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oices. b, fixing the legislative process, c oversight and ethics, d imposing budget rules and restoring rules. we seek to restore the people's voices in a number of way the first is by bringing h.r. 1 to the floor early in this new congress. legislation that will begin to undo the corruption -- corrupting influence of undisclosed money in our politics. i want to thank my colleague from maryland congressman john sarbanes , for his tireless efforts on that bill and look forward to bringing it to the floor. next, delegate "elle" -- eleanor holmes norton from the district of columbia,res. the resident commissioner from puerto rico and delegates in the territories, will once again be permitted to vote on amendments and help shape legislation as they seek to add the voices of
millions of people they represent. we will also end the practice of allowing appropriations bills to target hard working federal employees by cutting individual salaries, programs, or office sizes. in fixing the broken legislative process, mr. speaker, democrats will restore regular order to the house. our new rules package will make it harder to throw the house into partisan chaos and it includes new measures that facilitate bipartisanship, including by making it easier to force a vote on legislation supported by a majority of members. our rules improve oversight and ethics in several ways including, for example, by making it easier for staff to report harassment and close remaining loopholes allowing conflicts of interest. also, mr. speaker, no longer
will members or staff be allowed to serve on corporate boards, giving rise to conflicts of interest. democrats will return to common sense budget practices such as eliminating republican's use of dynamic scoring and reinstating the gephardt rule to prevent the default on our debt. the rules the rules package takes a step of restoring pay-go which ensures that congress has to pay for what it buys. our rules package promotes diversity. ay, bisexual and transgender members and staff, ensuring that members who wear religious head coverings can do so on the house
floor without impediment. we are helping members to hire qualified staff who reflect the broad and diverse range of the constituents that we represent. mr. speaker, this rules pack acknowledge signals a new start for the house. we will go from the most closed congress in history to a period where americans finally have a house that is on their side. with these rules, mr. speaker, we will make government work again for those it severs. and hopefully, mr. speaker, it will also facilitate a process which will not close down the people's government. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i rise as the designee of the republican leader and i want to thank my good friend for
yielding me 15 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: mr. speaker, a couple of hours ago, we had a spirited debate that also reflected i hope that both sides proceed and hope to go with the next two years. in that respect, today represents a good start for the new congress. mr. speaker, earlier today, i had the opportunity to speak on the rules package my democratic friends are proposing for the 116th congress. i laid out what i had to say then but i want to reiterate a few key points. on the whole, i will be opposing this package. i commend my friends that there are pieces that we support. we support continuing the practice of member-day hearings and the select committee on the modernization of congress which
we will discuss tomorrow. we are hopeful about other measures such as the 72-hour rule and the proposed consensus calendar and look forward to see how they work in practice. our democratic friends are proposing a number of measures that we oppose. they are removing the supermajority for raising income taxes and bringing back the so-called gephardt rule and suspending passage of the new budget by only the house. these changes will lead to more spending, more taxes and more debt being piled upon the american people. we oppose the speaker to intervene in the texas versus united states lawsuit. and the unspecified grant of authority to do something, anything, about regulations that
the department of agriculture has yet should on nap benefits. and most notably, we oppose the new select committee on the climate crisis with the supermajority democrats and unclear funding and costs. while i continue to hope that on our side we proceed appropriately, i do not believe this rules package represents the best way to govern this institution. the democrats have chosen today to increase spending at a partisan select committee to the nstitution and pave the way to spend-and-tax legislation. this isn't transparency, bipartisanship and ensuring that minority views are heard. for that and for other reasons, i urge opposition to the measure
and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. the gentleman from maryland. mr. hoyer: while i regret that the gentleman opposes the rule, i appreciate his bipartisanship and his hope which i share that we will proceed in a fashion that will make the american people proud and we can be proud of ourselves for accomplishing that which the american people wants accomplished. i would yield the balance of my time to the chairman of the rules committee to complete our side of the argument, mr. jim mcgovern who has done an extraordinary job inputting these rules together. mr. mcgovern: i thank the majority leader me the time. mr. speaker, a rules package may seem like an arcane technicality. ut it's really much more that.
this is to declare what kind of institution this house will be. i'm proud that we have drafted a rules package that boldly declares that it's a new day for congress. this package reflects the diversity of our new majority. ideas are included from members, long time leaders and those who have taken the oath of office for the very first time today. we come from different backgrounds and we have been elected on different backgrounds but we share the same goal, making this place work better. and respond urgently to the needs of the people we represent. this rules package sets up consideration of h.r. 1, historic reforms to clean up money and politics and creates a select committee on the climate crisis and giving voting rights to delegates and the resident
commissioner in the committee of the whole and assures that they can be appointed to joint committees and prohibits members and staff on boards, and creates the first ever diversity office. in this rules package isn't a partisan document. it includes ideas. when i said it at the start of this process i wanted to hear from all members, i meant it. good ideas were included regardless of what side of the aisle. changes like creating a consensus calendar, reforming the motion to vacate the chair and striking the three-day rule for committee markups. and this package is stronger for it. make no mistake, no one abandoned their principles. i'm a progressive and the republican minority would never agree with me.
there are things here i know they wouldn't put in their own package but in talking to each other, there was actually agreement on many legislative reforms. i know there are many members here who will think of more ideas to improve on this place and i want to hear them. we are creating a select committee on modernizing congress so our efforts don't stop here today. these conversations can continue and good ideas can keep moving forward. there has never been a process lying this to develop a rules package. this has been unprecedented and we have this signal to the american people that the 116th congress will be different, a new era and abandonning procedures that didn't work and adopting new ideas. this democratic majority is giving members a voice and we are holding this administration
accountable. this will be more accountable and more responsive house and a place that looks like the real world. that is what is at the heart of what we are debating. right here on day one, we have a chance to vote to be a different kind of congress, one that turns the page of the pass past. the american people demanded a new direction. i know my colleagues in the majority want to see one, too. and even some of my friends in the republican congress says they want it to change. i take this opportunity. let's vote for this rules package and give members of the congress the congress. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: i would like to yield 90 seconds to the gentleman from arkansas.
mr. womack: i rise in opposition to h.res. 6. i appreciate mr. mcgovern and the new majority leadership including process budget reform to include house budget committee members eliminating term limits for them and i hope there are other things that we did as a joint bipartisan committee trying to get across the finish line. perhaps we could work on some of those. for the few bright spots that h.res. 6 has, they no way make up for the shortcomings. it does not rise to fiscal responsibility. the gephardt rule that has been spoken about, increasing the debt limit by increasing without separate debate. he package replaces the cut-go with the pay-go rule was in place when the democrats passed
many programs. it added to our country's debt burden. pay-go does not encourage fiscal discipline. h.res. 6 reduces the passage of income tax increases from a 3/5 's. the first step that the democrats take in this process is surrendering the obligation to improve increases to the debt nd making it easier to raise taxes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mcgovern: you know, there is a document posted today that the u.s. treasury shows that the national debt ended in 2018 more than 2 trillion larger than on the day that president trump took office.
with all due respect with my friends your cut-go didn't work. it's a sham. and what the majority has resided over is recordbreaking increases in the deficit and the . i ask unanimous consent to insert a section-by-section that h.res. 6 will make and the separate orders taking effect in the 116th congress. mr. speaker, with that, i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, someone who we worked with, mr. gottheimer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. i thank the r:
gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker. is this mike working? thanks. thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of our new rules package that will get more bipartisan legislation to the floor for debate and a vote. both in new jersey and washington d.c., people are frustrated that congress can't get things down. incompleting the gateway project or health care premiums down or lowering our taxes, bipartisan support often never make it to the house floor because of obstruction nists whose tricks block ideas. diners in town halls, a group called the problem solvers caucus half democrats and half republicans we tried to break the gridlock. we have a tried to get things
down. to deliver legislation with broad support. whether it is fixing our infrastructure, we will have to work together. we will take the first step with republicans and democrats voting on a rules package that includes our ideas including the new consensus calendar and modernizing the discharge petition and will allow full three days to read legislation before we vote on it, letting us having a full understanding of what we are voting on. we are requiring hearings and markups on major legislation, all things that seem like common sense. i'm proud of this chamber and i want to thank speaker pelosi in reforming the house and i thank my co-chair, congressman reed and the problem solver caucus
for their bipartisan house of representatives. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i would like to yield 90 seconds to my good friend, the distinguished lady from puerto rico. >> thank you for your this opportunity. as the only member representing puerto rico, i represent puerto ricans living on the island. and there are 5.4 million puerto ricans living on the mainland. so today, while we are discussing this resolution that will give resslutes and the opportunity to vote in the committee of the whole, one issue that triggers me in here is that our vote would only count if the cast votes are not
decided votes. . so we can vote in the committee of the whole as the rule prossvide but if the casting votes are in contest you need to do a second round of votes without territories. that's a symbolic vote and that's the reason the people of puerto rico want to become a state. that's the only way we can achee members of the house and two members in the senate side, not just symbolic. as an example, a few minutes ago, the territory delegates' names were on the board but we can't vote on regular bills or anything else. it will look like we are not present during the debate. it will look like we're not present on this floor of the house whenever there is real discussion on the floor but our names still there we can't vote
here, we can't vote no thank you, mr. speakerened i will yield back the balance of my time but i think it's not a symbolic vote, this is a good step but we should have the full votes. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a statement on clause 8 of rule 20 and i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert in the record a list of all members and caucuses who offered ideas and proposals for resolution 6 and thank these might bes for their contributions. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: with that, yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. yk lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman on the rule committees and i thank the team for all the opportunities we had to engage in this rules package. this is a new day and a new day because i am glad we have opened some opportunity for our delegates and commissioners to
be able to participate on behalf of their millions of constituents which did not occur under republican rule. that is a wonderful new step. but i do acknowledge the fact that we are $2 trillion in debt and the deficit has increased under this administration and here we are now asking for $5.2 billion for a border wall. i am glad that this rules package is transparent and fiscally responsible. but i am most excited about the responsibility for the patient protection and affordable care act. because unfortunately my state, the state of texas is leading an ill-fated legislative initiative, excuse me, legislation -- litigation, that would undermine the right to americans to have good health care. it will undermine the protection for those with pre-existing conditions. it will undermine the fact that texas was the poster child for uninsured americans. 25% of our state was uninsured.
and this legislation indicates that our speaker can intervene on any legislation and/or litigation that interferes with or undermines protecting the american people's health care. that's what they voted for. that's why they sent us to the united states congress. that is why we are here. and for the many people that suffer that i see in my district again, the poster child for uninsured americans, now we have in this rules package the ability of our speaker to stand up for the american people and to fight for the health care that they so desire. if there's anything in here that i can support and there are many, many things of transparency, the fact that we now can stand up to protect the patient protection and affordable care act is one for this nation. it is a good day and our people will survive because of that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized.
mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield 90 seconds to my good friend the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. burgess. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman from oklahoma and congratulate him on being the ranking member of the rule committees and congratulate the new chair of the rule committees. i do speak in opposition to this rule. this opportunity for the speaker to intervene in a lawsuit, particularly the one in texas, in is not a good idea. the affordable care act has multiple problem, we're forcing people to buy insurance that they can't afford, don't understand and can't quse. they're functionally uninsure and out a ton of money to do that. in addition the work requirements in the department of agriculture is working on in the -- after the farm bill was passed this is something that is important for the administration. we have more jobs than we have workers. people should be working and it is time to get people back to work.
finally, the removal of the -- the addition of the gephardt rule, but the removal of the requirements of senate condition cur to the house budget before the gephardt rule go into effect. this is a dangerous policy and one this house ought to reject. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: how much time do i ave left, mr. speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has one minute and three quarters. mr. mcgon: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: may i make the same inquiry as to my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma has eight minutes remaining. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. with that, i yield 90 seconds to my good friend, the distinguished gentleman from kansas, mr. estes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. estes: i rise in strong opposition to house resolution 6. among the many rule changes included this bill opens the
door for democrats to raise taxes by removing the different requirement of a three fifths majority of the house of representatives to pass a tax increase. at a time when our nation's debt is $22 trillion increasing taxes and government spending will only succeed in further bankrupting our children and grandchildren. for generations, americans have worked to leave the country better off for their kids an grandkids. mortgaging our kids' future will not d that. following implementation to have of tax cuts and jobs act our economy has ex-pierced historic growth. instofede building on that progress, this will would -- this bill would allow this edemocrats to raise taxes with a simple majority vote. it's a shame my colleagues spent their first day in the majority seeking to change the rules to allow for tax and debt increases. once this is passed it's all but certain they'll use this to raise taxes on families in kansas and across the nation to pay for increased government spending. s that dangerous precedent that should be widely opposed and i
urge my colleagues to vote against the bill. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. mcgovern: i remind the gentleman in the last two year the republicans exploded the debt by $2 trillion. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: may i inquire of my friend, i'm prepared to close whenever my friend is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing, i want to begin by urging all members to oppose this measure. the rules package includes some provisions republicans can certainly support, unfortunately it includes too many provisions we cannot. rules package today removes important fiscal responsibility measures from house rules. establishes a partisan climate committee. grants the speaker the how pore intervene in the lawsuit over the legal i have to the a.c.a. those are all things that my conference quite frankly is unanimously opposed.
to i do want to address just in passing my friends' discussion about the deficit. i'll remind him president obama was in office that deficit doubled. actually increased at a faster rate, particularly when my friends were in power in the first opening two years than has in any peacetime in american history. the deficit is all too high, i agree with my friends very much on that i'm glad they're born again deficit hawks. that means they'll be serious about entitlement reform because we all know what drives the deficit here and that's simply the demographic reality of an aging population and on overextended bunch of entitlements. i invite my friends, i have a bipartisan bill i would encourage my friends to look at which doesn't dictate an out gentlewoman duh -- outcome but sets up the same process democrats and republicans worked on together in 1983, the last time social security was at risk, came to a bipartisan
compromise, developed something that restored the fiscal sanity. that's legislation my friend and former congressman, congressman delaney, and i had, we could never get anybody interested on either side of the aisle. if my friends want to engage in a virtuous debate about the deficit i'm all for it. i have a bipartisan remedy i would invite them to look at. i think it would yield us a good result and start us down that road. but that's for another day. i want to end on a positive note. i again want to congratulate my friends from massachusetts -- my friend from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, on his elevation as chairman of the rules committee. i know very much from having worked with him for many years that he will -- he will keep his word, he always has. he will operate in a manner that is above board and is fair, respectful to all, that he will seriously do what he's committed to do. that is entertain suggestions from all quarters. i actually have no doubt that he will do that.
i genuinely look forward to having the opportunity to work with him on the committee that he chairs during the next two years. he's going to do, certainly not only a good job for the people of his conference but i believe a good job for the people of this institution and for the american people as well. so mr. speaker, despite my affections, i do urge a no vote on the previous question, no on the underlying measure, yield back the balance of my time back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself the remaining time. i want to thank the gentleman from oklahoma for his kind words and i hope he knows how much i respect him and how much i admire him. mr. speaker, there were so many people who played a role in crafting these rules from our history making speaker who gave us the opportunity to solicit member feedback and the many colleagues who spoke with me about their suggestions to the office of the parliamentarian and the office of legislative
counsel, our incredible rules staff, all made important contributions to this package. i want to thank everyone for their involvement. their work and dedication made these historic rules possible. we have a unique moment here to implement reform, say no to business as usual and create a better legislative process and make progress on the majority's agenda while making this house look like the real world. let's seize this opportunity. i urge all my colleagues to vote yes on this package. let's restore integrity to this place and get to work on behalf of the people we represent. ened that is not just the view of the majority. i know that many on the minority share that view. we can do better. and i look forward to working with the gentleman from oklahoma and others on the republican side of the aisle as we move forward in this new session. with that, mr. speaker, i urge everybody to vote yes on this great rules package and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma.
pursuant to house resolution 5, the previous question is ordered on the portion of the divided question comprising title one. the question is on that portion of the divided question. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. mr. cole: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring the vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be 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 what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask or its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: resolution, resolved, that the members are elected to the following standing committees mr. jeffries: i ask unanimous consent that it be printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the resolution is agreed to and the the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: by direction of the republican conference i offered a privileged resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: >> ms. cheney: i ask unanimous consent that it be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 21 and further that i may insert in the congressional record today
such materials as i may deem explanatory of h.r. 21. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, pursuant to house resolution 5, i call up h.r. 21 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 21, a bill making appropriations for the 0, al year ending september 2019 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey and the gentlewoman from texas, mrs. granger, each will control 30 minutes. mrs. lowey: as this new congress begins our work for the american people, i thank my colleagues to the honor of electing me
chairwoman of the appropriations committee. i would like to congratulate my colleague and friend kay granger on becoming ranking member. i look forward to working with her and all of the members of this committee and the members of this house in the 116th congress. for the first time in our nation's history, however, we convene this new congress during a federal government shultdown. w in its 13th day, the trump shutdown has disrupted life for more than 800,000 federal employees and their families and 400,000 people serving our country without pay. the shutdown has undermined public safety, halted consumer protection programs and made it
harder for the government to serve farmers, and small business owners. the devastating impact on international security and assistance initiatives includes preventingntercrime, the obligation of funding for earnt terrorism assistance, and anti-malaria and hiv-aids treatments as well as mortality care. as representatives funding the federal government is one of our most important duties. when congress allows a president to dictate rick lust demands and , we add y partisanship
abdicate that responsibility. our new democratic majority was elected to end the chaos and govern response apply. this legislative package to end the trump shut union and fully reopen government consists of two parts separating the agreement between president trump and congress over border security from funding the rest of the federal government. the first part, the one we are considering now, provides full-year funding for six of the 2019 year fiscal year appropriation bills that have not been completed. the text is virtually identical to bipartisan legislation that
has already passed the senate appropriation committee, nearly unanimously and passed the full senate on a 92-6 vote. these bills are not perfect. but they make key investments in bipartisan priorities. they do not include poison pill riders and include fnding by $5 billion more than president trump's budget request. the second part of our legislative package which will be presented shortly by our homeland security appropriation subcommittee chair delem woman, includes a continuing resolution funding the department of homeland security at current levels through february 8.
it would allow the department to re-open without providing any new funding for president trump's wasteful border wall. i urge my colleagues to pass both bills. and i urge the senate to act response apply and take up these bills without delay. it is up to senate republicans whether to vote for their own bills and re-open the government or olympic them and continue the trump shutdown. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 21, after months of good-faith negotiations to resolve the differenceses, the new democrat
leadership has chosen to introduce this package that fails to secure our border. the president has said he will not sign it and the senate will not consider it. this plan ignores one of the most responsibilities and ignores the bill of this chamber by eliminating house members' involvement. all members of the house both democrats and republicans have priorities and concerns that are not addressed. our constituents are not well served by us that that is no chance of becoming a law. by accepting this bill, we throwing away priorities such as resources to help federal law enforcement better investigate and prosecute groups such as terrorists, human traffickers, violent criminals and criminal jailens and ignores more than
$300 million for embassy security at a time when threats remain high and countless facilities are in need of important upgrades. it strips for the rural poor that both members have been fighting to secure for years. and these are a few examples, all of us in this chamber were elected to elect the best interests of our constituents. this bill does not meet those standards. if my colleagues on the either side of the aisle in keeping the government operating, they shouldn't be wasting time on bills that won't be enacted. we should find a solution that represents the will of the house and the senate. we need to fund border security. i urge my colleagues to vote no
and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from new york, he chairman-designate, mr. serrano. mr. serrano: congratulations on . ur chair manship as the top democrat on the subcommittee, let me tell you what is happening at the department of commerce, department of justice and nasa and many other committees as a result of the trump shutdown. 95,000 employees at the department of justice and the f.b.i., d.e.a., a.t.f. and u.s. march shals are working without
pay. more than 96% of nasa plays are not working. and 8 % of the department of commerce was furloughed without pay including employees like the economic development administration. law enforcement training programs have been stopped. the department of justice civil limited. efforts are these are real life consequences to the president's temper tantrums. this is basic governance. instead of working out a compromise they sent everyone "home for the holidays." we need to have the government
re-open. provides j.s. portion important investments to the justice department, nasa and the national science foundation, among others. this rejects some of the president's worst policy proposals including efforts to undermine climate research and and eliminate the legal services corporation. it gives the senate no excuses. the portion of this bill while approved by the senate appropriations committee, it would be great to get approved by the senate by leader mcconnell and it would pass, we feel very easily. we are legitimated to solve the pressing problems of our nation. right now, the president does president seem interested in doing the same.
with this package, we are asking senate republicans to join us in helping the american people. so much of this is tied up against the wall. many people discuss the actual physical structure of the wall. i speak about something else. this country. this country. of all countries of the world should never build a wall. bring me your tired and the poor should not bring a wall. it is not who we are or should we become ap the president should realize this is a losing battle because he isn't going to get the money he wants to build that wall. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield three
minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. aderholt: i rise to oppose the appropriations package that is before us tonight what i believe reflects -- doesn't reflect us. the hues agricultural appropriation bill which i chaired as the ag subcommittee chairman. it was bipartisan. i worked with my coleeg, good friend from georgia, sanford bishop, on the bill. but the bill in front of us tonight is basically as some would say is nothing burger. it is missing any substance. . the house bill contained more than the senate bill for broadband pilot program. that is program that is widely popular among rural america.
the house bill provided $149 million more for the food and drug administration. the house bill protected our children by excluding chicken from china. and our children's school meals -- in our children's school meals. the house bill reflected my work with representative clyburn of south carolina to secure set-aside funds for persistent poverty as it continues in rural areas. but tonight's package does not include these priorities. also they don't protect the border. which is one of the most basic duties of the federal government. and certainly one of the basic duties that the president must make sure that he does, protect our nation against the foreign enemies. among the illegal immigrants who make their way across the southern border include gang members, human traffickers, child smugglers, drug dealers, and they stop -- by stopping their entry at the border, it prevents them from committing
crimes in the united states. so instead of catering to voters who don't even want to have a border, i believe the house democrats should vote no on this bill. and the democrat majority should negotiate an end to the government shutdown. and simply provide the funding requested by the president of the united states. madam speaker, i ask my colleagues to vote no on this appropriation bill tonight. and i insist on a bill that includes the house priorities. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, before i yield to my friend, the gentleman from north carolina, i would like to address a comment that my friend, mr. aderholt, made. the bill that passed through your committee also included language that would make it
easier, as ts today, for youngsters to use e-cigarettes. mrs. lowey: so perhapses when we get back to it, we could address that. now i would like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, the chairman-designate of the transportation, housing, urban development subcommittee, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for four minutes. mr. price: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of the legislation to reopen the government and end to this third trump shutdown. for the last two weeks, president trump has held america hostage to fulfill his demagoguic campaign promise to build a border wall. a wall that has come to symbolize extreme and inhumane immigration policies that are simply tearing our communities apart. this is more than just a political fight. the trump shutdown has closed federal agencies and suspended
essential programs that millions of americans rely upon. it's created uncertainty for families, businesses and communities in each of our districts. to those federal employees affected by this unnecessary shutdown, know this. the president and his privileged cronies may not care about how you and your families pay your bills. but this new democratic majority certainly does care. as the incoming chairman of the transportation and housing appropriations subcommittee, i know this uncertainty has severe consequences. already is right vietal funding for states and mue miss it -- vital funding for states and municipalities are being put on hold. the national transportation safety board has ceased major accident investigations. the national highway traffic safety administration is no longer investigating or reviewing information about motor vehicle manufacturing defects. that could put lives at risk. disaster recovery programs at
fema and other agencies have been slowed due to the lapse in funding. survivors of these disasters in north carolina and other states are still recovering from devastating hurricanes, wildfires and typhoons. and they simply cannot afford this delay and this uncertainty. new hiring and training for air traffic controllers has ceased. exacerbating an ongoing staffing shortage. if the shutdown continues much longer, housing assistance for millions of low-income families, veterans, seniors, the disabled will be jeopardized. and the list, madam speaker, goes on and on. president trump and the republicans may have gotten us into this mess, but democrats are ready to clean it up on day one. namely right this minute. the funding package before us consists of appropriations bills that previously passed the senate on a bipartisan basis. it reflects key democratic and
republican priorities and rejects partisan policy riders. in a few minutes, separate legislation will provide short-term funding for the department of homeland security, that will give us more time negotiate and find a solution on border security and immigration policy. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have been quoted as calling this a stunt or a nonstarter. madam speaker, how is legislation that passed the senate with 92 votes a stunt? how can bills the trump administration itself praised in its official statement of administration policy just a few months ago, praised the bill, how is that a nonstarter? enough is enough. president trump may see this as a reality show game of chicken, but this shutdown is for real and it's doing real damage. let's do the right thing for the american people. let's reopen the government without further delay. i urge my colleagues to support
this bipartisan, commonsense legislation, finally to end the rump shutdown. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for minutes. mr. rogers: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the chair -- the ranking member. tonight there will be a smoke and mirrors vote on this house floor. democrats want to kick the can down the road and put american security on the back burner while they gear up their obstructionist agenda. it used to be that members of congress could put partisanship aside at least on national security issues. i know this firsthand as a member of both the armed services committee and homeland security committees, where we have done this on a regular basis. but today the democrats and the speaker refuse to even negotiate funding a deal to deal with a critical national security issue. unfortunately it looks --
unfortunately it looks like we are in for a democrat agenda influenced by the far-left echo chamber that promotes open borders and illegal immigration. not too long ago, then-senator barack obama spoke in support of securing the southern border and the need to deter illegal immigration. the bill he supported authorized the construction of a physical barrier along the southern border that would prevent illegal entry into the united states. it passed the senate with 80 voice. 80 votes that included -- votes. 80 votes that included senator barack obama, senator biden, senator clinton and senator schumer. what changed? since when did becoming -- did securing our border become controversial? the election of donald trump. democrats seem willing to ignore security vulnerabilities along our border on their quest to win back the white house in 2020. their plan is to block president trump's priorities, even those they used to support, and then act like republicans are the reason they can't get things
done. today's funding bill stands no chance in the senate or with president trump. so i challenge the democrats to -- my democrat colleagues to get something good done for the american people rather than engaging in the political grandstanding that this bill signifies. i hope speaker pelosi won't let the activist left hold american security hostage. securing our border is not only the right thing to do, but it's what the american people sent us here to do. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i am very pleased to yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from minnesota, the chair-designate of the interior subcommittee, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized for four minutes. ms. mccollum: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of this bill, to reopen the government. as the trump shutdown ends its 13th day, we're seeing the damage its inflicting on our country. our national parks, america's crowned jewels, are under threat
from vandalism and unmanaged visitation. the interior department is charged with preserving our public lands for all americans to enjoy, but the current lack of supervision in our parks is damaging and the very resources that the government is supposed to be protecting are at risk. just this past weekend it was reported that yosemite national park became overwhelmed by garbage and other human waste piling up along the roads. leaving these parks accessible without adequate national park service staffing puts the public at risk. on christmas eve, at big bend national park, a man broke his leg while hiking and because of the shutdown, emergency services were not available. thankfully good samaritans found the man and carried him down the trail. luckily they met one of the few park rangers deemed essential, who was continuing to work without pay during this shutdown. the ranger carried the man on
his back for two hours to safety. this story had a positive ending. but it could have been tragic. and this is just one story. the shutdown is creating uncertainty for our families, businesses and communities. more than 800,000 federal employees aren't getting paid. vital services are being disrupted. some small businesses with government contracts are being forced to consider to lay off their employees. the ripple effects from this shutdown is damaging our economy. and then there's the vital work of the environmental protection agency. it has furloughed more than 13,000 employees, halting inspections at drinking water systems, hazardous waste management, and chemical facilities. while this is just unacceptable to america's public health, it leaves our american people in jeopardy. the trump shutdown is particularly threatening to the health and safety of our native american brothers and sisters.
once again we have failed to meet our commitments to tribal nations as a delay in government funding continues. every day basic services like health clinics, schools and food assistance for our seniors are being put at risk for nearly $1.-- 1.9 million americans throughout indian country. federal employees, first responders are putting their lives on the line without pay. it is unconscionable to put people's lives at risk. we must open this government. responsibly funding the government is one of congress' most important duties. and republicans fail to meet this obligation -- failed to meet this obligation and they have allowed president trump to peddle chaos. democrats are ready to end the shutdown. this bill is nearly identical to the legislation that has already received overwhelming bipartisan support in the senate. it reflects the priorities of the american people, by rejecting president trump's proposed budget cuts and program eliminations and including the poison pill riders. the second bill we'll consider
today is a homeland security bill that will create space for negotiation on immigration policy. and border security. something democrats do support strongly. after the house passes these bills, the senate will have a choice. pass the bills they previously voted for and end the shutdown. or reject them. and leave the government closed. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for three minutes. mr. graves: thank you. i thank the gentlelady from texas. madam speaker, i rise in opposition of this bill that's before us tonight. unfortunately this 116th congress has begun under the cloud of a government shutdown. the prosperity and security of our nation has just take an backseat to the new democratic majority's political agenda. while president trump has asked for modest and reasonable funding to secure our border,
democrats have blocked this deal. one that would have fully funded the government several weeks ago. even before christmas. the president's request was normal and it was necessary. but what's really not necessary is the level of the anti-trump hysteria that's come from the left. the first order of business in this new congress should be to secure the border and, yes, to open the government. the president is willing to strike a deal. but just need as few democrats to join him at the table and put our country before the new democrat majority's politics. sadly the bill on the floor today does nothing to secure our border, nor does it strengthen our nation's security. the bill before us is nothing more than just a political stunlt. if you still don't believe me, i'll point out this bill doesn't include any of the bipartisan product that my committee put together last year with the help of congressman mike quigley on the financial services appropriations subcommittee. which included more than 100
pages of bipartisan product that we worked together on. none of these reforms are included. and it also included the fund for america's kids and grandkids. which is a revolutionary idea to save money for the future generations. but just hours ago in her acceptance speech, the speaker referred to the children of this great country and securing their futures. so why doesn't this bill, the one that's before us tonight, include anything for america's kids and grandkids? furthermore, this bill is nothing more than a senate bill. the speaker of the house is supposed to fight for the house position and not just be a foreleader for the senate majority. i urge my friends to put politics aside. working together, we can secure the border and can protect the citizens of this country and can re-open this government. the american people are elected
us to do this and i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is reckmiesed. mrs. lowey: before i introduce mr. bishop, i want to say to the gentleman from georgia, we have a responsibility to keep the government open and it is unfortunate that the president has taken a strong position in closing the government down and i hope we can open the government for the american people and madam speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from georgia, the chairman-designate, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. bishop: madam speaker, we are in the 13th day of a government shution. specifically, u.s. department of
agriculture has stopped issuing loans for loans. and across the nation, and closed on december 28. areers applying for relives in limbo. the bill for before us is to end and thisown and get it is identical to legislation that the senate passed last august to 92-6. this bipartisan vote, the result f the senate agreement to work constructively. this bill is not perfect. no bill ever is. this is a serious bill that will get for the american people. we are four months in the fiscal
year 2019. federal agencies and as we begin a new congress, i hope we renew our commitment to fund government. these much needed resources to face broad band, housing and continuing25 million our commitment. response apply the peace program food.ssential provides $2. in agricultural esearch and $114 million above 2018. natural resource re
seniorses. d $mandatory funding for the nutrition program. and last year snap helped more than 42 million people. and this is a safety net in support for those in need. the food and drug administration funded at $.2 billion and farmes, ranchers go to work every morning, so should their government. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the jam reserves. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to mrs. foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized.
ms. foxx: i rise today in opposition to h.r. 21, the consolidated appropriations act of 2019. this bill would allow taxpayers fund abortions in foreign countries. bill.ould stop this this policy as the mexico city policy prohibits u.s. international assistance going to foreign n.g.o.'s. we have to reflect the values of the american people. a poll revealed that americans pose using their hard-earned tax dollars. they should not be expected to pay for something. he protecting life and -- is
not anti-global health or anti-family planning and does not and leevens the choice up to the individual n. depmplet o.'s if they are. abortion should not be considered an unnecessary part and organizations that believe it should not be the type of organizations that the united states partners with. abortion is wrong. we do not allow taxpayer money to be spent on abortions in the united states and we should not fund it in other countries. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from illinois,
mr. quigley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. quigley: i thank you. i'm reminding myself after listening to my colleagues. this is a senate bill. the senate had a bipartisan approach to this and they were told they could go home for a reason and the president saw something he didn't like on tv and here we are. 800,000 people are wonder where their next paychecks are going to arrive. financial market by a president that is wig to throw chaos. american families rely on government services. the financial services subcommittee other
appropriations i have seen how it is impacting. the doors to the small business administration are shut. this needs a complete haul for processors and loan applications for small businesses amounts to $1 billions. we have thousands of which apply every month for federal lon assistance. we talk about supporting ensuring small business, but when they can't get a loan approved, that is a prone promise. thousands of employeys are to process tax refunds are furloughed, allowing the phones to be unanswered. the security and exchange commission, the age has urloughed 9 % of its staff and
scaling back and putting at risk. these are three agencies. the bill that is before us to fund the agencies to fund the appropriation bill is not the bill i would have written myself. states,ppointed to help we were unable to come to an agreement. the overwhelming demand for assistance is there. and every state and territory requested funding. my colleagues refused to do what is needed. we must do what is right and what is responsible. i'm going to support this pill. ultimately, it will do the job that the american people expects us to do. properly and the
national archives or the federal drug control officers. 13 days to end the eegoof trips and get back to work. we should strife for bipartisanship when we can. that's what the senate did when they passed the bill. i would never ask whether my colleagues would cache on their core convictions. that's what they are asking us do by asking to serve one purpose alone. and this is clearly not how you negotiate a good deal in good hostage. not to hold stop covering for the president. pass these supported bills and provide businesses and communities with the certainty
they deserve. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. ms. granger: i yield three minutes to dr. harris. mr. harris: i thank the the gentlewoman from for yielding time. we are less than eight hours. heard a promise about transparency and regular order. we have a bill in front of us, one of the major bills. it was drawn up behind closed doors. we have dozen of members. it didn't come through. what are some of these changes. we had a bill, but there were changes made. one of them, many, many mericans feel we already spend
too much on foreign aid and we are go to go to change our aid and fund money to for the purpose of family planning. i'm from medical purposes. now the vast majority of americans would disagree and would say with a $22 trillion debt we shouldn't be spending money overseas for family planning. we may have gotten a chance to debate it in committee. we have a major bill. but it goes further than that. and in committee, we should have had a debate about the fund and how it funds china's coerced forced terlsation and
abortion policy. is that what the united states is about? sending money for forced abortion? that discussion belongs in committee and added to a bill under the dark of night with no discussion. goes further, it increases for family family and targeting areas of the world quote, where and reatens biodiversity endanger species. nothing about the human life. t talks about the environment. very interesting approach to take. and timely as a physician, it removes the protective language that says that the district of columbia should not pro note
assisted-suicide. if you can't trust your physician to make each and every judgment in your best interest, not the interest of an h.m.o. that could save money or the organization that the physician works for, if that physician takes a suicide-prescription drug, if we go down that slippery slope, this bill should have come through the committee process and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the the gentlewoman from reserves? the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: before i yield to my next speaker, i would lying to remind that this bill was supported by mitch mcconnell, lindsay graham, among other senators and therefore you might want to take up your issues with
them. i yield to the gentleman from south carolina, majority whip for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is ecognized for three minutes. mr. clyburn: thank you to the gentlelady for yielding me time and for her service to this great nation. i rise in strong support of this bill to reopen the government. for the past two weeks, vital public services have been left undone and honorable public servants have been left unpaid. we must end the shameless shutdown. the democratic majority has a disagreement with the president on whether a wall is the best way to secure our southern border and whether it would be product-to-step toward fixing
our broken immigration system. we will continue to debate the issue as we should. but there's absolutely no reason why the froth should not be serving the american people while we have done -- while we debate this issue. there's absolutely no reason why national parks shouldn't be maintained. there's absolutely no reason why museums should be closed. there is no reason why public officer training should cease. there's absolutely no reason why ur economy should grow by $2 billion less every week. as economies have estimate -- as economists have estimated. there's absolutely no reason why homeowners and small business owners shouldn't be able to
receive loans in a timely manner. the american people voted for a divided government. but they did not vote for a defunct government. over the next two years, we must not let our disagreements stop us from moving forward on issues where we do agree. madam leader, i have been spending a lot of time in recent weeks rereading the great book "democracy in america" written by alexcih de tocqueville. -- by alexis de tocqueville. and while historians disagreement with de tocqueville ever said it, he's credited with having said that the reason america is a great nation is because the american people are
good people. he concluded that if the american people ever cease to be good, america will cease to be great. and the fact of the matter is, this shutting down the government, not paying public servants, not giving vital services to people and communities who need them, is demonstrative of the fact that americans are losing their goodness. let's not do that, it will cause the greatness of this nation to be brought into danger. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. newhouse: i thank the lady, my friend from texas, for yielding. madam speaker, i rise on this first day of the 116th congress with frankly a great deal of
disappointment in my friends across the aisle. in the very first act of their new majority the democrats have passed a set of rules to allow the debt limit to be raised automatically, to remove protections that protect tax -- prevent tax hikes on the american people and to weaken the requirement that offsets be provided when federal spending is increased. it is clear my colleagues have chosen to focus more on tax and spend priorities rather than fiscal responsibility and accountability. as a part of this same first act, my friends across the aisle are now circumventing regular order and bringing new spending legislation straight to the floor for a vote with no opportunity for debate or ability to offer amendments. as someone who has served on both rules and the appropriations committees, i have heard firsthand repeatedly from my colleagues across the aisle shout the importance of going through regular order.
and allowing debate and amendments on these bills. with this move today, the very first act in their majority, the democrats are cutting the rules and appropriations committee completely out of the process. the legislation before us never had a hearing. it was never marked up. never came to the rule committees for a vote. most disappointingly, democrats have negated the bill's crafted carefully by the appropriations committee over the past year and thrown out legislative provisions that were negotiated and agreed upon by both sides of the aisle. madam speaker, i look forward to the opportunity to work to find common ground with my colleagues in the majority, but today i am sincerely disappointed in these first moves of the 116th congress. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves.
the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from missouri, mrs. hartzler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from missouri is recognized for two minutes. mrs. hartzler: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in opposition to h.r. 21. the consolidated appropriations act of 2019. for many reasons but importantly because the underlying legislation strips away essential protections for young mothers and unborn babies. disregarding the value of their lives. today's mini bus eliminates a crucial pro-life foreign policy in place today known as the protecting life and global healt assistance program. president ronald reagan instituted this policy to provide health care for women in foreign countries while ensuring that u.s. taxpayer dollars would not be used to fuel the international abortion industry.
u.s. foreign assistance should be life-affirming. the protecting live and global health assistance program draws a clear line between abortion and global health care. foreign nongovernmental organizations should be eligible for u.s. federal funding as long as they do not perform or actively promote abortions as a method of birth control. protecting life and global health assistance affirms the inherent worth and dignity of women and children around the world and it is tragic that today's bill nullifies these pro-life protections. so because of that, i urge my colleagues to join me in voting against h.r. 21. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman reserves. mr. grange ms. granger: i yield to the
gentleman from colorado, mr. lamb born. mr. lamborn: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. this is a commonsense policy that guarantees that u.s. taxpayer dollars do not promote or perform abortions overseas. organizations such as international planned parenthood and marie stokes international are responsible for millions of abortions overseas every year. and they do not deserve support from american taxpayers. taxpayer dollars are better spent on the health of children and mothers, on malaria and h.i.v. prevention and treatment, rather than on snuffing out the lives of unborn children. it's amazing that on their first day of taking power, house democrats are pushing an extreme position far to the left. american taxpayers simply don't want to fund abortions with their hard-earned dollars. it's even more amazing that this exercise will be performed on a bill that will not be brought up
in the senate and won't be signed by the president. it's a bill that's going nowhere. i strongly oppose the repeal of this life-affirming provision and i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 21. hank you and i yield back. -- lowey: i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i just want to make something perfectly clear. the united states does not and cannot fund abortions. let me say that again. the united states does not and cannot fund abortions. period. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. fwranger: i yield two
minutes to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for two minutes. mr. johnson: i thank the gentlelady and i rise to share a deep concern that i and many of my colleagues share about h.r. 21. if what our colleague said is true, then we should just take this provision out of the bill to revise or rescind the mexico city policy would do precisely the on soist what you just said at the podium. in 1984, president ronald reagan made a strong international stance for life. he announced the united states would carry on the tradition of protecting the innocent not only at home but around the globe. with this promise, the united states would no longer allow taxpayer dollars to be sent overseas to promote abortion as a method for family planning. that's what this policy does. we're thankful for the countless lyes that have been saved because of president reagan's willingness to embrace the innocent and i remain thankful for president trump for carrying on this proud legacy. unfortunately, protecting life
through global health assistance is now at risk and the legislation before us today the new democratic leadership has moved to overturn this important policy that was just articulated. let us say this clearly. the united states should never underwrite abortions. taxpayers deserve better. children deserve better. and families deserve better. we must continue to be the shining light on the hill, to protect the innocent and assist women and children in their time of need. what a shame it would be if the first action in the 116th congress is to send foreign aid to fund abortions overseas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from indiana, mr. banks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. banks: madam speaker, i too rise in strong opposition to the consolidated appropriations act h.r. 21. i am appalled that the very
first initiative by this democratic majority is to push for taxpayer-funded subsidies to international organizations that promote and perform abortions. madam speaker, this bill would repeal president trump's protecting life and global health assistance poll soir the expanded mexico city policy which prohibits global health funding from going to foreign n.g.o.'s that perform or promote abortion. madam speaker, the expanded mexico city policy does not change the amount of money available for global health and family planning programs. in fact, all qualified international family planning organizations are eligible for u.s. grant money if they agree to set conditions upon acceptance. the choice has been up to the n.g.o. either agree not to perform or promote oy aabortions or forego funding from the united states. and a six-month review of the policy by the state department
found that out of 733 prime partners eligible for u.s. grant money, only four of them declined the conditions set by the ex-panned mexico city policy. madam speaker, a vote in support of this mini bus is a vote to abandon the principles of the u.s. foreign assistance that should be life -- that it should be life-affirming. it should support the health of both women and children and unborn children. abortion is not health care. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill and uphold the protecting life and global health assistance policy. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is ecognized. ms. granger: i urge my colleagues to vote no on the bill before us today and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlewoman from texas yields back. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, it is long past time to end the trump shutdown. as our first legislative act of the year, we should isolate the political dispute over border security and reopen the government. there is simply no reason the senate should not pass the package given that they wrote the six full-year bills and passed a c.r. through february. i urge you to vote yes and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has ex-pied. pursuant to house resolution 5, the previous question is ordered on the bill. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. fwrange: madam speaker, i have a motion to -- ms. granger: madam speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentlewoman opposed to the bill? ms. granger: i am in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman qualify. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: ms. granger of texas moves to recommit the bill h.r. 21 to the committee on appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the house forthwith with the following amendment. page 1021, strike line 15 and all that follows through page 1023 line 19 and redesignate subsequent sections accordingly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for ms. granger: this is the final willment to the bill a and not kill the bill. this motion to recommit strike president's he
proting life policy. this policy is important to protect-and must be maintained. the bill mandates that feud be made available and that strikes the requirement. the nation' agency has violated certain of law. must support this motion to ensure that pro-life policies are maintained. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. does the gentlewoman from texas
eek to reclaim her time. ms. granger: i yield to mr. smith. mr. smith: if ending the shutdown is the goil why is this that riations package overturns a major current day pro-life policy. protecting life is aadvice rated by this bill. protecting life policy is expansion of ronald reagan mexico city policy and that policy was designed to ensure money is .s. taxpayer abortions.at perform it establishes safeguard that
re humane conditions and irchildren that might die. for years, pro-abortion have sed taxpayer fund to reverse laws and droy destroy. the speaker addmon i had us to proith god on creation. they cry out. . we fund with bill once of dollars of faxmon, this is grant oney to affirm, care for and assist women and children ncluding the unborn child. every human life has value. this is not to in a child.
this ould not be forced allows us global humanitarian aid, global health aid. and who we give it to does matter. and if they have an agenda, we would give it to someone else. i thank my good friend for yielding and support the granger motion to recommit. ms. granger: i yield back the bam answer of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition. s. lowey: response apply funding the federal government
is one of the most important duties of government, the previous majority failed to do so and failed to keep the lights on. here on day one of the 116th congress, we democrats are here to re-open federal agencies shuttered by the trump shutdown. this legislation which has grown strong support in the senate would ensure that the federal government is open and working for the american people. it includes the provisions relating to international family planning that were inlewded in the state foreign operations bill that was reported unanimously by the appropriations committee six
months ago including the aye votes by senators mcconnell and graham. the bill continues the long-standing prohibition on the se of u.s. funds for abortion. the president's executive order goes beyond u.s. law and forces the united states to withhold critical family planning assistance from nongovernmental organizations from expertise, and supporting women's health round the plobe the global gag rule is a harmful policy that hurts women and families around the world. the president's expanded policy prevents women from around the world to essential information
and health care services. we are already on the 13th day of the trump shut youp, we need to pass these pass. for that reason, i urge my colleagues to reject this motion to recommit and vote no. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. jabblet. the previous question is ordered on the question to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . the noes have it. the motion is not adopted. >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yapes are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise.
material on the bill under consideration. today is the beginning of the 116th congress. the first and most basic responsibility this house has is to re-open our depoft to serve the needs of the american people. call has st object ta been disagreements of how to spend homeland security dollars. this is why in the best interests of the country it
makes sense to pass the and to g six billings re-open the duste through a short-term continuing resolution. the resolution before us would do just that. it would re-open the department of homeland security through february 8 of this year. this would give us time to negotiate a d.-h s. funding bill yearhe rest of the current and meeting the needs of children and border custody. he ability to reach a full funneleding bill will not be possible if the president is unwilling to change his focus om a campaign promise that
addresses the immediate national security vulnerability or homeland focuses today. this must include funding for hiring more law enforcement to funding for id and and other contraband almost all of which comes into our country through the ports of entry. it must inclued in first esponder to respond to you terrorism and disasters of every nd and funding for the recup sullization of the coast guard
air fleet including funding of our heavy ice breaker. cause as the arctic ice, russia, china are winning the race to lay claim to the vast resources of that great region. it is only one of many pieces of the homeland security mission which includes first responders d preparedness and the protection of our cybernetwork our air tal waters and and surface transportation inspects. these must be funding priorities if we are to protect our homeland. a dollar is loss to our ability
to lose to our critical homeland security neds. and i urge the senate to do the ame so we can get to work on negotiating a full year nunding bill on the department of homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. ms. granger: i rise in ress one, this j fails to secure our border. the president said he will not sign it. and this is to protect the american people. there is an average of illegal crossings. arding to the department of homeland security, 17,000 criminals were apprehended last
year. from human traffickers to drug smugglers to terrorists, these immigrants represent a clear threat to our homeland. the significance is a crisis not only for my home state of texas but for our entire country. we need to work together to secure our border. as the leader of the speaker's group of the border crisis, i had the opportunity to travel multiple times to our southern border and coup tries where are unaccompanied minors were coming from. i talked to the people who were spending their people to the united states. in addition to the crime and violence, i was told time and time again that the recent people and children that were risking their lives to the
united states was because of the lack of enforcement. . in order to discourage people from taking this sometimes deadly trip to the united states it's important they know our borders are secure. it's time to get to work on a bill that will fund the government and -- that will reopen the federal government and fund border security. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has 11 minutes remaining. ms. roybal-allard : i yield three minutes to the gentleman from mississippi, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. thompson: thank you very much, madam speaker. i appreciate the chairlady's
recognition. madam speaker, i rise today in support of the new democratic majority's efforts to reopen the department of homeland security. since the government shutdown on december 21, roughly 2.5 million holiday travelers each day have passed through airport security check points, staffed by transportation security officers who aren't getting paid. as we speak, 87% of the d.h.s. work force is reporting to work without pay and without knowing when the next paycheck will come. these are fellow americans with bill to pay and families to support. the president should not be treating them like pawns in his pathetic pursuit to fulfill an absurd campaign promise.
madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert in the record a "new york times" article dated january 1 -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. thompson: thank you very much. i have served on this committee since its inception and spent over a decade working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle tie dent fi and informs in effective ways to secure the border. that is why i find the president's bizarre obsession with wasting billions of dollars on building a wall so confounding. there's absloutly no evidence that a wall spanning the u.s.-mexico border will make america safer. while i'm at it, there's similarly no evidence that separating children from their families or implementing harsh asylum restrictions make america safer either. but the trump administration has forced d.h.s. to pursue such
cruel, costly, and inhumane policy taos. the kinds of threats america face today transcend physical borders. the president needs to learn that and adjust his priorities accordingly. last fall, secretary nielsen declared cyber attacks and sophisticated hacking are the biggest threats to the united states, yet today almost half the cyber security and infrastructure security agency work force is furloughed and the rest are working without pay because the president is fixate on his wall. -- fixated on his wall. according to one official, there's a variety of cyber security capabilities, i'm disturbed the president doesn't appear to understand that his actions have stalled progress on
securing as a rule neble networks. moreover, the uncertainty over when workers may be paid is counterproductive. madam speaker i'm disappointed we're forced to spend the first days of the 116th congress on the unfinished business of the 115th congress. instead of addressing priorities that america elected us to tackle in november. but this is where we find ourselves -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has eblings pyred. ms. roybal-allard : i yield 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: the american public needs congress to be the grownups in the room. i urge my colleagues to support this short-term spending bill so we can pay the d.h.s. employees charged with protecting the homeland. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserve. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from
tennessee, mr. fleischmann. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. fleischmann: thank you, madam speaker and thank you to our distinguished ranking member, ms. granger. madam speaker, i respectfully and stongly rise today in strong opposition to the proposal from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to reopen the government without increased funding for border security. let me be clear. this attempt to reopen our government without increased border security funding is dangerous, flawed, and truly puts party before country. we can all agree our country is in crisis. as our po rouse borders, our po rouse southern border, allows dangerous criminals, deadly drugs and human trafficking to pour into our country almost unchecked. so why do my colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to refuse to take real action and do something about it? just the other day, there was
another tragedy where a police -- where the police reported an individual who had come here illegally, took the life a police officer. that police officer left his family as a patriotic american, dedicated to enforcing the rule of law and as a result lost his life. how many more times does this have to happen before my colleagues on the other side of this aisle support increased border security. in short, we need the wall. madam speaker, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say walls don't work. let me assure you they do. according to the department of homeland security, there have been significant decreases along our southern border where walls and fencing have been built. look at yuma, arizona, where illegal traffic has dropped 95%,
95%, over nine years. el paso, texas, where illegal traffic has dropped 72% in one year alone and over 95% in 22 years. madam speaker, house republicans took a stand on december 5 to secure our nation by passing a bill which included $5.7 billion in border security. that was the president's full request for the wall. this bill is central to fulfilling our promise as elected officials to protect the american people. ensure the safety of our nation, and put american interests first. to reopen the government without necessary border security funding and wall funding is a sorely missed opportunity. madam speaker, let's get back to work negotiating and take up legislation that secures our southern border, funds the wall,
and strengthens our nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. roybal-allard : i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. cuellar, a longtime member of the appropriations subcommittee on homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. cuellar: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the chairwoman for yielding to me. everybody talk about the border and how violent it is, but if you look at the latest f.b.i. statistics, whether it's rape, murder, or assault, the border crime rate is lower than the national crime rate. i can pick any city you want to and you will see that none of the most dangerous cities in the country are on the border. none of them. none of them are. in fact, if you look at my hometown of laredo, the murder rate in the border and you compare it to washington, d.c. where we're at, it's about three or four times higher here in washington, d.c. so if people are worried about the crime, start out with washington, d.c.
that's what you all want to do. the wall is a 14th century solution to a 21st century issue we have. we want to see border security. i live on the border. i don't just go for a second or an hour and say i know the border better. i know what works down there. the wall is a 14th century solution. if you want to spend billions on the wall i'll spend $100 on a ladder that will take care of that wall. this is why we got to make sure we spend money on border patrol, we're ,000 border patrol short and in fact if we spend money on retention so we can keep them we don't have to lose them, we're losing border patrol but we can't spend it the wrong way. the administration just spent $14.8 million to hire two border patrol. maybe one of them is captain america, i don't know, but are we going to spend $15 million to hire two border patrol, spend that money on benusses, give them the equipment that we have, protect private property rights
on the border so we can go ahead and do that. if you want to stop drugs, look at the late etc. d.e.a. report, you'll see that the latest d.e.a. report will tell you drugs come in through ports of entry. put the most beautiful wall and they're going to come in through a port of entry. put money on the ports of entry. put money on facilities and -- on the facilities we need. fenally the last thing i want to say is this. there is technology that works for the military. if it works for the military, we can surely use it on the border. personnel, technology, we just got to look at the right way of securing the border. i want to work with you. we want to work with you. but the wall, it's a 14th century solution. we can do better than that. madam speaker i yield back the balance of my time thank you so much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. rice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes.
mr. rice: thank you, madam speaker. it is true that about 3% of the government is shut down. we are in a standoff here. why is that? what's the purpose of this? it's because of two scourging on the american -- on our country that have been brought on by our po rouse southern border. that is illegal immigration and opioid deaths. my constituents have had enough. the house republicans passed the spending bill just a few weeks ago that included $5.7 billion that would go a long way toward securing our southern border and easing these disasters. now the democrats take charge and the first thing they do is introduce a bill that eliminates that spending for border security. with respect to illegal immigration, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens cross our southern border every year. this limitless supply of cheap labor unfairly competes for jobs and holds down wages for
hardworking, law-abiding americans. the most affected are the most vulnerable at the bottom of the income ladder. the american middle class is smaller and makes the same money as it did in 1990 today. that's right, until donald trump came along, the american middle class hadn't had a raise in 25 years. and cheap labor from illegal aliens breaking our laws every year to cheat american workers is one of the primary causes. mr. speaker, my friends on the other side of the aisle love to complain about income inequality. here's a chance to stop complaining and actually do something about income inequality. if you truly want to give the middle class a raise, let's stop the endless flow of illegal labor that cheat ours middle class, let's restore the $5.7 billion to secure our southern border and stop the flow of cheap, illegal labor. and watch wages rise. with respect to opioids, the
scourge of opioid death is not new but it is exploding in america as gangs and drug cartels become more adept at exploiting our po rouse southern border for fantastic profits. but these criminal profits come at great cost for honest, hardworking people, both in central and south america and here in the united states. from17, 70,000 people died opioid overdoses. that's up 45% in one year. 132 of these americans killed by drugs were in my district and they're in injure districts too. if you want to argue about who caused the shuttown, you want to argue who caused the shutdown, i don't care who caused this shutdown. what i care about is 70,000 americans are killed by opioids, most of which come across our southern border. my law enforcement tells me 85% of those drugs killing my
constituents and yours come across our southern border. that's 70,000 americans killed by drug everdoses is more than traffic deaths, 37,000, and homicides, 17,000, combined. more than traffic deaths and homicides combined. and most of these drugs killing your constituents are coming across our southern border. mr. speaker, the democrats say they're for border security but they take no action. empty words. they strip the funding from the spending bill. they want to argue about who is to blame for the shutdown. go home and tell that to a family that lost a loved one from opioids because you refused to take action to secure our southern border. mpty words. why is he against it now? mr. trump wants it? empty words.
it's time to stop the finger pointing and truly help our constituents. end unfair competition of llegal aliens. let's reduce opioid deaths. billion ofre the 5.7 homeland security that they need to secure our southern border. the democrats are getting worried. this is a fight to keep drugs off of our streets. it's a fight to keep our communities safe and fight for higher wages and a fight worth having. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. > i yield 2.5 minutes to mr.
ruppersberger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. ruppersberger: i rise in support of house joint resolution 1 that makes continuing resolutions. i don't like it. stop-depap bills. they prevent new spending and last and budgets are passed. the american taxpayers and those on the front lines tasked with the. the administration has tied our hands and demanding $5 billion for his pledge a border wall that does not work. i'm a member of the homeland security subcommittee, we met with. how much time does a physical
wall buy you. his aps was, a few minutes to few seconds. what we need is manpower. vacancies and working triple over time. more immigration judges and by leveraging technology such as new communication towers, drones, all-terrain vehicles. brick and mortar walls is a 21st sent problem. al problem is undocumented which constitutes those who are here illegally. most of the drugs are coming through land, air and seaport. i represent the port of
baltimore. and the american people have reswrected this style of gomps and no, we don't want open borders and we want better. e must do it stra teague gickally. and this is identical to legislation passed pi our colleagues in the senate. i kneeled the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i continue to reserve. >> i yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. jet stream jackson lee democrats made a pledge to the american
people and here at 8:50 in the evening making good to our pledge to open the government, to open certain appropriations and by opening the government by extending homeland security funding until february 8 to make sure that the border control, the-c b.-p's. how many of you go through the airports, do you realize that they are not being paid. ap as i traveled to washington you need to be paid, because it's a shame. and so i come today to say, do what is right not tore party but for the american people. the president indicated, i will build a great, great wall on you are and mexico will pay for it. no funding for the wall.
mexico will pay tore it. so it is extremely important to recognize our duty and our duty is to fund this government but i wan to give a constitutional, article one is the congress, article 2 is the executive. we don't have dictates to tell what is best. pay our federal workers so that rubbish, trash and discxds difficulties aster on the mall. the misuse of the military. he wants to send more troops to he border and add 160 miles of wire. i came from the border on saturday. i go to the border almost all the time through all the years and i talked to the border agents and they don't want a wall.
they done need a table with a doctor -- the speaker pro tempore: give the gentlelady three seconds. they don't wan a table, the they don't want a room of individuals have a room that says blue room and want nonchildren who are now concxds con determined who are fleeing persecution and the newspapers acrossing the border are women and children. we are big enough family to have real border security through individuals at the ports of enti, we know how to do this, we need to build on the floor, open the government now and vote for these bills. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. >> i urge my colleagues to vote know on this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. >> i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and the critical work of the department of homeland security. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. purn to house resolution 5, the previous question is ordered. aye. ose in favor say those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: making further continuing appropriations for the department of homeland security for fiscal year 2019 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from seek recognition? >> i have a motion to recommit
to desk. the gentlewoman from qualifies. the clerk: ms. granger of texas moves to recommit to the .ommittee ms. granger: the bills that house democrats have chosen are not in keeping with the months of good faith negotiations between the house, senate and the white house. they fail to truly address the crisis on our southern border and the threat it poses to the safety and security of our homeland. we need to work together to address this problem and secure our border. and time to reopen the government and fund board security. i urge my colleagues to vote yes
on the the motion to reconsider. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek reck figs? >> i rise in opposition. his shutdown has gone on for long enough. this motion to recommit to further prolong the shutdown. we need to pass this immediately to ensure that all components of our department of homeland security are open and functional to protect the american people. madam speaker, for those reasons, i urge my colleagues to oppose the motion to recommit. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the present question is ordered on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not adopted. >> i ask for the yeas and nays. ifflet the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor say aye. hose in favor say aye. a a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. by electronic device. purpose to clause 8 and clause 9 f rule 20, this 15-minute-vote on the motion to recommit will be followed on the passage of the joint resolution if ordered, the motion to h.r. 21 and passage of h.r. 21. this is 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.] >> it's a historic different has
a policy. -- for nancy pelosi. she becomes the speaker of the house. the republicans to control and that election. -- in that election. again, a vote of 220 votes out of the 430 cast. nancy pelosi becomes speaker of the house for the 116th congress. justin in from abilene, texas. really, what i am looking forward in this new congress is i am looking for an investigation into the education department. i am seeing some of the new politics these -- policies that are going through. it's kind of interesting seeing how the federal government and these new agencies, especially the one let
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