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. let's remember that the only objection to that legislation from the majority leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell, is that we do not really need it. there is no threat. i do not think that argument has any standing anymore, clearly. and depending on the outcome of the meeting between the deputy attorney general rosenstein and the president on thursday, we will know a lot more about whether we need it or not. host: quickly, before we take calls -- the federal government possibly could be shut down as of this week. what is the likelihood of that happening? guest: initially republican leadership was confident that was not going to happen, and they had an understanding with trump that he was not going to do that. on >> we'll take you back live now to the house floor for a series of votes. ion of house resolutio
1077 if ordered. the motion to suspend the rules and pass house resolution 5420 if ordered, and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal if orders. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 1077 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 184, house resolution 1077, resolution providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill h.r. 6157 making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019 and for other purposes providing for consideration of the resolution house resolution 1071,
recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote the values of the -- devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of united states citizens and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. 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.]
for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote please rise. eing a sufficient number risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of 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.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 230, the nays are 188. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished stpwhizz question on suspending the rules and passing h.r. 5420 as amended which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: union calendar number 758. h.r. 5420, a bill to authorize
the acquisition of land for addition to the home of franklin d. roos vement national historic site in the state of new york and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house sprowls and pass the bill as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the gentleman from washington. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a phi-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. -- this is a five-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.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 394, the nays are 15. 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, the unfinished business is agreing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it and the journal stands approved.
accompany -- a privileged report to accompany house resolution 1018. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: recourt to -- report to accompany house resolution 1018, resolution requesting the president to transfer to the house of representatives certain of ents in the possession the president with regard to tariffs with respect to china. the speaker pro tempore: sent to the calendar and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that mr. ryan of ohio, mr. cole of oklahoma, mr. messer of indiana, mr. jones of north carolina, and mr. bella of texas be removed as co-sponsors of h.r. 6774. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are order or votes are 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 pennsylvania seek are recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution h.r. 1082 providing for the condition curns by the house in the senate amendments to h.r. 302 with amendments. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolutionings. the clerk: house resolution 1082, prvide -- providing for concurrence by the house in the senate amendment to h.r. 302 with an amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members in the back of the chamber, please remove
conversation from the floor. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, and the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members in the rear of the chamber, please remove onversations from the chamber.
he house will be in order. members to my right please cease onversations on the floor. without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. this will be one of the last transportation and infrastructure bills this house will consider this congress. and the last during my chairmanship. i'm extremely proud to bring a bill to the floor that has bipartisan and bicameral support today. h.r. 302 includes the f.a.a. re-authorization act, the kiss as ter recovery reform a., the national transportation safety board re-authorization act, and other priorities for multiple
house committees. the f.a.a. re-authorization act is a -- provides for five years of critical stability for aviation programs and infrastructure. this is the first time since 1982 that we will be passing a five-year bill. again, as i said, brings the stability and certainty to the aviation industry that it needs to produce and perform the way it needs to. this bill cuts red tape and certification process which means our manufacturers of avionics and aviation air frames will be able to move forward faster, bringing those products to market faster, quicker, more efficiently. it encourages american innovation, improves aviation safety, and provides long-term funding to the airport improvement program which for many members, small and medium-sized airports will benefit greatry by this. this bill also includes the disaster recovery reform act. it's the largest fema reform package since 2006 post careena law. in particular, dara focuses on
predisaster legislation. building better, smarter, before disasters strike is a wise use of our resources this. will save lives, will save money, and it it will bend the cost curve by spending a little bit of money up front to it make sure these disasters don't have the devastating effects that hey possibly could have. as may mother used to say, it's an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. that's what this bill does. i want to thank the members of the transportation and infrastructure committee and other committees who worked on this bill. i especially want to thank chairman lobiondo and barletta, and senators thune and nelson for their hard work on this bill. i finally want to thank the staff of the transportation committee and legislative council for working tirelessly for months and late nights, often on weekends torques complete this bill. i strongly urge my colleagues to support today's legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon.
mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: turf talk quickly. i have a loft people that want to talk. i want to thank the chairman, he has done an extraordinary job here and chairman lobiondo, both retiring and we'll miss them. and i also want to thank my colleague, mr. larsen. there's many provisions that are very important. won't get to all of them here. flight attendants thanks to michael capuano of massachusetts they'll get a 10-hour rest period. the current rules sometimes only give them four or five hours a night on certain routes. that's not right. that's long overdue. we have to see whether or not we can actually meet the standard that cram ng a plane more seats in and less pitch. can we still meet the standards? we'll find out whether we can or not. and a provision later in the bill inserted by another of my
colleagues, steve cohen, will require the f.a.a., particularly if instructed by this study, to set minimum pitch, width, and length requirements for passenger seat. the droughns, we have 100 reports of drone sightings by pilots in controlled airspace being illegally operated every month. sooner or later one of those things will take down a jetliner with passengers onboard. until now congress has been prohibited -- has prohibited the f.a.a. from regulating these droughns because the model aircraft people think think they are going to be grounded. they are not going to be grounded. the f.a.a. is not going after responsible operators. you will have to register and show the end gend -- to show you understand the rules. many of these toy people, like the one who stopped firefighting in my district in august, they are breaking the law. we're going to know and be able to identify them, find them, find them, jail them, whatever necessary to stop these dangerous activities. so that's an incredibly
important part of the bill. certification reforms. manufacturers have been waiting for years. we need to maintain our lead in aerospace. we're finally getting certification reform which will make their production of new equipment, modern, state-of-the-art stuff easier. we're also going to require the f.a.a. to facilitate and defend their approvals overseas. no more chinese aviation authority black mailing our manufacturers into giving them proprietary information so they can sell their product in china. that's got to stop. and we're going to make the f.a.a. help our manufacturers over there. we're going to do some passenger rights here. as i talked about steve cohen with the seat pitch. there's also consumer protections we're going to have better identification of what's going to happen. they are going to have to postpone line with mass cancellations, what they are going to do with people. permanent prohibition of cell
phones in flight. did not, unfortunately, include a provision that chairman lobiondo, drew ferguson, and i authored to help the airline industry or defend the airline industry from following the cruise line model where all the crews are going to be foreign. and not subject to u.s. law. with flags of convenience. that's something that needs to be addressed. does not allow an increase in passenger facility charge which hasn't been updated in about 20 years. yet airports do not have sufficient bonding compass to the make the improvements we need to make the airports flow more quickly and better experience for passengers. the airlines should join me in that instead of opposing that. also has disaster recovery reform in there. we're going to do more investment in predisaster mitigation which will save
masses, with amounts of money for taxpayers. we're going to require stronger building codes as we rebuild. it also has some important things for the state of oregon that relate to earthquake early morning and mitigation regarding forest fires. and finally, we're going to take money that is being stolen from passengers. we have a big fight over passenger facility charge. yet the airlines did not raise a stink when the republican congress diverted, raised, twice, the damage security fee and diverted the money to nonpassenger security issues. which is delaying the employment of new, more efficient equipment by the t.s.a. we're going to finally end that practice it. not soon enough it. but perhaps we can amend that later. again, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the chairman of the appropriations committee, the gentleman from new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania for yielding. i rise in support of h.r. 302, hurricane florence struck north and south carolina last week leading to the loss of many lives. mr. frelinghuysen: incredible hardship for thousands of families. this chamber's thoughts are with those devastated by the storm. particularly those who lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their loved ones. my thanks to the house appropriations chairs and especially their dedicated appropriations staff for their quick action to provide this initial supplemental appropriations of $1st68 billion. included -- $1st68 billion included in this legislative package. they did the same good job on behalf of the residents of carolinas as they did for the victims of harvey, irene, and
maria. whose issues and crises we addressed last year. i yield the balance of my time and strongly support the bill in all aspects. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield to gentleman from washington state, mr. larsen, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. larsen: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the bipartisan long-term measure to re-authorize the federal aviation administration. i want to thank chairman shuster, chairman lobiondo, and ranking member defazio for all the work that they have put into this bill for nearly five years now. i'm pleased that we have come to a bipartisan and bicameral agreement to raise the bar on aviation safety, improve the experience for the traveling public, better prepare and diversify the aviation work force, increed the global competitiveness of u.s. aerospace manufacturers, and pave the way for drone operations. many reforms will have an immediate impact and benefits in washington state where i am from.
general aviation contributes and estimated $3.6 billion to our economy and supports more than 30,000 jobs a year. improving the f.a.a.'s certification process for aircraft and other aviation and aerospace products, allows u.s. manufacturers like the smaller contractors and suppliers throughout my district, to get newer and safer products to market faster. the bill certification reforms will better enable u.s. aviation manufacturers to compete globally. h.r. 302 also recognizes the importance of recruiting, training, and developing the next generation of aviation work force. the bill creates a task force to develop recommendations on encouraging young people to pursue careers in aviation maintenance, manufacturing, and engineering through apprenticeships as well as two new grant programs to support pilot education and recruitment of aviation maintenance workers. the legislation includes strong consumer protections like establishing minimum seat dimension, prohibiting airlines from involuntarily bumping passenger that is cleared the gate.
and bert address the needs of -- better address the needs of passengers with disabilities. it increases civil penalties for damaging passenger's wheelchairs or aids. it also protects the safety of our flight attendants by mandating 10 hours of rest for flight attendants. a requirement that has not been updated in two decades and long overdue. it lays the groundwork for safety and integration of drones in the national airspace like package delivery. if u.s. cannot accommodate the growing drone industry, congress has been told the innovation and economic benefits would move abroad. this will ensure the jobs stay in the united states. further the bill re-authorizes t.s.a. language particularly important to me as less than two months ago an airline employee stole an aircraft and engaged in an unauthorize r authorized flight which could have devastateling
impacts and communities in northwest washington state. to help ensure a similar incident doesn't happen again, -- this moment has been a long time in the making and proud to have worked with the members and the staff on this milestone. i'd like to give special thanks to my retiring colleagues, chairman bill shuster and chairman frank lobiondo, for the years of service, dedication, and most importantly their friendship. the long-term f.a.a. re-authorization bill is strong. it's a bipartisan effort. it willpropel the aviation industry, ensure the safety of the traveling public, and support economic growth. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster clorne proud to yield one minute to the chairman of the science committee, chairman smith. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: i thank chairman shuster for yielding me time and congratulate him on successfully advancing a five-year f.a.a. re-authorization. h.r. 302 includes the science
committee's research and development title, the flight r&d act. title 7 includes our priority that 70% of annual f.a.a. research and development funding be for safety research up from less than 60% today. it it establishes a new f.a.a. associated administrative for research and development, and it it includes the geospatial data act. another establishes a d.o.t. office of space ports and a national space ports policy report. mr. speaker, i'll appreciate the chairman's work on this bill. i strongly support it and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i'd yield at this time three minutes to the democratic whip, steny hoyer from maryland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for three minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the
gentleman for yielding, and i rise in strong support of bill shuster. i'm also supporting the bill. but i want to say thank you, bill. i want to thank you for being a person who is constructive, visionary and works across the aisle with constructive ideas. you've made a difference in this house. your father made a difference in this house, and i thank you for your service. mr. speaker, i rise in support of this bill. it includes key changes to the stafford act that i've been working on with mr. mccarthy and mr. bishop for many, many months. i advocated for the past year to permit federal disaster aid funding to be used to not only reconstruct what stood before but to build to 21st century standards. importantly, the bill puts an emphasis on predisaster mitigation. emphasis is on actions taken to lessen the impact of future
disasters. last year, natural disasters cost the nation a record $306 billion, eclipsing it's previous record of $265 billion set in 2005. if we fail to do this, if we fail to mitigate, then we will have fore sakens the lessons of hurricanes katrina, maria, irma and the devastating wildfires in the west. we save between four $4 and $8 in avoided future recovery efforts. this just makes sense. last year when i traveled with majority leader mccarthy to puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands with mr. bishop, the chairman of the committee, to see the aftermath of hurricanes marina and irma, i saw americans struggling without power, access to clean water, basic health services or shelter over their heads. the majority leader and i came away from that visit determined
to help these communities, and chairman bishop was joined with us. so i thank the committee. i want to thank mr. defazio, too, who like mr. shuster, is a constructive, positive member who wants to make a difference for our country. and my constituents thank you, peter, and the country thanks you. so i come to support a bill that was fashioned by two people who wanted to make sure we did positive things in this house. the american people can be proud of our work today, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: it's now my pleasure to yield one minute to the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lobiondo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. lobiondo: thank you, mr. chairman. this is a day we should celebrate. it's not always an opportunity we have a bipartisan, bicameral bill that does so much to help america. a lot of thank yous to go
around. you heard about the particulars of the bill. i want to thank chairman bill shuster, who's been a very good friend and put his faith and trust in allowing me to chair the aviation subcommittee six years ago. to peter defazio and rick larsen, thank you for your help. rick has been a partner with me on coast guard and aviation. and the staff doesn't get enough thank you for the time and energy and work that they put into it. to holly and navine and hunter, thank you for all you've done over the years to make this committee move forward. a very special thanks to jeff gosselin who was my legislative director for a number of years and has been a part of the major committee staff for a long time. this is really important to me. aviation and the f.a.a. has been a passion for me for all of my years in congress. i have the honor of representing the federal aviation administration's crown jewel, technical center, which is in my district. the technical center is the
heartbeat of aviation and the f.a.a. in america and it is, as i said, the crown jewel for safety and security, for keeping the nation the greatest aviation system in the world. but it's not because of the laboratories and equipment. yes, we have all that. it's the thousands men and women who work there, who put their heart and soul and enthusiasm into the dedication and making sure our aviation in he united states of america is the finest and the best. this bill will allow them to do their job for five years. mr. shuster: i yield the gentleman 15 seconds. mr. lobiondo: this has not happened since 1982. for the men and women of the tech center, for the heart and soul you put into this system, god bless for doing the job you do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield to the gentleman from illinois, a member of the committee, mr.
lipinski, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lipinski: i'd like to thank both chairman shuster and ranking member defazio for their work in crafting this compromised bill and for including my provisions in the bill. mr. defazio did an excellent job of going over the pros and cons in this bill. one provision requires the failures quantify the , including one that occurred last night. i'm hopeful this report will spur congress to take further action to ensure better passenger protections. other provisions will improve transparency and ticket sales and help develop aviation work force's next generation. this bill also wins for the traveling public, airline workers and residents around airports. for example, the bill directs the f.a.a. to be more responsive to community noise issues, including residents who live near airports such as midway in my district. finally, this bill will help our aviation system remain the
gold standard for safety, including some of the things that mr. defazio talked about with regard to drones. i want to thank chairman shuster for his work on this bill, chair of this committee for six years, and everything he's done in congress. i urge support and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield one minute to my fellow pennsylvanian, mr. barletta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. barletta: i rise in support today of h.r. 302, which includes my bill, the disaster recovery reform act. in 2017, 8% of the united states' population, that's 26.4 million americans, were affected by at least one disaster. this year we've already seen tragedy strike in our communities. for example, in july and august, pennsylvania was devastated by widespread flooding that destroyed homes and businesses and tragically cost lives. in hershey, pennsylvania, a
creek crest at over 17 feet, the second highest level since the weather service began keeping records. as we speak, the carolinas continue to recover from hurricane florence, which took the lives of over 40 americans. it is clear these reforms are needed now more than ever. i thank chairman shuster for his support and getting this bill over the finish line. i like to submit and op-ed co-wrote for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield one minute to esteemed member of the committee from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: i want to thank ranking member defazio and chairman of our committee, mr. shuster, for their excellent efforts to work out this compromise on the f.a.a. re-authorization. finding consensus with our senate counterparts.
there are four important measures in the package. thanks to senator nelson and ranking member defazio to help airports, consumers, and preserves the safety of the flying public. the seed act, three-year effort which i worked with adam kinzinger, was accepted by voice vote in the committee. we've never been forced to regulate seat sizes. representative kinzinger and i worked on this to see that the and king sizes in seats, americans have become larger, seats have become smaller, they've been more dangerous. there needs to be a study on the width and pitch of seats to make sure they are safe to be evacuating within the 90 seconds they are supposed to evacuate a plane.
fliers' rights and national consumer league also supported this. i'd like to thank all the members, the acad he my, senators blumen that you are, markey, -- blumenthal, markey, others, and i ask members to support this bill. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i yield one minute to the chairman of the highway subcommittee and great ally and someone who understands the aviation industry and the general aviation like nobody else in congress, my good friend from missouri, mr. graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized for one minute. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, as one of the only professional pilots in congress, i rise today in strong support, long-awaited f.a.a. re-authorization bill, and i was happy to work closely with the chairman, the ranking member, and the senate colleagues to reach the compromise. we're providing our aviation programs the much-needed long-term certainty they desire. i'm excited about a number of policies included in the bill that i advocated for. just quickly, i secured
language to prevent new taxes targeting consumers who rent cars at the airport. my aviation work force develop bill to encourage people to pursue careers. secured fixes on how the f.a.a. has flight experience flights and ended the fees on large viation events such as those in oshkosh. we directed the f.a.a. to restore all makes and model certificate for experimental aircraft, building an aircraft in your hangar will now be considered aeronautically use of the hangar and there are many things i can't include in my limited amount of time. as we approach key milestones in the program in 2020 and beyond, my colleagues and i on the committee will remain committed to holding the f.a.a. accountable and ensuring the goals of next gen are achieved. with that, mr. speaker, i could go on but obviously time doesn't allow and i'd yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i'd yield one minute to the gentlelady from nevada, a member of the committee, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from nevada is recognized for one minute. ms. titus: thank you. i'm proud, too, to stand with my colleagues on the t&i committee today in support of this bill which is the result of a lot of hard work over many years and includes a number of important wins for my constituents in nevada and for users of our aviation system all around the world. as chair of the house travel and tourism caucus, i'm happy to see provisions to improve our airport infrastructure, protect air travelers and support our pilots, flight attendants and aviation professionals. in addition, i'm glad the bill includes an important extension of the work being done at the nevada u.a.s. test site which will allow critical research being carried out with nasa and f.a.a. to advance low altitude air traffic management, vital to the success of the commercial drone industry. as ranking member of the economic development subcommittee, i'm also pleased to report that the bill includes a bipartisan disaster
recovery and reform act. these critical reforms will help communities become more resilient and better prepare to deal with the impacts of global climate change. with our neighbors in the carolinas reeling from the impacts of hurricane florence, our fellow citizens in puerto rico and virgin islands still rebuilding from last year's devastating hurricanes, and numerous communities in the west facing biled -- wildfires, this can't come soon enough. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. it's now my pleasure to yield one minute to the gentleman from louisiana who truly is an expert when it comes to emergency management and disaster recovery, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for one minute. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i first want to thank the chairman, ranking member, and their staff for their perseverance on this legislation. really an amazing accomplishment that i think is going to transform how we plan for, how we prepare, and how we
respond and recover to disasters. mr. speaker, we spent over $1.5 trillion responding to 220 disasters that have cost our nation over $1 billion each since 1980. we have this process in the federal government where we spend billions after a disaster rather than spending millions on the front end actually preparing for, making our communities more resilient. this bill begins to change that. a number of very important lessons learned, commonsense provisions in this legislation, and i want to highlight the duplication of section 1210 of this legislation that reverses this crazy federal policy whereby it was incentivizing people to wait to slow down recovery while costing fema more dollars in temporary housing, eliminating this process whereby loans and grants were viewed as duplicative. i want to thank the chairman and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i'd yield one minute to the gentleman from
north carolina, key appropriator on these issues, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. price: i thank my colleague and i want to rise in the wake of the devastation of hurricane florence to profoundly thank the bipartisan leadership of the transportation and infrastructure committee, of the appropriations committee, and of the house for working with north carolina's governor, with our bipartisan congressional delegation to include $1.68 billion in community development block grant disaster recovery funding to help communities in north carolina, south carolina, and across the country recover from natural disasters declared in calendar year 2018. funding is critical for restoring housing, business and infrastructure affected by hurricane florence. these funds constitute a robust down payment and i look forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to complete the job once full estimates are available. i just want to say, it is -- it
is very, very reassuring, it's heartening to the people of north carolina and south carolina to have this commitment from the congress of the united states as our long process of recovery begins. . thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i now yield 30 seconds to great friend and one of the hardest working members of the committee, the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ill any is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. davis: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, this bill includes my bill, the disaster declaration improvement act, which requires fema to place greater consideration on the severe localized impact of damage following a disaster. i fought for this critical disaster fairness legislation for years, and we finally have an opportunity to get it signed into law. enacting this language will help level the playing field, help central and southern illinois receive greater fairness when disaster happens. and thank you, chairman shuster,
ranking member defazio for working to include this provision. i urge adoption of this legislation and this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i would yield one minute to the ranking member of the homeland security committee, my friend, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, very much. i appreciate the gentleman from oregon giving me the time. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 302, a bill to make the nation's transportation system more secure. not only does h.r. 302 give needed attention to the security of air cargo, airport perimeters, and public areas of airports, as well as mass transit facilities, but for the first time since the 9/11 act, directs t.s.a. to put significant focus on bolstering surface transportation security. h.r. 302 also does two important things for t.s.a. frontline
workers. it directs t.s.a. to sit down with labor representatives to collaborate on long overdue personnel reforms and authorize t.s.a. training academy. mr. speaker, i'm pleased to say that h.r. 302 includes every house passed democratic t.s.a. bill, as well as language to right a wrong that has resulted in billions of dollars collected from the flying public for security being diverted from t.s.a. security operations. with that i thank my colleagues for their collaboration and support. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: it's my pleasure to yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from north carolina, hardworking member of the committee, mr. rouser. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for 30 seconds. >> i want to thank the chairman meteorologist and ranking member and so many others who have worked so hard on this legislation which i might add could not be more timely for the state of north carolina. mr. rouzer: i want to thank our
leadership team here in the house and so many who have worked with me in the north carolina delegation to include the disaster relief funding specific to hurricane florence. this is critical, critical first step of additional support from this body and congress as a whole. i also want to commend my colleague, senator burr, and senator tillis on the other side of the capitol for their great work. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio:00 i yield -- mr. defazio: i yield one minute to the ranking member of the small business committee, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. velazquez: i would like to take this opportunity to thank both the chairman and ranking member for the important work on this legislation. mr. speaker, a year ago hurricane maria made landfall of my hometown. the storm ravaged the island, 150 miles per hour winds damaged hundreds of thousands of homes. entire island lost power, and
thousands will not regain electricity until 10 months later. the longest blackout in the u.s. history. sadly, as this crisis unfolded, the president and administration, repeatedly claimed the federal response was going well. s evidence, they pointed to an artificially low death toll that for months suggested only 64 people have perished. we know now that the true toll is closer to 3,000 lost lives. we can never again allow an artificially low death toll to disguise how the local and federal governments failed american citizens. that is why i'm pleased this bill contains my legislation, the count act, to establish federal guidance for disaster death counts. -- death tolls
shaped public opinion and in turn they influenced how resources are allocated in response. this new bill will make sure congress and the american people have a clear picture of the severity of future catastrophes. i thank both the ranking member and the chairman for working to include my bill as a provision. i encourage my colleagues to vote yes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: it's my pleasure to yield 30 seconds to a good friend, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. guthrie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. guthrie: i want to congratulate the chairman. i want to speak on the underlying bill, the sports medicine clarity act. currently health care providers are licensed by their state. if a health care provider travels with a team, professional, college, high school, out of state, to take care of the players they are responsible for, they could be practicing outs of the scope of their licenses. for example, this april when our
kentucky wildcats go to minneapolis for the final four, the physicians notice health care people that travel with them need to be practicing within their licenses. clearly within the commerce clause for us to clarify this. it's important to do. i encourage the passage of this bill, this provision, and the overall bill. i appreciate it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: may i inquire as the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon has three minutes. the gentleman from pennsylvania has nine 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. defazio: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, it's my pleasure to yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. holding: mr. speaker, hurricane florence devastated north carolina. historic levels of rainfall has upended countless families. destroyed crops. flooding and degree strewn about unlike anything our communities have ever witnessed.
the $1.68 billion of disaster relief in this legislation is much needed first step in providing relief. i'll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to provide for those in need. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. r. shuster: i now yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. zeldin: thank you, chairman, for yielding and supporting my proposal to require the f.a.a. to readdress the herpt route and address the noise impact on affected communities, improve altitude enforcement and consider alternative routes, including an all water route over the atlantic ocean. the f.a.a. will be required to hold a public hearing on the north shore route and impacting communities and open a public comment period, both of which the f.a.a. has refused to do while renewing the route without consulting the public. i strongly urge a yes vote. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. i yield to the
gentlelady from california, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. >> i thank the ranking member and chairman. i have a brief one-minute to say. san francisco international airport is in my district. we're being hounded by noise in the middle of the night at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 notice morning. i convened a meeting with the f.a.a. they joined me at that meeting. they agreed to have a a meeting and the f.a.a. here in washington decided to renege. and this is a message to the f.a.a. ms. speier: you owe your obligation to all the people of this country. and when a member of congress seeks to have you at a meeting, you show up at a meeting. when you don't show up at a meeting, heads are going to roll. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. we have no more speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon.
well -- o: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon has 2 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman from pennsylvania has 8 3/4 minutes. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: this gives me an opportunity as i already thanked my colleagues, but i also want to thank some staff, particularly some of the staff on my side of the aisle. staff on both sides worked hard. alex, rachel, kathy, janet, luke, mike, and in rick larsen's office, alexandria. and special thanks, because they don't get thanked enough around here, the people who put together legislation that actually works and do yeoman's
work behind the scenes. leg counsel. karen, rosemary, and steven. again this is a good bill. it shows what we can do here when we drop our partisan cloaks. and work together for the good of the american people. both the flying public and the businesses that are dependent upon the aviation industry. and also the work we did in here on disaster mitigation of things that should have been on earlier. couldn't get done earlier. but in a must-pass bill like this we were able to come to consensus and this is a good day for the house of representatives. unfortunately, somewhat rare day. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i first want to thank the leader of the democrats on the
committee for his efforts and his willingness to work with me. mr. defazio has been a great partner over the last four years. i want to thank him for that. i want to also thank chairman of the -- subcommittee chairman of the aviation, mr. lobiondo, and ranking member larsen, for their hard work and efforts on this and bipartisan efforts on this bill. also want to thank chairman barletta, subcommittee of the economic and development emergency management subcommittee and ranking member titus. again working closely with those folks. and also want to mention garrett graves who is a true leader and one of the true experts not only in congress but in the united states when it comes to disaster recovery. thank him for his efforts. i also want to thank the democratic staff for your efforts in working with our staff. i know it was a lot of lay hours. thank you for your efforts you put in. and to my staff. they did an unbelievable job on a very, very complicated f.a.a.
bill. they also were negotiating the disaster relief bill. many long nights. i can't thank them enough for their hard work and intelligence and many times sort of making magic happen when we went through this. thank you. thank you for that effort. i want to put a full list of the entire committee staff into the record, but i want to mention, call out here today, aviation staff, holly, navine, hunter, cameron, hannah, and avery for their efforts on this f.a.a. bill, also joanna, pam, and tyler for their efforts on the disaster relief -- recovery and relief act. on the full committee, chris and jeff, fred, kathy, brittany, justin, for their tireless efforts. and also someone not on the staff any missouri is matt who
was the staff director. he's gone down to be the deputy administrator at f.r.a. much of the legislation we passed over the years wouldn't be possible without matt's leadership and his hard, hard work. i want to thank him for that. finally to thank the leadership and their staff for working so closely with us. to get this long-term f.a.a. bill, this disaster bill passed, i thought this would be, the f.a.a. bill would be the legislation that eluded me. last 5 1/2 years in a bipartisan way the t&i committee has enacted every -- legislation on every mode of transportation. today we're going to pass a five-year bill, which i mentioned earlier, hasn't been done since 1982. but i would be remiss if i didn't point out and show my true competitive nature of the shuster family, my father, bud surer, passed a 4 1/2-year bill. dad, if you're watching i wanted
to make sure that was in the record. being chairman has been one of the great honors of my life. and i want to thank my republican colleagues for putting their trust in me and electing me to be chairman of this committee. most importantly i want to thank the people of the ninth congressional district for putting their faith in me. i would not be chairman today if they wouldn't have supported me as strongly as they did over the years. i owe them this chairmanship. i thank them from the bottom of my heart. i want to thank my family, brother, and three sisters, two children for their love, support, and for tolerating me over the years. finally to my mother who passed away two years ago, we passed the wrda bill the day she passed away. i can remember her hearing in my ear, go to work, do your job, and i did just that. to my father, who i mentioned earlier. thank him and my mother for the love, the guidance they've given me and most importantly
the life they gave me. with that i ask all my colleagues to support h.r. 302, and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass -- agree to the resolution, 1082. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, seek recognition? mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 1077, i call up the conference report on the bill h.r. 6157, making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes, and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6157, an act making appropriations for the department of defense for the
fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 1077, the conference report is considered as read. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, and the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and . tend their remarks the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, it's my honor this afternoon to present the conference report for h.r. 6157. this conference report provides full-year funding for the department of defense, for the department of labor, health and human services, education, and related agencies. it also includes a continuing resolution through december 7, 2018, for federal government programs and agencies not
covered by the enacted appropriations legislation. congress has no greater duty than to provide for our common defense. is legislation fulfills this constitutional responsibility. the department of defense is now set to receive its full funding on time for the first time in over 10 years. providing this stability and predictability to our military leaders is a necessary and welcomed step as we rebuild our armed forces. for far too long, their dedication to duty has been weakened by declining and uncertain budgets. congress just turned that around, beginning with significant investments in last year's omnibus and continuing this year with an additional $17 billion in base funding for the department of defense. in total, the conference report our des $674.4 billion for
armed forces, consistent with levels that are authorized. this funding ensures our troops have the resources they need to defend our nation and succeed in their global missions. this includes funding to sustain ongoing overseas contingency operations and to support increased troop levels. it also ensures our war fighters have the training, readiness, and other resources needed to prepare for their missions at a pay raise of 2.6%. this conference report also replenishes our military might, investing $148 billion in new and modernized equipment and weapons platforms and $96.1 billion for research and development to improve thelet ality, effectiveness, and safety of our defense systems -- improve the lethality, effective, and safety for our
defense systems. the labor, health and human services, and the education appropriations bills provides $178 billion for programs to protect the health, education, and labor standards that all americans deserve, and funding is directed at programs that have wide national benefit. in particular, the national institutes of health, which receives a $2 billion increase to bolster its lifesaving research. notably funding to fight the opioid abuse epidemic received historic funding levels, totaling $6.6 billion. this will support treatment, prevention, research, and efforts to end this national crisis. another top priority is increased funding to keep our children safe in schools. this includes funding for mental health and other protected measures. lastly, the labor-h.h.s. bill
invests in our future, creating equal opportunity and helping students get ahead and be part of a well-trained 21st century work force. in addition to these two appropriation bills that i mentioned earlier, the conference report includes a continuing resolution for remaining areas of the federal government not covered by this or previous bills that we've already -- that have already been signed into law. this will assure that the government indeeds stays open for business. upon enactment of this legislation, congress will have provided full-year funding for 3/4 of the federal government, but there's more work to be done on the remaining appropriations bills. mr. speaker, this legislation is yet another step forward to our goal of returning to what we call regular order and fully funding the federal government for the fiscal year. it is a product of months of hard work on the parts of our conference committee, led by chairwoman kay granger and
chairman tom cole, along with ranking member peter visclosky and ranking member rosa delauro. i want to thank them, of course, and i especially want to thank my counterpart, mrs. lowey from new york, my ranking member who's worked with me through this process as well as earlier bills, and we had a friendship for well over 20 years of service jointly on the appropriations committee. yes, may i thank our senate counterparts for helping us complete this work as well. this conference report would not be on the floor today without the appropriations committee's dedicated professional and associate staff. i extend to all of them my deepest gratitude for their dedication, service, and hard work. in the front office, as we call it, nancy fox, my staff hollihand, rine annon o'keefe, tammy hughes,
rachel, jennifer, marta hernandez, parker, tom, and rking closely with the minority, chris bigalow and others. we thank you them for their professionalism and dedication. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the conference report, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. rs. lowey: mr. speaker, i join chairman frelinghuysen in strong support of this bipartisan legislation. -- defense and labor, h.h.s. and education bills, we should all be pleased we have completed our work on these bills on time. this conference report provides
ample resources for armed services and strengthens military readiness. it also upholds our commitments to our service members and their families more funding to repair department of defense schools, additional resources to assist victims of military sexual assault, and more support for military medical research. turning to the labor- h.h.s.-education division, i'm pleased that congress has resoundingly rejected president trump's budget and restored $10 billion in proposed cuts that would have hurt working families. instead, we have won increased funding for a number of important priorities. this bill boosts biomedical research at the national institutes of health, expands opioid abuse treatment and prevention programs and launches new initiatives for
maternal and child health. the bill increases funding for head start, childcare, and after school programs which working families rely. it lifts the maximum pell grant to help more students access postsecondary education, and it invests in the 21st century work force with more support for registered apprenticeships and career and technical education. finally, this bill stands up to president trump's cruel family separation policy with more transparency and oversight of child and family detention. just importantly, what this bill does not include, the unnecessary bipartisan riders that caused house democrats to oppose labor-h.h.s.-education bill in the appropriations committee, and while it's unfortunate that we have no
choice to include a continuing resolution for many important federal programs, i look forward to completing our remaining appropriation bills when congress returns in november. i appreciate the hard work of chairman frelinghuysen, chairwoman granger, chairman cole, ranking member vis loss key, ranking member -- ranking member visclosky, ranking member delauro, and our senate counterparts to get us to this point. of course, we appreciate our hardworking staff. we couldn't get this to this point without them. so i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill and sending it to the president for him to sign. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the chairwoman of the defense subcommittee on defense, ms. kay granger from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. granger: mr. speaker, i
rise to urge my colleagues to support the f.y. 2019 defense -h.h.s. appropriation. we will fulfill the most fundamental constitutional duty. since becoming chair, it's been my goal to ensure this bill reflects the needs of our defense and intelligence experts so they have the resources needed to combat the threats of today and in the future. i want to thank members of for your participation throughout this process, your input on how we can best address the needs of our military has been invaluable. this agreement includes many of your ideas and priorities by taking into account the over 6,600 requests submitted by members. with this agreement, we will be able to do something that's not been done in a decade -- provide our military with the funding they need on time so we
can rebuild our armed forces. this is an agreement we can all be very proud of. it provides secretary of defense mattis with the resources he needs to implement the new national defense strategy and restore our military. this conference agreement support for the national guard. 130 ill provides 18-c aircraft including eight for the national guard, 28 super hornets, 58 blackhawk helicopters, 60 apache helicopters, 93 f-35 joint strike fighters, 13 v-22 aircraft, 13 navy ships, including two virginia-class submarines and three la torell -- la torial combat ships, $1.3 billion for additional national guard and reserve equipment.
it also invests in the research and development needed to maintain our superiority, including investment in space, hyper sonics, space and missile defense including the israeli cooperative programs. finally this agreement support ours service members an their families by funding the largest pay raise for our troops in nine years. growing the force by fully funding the authorized increase in end strength and investing in the defense health program including critical medical research. i'd like to thank chairman frelinghuysen, this is his last defense bill and we're thankful for his leadership on our national security. i would like to thank the ranking member visclosky for being a great partner on this bill. i would also like to thank the members of the defense subcommittee as well as the staff for their many hours of work on this bill. on our majority staff, jennifer
miller, walter hern, brook haden llison deathers, millburg, sherry young and barry walker. on the minority staff, beck lee jarrett, jennifer, and chris bigalow. on my personal staff, johnny and spencer, and on mr. visclosky's staff, joe. in closing i again urge my colleagues to support this agreement and fund our national security. it is vital that we pass this agreement this week and have it signed into law. the men and women of our armed forces deserve no less. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. >> i yield four minutes to the gentleman from indiana, the ranking member of the defense subcommittee, mr. vis closely.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. visclosky: fiscal year 2019 starts october 1. it is wonderful to be here in september considering a conference report on two additional appropriation measures. i would like to commend chairman frelinghuysen, ranking member lowey for bringing a semblance of order back to the appropriations process. along with their senate couldn't parts they have managed to 1/2 gate an upset political situation that's completely stymied the process for years. when this two-bill package is signed into lew it'll be the first time in 22 years that there have been five appropriation bills enacted were the start of the fiscal year. i actually wish we had seven more bills conferenced and ready for enactment but it appears those have to be deferred until december. i hope that maturity, bipartisan
cooperation, and responsible governance will also apply to their consideration and prompt enactment. timeliness is as important as final dollar determinations. i also would like to recognize and thank the chairwoman, kay granger. she has been a joy to work with and a fine leader. she along with every member of our subcommittee and our tremendous subcommittee staff and associate staff have conducted themselves in a professional, bipartisan, collegial manner. as a result, this bill reflects the will of congress. specific to the department of defense, will be the first time in a decade that our military will not begin the fiscal year under a continuing resolution. having timely appropriations should improve and stabilize , theting at the department
services, our allies and contractors. i expect it will allow the department to better adhere to congressional direction, to spend the funding as appropriated, to increase transparency for budget exhibits, and to improve the quality and timeliness of communications to the committee as has been referenced on pages 8, 9, 10, and 21 of the house report. again, i thank my colleagues, chairwoman granger and her wonderful staff, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased o yield three minutes to the chair of the labor and appropriations subcommittee mr. cole of oklahoma. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: today marks a victory
in return to regular order on labor, health, an human services appropriations bill. i'm proud of the hard work that brought this bill to us and i want to highlight a few of the many provisions in the labor, health, and human services section of the bill that all members can be proud of. first i want to note while the defense portion of the bill is up $18 billion, the labor-h portion is only up $1 billion. no secret that our friends on the other side wanted a $5.5 billion increase, our friends in the senate's version got a $2 billion -- a $2.2 billion increase. in the end the labor-h bill allocation only increased by $1 billion. almost three quarts of the bill in front of us is dedicated to defense. the labor health and human services and education portion of the agreement boost funding for the national institutes of health by $2 billion, continuing our quest to cure diseases like alzheimer's and cancer and
unlock the secrets of genetic conditions like down syndrome. we provide increases to help our nation prepare for health emergencies an include $6. billion to fight and hopefully end the opioid abuse epidemic, including $1.1 billion of grants to states. i'm also proud to say the agreement includes $50 million for a new infectious disease rapid response reserve fund. this fund will not only save american lives, it will save money too. by banking resources now that can only be used in the event of a future infectious disease health emergency we will provide the secretary of health and human services with access to the funds to respond to a new outbreak without waiting months for congress to pass a costly supplemental bill. it also increases funding for training and education programs, including a $70 million increase for career and technical education, $60 million for trio
and gear up programs to help more student obtain solid workplace skills in a crore of their choosing. we increase aid for charter schools and provide funds for our veterans to integrate back into the work force. mr. frelinghuysen: i yield the entleman an adegreesal minute. mr. cole: we've increased programs to help people with disabilities live infeintly and to fund early intervention and education services for children with disabilities and increased school safety and health programs and increased funding for grg watt medical education to train more pry mear health caring providers. finally the bill continues the existing pro life riders, incluing the hyde and weldon amendment well, didn't give an inch on pro-life matters in this bill. i want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, familiarly chairman frelinghuysen and good friend
ranking member lowey and i want to thank my working partner and good friend rosa delauro of connecticut. and all those who worked on the possess. but i particularly want to thank the staff who made this process. susan, jennifer, justin, katherine, and karen, and laurie on the majority staff. and majority staff steven, robin -- mr. frelinghuysen spg i yield the gentleman 15 seconds. mr. cole: for their dill yens in bringing across the finish line for the first time in 22 years. i look forward to the floor passage and president's signature. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from connecticut, the distinguished ranking member of the labor-hhs subcommittee, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized.
ms. delauro: i rise in support of the conference report which includes the labor, health, and human services education appropriations bill. the labor-h funding bill for 2019 makes important investments in health, education, and in our families. it is a $1 billion increase over 2018 leaving us to deliberate $178.1 billion. especially when i view that the trump administration is pursuing the fundamental hollowing out of our federal agencies, we secured critical investments in democratic priorities that boost the middle class. first let me talk about health. this bill includes an increase of $2 billion for n.i.h. research. it also includes increases across the centers for disease control and prevention, the health resources and services administration, particularly to address health threats to pregnant women and babies. we also secured increases for
our country's youngest children and their family, including an increase of $50 million for child care and $00 million for head start, including $50 million more early head start. turning to education we want an increase for after school programs and a raise in the maximum pell grant, $100 to $6,195 to help students afford the rising cost of a college degree. the bill also eliminates two long-standing riders, they had prohibited school districts from using education funding for transportation to address segregated schools. from health to child care to education, we achieved several great wins for the american people. importantly, the bill before us maintains a bipartisan amendment that house democrats introduced to condemn the administration's policy of separating families, to demand their reunification plan and to ensure that h.h.s. upholds the highest standards of
care for children in our custody. i am proud of what we included. i'm also proud of what we kept out. we held the line and kept out harmful ideological riders that would have sabotaged the affordable care act, jeever turned the florida settlement to allow the administration to keep kids in cages indefinitely. all that being said the bill is not perfect. for example, i am disapoint wed missed an opportunity to say once and for all that the author os they have every student succeeds act never intended for federal dollars to arm teachers which as i understand is current law. and i believe the labor-hhs bill continues to be shortchanged based on the overall increase of $18 billion for nondefense discretionary spending this bill should be receiving an increase of $5.5 billion. nevertheless, on the whole, this bipartisan, bicameral compromise is a positive result that help prossvide the american people a
better chance at a better life and i urge my colleagues to support it. i also take this opportunity to say thank you to my working partner and good friend, chairman cole. i also want to say thank you to the ranking member of the full appropriations committee, my colleague, congresswoman nita lowey and to the chairman of the appropriations committee, rodney frelinghuysen, and i thank him for he great work on this effort and we know you will not be joining us again next year so thank you for helping us get this across the finish line. to the democratic staff, robin, to my staff, leticia, elizabeth, kaitlyn, will, chris, to the majority staff, susan, jennifer, justin, katherine, karen, laurie. mr. speaker, our names appear on the doors of the congressional offices but it is the labor every single day of these
outstanding staff people that help us put these bills together on behalf of the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the chairman of the state foreign operations subcommittee, mr. rogers of kentucky, my predecessor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. rogers: i want to add my appreciation and thanks to this -- to the chairman and ranking members that you just heard from for this momentous agreement before us today. i'd like to especially commend our big chairman, frelinghuysen, for the work he has done on this bill but more importantly the work he's done throughout his career in this body. mr. frelinghuysen, you're a great friend a great member of this body a great leader. and you will be missed. once again, we're demonstrating that the appropriations
committee can and will do everything in our power to get the job done. i especially appreciate the committee's continued commitment to address the addiction crisis. this bill maintains a comprehensive focus on prevention, treatment, and education. following the holistic model of operation unite in my congressional district and it provoids a record $6.6 billion toward those programs. you have heard me talk about the devastation brought by opioid abuse touching so many lives in the country over the last 20 years. chairman cole has been a truly incredible leader and partner in combatting this epidemic and i'm confident that this bill will bring substantial relief to our communities in need. i would like