for veterans that lack access to
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care giving services at home. by allowing v.a. to cover the cost of medical foster homes, v.a. will be able to ensure veterans are achieving the most appropriate level of care in the most appropriate setting. the care delivered at medical foster homes is less intensive, therefore, less expensive. additionally, the sense of community and the splar home-like setting can promote a veteran's physical and mental health. again, i appreciate my colleagues' hard work on this legislation and look forward to voting in fare of the bill. i congratulate the gentleman from louisiana's hard work and mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield five minutes to an active member of the v.a. committee, and one of the primary sponsors of this, army veteran and reserve police
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officer, clay higgins of louisiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. higgins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 5693, the long-term care veterans choice act. my bill would authorize the department of veterans affairs for three years to cover the cost of long-term care at medical foster homes for up to 900 veterans at a time. these veterans are otherwise eligible for nursing home care through the v.a. medical foster homes are private homes in which a caregiver provides services to a small group of individuals who are unable to live without day-to-day assistance. medical foster homes are an alternative to nursing homes for those who require care but prefer noninstitutional setting with fewer residents. for many younger veterans, in need of round the clock care, medical foster homes can provide a more age-appropriate independent setting than traditional nursing homes. the v.a. has operated this
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medical foster home initiative for nearly 20 years and currently overseas -- oversees more than 700 licensed care givers assisting nearly 1,000 veterans across 42 states. unfortunately, mr. speaker, while the v.a. will cover the cost of home-based primary care for eligible veterans living in medical foster home the v.a. does not cover the cost of medical foster home living arrangements for veterans eligible for mursing home care through the v.a. the reforms in my bill increase access to medical foster homes and represent a significant cost savings for the department of veterans' affairs. there should be no one size fits all standard for health care for veterans. veterans should be afforded flexibility to use the benefits they righteously earned in a manner that best suit theirs individual needs. which is why the v.a., american legion, and many other veteran service organizations have
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offered their support for this language. further, the bill refocuses the administrative bodies of the v.a. to better prioritize programs like the g.i. bill, vocational reha bill nation -- rehabilitation, home loan benefits and transition assistance programs that create economic opportunities for veterans. this allows existing veterans health benefits and national cemetery administration to better focus on providing health care and cemetery services. this critical refocus will improve oversight and veterans access to important services like the medical foster home program that give much-needed choice and personal dignity back to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation. mr. speaker, this bill reflects the compassion of the american citizenry in our dedication to serve the veterans who have served us. please join me in supporting our
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service men and women by voting in support of h.r. 5693, the long-term care veterans choice act. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields. reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to any good friend and member of the house committee on veterans affairs and let it also be known that prior to his coming to congress he chaired a veterans committee in the california state legislature. i yield three minutes to my good friend, the gentleman from california, mr. correa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 5693, the long-term care veterans choice act. this bipartisan legislation will expand veterans' access to medical foster homes, an alternative to nursing home care by allowing the department of veterans affairs to cover such care for up to 900 veterans
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every year. the medical foster homes program allows eligible veterans who require day-to-day assistance to live in private homes with trained care givers who provide round-the-clock care and the service needed to help these veterans with their daily tasks such as getting dressed. the program requires care givers be licensed and involved in frequent inspections by the v.a. most importantly, the medical foster care home program provides aging veterans the option to live in the private setting that may feel more like a home than a nursing institution. additionally, the amended bill creates a fourth administration within the v.a. headed by a new undersecretary to administer the education and employment benefits currently managed by the veterans benefit administration. mr. speaker, i urge passage of h.r. 5693 and i yield back the
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balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i yield two minutes to dr. wenstrup, who has been an active member of the veterans' affairs committee, chaired the subcommittee on health. i appreciate his leadership on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. wenstrup: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to support the long-term care veterans choice act. legislation that contains the text of my bill, the vet op act. it continues our effort to invest in our troops from the day they take their oath of service to when they begin their civilian careers. part of our commitment to our men and women in uniform is helping them reintegrate back into civilian life. we can ease this transition by prioritizing programs that help them find meaningful employment or education opportunities when they return home. for too long the outdated structure of the v.a. has
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allowed economic opportunity and transition programs for our veterans to fall by the wayside. h.r. 5693 will change that. with the inclusion of the vet prioritizes veterans employment and education rograms at the v.a. by utilizing existing resources to place educational employment and transition programs together in a fourth administration within the v.a. this will promote transparency and oversight while placing greater priority on opportunity-based programs within the v.a. colleagues to support h.r. 5693, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. colleagues to the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i, too, have no further speakers and prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in
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passing h.r. 5693 as amended. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. this is commonsense legislation that will allow veterans in certain circumstances to stay in a less intense nursing home facility. we hear this all the time. i don't want to go to a nursing home. this will allow veterans who have earned these benefits to reside outside there. it's much less expensive for the v.a., and it's also much veteran if they can do this. the second part of this bill which is to create the fourth administration is not bureaucracy but to focus on the education benefits and transition as veterans -- active duty military leave and enter the civilian life again. i think it's one of the most critical things we do. a seamless transition from active duty to an active job i think will help reduce veteran
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depression, suicide, dependence, and other things. that's why we wanted to do this. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5693, as amended. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. search the gentleman from tennessee yields back. the question is, will the house the d the rules and pass bill h.r. 5693, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: i move the house suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 2353. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2353, an act to
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re-authorize the carl d. perkins career and technical education act of 2006. senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson: , and the gentleman from illinois, mr. krishnamoorthi, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. thompson: , mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the senate amendment to h.r. 2353. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to support -- in support of the strengthening career and technical education for the 21st century act. i'd like to yield initially to the gentlelady, the chairwoman of the house education and work force committee. for as much time as she would consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. s. foxx: thank you, tomorrow -- mr. thompson: , i appreciate
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you yielding time and thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today has been a long time coming. so i'll be brief. the legislation we're here to send to the president's desk is a true difference maker. every one of us knows someone god has blessed with skills and talents and ideas that do not fit the mold of tra contiguousal post secondary education. -- traditional post secondary education. because of that they may not believe they have much to offer or gain by joining the work "right" hout the degree or diploma. by updating and strengthening the career and technical education law which h.r. 2353 does, we're making significant progress in changing those misguided perceptions and giving work force development the recognition and credit it deserves. we have more than six million unfilled jobs in this country due in large part to the skills gap. the squills gap is partly the
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result -- the skills gap is partly the result of an outdated approach to work force development. h.r. 2353 supports innovative learning opportunities and strong community partnerships. addressing the problem of vacant can jobs and work force development needs where they exist at the local level. i want to recognize the bipartisan effort that has gotten us here today. ongressman glen thompson and congressman roger congressman roger krishnamoorthi along with a great staff delivered a great bill for us to work on at the education and work force committee. since we marked it up, reported it in the house passed the bill last year, i have been pleased and been proud to work with ranking member bobby scott in urging senate consideration of this legislation. i thank house leaders for bringing this bill back to the floor as soon as we could after the senate passed it on monday night.
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on behalf of every member and staff person of the education and work force committee, i'm grateful this bill is before the house today and proud of all of their hard work and urge members to support this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, madam chairwoman foxx. i want to thank congressman g.t. thompson for your partnership on this legislation and chairwoman foxx and ranking member scott for your leadership. lastly i want to thank our colleagues in the senate for working hard to pass h.r. 2353 earlier this week. it has now been 12 years since congress acted to update this critical program. the bureau of labor statistics recently reported a skills gap of 6.5 million unfilled jobs. compared to this time last
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year, there are now an additional one million job openings where employers can't find applicants with the adequate skills or training to fill them. for the health of our economy, the prosperity of our workers, anti-strength of our businesses, we -- and the business, we must reverse this trend and reverse it now. our bipartisan legislation, the strengthening career and technical education for the bus ust 21st century act, implements critical reforms to ensure american technical education and training programs prepare students for high wage, in demand jobs in their communities. this legislation aligns 21st century c.t.e. programs to meet the needs of local labor markets, gives business and work force experts a seat at the table when c.t.e. curricula are crafted, and preserves robust accountability standards to protect american students. also increases
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unding to perkins c.t.e. programs to record levels, ensuring that each state across the country receives sufficient federal resources to build a dynamic, growing work force and a thriving economy. congress hasn't made substantive reforms to career and technical education since 2006. before the invention of the iphone. and long before the current technological revolution. american students, workers, and businesses are depending on us and to reform re-authorize perkins c.t.e. i urge all of my colleagues to support h.r. 2353 as amended. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker and re-authorize. mr. speaker as co-chair of the career and technical education caucus i'm happy to say this legislation, strengthening career and technical education for the 21st century act, will help us -- help move us in the right direction. this bill has been the result of a long bipartisan effort that i have been proud to lead
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with my c.t.e. caucus co-chair, mr. langevin of rhode island. now with my co-sponsor from the education and work force committee, representative krishnamoorthi. it's been more than a decade since our federal role and nation's c.t.e. programs has been modernized. much of our society has changed since then. right now there are more than 6.5 million unfilled jobs in this country and we're finally recognizing the impact of the skills gap. a study concluded by the brookings institute found that in the next decade three million workers will be needed in the infrastructure industry alone. this includes careers in transportation, housing, and telecommunications. the as a father i know there is nothing parents want more than their kids -- for their kids than a life that is better than their own. but only half of all americans today expect their children to have a brown-waiter future than they did. the strengthening career and technical education for the 21st century act aims to help
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more americans. particularly younger americans obtain the knowledge and skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and achieve a lifetime of success. a big part that have goal is ensuring policies takes meaningful he steps to face the challenges and realities facing today's students, workers, and employers. we want state and local leaders to be able to focus their time and resources on preparing students for successful careers. h.r. 2353 helps with this goal by simply filing the application process. for receiving federal funds and providing states and local leaders with the flexibility needed to tea sign c.t.e. programs that best meet the needs of their local communities. erhaps most importantly this bill makes improvements on alinement -- alignment with in demand jobs by supporting innovative learning bill makes improvements opportunities and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.
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the bill promotes work base learning. a technique that allows potential employers to give students hands-on experience. the best thing about this bill is that it is going to be a changer for american students. the second best thing about this bill is that it has enjoyed not just bipartisan cha students. support but unanimous support in both the house and the senate so far. we're here today to take the last step before sending this vitally important legislation to the president for his signature. i would be remiss to not personally take a moment to thank the many staffers who have made this bill possible, including matthew brennan and paul and mike from my office. former staffer katie, along with staffers -- education and work force staffers james, amy of ex, mandy, and the education and work force committee. health committee
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staff who worked behind the scenes to get us where we're today. this legislation is supported coalition of ealth education and business and industry organizations. a specific thank you to boeing, i.b.m., and chamber of commerce for their leadership. mr. speaker, i'm impressed -- i'm pleased to be joined by other members of the coalition and work force committee to talk about what this bill means to our constituents. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. . mr. scott: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise as a member on the committee on education and the work force in support of h.r. 2363, the strengthening c.t.e. for the 1st century act to re-authorize the perkins and career and technical education program, c.t.e. program. mr. speaker, the house-passed
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c.t.e. re-authorization in the last congress and again last year. the senate made minor changes to the bill and now we're on the verge of final passage today. in passing the bill, we will be updating the federal investment in dr. t.e. to provide increased state flexibility while ensuring greater accountability for program quality. h.r. 235 will also require a more inclusive collaboration between educational institutions, industry, employers, and community partners. today c.t.e. will not be the vocational education of the past. workers rarely hold the same job for 40 years. workers often have several jobs throughout their careers which is why modern c.t.e. programs must help ensure that students receive a foundational education which will help students switch career or academic tracks at any time. i'd like to thank the gentleman from illinois, mr. krishna moor thi this egentleman from
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pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for their bipartisan leadership and of course the chair of the committee on education and work force, dr. foxx. because of their work, the house was able to produce a comprehensive re-authorization of perkins c.t.e. which will improve program quality and services for students and support educational programming that engages all students by linking core academic content with real world work-based skill development. thank you, mr. speaker and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia yields back. the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd also like to say thank you to the ranking member for his help in leadership in getting this through the process. i'm pleased to recognize a colleague and classmate of mine from the state of tennessee, mr. phil roe, i yield one minute to the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is rk niced. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 35 --
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2353, the number one thing i hear from plers back home is they have good-paying jobs available but can't find workers who have the necessary training or soft skills. i've also heard that employers are not engaged early enough in the process and the reforms in today's bill should help address thee concerns. this bill helps address community partnerships and engages employers to help ensure employment opportunities for future generations. most importantly, by congress acting today we show our commitment to help those for whom college may not be the right fit by offering them better skills-based learning opportunities that will ultimately result in a job they can support themselves and their families. i'm also pleased to see the inclusion of provisions from the american dream accounts act which i bro deuced last week for representative moulton. this will allow community partnerships to help engage kids to plan and save for technical incation programs, a program tennessee is going this with promising results.
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with these important reforms we can help ensure the labor force of tomorrow has the skills it needs today. i urge support and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. >> i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. i thank the gentleman for yielding. as co-chair of the bipartisan career and technical education caucus i'm proud to rise in strong strong support of the senate amendment to h.l. 2353, the strengthening career and technical education in the 21st century act. this important bill is long overdue. the perkins c.t.e. act hasn't been re-authorize in over a decade. in up-- and updating it is a vital step in supporting students and businesses across the country. i'd in particular like to thank
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my c.t.e. caucus co-chair, glenn thompson of pell for his leadership on this bill and partnership in congress on this issue over the last many years. i also want to recognize my house and senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle including chairwoman foxx, ranking member scott, and congressman krishnamoorthi who have demonstrated great bipartisanship in this legislation. i would like to thank the many partners from across the country in education and the business community for their work on this bill and also the many staffers who work sod hard on this, particularly carrie from my staff, sam and others over the years. for the past 10 years i have heard the same concern from employers in rhode island, that they're unable to find skilled workers to fill open jobs in manufacturing, i.t. and other skilled trades and it's hurting their businesses and i know that other members have heard this from their businesses across the country as well.
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mr. speaker, we need to ensure our work force is equipped with the tools that they need to meet these demands in order to close the skills gap, especially skills for our young pem entering the work force. by allowing -- aligning c.t.e. programs with industry needs we'll ensure students are learning the academic, technical and other skills to succeed in growing economic sector. i'm proud that the strengthening c.t.e. for the 21st century act does just this while making every reforms i've long championed to give students valuable hands-on learning experience in supporting career counselors to guide students down appropriate academic and career paths. with these key components i'm proud to support the senate amendment to h.r. 2353 and i strongly urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this important bill. with that, mr. speaker, i i'm proud to yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, first
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of all, my thanks to mr. langevin for his longtime friendship and leadership on career and technical education. i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from minnesota, mr. lewis, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lewis: i thank mr. thompson for his leadership on this, as well as ms. foxx and the other members. the great bipartisan effort couldn't come at a better time. as our economy continues to boom, employers are struggling to find skilled workers needed to fill well-paying jobs and grow their businesses. the legislation here strengthens the perkins act to ensure students gain the necessary skills to compete in the modern economy. i am particularly freezed with the final legislation -- that the final legislation includes my provisions to encourage and expand dual enrollment opportunities putting more students on the fast track to a great career. minnesota's second district is home to some great technical colleges and dual enrollment allows high school students to
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begin working toward an in-demand, credentialed degree. i'm proud to support this bill and to close the skills gap and help our students succeed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. trish trish -- mr. krishnamoorthi: i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from minnesota for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this critically important bipartisan re-authorization of the career and technical education act. i want to especially commend chairwoman fox and ranking member scott and of course real hardworkers on this deal, mr. krishnamoorthi and mr. thompson. and all the original co-sponsors, staff and people who support this legislation. time and again when i visit with owners and managers of manufacturing facilities in my northern minnesota district i'm
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told two things. mr. nolan: first is that the employees they've hired who participated in the career and technical education act are amok among the very best they have in their employment. the second point that they make is that they need more c.t.e.-trained employees. all up and down the line from health care to construction, information technology, aviation, transportation, you name it, the list goes on. and the jobs are waiting. so this bill adds important new provision taos expand and update c.t.e. so they can be filled. it gives states more flexibility to focus on the jobs and careers in high demand in their regions. employers and communities get the tools they need to develop stronger partnerships and to engage students and grow our local economies. and students get the tools that they need to compete and succeed in 21st century jobs and economy. that's what this is all about.
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mr. speaker, it's ability more good-paying jobs, it's about great opportunities for students to learn valuable skills and develop more dynamic growth for an economy in need of the best, most skilled workers that america can provide. i urge all of my colleagues to support this critical and important legislation. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois continues to reserve. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. it's very refreshing here on a historic day in congress when we're working together to do something big and i'm proud to be part of it. during my time in congress i've spoken to numerous groups of young students. one question i always ask, why are you getting an education? mr. allen: students typically respond with a wide variety of
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reason bus the answer is to prepare far job. to build a successful career. to live the american dream. and oftentimes a four-year degree isn't the right fit. you know, work is a god-given right and i believe that young people today have the greatest opportunity to live the american dream than any time in my lifetime. i'm proud to say i helped create legislation that prioritizes these in-demand jobs skills and education. h.r. 2353, the strengthening career and technical education for the 1st century act does a lot of great things but as a small business owner i made sure during the drafting process that this legislation would bring the gap between the business and education community by finally bringing business leaders to the table to create c.t.e. programs for in-demand jobs in our hometowns. thanks to tax reform and deregulation, our economy is booming. 6.7 million jobs are open. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. thompson: i yield the gentleman an additional 30
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seconds. mr. allen: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: i'm pleased to yield to the gentlelady from california, mrs. davis, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. davis: i'm pleased our colleagues in the snath have joined the house in passing career and technical education legislation. i want to thank chairwoman foxx and ranking member scott along with our authors for your leadership in moving the house version of this bill through committee and also today we gathered experts from across the clint to participate in the committee's first work force innovation forum. we just had an opportunity to hear from these innovators from cities around the country about the importance of investments in work force development programs. they shared how federal investments can spur private investments in students, raise the public awareness very, very
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critical, these programs, and connect workers to jobs in their communities. c.t.e. provides a crucial link between the k-12 system and the work force and allows promising students to prepare for fields where high-paying jobs are available. mr. speaker, every day families across america gather around the kitchen table to discuss college and career options and we need to make sure that high need job development programs are a bigger part of that conversation. students and parents need good, current information to make these critical decisions. the flexibility of many of these programs offer our students less time in the classroom and more time in the workplace. and the hands on education model keeps people engaged while teaching necessary skills before graduation. every person deserves a quality education. and every community deserves a thriving local economy with highly skilled workers.
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i'm proud to support career and technical education and look forward to working with our community partners to implement this very important legislation. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my pleasure to yield two minutes to subcommittee chairman of the education and work force committee for the health committee, congressman walberg from michigan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. walberg: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2353, the strengthening career and technical education act for the 21st century. i also thank my colleagues and sponsors of this legislation, representative thompson from pennsylvania and my good friend from illinois representative krishnamoorthi. as i met with students, teachers and employers in my district,
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i've consistently heard the need to expand c.t.e. opportunities and invest in the skilled work force. in today's economy we need to celebrate the fact that not everyone follows the same path. while many students pursue four-year degrees, many others know their sweet spots lie somewhere else. career and technical education provides students with hands on experience that can lead to a good-paying job and a rewarding career. i'm also pleased this bipartisan legislation includes my provisions to address unnecessary and due publictive licensing requirements. that act as a barrier for workers trying to get their foot in the door. i commend my colleagues on the education and the work force committee for making it a priority to modernize and strengthen c.t.e. programs. coming from a manufacturing hub like michigan, this bill will
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make a big difference for the hardworking men and women of our state. let's pass it today and help every american pursue their personal paths to the american dream. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. courtney, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized for two minutes. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today as a member of the education and work force committee in strong support of the strengthening career and technical education for the 21st century act. this bill will re-authorize the perkins career and technical education act for the first time since 2006. congratulations to chairwoman foxx, ranking member scott, congressman thompson, and congressman krishnamoorthi for their hard work getting this measure through both chambers for the first time in 12 years. this bill is about preparing secondary and postsecondary udents for the academic,
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employable skills during a critical time for our economy. according to the national association of manufacturers, there will be more than 3.5 million open manufacturing jobs through 2025, and unless we can better prepare that future work force, two million of these jobs will go unfilled. this re-authorization will incentivize technical schools to boost performance by providing schools with more flexibility that will allow schools to use federal grant money to align casework with the training work force needs in their region. in eastern connecticut and rhode island, as we ramp up submarine production that will require you 14,000 new workers ver the next eight years, an updated perkins law will help the submarine suppliers for years to come. my district is home to four technical high schools. in may, i had the opportunity to see firsthand the impressive programs offered to the 600-plus students from 20 towns
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in the region. in addition to the programming at the school, ellis partners with local community colleges to offer juniors and seniors with the opportunity to receive college credits and reduce the cost of higher education. this bill will take programs like ellis to a higher and better place just in the nick of time for our economy. i strongly urge my colleagues to support final passage of this important measure, to build a stronger american work force, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, at this point i'm very pleased to yield to another of our subcommittee chairman in the house education and work force committee, the chairman of the work force protection subcommittee, the gentleman from alabama, i yield two minutes, mr. byrnes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for two minutes. byrnes byrnes thank you, -- mr. byrne: thank you, mr. speaker. we have a skills crisis in our country. we actually have more job openings than we have
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unemployed americans. this is keeping our economy from reaching full potential. so how do we solve this problem? well, a big way is to expand career and technical education programs. as the demand of the work force continues to change and become more complex, these programs are critical, critical to building the work force of the 21st century. i've seen these programs firsthand back in alabama. in our high schools and i was the chancellor of postsecondary education and saw it work in our two-year colleges. economy it the local and they make the lives of our students intrinsically better by connecting them with the skills they need to thrive. so i urge my colleagues to saw t this bill, and i the strong bipartisan support when it passed the first time. career and technical education is for everybody in america and america's house needs to stand
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up and support it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the gentlewoman from oregon, ms. bonamici, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague for yielding. as a member of the education and work force committee, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 2353, the bipartisan strengthening career and technical education act for the 21st century, a bill to support students and prepare them for the future. thank you to colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their work on this important legislation. in oregon, career and technical education classes like beaverton's aloha auto tech program and newburgh's high grad 's c.a.d. labs boost ration rates -- graduation
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rates. federal c.t.e. funding provides critical equipment that schools needs to make these hands on classes meaningful experiences for students in oregon and across the country. i am proud that this bill includes the amendment i worked on with representative stefanik, co-chair of the arts into us, to put stem c.t.e. programs. the next generation of students will be creative and innovative by fully engaging both halves of the brain through art and design. i want to again thank my colleagues and especially ranking member scott and chairwoman foxx for their leadership on this issue. we've been waiting for a long time for this bipartisan bill, and i'm proud to stand in strong support today. i urge all of my colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i'm w pleased to recognize the
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gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. grothman: pleased to speak on this bill. as anybody who talks to the average person knows, in this country today we have a huge labor shortage of people, people ready to do the type of jobs industry needs. i have more manufacturing jobs in my district than any congressman around the country, and the number one problem we have is we can't find people to do those jobs. we all have medical facilities around this country and, again and again, nurses or other skilled people are not available for the huge number of job openings that are out there. meanwhile, we have hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people getting four-year degrees or part of four-year degrees and not finding jobs that pay anywhere near as good as some of the jobs you can get at a technical school.
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earlier this morning i looked at a local technical school here in town who had a demonstration project on some of the robotics training they are doing and we have people who are starting at $25, $30, $35 an hour and that's before overtime. it only takes two years to get a degree. they are graduating without debt, unlike many people who have been foolishly told to go to a four-year college, are not getting a lot out of it. so i'm pleased today to vote for the career and technical education for 21st century act, which will also reduce to a degree paperwork required by the federal government. i'd also just like to say, i'd like to thank those businesses -- mr. thompson: i extend the gentleman for 30 seconds. mr. grothman: without the benefit of government education because those are sometimes frequently very good jobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin yields back.
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mr. thompson: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: mr. speaker, we reserve as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. thompson mr. speaker -- mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i'm now pleased to yield to a fellow colleague from the state of georgia, mr. ferguson, i recognize him for one minute. mr. ferguson: i rise in favor of this bill. it's been a year since this house passed the re-authorization and i'm thrilled the senate finally took action to pass the bill earlier this week. this legislation is vital to supporting career and technical education, such as apprenticeship programs all across my district. as i've spoken to folks back home i've heard time and time again from business owners the importance of training and new generation of skilled workers. many of the current employees are nearing retirement age and these business owners are
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facing an ever shrinking pool of labor. i also see students seeking more opportunities other than a four-year degree. c.t.e. programs are a solution for both of these groups, and i am proud that there are so many examples of this in the third district of georgia. in fact, today, kathy carlisle from the think academy in lagrange, georgia, testified in front of the education and work force committee. dr. carlisle shared how think has contributed to a community revitalization success story and what happens when local leaders, the business communities and innovators come together. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ferguson: this bill will continue to support these opportunities, increasing funding and giving states more flexibility to implement innovative programs. most importantly, a diverse group of members from our community from all socioeconomic backgrounds stand on the edge of success and this will help get them there. i look forward to seeing this bill pass and i urge everyone to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from georgia yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: i reserve as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. . thompson: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: i want to say thank you, again, to congressman g.t. thompson, chairwoman foxx, ranking member scott, all the members of the ed and work force committee, all the staff on ed and work force committee. point of personal privilege, sam and brian for their yeoman's work on my staff. you know, the c.t.e. bill will begin a career and technical education revolution in this country. it will allow us to equip millions of young people and those in career transition with the skills to take the jobs of the future. there are 6.7 million unfilled
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jobs that are waiting to be filled by motivated, enterprising, hardworking people who seek a middle-class lifestyle, which is the american dream. i urge strong support of this landmark legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, can i inquire how much time remains on my side of the aisle? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has five minutes remaining. mr. thompson: ok. well, mr. speaker, what we're talking about today is restoring rungs in the ladder of opportunity. this is about providing better access to more effective skills-based education for all americans. a lot of people listening sometimes think about career and technical education and appropriately they think about our kids who are trying to equip and prepare them to be successful in life, to have better lives than what we have had as parents, and we certainly are here to do that.
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this legislation does serve those kids. but this legislation serves americans at any age, at every point in their life to be able to tap back into a system to get a little bit more training, a certification, a specialization, to be able to get a promotion, to get a better job. it really is about upward mobility, mr. speaker. as we -- i would say on every school day, somewhere around this country there is a student, maybe a young lady, who is not real motivated to get out of bed to go off to school. she's someone who doesn't learn perhaps as well as others in a conventional education setting where people are lecturing and all the -- you know, just the classroom setting. and she's reluctant when she does go to school. my guess is she's probably in that classroom and many times you find her with her head down on her desk. but if you put the tools, mr. speaker, of career and technical education in her
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hands, she becomes inspired. now, that could be a welder, it could be wrenches, it could be a hammer, it could be a keyboard, it can be a paintbrush, it could be a -- the tools of agriculture. there are so many tools. you put one of those tools in her hands, she's inspired. you have lit her life on fire of what is possible. i would say this morning when we all get up and we're having our breakfast, somewhere in america, many places in america there were young families sitting around the table, maybe a husband and a wife and that have maybe young children who because of unemployment or underemployment they are wondering how they're going to pay the bills. this is a piece of legislation that serves that man and that woman. be able to get back into the work force. perhaps, mr. speaker, to get back into the work force the first time in a generation. for those folks who are living in intergenerational poverty. they have been in poverty so long that they don't even -- they don't recall what happened
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generations past that placed their family in that situation. but this is a rung on a ladder of opportunity to climb out of those circumstances. there's many places in this country, mr. speaker, today where employers are waking up faced with a difficult position . they've had a business that's been very, very successful. they've done well in life. but because -- and they've got a great product or great service, they got a great location, they got a great marketing plan, they have a great compliance plan to deal with all the regulation, but what they don't have is a qualified and trained work force and so they have two decisions to make that morning. all of it involves shuttering that business, closing it, putting plywood on the doors and walk away and enjoy what they've earned and accumulated or moving that business overseas where perhaps there's more warm bodies to be able to fill those jobs.
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this bill serves those employers as well. once again i want to thank representative krishnamoorthi as well as all the nones house education and fork force -- and work force committee. i urge all members to support this bill and i yield back mymy time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendment to the h.r. 2353. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the senate amendment is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass house resolution 981 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the
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clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 981, resolution condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation and murders committed by the government of nicaragua against its citizens. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. sires, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rhys: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: i would really like to begin by thanking our foreign affairs chairman emeritus, ileana ros-lehtinen, and i do lso want to thank my other colleagues on the committee.
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albio sires, thank you for your work on this issue --ed on this measure along with colonel cook. i think it's very timely. very important. and i think for those who -- whose family have experience of what it's like under a totalitarian system i think there's a special identification with what the victims are going through right now. as a result of the authoritarian bent right now president daniel ortai gark the same daniel ortega we remember from 1979. lost an election in i think 1990's. he's had five terms but in consolidating his power he's moved to an authoritarian approach in tightening that grip where he's now resorted to using brutal force, brutal force against the students on their campuses if they protest.
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brew that the force against the people who seek refuge in the churches, shooting up the churches. something that congressman juan vargas was talking to me about the other day. brutal force -- and in the villages against those who protest, creating a situation with hundreds and hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and i can just tell you have a constituent and friend in the district, and she is from one of those villages. and she saw me, gave me a little letter the other day about the fate of some of her neighbors who died at the hands of one of these attacks in the villages. murdered there on the streets of her small village. i think the reason that this resolution represents such a
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broad bipartisan consensus in this condemnation of ortega's regime is because of the nature of that violence and what this resolution does is support the people of nicaragua in their pursuit of freedom. nicaraguans understandably want self-determination. they want an to end corruption. they're asking for free and fair elections. the international community in particular, the organization of american states regional leaders must continue to stand with these brave students and church leaders and villagers who are being targeted and being assassinated by thugs. working on behalf, at the behest, of daniel ortega. you know, when we think about this circumstance and other
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authoritarian leaders, one of the allies of daniel or tai gas, and this is nicholas maduro , he uses the same tactics against the venezuelan people. and the people deserve better than this. and this resolution shows that this body's commitment to standing shoulder-to-should we are those without a voice, seeking freedom from those authoritarians who are becoming dictators. the administration was correct earl injury this month in sanctioning three senior nicaraguan officials for human rights abuses and corruption under the u.s. global mag nitsky act -- magnitsky act, a measure we passed out of our committee. that's something this resolution affirms. but more can be done. this resolution encourages the administration to continue to pressure ortega to stop the violence and move forward with free and fair elections.
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i urge my colleagues to support this measure. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is ecognized. >> i rise in support of this measure and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sires: i urge my colleagues to support h.res. 9 1, condemning the violence and persecution and intimidation committed by the government of nicaragua against its citizens as we know the nicaraguan people are suffering. as the ortega government continues to punish its citizens for pursuing greater democratic rights. since ortega came to power he's work hard to consolidate power in the hands of his family and party loyalists at the expense of nicaraguan citizens. the
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peaceful protests that began in april initially opposed the proposed government reform to social security. however, as ortega ordered violent crackdowns by government security forces, the demonstrations gradually became a call for a more democratic nicaragua. the catholic church has attempted numerous times to mediate dialogue between ortega and opposition group bus the ortega regime has repeatedly failed to uphold its end of the agreement. we have seen new reports every week on how ortai fwa's paramilitary takes action against sanctuaries, shooting and injuring people seeking refuge in churches a i cross the country. as the negotiations have devolved, hundreds of nicaraguan citizens are estimate to be been killed with thousands more injured. recently, international owners
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from the commission on human rights an the european union have arrived in nicaragua to begin investigating the violence. now many nicaraguans are demanding political reform and the resignation of ortega and his wife before the scheduled elections in 2021. mr. speaker, the united states cannot stand idly by and ignore the demands of the nicaraguan people while the ortegas and his confidants push the couldn't ru. that's why my colleagues, congresswoman ros-lehtinen, ranking member engel, chairman cook and i introduced this bipartisan resolution condemning the ongoing violence in nicaragua and urge the administration to impose sanctions on those who qualify under the tpwhrobal magnitsky act. i have worked with my friend, representative ros-lehtinen, to pass the act to hold the regime
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accountable for its misuse of international laws. this bill would direct the taos not support international laws in nicaragua until the government increases transparency and holds free and fair elections. pushback from the world community shows the brave nicaraguans on the ground that the world is pushing for them. it's the only way for ortega to see the writing on the wall that he has to give up his grip and provide the freedom the people are yearning for. i thank chairman royce and ranking member engel for their bipartisanship on these important issues and i urge my colleagues to support the resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is ecognized. mr. royce: i'd like to yield four minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ross let
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lehtonen, the chairman emeritus of the foreign affairs committee and author of this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman royce for his amazing leadership and also ranking member engel. they brought this important and timely resolution to the floor and i'm so grateful to have worked not only with chairman royce and ranking member engel but also with chairman cook and ranking member sires of the western hemisphere subcommittee. all of us introduced house resolution 981 and this resolution as mr. sires and mr. royce have pointed out, it condemns the persecution, it condemns the intimidation, the violence, the murders that are being committed by the government of nicaragua against its citizens by the orders, under the orders of daniel ortega. mr. speaker, 450, that is how many nicaraguans have been
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killed by ortega's regime and his thugs just since april of this year. heaven knows how many today or how many just these past days, the death toll is rising every day. and as the regime has now authorized a shoot to kill matsaya cities like and hinotega. shoot to kill, against dissidents, against protesters. and add that to the thousands injured, arrested, forced disappearances, and we're talking about a massive and severe repression by a regime that will do anything to stay in power. that is what this is all about. ortega and his wife want to stay in power at all costs. on monday, daniel ortega had the nerve, the audacity, to go on our news channel, fox news, american tv, to say that everything was under control in
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nicaragua and that it was in fact the nicaraguan people who were commit thinking acts of violence. the nicaraguan people are the ones responsible for the bloodshed. it's a desperate attempt by a desperate but dangerous fool. mr. speaker, it is a dire situation and it's getting worse by the day. that is why we need to hold ortega accountable for his evil and violent acts and put additional pressure on his regime. the administration has shown great leadership in condemning ortega and in sanctioning some of his regimes' -- some of his regime's top officials thunder eglobal magnitsky act my resolution urges the administration to do more. to target more of ortega's goons for sanctions. and to urge this very body to do more because time is of the essence. the measure before us is simple and straightforward. it rightfully identifies ortega,
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not the nicaraguan people, as the orchestrator of the violence. it urges the administration to take more action against the regime. it also demonstrate ours unwavering support for the people of nicaragua in their pursuit for democracy, in their pursuit of justice. it includes the call for early free, fair, transparent elections overseen by domestic and international observers. and this resolution also calls upon responsible nations to stand in solidarity with the people of nicaragua because their silence has been deafening. today, this body is standing up for some of the most cherished values and ideals we hold true to our hearts and we are unequivocally rejecting the ortega regime's abuses and its corruption. today we can send a strong, unified, clear message that we are watching and we are acting
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and we are supporting the aspirations of all freedom-loving nicaraguans. in my congressional district, mr. speaker, mr. chairman, if i could have an additional minute, mr. chairman. mr. royce: i mr. royce: i yield one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: i am so blessed to have so many nicaraguan americans and one is behind me, gabby, who is very proud of her nicaraguan heritage and she keeps me abreast of what's happening in nicaragua every day and my constituents tell me they're heart broken about the situation. they're heart broken because people don't seem to be paying attention, but they know that the united states congress is standing with them. and today with this vote we will stand ever so strongly with them. ortega is receiving help from
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venezuela's maduro, from castro diaz canal in cuba. they know how to kill dissidents. let's not stand with the oppressors. let's stand with the people of nicaragua. thank you, mr. chairman. and i thank the speaker for the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. sires: mr. speaker, i rise in support of this measure, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sires: in response to ortega's brutal crackdown on human rights violations, h.res. 981 condemns the violence, the rsecution, the intimidated committed by the government of nicaragua. they have murdered, detained, tortured innocent people, peacefully standing up for their rights. stories of nicaraguan
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protesters being electrocuted and waterboarded by gangs aligned with the ortega regime continues to horror the international community. while the ortegas may have interference in their affairs, let us be clear, the united states condemns the violence, the persecution, the -- midation, and murders by to the peaceful protesters by the government of nicaragua. we demand nicaragua release those wrongfully detained by the government. again, i want to thank chairman and ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, ed royce, and i want to take this opportunity to thank him for the last three years bringing such bipartisan work and i wanted to tell you that i really appreciate being in your committee and serving with you on this committee.
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thank you for your service. and i also want to talk about my good friend, eliot engel, as well as my counterpart on the western hemisphere subcommittee. chairman paul cook for their strong bipartisan leadership. i want to thank my good friend from florida, ileana ros-lehtinen, who i always worked and admired her for many, many years, for her decades of unwavering dedication to promoting democracy and human rights around the world. i support this bill. i urge all members to do the same. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, you know, i shared with this body the letter from my constituent and neighbor outlining what had village where
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she had previously -- where she had grown up and how she had lost friends at the hands of a gang allied with daniel ortega quite recently who attacked the village. nd so i just want to thank albio sires and chairman emeritus ros-lehtinen and others who worked on this resolution for bringing this bipartisan measure forward. i want to thank them for their continued leadership because the continued attacks on demonstrators in nicaragua, the shooting up of churches, the threatening of priests there, hundreds of protesters have been murdered, thousands more have been injured, this is unacceptable. and in closing, it is imperative that this body and our friends and allies across the region continue to call on
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daniel ortega to end the violence and to allow free and fair elections in nicaragua. i urge my colleagues to support this measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass -- and agree to house resolution 981, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. royce: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5535, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5535, a bill to amend the state department basic authorities act of 1956 regarding energy diplomacy and
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security within the department of state, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. sires, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include any extraneous material on the measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, as america's energy production is increased, as chairman mike mccaul, the author of the measure could tell you, our nation's influence in global energy policy has grown. so the u.s. is now the world's top producer of petroleum. it is also the top producer of natural gas for the fifth straight year, and i'll add to that, the united states has become more energy efficient and our abundance supply of
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energy resources is not only good for our economy, it is also good for our national security. it offers american allies a critical alternative to countries like russia which use their energy resources to bully their neighbors, in the case of vladimir putin, and in the case of the global oil cartel, opec, which enriches its member states at the expense of u.s. consumers. in this moment of heightened american energy leadership, it's critical that the state department have the leadership and direction needed to fulfill its statutory responsibilities governing international energy diplomacy. this bill, the energy diplomacy act, will elevate america's energy security and diplomacy priorities. it authorizes an assistant secretary for energy resources at the state department, and this assistant secretary will replace the coordinator for
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international energy affairs, demonstrating the importance of ergy issues to our foreign partners. the assistant secretary will be responsible to advance u.s. emergency interests abroad by managing our relations -- energy interests abroad by managing our relations in natural gas, in biofuels, in renewable energy, in nuclear and other energy resources. this bill also requires the state department to use diplomacy to support the development of u.s. energy resources to bolster our energy security, grow our economy, and support our allies. mr. speaker, for years the world's leading petroleum producers have been rigging the world market by cutting production to drive up gasoline prices, and this hurts families in places like our home states. it's in our interest to promote the availability of diversified energy supplies in a functioning global market for
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energy resources, technologies, and expertise, and that's exactly what this bill requires . energy policy expertise must be more deeply integrated in our foreign policy. as a major energy producing nation, it's time we elevate this issue within our diplomatic ranks, which is what this bill will do, and i thank chairman mccaul for his work on this important measure with us today. i urge support and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. sires: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5535, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sires: i'd like to thank -- excuse me -- i would like to thank congressman mccaul, chairman royce, ranking member engel for their bipartisan work n this timely issue. as has for decades, energy will play a key role in shaping united states foreign policy.
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the international landscape is changing and so are the players. global energy demand is set to rise to 30% by the year 2030. this reflects an expanding global economy, rapid industrialization, population growth, urbanization, and improved energy access among developing countries. for the united states to maintain a leading role on global -- on the global stage, the state department must be positioned to protect and promote favorable energy policies abroad. the energy diplomacy act of 2018 helps this effort by creating an assistant secretary of state for energy resources and requiring the state department to employ sufficient personnel dedicated to international energy matters. by passing this legislation, we can prepare the state department to engage in robust energy diplomacy and encourage strong international partnerships that promote our own political, economic,
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environmental and national security concerns. i urge my colleagues to support this measure, and i you reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, the chairman of the committee on homeland security and a senior member of the committee on foreign affairs. he's the author of this measure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of my legislation, the energy diplomacy act. across the globe, our friends and allies want a stable and reliable supply of american energy. america in turn must actively engage our friends and allies to provide alternative to energy from rogue regimes. like what's happening in europe. for over a decade, russia has used their natural gas pipelines flowing into eastern and central europe as a point of leverage over these countries. ukraine has been most affected with russia turning out their natural gas supply in the winter of 2008. and during the annexation of
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crimea in 2014. turning ng a knob by off the heat, they have an influence on ukraine. now they have a pipeline with germany which further threatens to expand russian influence. make no mistake, russia is a destabilizing regime that constantly exploits the vulnerabilities posed by europe's reliance on their natural gas. the united states must be involved to curb their influence. over the past decade, the united states has reduced our reliance on foreign sources of energy in order to achieve energy independence. as a result, we are now exporting energy abroad, including from my home state of texas. in fact, in 2015, i helped champion the repeal of the outdated crude oil export ban. now u.s. producers are finding new customers in both asia and europe. that is why i authored the
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energy diplomacy act. it elevates the bureau of energy resources at the state department. it replaces the international energy affairs coordinator with an assistant secretary. this secretary will carry out the department's functions on behalf of the united states. it also ensures the department is staffed with sufficient personnel for the mission. it will empower the state department to promote and advance a bold u.s. energy diplomacy policy. as energy riched a remember ars expand their malign -- the united states must project strong energy diplomacy now more than ever. it's not just russia who we are contending with. one of iran's main goals in negotiating their nuclear deal was to open up their energy markets to more foreign investment. and to expand their oil exports globally. since the u.s. departed from the jcpoa, our european allies and our strategic partners in
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india are deciding between complying with the united states' sanctions or ignoring them and buying iranian oil. we must provide reliable american energy. these two circumstances understand the need for an assistant secretary for energy to project diplomacy throughout the world. i want to thank chairman royce for his leadership and ranking member engel, who are original co-sponsors of my bill. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. sires: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sires: the united states has long recognized the global energy security and cooperation are necessary to advance our economic foreign policy and national security interests. we must seize the opportunities
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and seize the challenges we face. e must also work must work with our -- with other country, this act takes an important step toward ensuring that the constituent department has the leadership and capacity needs to advance this critical aspect of u.s. foreign policy. i urge my colleagues to support this measure and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: in closing, mr. speaker, i would like to thank my colleagues, chairman mccaul, ranking member engel, mr. sires, for crafting here bipartisan legislation to ensure that the state department has the leadership and the direction to support america's energy diplomacy priorities. i think working with our allies and partners in the private sector we can counter putin's
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repization of his energy resources and provides our allies with a stable alternative to unreliable energy suppliers whose priorities are self-enrichment and geopolitical self-interest at the expense of a functioning market. i urge passage of this bipartisan bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5535 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on
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motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. s. 1182 by the yeas and nays. h.r. 5864 by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute. the remaining electronic votes -- vote will be conducted as a five-minute vote. the unfinished business is on the vote -- is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from texas, mr. hensarling, to suspend the rules and pass s. 1182 as amended on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 1182, an act to require the secretary of the treasury to mint commemorative coins in reck noifings 100th anniversary of the mesh he -- american legion. the speaker pro tempore: the
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question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amened. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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