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right to say what they felt. he went after our journalists, jim acosta, abby phillips, many women. all in less than two years. ow you, the american people, and i say you, because in many elections across the country, certain sectors of the electorate decided to continue to support people that were openly segregationists, people openly in support of guns, people that were openly xenophobes and women showed up and tyingly black women showed up at the polls. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national
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cable satellite corp. 2018] >> all of this available at the u.s. house gaffling back in for work. -- gaveling back in for work. di rules, i call up house resolution 1142 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the consideration. the clerk: house resolution 1142, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider the bill h.r. 6784 to provide for removal of the gray wolf in the contiguous 48 states from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife published under the endangered species. all points of order under consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered on any amendment thereto to final passage combept one, one hour of debate equally
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divided controlled by the chair and ranking minority member. two, one motion to recommit. section two, on any legislative day during the period from november 19, 2018 through november 26, 2018, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved. and b, the chair may at any time declaring the house aunderto meet at a date and time within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution to be announced by the chair and declaring the adjournment. section 3, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule one. section 4, the provisions of section 7 of the war powers resolution 50 u.s.c. 1546 shall not apply to house concurrent resolution 138.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for one hour. . . >> i ask members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. house resolution 114, providing for further consideration of h.r. 6784. the manage our wolves act. the rule provides for consideration of the legislation under a closed rule. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, i'm proud to have co-introduced the underlying legislation considered in this rule today, h.r. 6784, the mack our wolves act -- the manage our wolves ac. to return management of the gray wolves species to the states.
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the states are best equipped to provide more effective and accountable management that responds to the needs of the ecosystem, other species, as well as local communities. on june 13, it 2013, under the obama administration, the department of the interior and the u.s. fish and wildlife service published in the federal register a proposed rule that would have removed the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife. this determination was made after fish and wildlife evaluated the classification status of gray wolves currently listed in the contiguous united states under the endangered species act of 1973, and found, and i quote, the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the currently listed entity is not a valid species under the act, end quote.
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mr. speaker, the purpose of the endangered species act is to recover species to the point where they are no longer considered endangered or threatened. the gray wolf is currently found in nearly 50 countries around the world. and has been placed in the classification of least concern for risk of extinction by the species survival commission of the international union for conservation nature. some of my colleagues have asked, well, if fish and wildlife have proposed to de minaur list the species, why haven't they done so? -- de minaur list the species, why haven't -- de-list the species, why haven't they done so? that is a completely fair and reasonable question. unfortunately it is due to the fringe environmentalist efforts that any action from moving forward under the law has been stalled. so long as the courts are abused to prevent the proper adjudication of the law we will not see progress made. and it is because of this
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exploitation of the law that communities like those in central washington suffer the consequences. mr. speaker, in my home state, the great state of washington, the gray wolf is not listed in just the eastern third of the state. forcing the u.s. fish and wildlife and the washington department of fish and wildlife to rely on an arbitrary political boundary when delineating and managing a species. i'm sorry to share with you, mr. speaker, that as it turns out, surprisingly, wolves don't know boundaries or borders. the arbitrary nature of this current status of the law is broken. and it is impairing the ability of fish and wildlife managers on the ground to properly manage the species as well as the ecosystem, including the harm it poses on other indigenous species. mr. speaker, this is why congress as a co-equal branch
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must act. this legislation directs the u.s. department of the interior to follow through with the proposed rule and de-list the gray wolf from the list of eng dangered species. we have -- endangered species. we have a responsibility to protect the incredibly diverse species, both in washington state and across this country. these efforts to protect our wildlife species must be based on sound science, and an open, transparent process. unfortunately that is far from the case when it comes to the process dictating endangered species policies. particularly in this case of the gray wolf. for years now, washington's department of fish and wildlife has asked the federal government to de-list the gray wolf and provide relief from the burdensome, broken process dictating species management. i have received letters from the director of the washington state department of fish and wildlife, one in 2015 and one earlier this year, and would ask unanimous
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consent, mr. speaker, for them to be entered into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. newhouse: in them, the letters read, and i quote, dear congressman newhouse, the washington department of fish and wildlife appreciates your continued assistance to encourage the u.s. fish and wildlife service to complete the de-listing of the gray wolf and remove it from federal protection under the endangered species list. it continues in 2008 the first wolfpack was documented in one washington state. 22 22 known packs. during this time, the state's wolf population has increased by an average of more than 30% per year. as demonstrated with the current rate of recovery, the department is well suited to facilitate the recovery and management of wolves across the say it. under the current federal -- state. under the current federal designation and management, we cannot fully implement our plan
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in the western 2/3 of the state. to ensure ongoing success in wolf recovery, the federal listing needs to keep pace with the on the ground recovery stat -- on-the-ground recovery status and allow the state to full yimplement its management plan. therefore i -- imple -- fully implement its management plan. therefore i fully support your plan to de-list the wolves. to clorks i would like to say that as a -- close, i would like to say that as a farmer and a life-long resident of washington state, i consider myself a conservationist and a steward of our rich natural heritage, and that includes our incredible wildlife. state governments are fully qualified to responsibly manage gray wolf populations and are better able to meet the needs of local communities, of ranchers, of livestock, wildlife populations, and ecosystems. i encourage my colleagues to support the rule and the
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underlying legislation. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington yields back. the gentleman from -- the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i want to thank the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse, for the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, we are here today considering our first rule following a long district work period. during that time, we had a big national debate about the direction of our country. according to exit polling, the top issue for voters was health care. and in particular, protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions. but that's not what the bill before us addresses. nor does it involve immigration, another tough issue for voters. other strengthening the economy, or combating gun violence. all of these are what our constituents just said was important to them. but instead of doing anything on
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any of that, we're here today considering a bill to undermine endangered species protections. are you kidding me? also, get this, also last night in the rules committee, the majority placed a provision in the rule that would remove the privileged status of representative connor's war powers resolution, h.con.res. 138. this resolution states that congress never authorized the united states' support of saudi-led forces in yemen, and would direct the president of the united states end to his support. is measure is a privileged resolution under the terms of the war powers resolution. which provides that resolutions concerning the involvement of u.s. military in armed conflict have a direct path to the floor, to be debated and to be voted on. the rules provided this privileged status because such questions are among the most important that the people's house can debate.
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such privileged resolutions or a negotiated substitute have come before the house under republican and democratic majorities. yet, with this rule before us today, republicans have taken the unprecedented step of striking this privilege, preventing us from doing our constitutional duty, and foreclosuring the only available mechanism to compel an up or down vote in congress regarding our military involvement in the yemen war. as of this morning, this bill, introduced by congressman khanna, has over 80 bipartisan co-sponsors. including democratic whip hoyer and ranking member smith, lowey, engel and myself. the u.s.-saudi military campaign in yemen has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis, prompting the late saudi dissident khashoggi to call for an end to the war. published just weeks before his murder, khashoggi's "the washington post" column was
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headlined, and i quote, "saudi arabia's crown prince must restore dignity to his country by ending yemen's cruel war," end quote. it is unconscionable for republican leadership to take this unprecedented action to strip members of their right to bring such measures to the floor for debate. mr. speaker, what is the majority afraid of? we should be debating this. instead, the republican majority continues to turn a deaf ear to this and many other issues. you know, we're 11 days away from our government running out of funding. five appropriations bills have been signed into law so far. they have funded 75% of the government. but there is more work that we need to do. we should be continuing that momentum and getting the job done, keeping the lights on. not wasting time considering a bill to attack an eng day -- an endangered species. or how about re-authorizing the national flood insurance program. that expires at the end of this month. or putting a comprehensive
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re-authorization of the violence against women's act on the house floor. that is set to expire december 7. not to mention the need to re-authorize the farm bill. that expired back on october 1. our country's farmers are depending upon this congress to put into place a new bill that provides them with certainty, especially in light of the trade war the president -- that president trump has started. yet, the majority has instead prioritized a bill that completely ignores all the important issues that we face in this country. the american people have clearly had enough. they demanded a new direction and a new congress that actually addresses what they care most about, and they demanded an end to this closed process. this this rule marks the 102nd closed rule of this congress. let me repeat this, the 102nd closed rule. that is a staggering number. i'm not suggesting that every
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rule needs to be an open one or that there's never a time for a closed rule but there's never a time for more than 100 cloysed -- closed rules. there's no justification for that at all. since the election, i heard my friends on the other side of the aisle express hope that the next congress is a more accommodating one, that's ironic since the republicans have voted in lockstep for one closed rule after another after another. to them i ask, why wait? a democratic majority will certainly be better than the current one but republicans don't have to wait until january. they can demand a more open possess here today by voting against this closed rule so this is your chance to prove that your newfound calls for openness are about more than politics. vote against this record-breaking closed rule. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from washington is ecognized.
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mr. newhouse: thank you. as a representative of washington that deals with wolf issues on a daily basis i don't think it's fair for my good friend this to the minimize or ignore the issue we have in front of us today. with all due respect, the importance of managing wolves in our country is -- desebs just as much attention as many of the other issues that my good friend from massachusetts referenced. and also, as it relates to the khanna resolution, as you said, just a few short weeks, your party will assume the majority.
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they will have the opportunity, you will have the opportunity to hold hearings, the markups, take the vote the all-important regular order that you continually talk about so i'm looking forward to that but forcing this type of vote on members in the remainder of this congress in my view is unnecessary at this time. mr. speaker, at this juncture ithe like to recognize or give some time to my good friend from the state of oregon, the chairman of the energy and commerce committee, mr. greg walden. the speaker pro tempore: how much time? mr. newhouse: four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for four minutes. mr. walden: to my colleague from washington state, thank you for bringing this rule to the floor. thank you for addressing this issue. it's one of great importance in my district and in the west and i rise in strong support of the underlying bill, the manage our wolves act. we need to clarify the management of wolves in oregon and put us on a path to follow
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the locally state-written oregon wolf plan. for years, mr. speaker, ranchers across my district have watched as wolf packs have grown, they harass cattle herds and kill livestock and they are brutal. when you lose a her york -- a her you don't just lose -- a heifer you don't just lose one ow you lose 10 years' worth of cavs that will never be born or be able to be sold. those that aren't killed are harassed every day, ranchers raise and care for these animals. for the first time, when a mom is struggling to feed a new calf, the farmer nurtures them, sometimes bringing it into their own home to warm it up.
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if you're of young age, i give you fair warning, this is a graphic picture of what happens when a wolf gets ahold of a calf. the ranch -- a rancher wrote me earlier this year that three of her cavs were attacked and she described the attack -- described them as quote-unquote wild-eyed with terror after being mutilated by wolves just like this one you see here from a calf killed by wolves, rip aid part. rancher went on to write, the rub of emotions one feels then you see an animal you have nurtured that's crying for help, panic in their eyes, searching for escape. she said no one wants to see that and described it as watching your worst horror movie in slow motion. now the rancher has done a lot in this effort. they've watched as attacks continue despite their efforts to implement largely ineffective
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nonlethal control techniques they were asked to do. meanwhile at the -- the issue at the heart of this matter, there are arbitrary lines on a map that created a jurisdictional mess in my state of oregon. wolves in eastern oregon are managed by the state and right across this highway they are managed by the federal government. this legislation will ensure that all wolves in oregon are removed from the endangered species list and return criminal to the state, to allow wolves like other wildlife to be managed under collaborative oregon law. we've seen time whence the oregon fish and wildlife service has been slow to take action and implement the hard-fought afwreems of the wolf plan to help prevent predation and control the wolf pack. the state needs to step in and uphold these agreements, those are issues we can work out as oregonians. the last thing we need is the federal government trying to
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micromanage wolves from thousands of miles away. this legislation we're hopefully able to breng up will get the federal government out of the way, will simplify the jurisdiction and place all wolves in oregon under a state management plan. i strongly urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the rule and the underlying legislation and with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognize. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. the gentleman from washington state , my good friend, mr. whouse, seemed to imply it would be an inconvenience for us to have the house consider a measure on yemen and i'm a little puzzled by that. the reason why representative khanna took this step is because for months, while this terrible carnage has unfolded in yemen, nothing has -- this house has done nothing and we just learned
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that the saudi government was collectly involved in the killing of a "washington post" journalist and again, nothing. nothing at all. the republicans took the unprecedented step of base think -- of basically the railing this privileged resolution. it is unprecedented. over 100,000 yemeni children have perished because of war-triggered hunger and disease over the past two years. why is the republican leadership stripping us of the right to debate? according to the u.n., 14 million people in yemen, half the population, face an immeant and catastrophic famine not seen in 100 years if this war is not ended. why is republican leadership stripping our right to debate? i don't understand what you're afraid of. and it's not like they have a lot to do. we're going to be talking about gray wolves today and we're not voting on this until friday.
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nothing going on. i mean, certainly we should have time to debate this important humanitarian issue. mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. pocan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. pocan: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd like that thank ranking ember mcgovern and representative khanna for all they've done to end the war in yemen. congress' sole responsibility over the use of force is jut lined in the constitution. congress shall have the power to declare war. james madison argued this power is fully and exclusively invested in the legislature. yet today republicans are attempting to avoid this responsibility by slipping language into this rule which will prevent the consideration
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of this measure. they took a bill about removing gray wolves from the endangered species list in north america and included a provision prohibiting even just a discussion of war in yemen. now, there are rare arabian wolves native to yemen. about 1,000 or 2,000 roaming in the northeast. but this is a wolf in sheep's clothing. this is the deprivileging of house resolution 138 which is -- this is just another abdication of our responsibilities as members of congress. we are literally elected to make decisions about war and peace and we are failing to do the most base exfunction of our job toup hold the constitution. we should at least have the courage to make the decisions about war and about conflicts in which we are entangling our constituents who serve in the military. today, as mr. mcgovern said, yemen is the worst humanitarian cry sthoins planet with the u.n.
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saying that 14 million people, half the population of yemen, are either experiencing full-blown fam inat the risk of death by starvation as soon as the end of the year. since 2015, u.s. forces have been backing the saudi war by assisting this in and targeting logistical support and refueling deadly saudi air strikes in a war that has nothing to do with fighting al qaeda. by reasserting congress' authority over war -- >> the gentleman is recognized for an additional minute. mr. pocan: we can end active participation in a saudi-led conflict in which the saudis are imposing a blockade to literally starve millions of yemenis to death. if the u.s. is involved, the audi leaders will be forced to come to the table. the senate even took this up. 44 senators voted for the
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measure. unfortunately rather than upholding our founding value, eleadership in this house has chosen to quietly insert a measure to block the house from debating the war. i urge my colleagues to reject this cynical tactic, whether you agree or not about ending the illegal u.s.-saudi war, vote against this rule so you can i lou us to do our job and do what sole e to uphold, our power in war. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserve the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: the fact is the u.s. is no longer providing the support the khanna resolution seeks to cut off, it's based on a faulty premise. we are not involved in yemen so the war powers act should not apply. even if this resolution passed both chambers, d.o.d. would not need to amounter any of its activities. like i said again, in a few
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short week, edemocrats will assume the majority, they'll be able to hold all the hearings and markups and votes they want on this matter as it should be. so forcing this type of vote now, the remainder of this congress, in my humble opinion is simply unnecessary. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield three minutes' time to my good fend in bozeman, montana, mr. jean foretee. -- mr. gianforte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gianforte: i believe we can support multiple use olands while conserving pee cease. we've seen environmental groups use misinformation and litigation to keep species listed that have already recovers. -- recovered. in 2013, the obama administration's fishe and wildlife service evaluated the gray wolf populations across the
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united states and found the species no longer warranted po text under the endangered species act. rather than celebrating the recovery, serial litigants and extremists filed lawsuits to stop the process. montana has been fortunate. through federal legislation the wolf has been delisted in mt. since 2011. -- in montana since 2011. even without this protection the species has continued to recover to a point nearing overpopulation. while the foe tchoufs legislation isle with fs a similar issue is playing out in montana over the grizzly bear in the greater yellowstone ecosystem. last year the fwrizzly bear was delisted there. i celebrate the recovery of the species but it had recovered more than a decade ago target to scientists who spent their lives studying the grizzly. using sound science and reliable day tark they found it the ecosystem reached maximum
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carrying capacity of the grizzly bear 16 years ago but serial litigants have thwarted the delisting effort they was fish and wildlife service and this has created unnecessary stress on the bears and impacted our communities. the overmoplation of the grizzly pushes them into our community -- the overpopulation of the grizzly pushes them into our community and increases opportunities for attacks. we must address the flaws in the endangered species act to ensure species are delisted when they have recovered and prevent the law being used as a bludgeoning tool for special interest groups to block critical projects. i support h.r. 6784 and the rule that we're considering, the manage -- the manage our wolves act and i urge passage. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from washington reserves. this gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. . mr. mcgovern: while my friends
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want to dedicate the next three days to talk about gray wolves, people are being murdered every hour in yemen. the saudi-led effort even bombed a school bus filled with innocent children. so it seems to me there could be no more important time to debate in the house in ending u.s. military support for this war. i just don't know what the republican majority is afraid of. you know, privileged resolutions, i want my colleagues to understand this, by members of this house have always been allowed to be debated on this house floor. under republican and democratic majorities alike, until now, until today, and i -- you know, i don't know what the republican majority is afraid of. mr. speaker, i want to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. . . doggett: thank you n this rule, the wolves bare their fangs, not american
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wolves, but saudis who are willing to sever heads, dismember opponents and bomb the innocent. this rule is truly a wolf in wolf's clothing. by blocking a vote on whether america should continue to aid and abet saudi atrocities, this congress would remain an owe bead yant lap dog to president trump's impulses and not the watchdog for american values. saudi ruthless war in yemen has created what so many have described as the largest humanitarian disaster on our planet today. nd yet it continues. americans' support for saudi atrocities is truly a stain on our nation with which so many of our country members are not familiar. but without american spare parts, american targeting, american weapons and bombs and until recently american
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refueling, this killing could not occur. my colleague mentioned the school bus. 40 little children murdered in august, and scrawled across the bomb that was there next to that bus were words that said that meant "made in america." that's the message we're sending there. that's where american tax dollars are going. the trump administration belatedly said they would stop refueling. that's inefficient. if we were to stop saudi killing, we must stop all of the assistance that they are receiving. now, of course, there has been attention on saudi murders of late in had a different area, about one person, about the dismemberment of an american resident, legal american resident who was a leading journalist in this city.
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and after taking the standard trump approach of denying everything and saying he accepted the lies and the denials of the saudis, mr. trump dodged again by saying, quote, i'm going to leave it up to congress, and so what is this congress doing about the khashoggi atrocity? absolutely nothing. that's what should have been in this rule. it's the do something about the sanctions and disclosure, 40 of us asked this past month for the administration to brief us on what they knew before mr. khashoggi was murdered and whether they warned him about that and we have had a deafening silence in response to our request on that and on cutting off assistance to yemen. only news that even an audio of the gruesome murder of mr. khashoggi, we don't know whether it included the sound of the bone saw that the saudis apparently used to dismember
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him, but even a murder will not cause some in this leadership to stand up to president trump and this atrocious regime. o you have another 30 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30. mr. doggett: i ask to cease american sales to the saudis and to do something to hold mr. khashoggi's killers accountable. but to say wait until a much-improved new congress comes into session to do anything about it means that tonight and every day going forward to january 3, more children will be starved, will be victims of cholera, will be victims of bombings and blockades. when this congress has the power to do something about it, that we ought to exercise today by rejecting this rule. the speaker pro tempore: members -- time has expired. members are reminded to refrain in engaging in personalities
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towards the president. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: to help steer debate to the issue on the agenda that we're considering today, it's my pleasure to give two minutes to the chairman of the western caucus, the organization that stands for finding solutions to the challenges that we face not only in the western united states but all over the country, the good gentleman from the state of arizona, mr. paul gosar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for two minutes. mr. gosar: i rise to urge support for h.r. 6784. our federal wolf policy has gone rabid. from a policy standpoint we're foaming at the mouth. as chairman of the western caucus i've been trying for years to return some sanity to the way the fish and wildlife service classifies and manages our wolf populations on federal lands and otherwise. make no mistake, everyone who votes for mr. duffy's bill are big supporters of making sure wolf populations are robust and sustainable and healthy for the
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next century and more. this bill is about fixing a federal failure. wolf populations across the country have made impressive gains and recovered quite nicely despite federal involvement rather than because of it. i've seen this firsthand, whether it comes to specific listings or the way the government adapts to new situations on the ground. the federal government has been sluggish and out of touch when it comes to managing and recovering wolf populations, but the wolf has nevertheless persevered. now considered recovered by all relevant measures and metrics evaluating its status. as a consequence, this bill makes necessary adjustments. t removes the species from the endangered list as required by the statute, but requires states to manage their habitats and populations with their expertise and local knowledge. state management plans developed for wolf populations are an antidote to repeated
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federal blunders, both for this species and quite a few others. but for now we're talking about the wolf and the fact this bill will put states at ease. we need to stop jerking their chain and hand them the reins. if we do, the wolf will have the best chance of continuing to make a steady gain rangewide. i urge adoption of h.r. 6784, 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 washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. courtney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized for two minutes. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in strong opposition to this rule which will pave the way for a vote on a bill that will summaryial delist the gray wolf under the endangered species act by congressional fiat in direct controvention -- contradiction. in addition, in keeping with the sad track record of this republican-controlled congress, this is yet another closed
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rule, number 102 over the last two years, to be exact, that will prohibit consideration of any amendments. most egregious of all, however, this rule includes a totally nongermane provision that will deny debate of a separate resolution that will end u.s. participation in the saudi-led coalition's intervention in yemen's civil war. the separate resolution, the takano resolution, will be blocked from congressional consideration and debate by passage of this rule despite the humanitarian crisis and indiscriminant coalition air strikes that the u.s. has made with refueling, logistical support. this bipartisan resolution deserves debate and as a co-equal branch of government, congress should not be shirking its duty once again by allowing u.s. military forces to be used at the whim of the executive branch. sadly, this rule is another example of the complete abdication by the 115th congress of its duty to act as a check on a co-equal branch of
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government. this rule is another surrender by a weak knee majority on its way out the door to the executive branch. to quote the hollow man by t.s. elliott, this republican, 115th congress is ending not with a bang but with a whip per. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, it's my privilege to yield three minutes to the good gentleman from northern california, member of the house natural resources committee, mr. lamalfa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from northern california is recognized for three minutes. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. and to my colleague, mr. newhouse, thank you for your leadership on this bill. i do rise in support of this rule that includes consideration of the manage our rules act, introduced by my colleague from wisconsin, mr. duffy. the legislation would remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list and allow states like california to more effectively manage local populations. as the numbers of the gray wolf
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continues to explode in population to nearly 6,000 in the lower 48 states, yet the species continues to be classified as endangered for nearly 40 years now. it really makes no sense. the numbers speak for themselves. even in my district in northern california, gray wolves have re-emerged in 2015 after having been listed as extinct since 1924. not surprisingly, the re-emergence of the gray wolves have caused a number of problems for ranchers, their livestock as well as citizens in their homes with their pets and a disamation of the wildlife population. -- dismation of the wildlife population. local communities have advocated to protection but to no avail. there have been efforts to delay or outright ban all nighttime hunting in california for coyotes,est. adoption of such a plan and a ban on such would have disastrous unintended
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consequences for rural communities across my district and indeed across the west. any attempt to curtail or outright ban people and local communities from protecting themselves, their own private property from these predators should be opposed. that's why i wrote a letter to the fish and wildlife director earlier this year urging the service to delist the gray wolf, the range wide based on overwhelming support -- supporting the delisting -- excuse me. in is based on the fish and wildlife service's own five-year recommendation for relisting. management of gray wolf population you will continue to be extroomly limited unless the species is removed from the endangered species act. the fact remains, states are better equipped to responsely manage the local wolf populations to meet the needs of local communities, ranchers, lovestock as well as disamated wildlife populations. we've seen successes in states like montana, wyoming,
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michigan, wisconsin. it's pasttime we are able to add states like california and others to this list as well. we need swift passage of this bill because the endangerment and the damage being done to local ranchers, with their livestock, endangerment to their communities, people in their homes out for a walk is unnecessary and it's not right. we need these tools for local control so we don't have to understand necessarily endanger and harass rural americans with regulations that are poorly thought out and indeed ignoring fish and wildlife service' own recommendation to delist this -- service's own recommendation to delist this species. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, let me, again, remind my colleagues what the republicans are proposing here the next three days be dedicated to the gray
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wolf. not debating health care. we're not debating the economy or jobs or keeping the government running, but it's to this. and they bring it to us under a rule that is completely closed so there's no amendments that are made in order and the rule is even worse because it basically undercuts the privileged resolution introduced by mr. takano so we can dewait this horrific war going -- debate this horrific war going on in yemen. it takes my breath away at the lengths this majority goes through to basically deny members of congress the right to be able to talk about important issues. mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the author of the privileged resolution on yemen, the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. thank you, congressman mcgovern, for your moral leadership. i rise in strong opposition to this rule that will deny
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members of congress an up or down vote about whether the united states should be complicit in the war in yemen. mr. khanna: let's be very clear. this is unprecedented. in american history, never, never has the speaker of the house and the majority denied a member of congress a vote on matters of war and peace. this is basically rendering ineffectual the war powers act. the war powers act was passed in a bipartisan fashion after vietnam because our nation said never again are we going to make the mistake of vietnam. we're going to make sure if a member of congress calls for a vote that members of congress have the article 1, section 8 responsibility to vote on matters of war and peace.
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and the majority is saying if the president of the eyes and the speaker believe we should be at war, we should be at war, it doesn't matter what members of congress think. that's what they're doing with this rule. now they are arguing that we are not complicit in the hostilities of yemen to invoke the war powers act. but you read every article written on this in the international press or national press and it starts with a simple line -- the u.s.-backed saudi coalition efforts in bombing. of course we're complicit. do you think people in yemen don't think we're complicit? do you think people in the northeast or our allies don't fi -- in the middle east or our allies don't think we're complicit? but they say why not wait a few weeks until we're in the majority? special envoy griffin in every report has said that 500,000
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children will die, 500,000 children will die in a matter of months. they don't have aid. they don't have nutrition. and let's be clear on what we're doing. while we're bombing the ports, we are not allowing food and aid to get to those kids. and when history is written, they're not going to say jim mcgovern did this or ro khanna did this, they're going to say, how did congress not allow a vote when hundreds of thousands of kids were not allowed food or medicine. that's not the america i believe in. it's not the america that so many republican colleagues believe in. there's a reason that our founders gave congress the power over war and peace. because we have to go and answer to our constituents. and i'll tell you something, there's not a single american who wouldn't twheant violence to end and allow food and medicine
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to get to those kids who are going to face death if we do nothing. i plead with my republican colleagues, please vote no on this resolution. let's have a debate. let's have a debate about the starvation and the killing going on there and do the right thing for our constitution and the world. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from recognized. the gentleman from washington reserve. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i'm happen -- i'm happy to yield three recognized the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. welch: i thank the gentleman. we know what's going on in yemen. none of us can escape the responsibility we have to either endorse or ignore the suffering that's occurring there.
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thousands of victims in yemen, hundreds of thousands dying of starvation, and it's happening in some cases quickly, people living in their homes under a bomb die instantly. in other cases, the suffering is prolonged. badly injured, no medical help to ease the suffering, let alone save the life. in the case of most, it's rolonged through starvation. children. not having access to their mother's milk. not having access to aid that is in the port but is getting bombed and can't be delivered. that's happening every single day. u.n. report says of the 28 million people in yemen about 20 million are in danger of humanitarian disaster. that's happening.
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there's no dispute that it's happening. here's the question. right now, that is being done with the authority of the executive branch of the united states government. it means that that suffering that's avoidable and hardly inevitable is being done in your name and in mine. mr. khanna has brought forth a resolution that allows us to have a debate on this floor. as to whether we will condone the continuation of that policy of inflicting the loss of innocent life, women, children, citizens of yemen. this rule prohibits us from accepting responsibility as to whether we will condone or condemn or oppose that policy. we have no justification for failing to do our job. let us debate.
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this policy of saudi arabia, of inflicting massive civilian casualty and suffering, for what? what national interest of this country is at stake by allowing that to continue? and some, including me, may say this threatens our national interests because our national interest is to defend innocent life. it's not to kill innocent life. it's to stand with allies who are going to be honest and transparent with us as well as their own citizens. this blank check that our administration has given to saudi arabia for massive killing that is occurring in yemen or individual assassination that's occurring in turkey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 30. mr. welch: is wrong.
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and the question for us is, will we accept the minimal responsibility that we have in our job to have a debate an say, no more, no more will this be done in our name. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: i'm prepared to close, i would inquire of mr. mcgovern if he has further speakers. mr. mcgovern: i'm the last speaker. the speaker: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcfworn: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, undermining endangered species protections isn't a national emergency. we shouldn't be prioritizing it today. and not only is this rule a closed one, as you heard from our side over and over and over again, republicans took the unprecedented step of removing the privileged status of a resolution that would have given
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us a chance to debate the united states' support of the war in yemen. we should be voting on this. people are dying every minute in yemen. and our silence, and our inaction, means that we are complicit. you know, i've always believed that the united states stands for anything, we need to stand out loud and four square for human rights. there was a time when the issue of human rights was a bipartisan concern. but it's clear that this administration doesn't give a damn about human rights. but that doesn't mean that this institution should follow suit. human rights ought to be to be -- ought to be the centerpiece of our foreign policy. and there are innocent people being killed every single day. children who are riding to school in buses with, the buses have been bombed, these children have died, have been murdered. and all my republican friends can say, oh, you know, you can take care of that after january when you're in charge. we're just going to spend the
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next three days dedicated to the issue of gray wolves. really? there's so much real work in front of us including our most basic responsibility of funding this government and re-authorizing programs like the national flood insurance program, the violence against women act and the farm bill. i go on and on and on. education costs are skyrocketing. americans are afraid coverage for their pre-existing conditions will be ripped away by this administration and its allies in congress. because you've done it, try to do it dozens and dozens and dozens of times. hoabout doing something about that? it was interesting during the campaign , my republican colleagues were rush everytng to microphone they could find to say that they somehow supported covering pre-existing conditions. let me remind everybody, especially my republican colleague, that that was a democratic idea that you opposed. this was the worst election for republican president since
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watergate. maybe that's why republicans are trying to rewrite hist riffle here's another republicans should follow. bringing an end to the most closed congress in history. let's let some sunlight in. don't wait until january. start today by ting against this closed room. and demandction on things that our constituents actually care about. one final note again on this unprecedented move of basically denying us the right to debate this war in yemen. i mean, i agree with what mr. khanna said, history will look back on our inaction. not only on the war in yemen but our inaction dealing with the brutality of the saudi regime. i thought that when we came back that one of the first items up on the agenda would be holding the saudi government accountable. instead, we got nothing. and not only did we get nothing, you're -- you take the unprecedented step of denying a
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member of this house the right that he has under the privileges of this house to debate this issue of war. this is so wrong. it is so wrong. this is damaginto the institution. nd it shows a ka louse disregard for what is happening in yemen. with that, i urge my colleagues, democrats and republican, do the right thing andvote against this rule. i yield back my timele the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance o his time they feel gentleman from washington is recognized to close. mr. newhouse: just to provide a closing statement for the consideration of h . 6784, the manage our wolves act, you know, mr. speaker, wves were once hunted to near-extinction in the lower 48 states. the gray wolf was listed by the federal government as an endangered species in 1974. today, though, gray wolves are thriving. both in my state of washington as well as throughout the united
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states. with more than 5,000 wolves now living in the contiguous united states. according to washington state's department of fish and wildlife, the state's wolf population has grown over the past nine straight years to 22 packs that contain at least 120 wolves. mr. speaker, the gray wolf reaching recovered status truly is an endangered species act success story and we should celebrate it. mr. speaker, permanently listing species under the federal endangered species act is not how the process was ever intended to work. the process should rely on the best available science. this is a sign of progress that the species has recovered from the brink of extinction and no longer merits protection under the federal endangered species act. that is the key point here. while we seek to delist the gray
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wolf, from the federal e.s.a., we are empowering each state to manage their respective populations. washington state has a strong wolf conservation management plan that's received broad support in the state department of fish and wildlife is committed to maintaining a viable wolf pop ligs in the state of washington. wolves remain protected in the state recovery plan. but so long as an arbitrary federal line divides our state and as you heard, the state of oregon, listing the wolf on one side and not on the other, our state managers are prevented from effectively managing the population within our states. as i mentioned, wolves do not know borders. mr. speaker, states are equipped to be more responsive in account -- and accountable to the needs of local communities that be federal agencies are. and they deserve the flexibility to manage the growing gray wolf
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populations. we should celebrate the return of the iconic species like the gray wolf. but meanwhile, states must be empowered to manage populations to ensure the healthiest balance between humans, between wildlife, and ecosystems. i encourage my colleagues to support the rule and its underlying legislation. again, h.r. 6784, the manage our wolves act. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my to and and move the previous question -- of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: all time having expired, the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. resolution is agreed to and -- mr. mcgovern: yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: ok. yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are
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ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device -- pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote will be followed by a five-minute vote on the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6666 if ordered. 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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and maintainance of projectfor control. the speaker pro tempore: will pass the bill.end the les and those iy aye. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 bng ithe affirmative, the rulesare suspended and the bill is passed. a without obction, the tion toonsider is laid on the tle
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will not proceed until there is order. remove conversations from the loor of the house.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to remove myself as a co-sponsor from h.r. 5276. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered. he house will be in order. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. the house will be in order.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. please remove your conversations rom the floor. the speaker pro tempore: please remove your conversations from the floor.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. please remove your conversations from the floor. . we will not proceed until the house is in order. the gentleman may proceed.
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the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. please remove your conversations from the floor of the house. members and staff will remove their conversations from the floor of the house or we will not proceed. members and staff will remove their conversations from the
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floor of the house or we cannot proceed. the house is not in order. members and staff, please take your conversations off the floor. he house will be in order. the gentleman is recognized. mr. rothfus: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the memory of western pennsylvania native and war hero, petty officer third class walter burke mintis. hailing from pennsylvania in 1942, he enlisted in the u.s. navy and served as a radio man for torpedo squadron 51 during world war ii. this was the same torpedo quadron in which our president
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george h.w. bush served during the war. in 1944 during a mission over the pacific his aircraft came under enemy fire from the japanese and was shot down. afterward, burt and his brothers in arms were listed missing in action and later presumed dead. for nearly 74 years, the mintis family was unsure of the fate that befell their beloved family member. that changed this year. thanks to the diligent efforts of the u.s. navy, this past june burt's remains were identified. last thursday, burt's family finally welcomed their war hero home. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the house is not in order. the house will be in order. mr. rothfus: this last june the u.s. navy identified burt's remains and last thursday, burt's family finally welcomed
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their war hero home. may god grant this son of western pennsylvania eternal rest. i thank the speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair -- for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. payne: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor mrs. alberta daniels of east new jersey for her lifetime of service. mrs. daniels is like a mother to many of us in the public life from essex county, new jersey. i know she has helped me learn to be a better public servant. mrs. daniels spent 25 years at
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r.c.a. in harris, new jersey. in her late 40's, mrs. daniels started a new chapter as a senior correctionals officer. she spent 14 years in corrections working for the state of new jersey and helping open the first halfway house for women in our state. since retiring from her distinguished life in public safety and corrections, mrs. daniels has been an active community servant. and mrs. daniels keeps a busy civic schedule as well. last week, i had the honor of speaking at the ceremony to rename a street in east orange alberta evelyn daniels court. it was well deserved, an honor that she has received from her community because of her lifetime of achievement and service to that area. ms. daniels, it's well deserved
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and you are well loved, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania, for what purpose do you seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, last week the indian american community celebrated the festival of lights. the holiest day of the-due calendar, they have a spirit over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance and today we welcome these amazing community members right here in our nation's capital. in bucks and montgomery county, pennsylvania, i'm honored to recognize the hindu community and americans of the -- members of the american hindu community. i would like to recognize those who serve our community in different ways in warlingeton, ay len, so you had -- salem,
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souden. mr. speaker, i want to thank them here and across america. i look forward to working with these amazing people every day. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of retired police chief matt dorg of brunswick, georgia, who passed away at 56 years of age after a long battle with cancer. chief doring dedicated his life to serving his community. he spent 34 years working with the glen county police department and for 14 of those years he served as the chief of police. from directing high-profile investigations to personally patroling the area during
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hurricanes, chief doring was highly respected throughout glen county. after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he retired from the police department and began working with the glen county school system. i am proud and thankful to have had someone with the character of chief doring serving his community in the first congressional district of georgia. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor firefighters from across our community and travel -- they recently traveled to albany to honor the life and legacy of meril kneale, former chief of the vernon fire department in upstate new york. ms. tenney: family, friends,
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fellow firefighters watched as his name was enscribed on the new york state fallen firefighters. he passed away in november, 2016, while on the scene of a fire in new york. his name is now etched on a wall with 2,551 other fallen firefighters from our great state who have given their lives in the line of duty. affectionately known as skippy to his family and friends, his legacy of service lives on through his sons and grandsons. merle's son scott and mark serve as fire chiefs in very owna and vernon and grandsons, am and matthew, are active firefighters. a marine, a father, a postal worker and firefighter, merle's life of service is a true inspiration to everyone in our community. his memory will live on in the hearts of our grateful community, both in central new york and in new york state. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition?
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>> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> mr. speaker, i come to recognize a public servant and ole model, gwinnett police officer, antoine, toney. he was a california native but he adopted my local community at the age of 30. mr. woodall: and knew he could change the world from that location. he was working not just to make the world better, to make us better as individuals, one community, one family, one officer at the time. mr. speaker, with the infectious smile you see here and a tireless work ethic, boundless energy, he was doing exactly that in my hometown.
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mr. speaker, i wish i was here just to honor officer tony today, but on the afternoon of october 20, when responding to a call, officer tony was killed. mr. speaker, i'm appalled and pained by the senselessness of this young man's murder. mr. speaker, while our community aches over the loss of officer tony, we also celebrate the life that he led and the role model that he procedure advised for all of us, those that have been fortunate enough to know officer tony are forever changed for the better by that experience. of all the places officer tony could have served, i'm honored that he chose our home to be the place for his incredibly proud work. again, not just to make us safer but to make us better. mr. speaker, today i pray for all those who loved officer
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tony and those that he loved. i pray for all his brothers and sisters in uniform who even in the face of this loss wake up every single morning and agree to serve once again. may god bless all of them, mr. speaker, and may we give thanks to god that he shares with each and every one of us heroes in our life, difference makers in our life, difference makers like officer antoine tony. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i move the house adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for morning hour debate.
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