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virtually every business i know, ones with two, three, four employers, outsource paycheck had preparation so almost all of this his been digitalized. to be extra cautious and to make sure we don't provide burden on small businesses, this would exempt those companies with 100 employees or less. with that, mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of my time and yield to -- the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: mr. chairman, i rise to claim time in opposition to this amendment, although i am not -- i reserve the right to change my mind based on what i hear from my colleague from virginia. i have -- the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. chairman. i do have great respect for my colleague from virginia, and i appreciate the fact that this amendment recognizes the very serious problem with h.r. 7 by
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applying the expansive government data collection mandate only to business owners with 100 or more employees. however, the forced data collection scheme in the underlying bill, even with this amendment, is still extremely misguided. h.r. 7 requires business owners to, for the first time ever, submit reams of pay data to the eeoc, broken down by job category, race, sex, and ethnicity. moreover, the collection must also include hiring, termination, promotion data, which even the obama administration's 2016 pay data collection scheme did not include. this data collection mandate raises several concerns. first, it puts at risk volumes of highly confidential pay data involving millions of individual workers. we all know the widespread data breaches the federal government has suffered. second, the eeoc will not be
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able to manage or properly use this data. it's never been explained what exactly the eeoc will do with this data. . third, this mandate is overly burdensome. the data sales required from business owners had they file employer information report will 3,660.d 180 cells to it's been estimated that the new reams of pay data added will cost business owners $700 million annually. although this amendment would spare some business owners from the mandate, the serious flaws in this data collection mandate make the provision in the up-to-date lying bill not worth save -- in the underlying bill not worth saving. if the pay data collection mandate is not worth applying to smaller firms, maybe it should be considered -- reconsidered entirely. what's good for the goose is good for the and goer. mr. chairman, -- and goer.
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-- gander. mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. beyer: i yield as much time as the gentleman may consume to the distinguished majority leader from maryland. one minute to the majority leader from maryland. the chair: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. or one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i wanted to speak during general debate, but i will take this time to speak on behalf of this legislation. and also to rise in support of the gentleman's amendment. mr. speaker, the american people entrusted democrats with the majority, in part because we pledged to work hard on the issues they care about most, issues affecting their everyday lives. i'm the father of three daughters. they are all extraordinary people. i want them all treated based
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upon the content of their character and their performance and the duties that they perform. not on the fact that they happen to be daughters and not sons. one of the issues we pledged to address was raising wakes. and that includes address -- wages. and that includes addressing the gender pay gap which keeps women from earning their fair share nd hurts families and children and all people. the last time i was the majority leader, which was from 2007 to lil -- lilycted the led bed -- lilly ledbetter pay fair act, to make it easier for women who have faced discriminatory pay, and benefits, to seek justice. lilly ledbetter had worked hard and she did not know that she was being paid less than her counterparts doing exactly the
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same thing she was doing. with exactly the same responsibility. and exactly the same expectations. there was no justice in that. but she didn't know it. and the supreme court ultimately said, well, you didn't raise the issue quickly enough. we also passed the paycheck fairness act in that same congress, but unfortunately the senate failed to enact it as well. now we've returned to this important work of ensuring equal ay for equal work. who intellectually can oppose that concept? who with any sense of fairness and fair play could oppose that concept and precept? it is shameful, mr. speaker, that in 2019, 56 years after president kennedy signed the equal pay act, that we're here
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fighting for equal pay. a half a century later. women still earn on average 80 cents to a man's $1. and very frankly minority women are less than that. that gap is even worse for minorities. 2/3 of women are now either the primary bread winner or co-bread winner in their households. make no mistake, this is an economic concern for families across our country. this is not a woman's issue, it is a fairness issue and it is an every family, every person issue. democrats ran on a platform of raising wages. as i said, we're focused on making sure that more working families can make it in america. that's what this bill will help
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achieve. i am proud that every member of the democratic caucus, let me peat that, every member, 234 members, of the democratic caucus have signed on as co-sponsors of this bill. because we believe it's fair. because we believes right. because -- we believe it's right. because we believe it's good for families. and yes, we believe it's good for the american economy. she's on the floor. i want to thank rosa delauro. we hear the phrase, keep the faith. rosa delauro has kept the faith year after year after year. not only with the women of america, but with the families and children of america. who rely on women's wages for the quality of their life. and their partners and their spouses. thank you, rosa delauro, for all
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you've done for our country in keeping the faith. i also want to thank my dear friend and my colleague from my neighboring state, virginia, chairman bobby scott, for his faithfulness, for his focus, and for his bringing this bill to the floor so early in our session. urge my colleagues, as we observe april 2 as equal payday, as day symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earn in the previous year, essentially three months of free labor. let me repeat that. not in this body, because we're all paid the same in this body. we comply with this bill. that's the good news. the bad news is women on average have to work not 12 months, but 15 months to earn what men earn
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in 12 months. that's what that language meant. let us vote today, my colleagues . let us vote today to make in the last equal payday. and pass this bill to ensure the promise of economic equality for all. we hold these truths to be self-evident. that all, drop the men, that all are created equal. that view may be self-evident, ut it is not self-executing. let us act upon it today. and i yield back to my friend from virginia. mr. beyer: mr. chairman, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: mr. chairman, could i inquire as to how much time i have and how much time the
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gentleman from virginia has? the chair: the gentlewoman has 2 3/4 minutes. ms. foxx: and the gentleman from virginia. the chair: the gentleman from irginia has two minutes. i have mr. chairman, said it i don't know how many times today. i'll say it one republican pres in this country was the leader that ended slavery in this country. republicans have been for civil rights. we've been for equal pay. we support the rights of all itizens to be treated equally.
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and we've all said that, every republican who has spoken here, but this bill does not do that. i believe that the gentleman from virginia's amendment proves that this is a damaging bill, because he wants to spare smaller companies from the very damaging impacts of the payday -- data -- pay data collection mandate. that in a way is discriminatory in itself. because there's a feeling it's ok for big businesses to pay the cost of this, but it's not ok for small businesses to pay the cost of this. so in a way, this amendment itself damns the bill. but let me -- it does.
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and i hope, as our colleague from maryland said, i hope that every business owner in america isl note that every democrat a co-sponsor of this bill. i hope that word gets out loud and clear across the country. particularly among business owners. now, i will say that this amendment, to spare smaller companies, makes the teenyist -- teeniest, tiniest improvement to this bill. and therefore i will support it. although i don't believe the bill will go anywhere in the senate. but it is my hope that that again points out the discriminatory nature and the
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terrible aspects of this bill to all business and industry in the country. and it doesn't help the underlying bill in terms of the other businesses and industries. and with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. beyer: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank my friend from north carolina for supporting this amendment. i'd like to thank my friend from north carolina for stating clearly a number of times today that democrats and republicans are both committed to equal pay for men and for women. i think our differences just come down to how we accomplish that. because 50 years after the equal pay act was signed into place, there are still significant differences, despite our joint commitment to equal pay. so if unequal pay continues to persist, how do we address it? we simply say that the collection of data to the eeo-1 is the best way to move forward.
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the employers of less than 100 have been exempted since the very beginning of the eeo-1 report. so this is simply consistent with that. and recognizes that, to get meaningful data, sometimes you need more than a handful of people. that six or 10 or 12 people doesn't necessarily give you apples to apples comparisons. when you get more than 100, do it. the government already collects sensitive data. has done it for years without privacy concerns. when they aggregate it all, maybe 3,600 categories, right now with deep lurn learning, with machine learning -- learning, with machine learning, this is something that takes a microsecond to do. this is very easy. we're now in an intellectual and a digital world where being able to have the ee -- e.e.o. discover which companies have persistent patterns of pay inequity really works. all of our offices have pay transparency. when i'm trying to figure out how much to pay a legislative correspondent or director or front office, i know that everyone can go online and find out what everyone else is
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making. that's a powerful intendtific for us to make sure that people are paid fairly -- incentive for us to make sure that people are paid fairly and equally. with that, i thank my friend for the support of this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from virginia. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. mr. beyer: mr. chairman, i'd ask for the yeas and nays. the chair: does the gentleman request a recorded vote? mr. beyer: yes, i do, sir. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from virginia will be postponed.
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the chair: it is now in order to consider amendment number 89 printed in part b of house report 16-19, for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? mrs. lawrence: mr. chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8 printed in house report 116-19 offered by mrs. lawrence of michigan. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 252, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. lawrence: i yield myself such time as i may consume. would first like to thank representative rosa delauro for
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her hard work on h.r. 7. this long standing legislation which would ensure equal pay for equal work has been introduced in every single congress since 1997. as the chair of the bipartisan women's caucus, i am proud to support h.r. 7. meaningful legislation that would, at a minimum, ensure that orkers are protected against gender-based pay discrimination, prevent retaliation against those who voluntarily discuss wages, eliminate loopholes which would allow institutional discrimination and pay and equalize remedies for the gender-based pay discrimination, salary history from dictating future pay. mr. chair, my amendment is
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simple. while we debate the gender pay gap in the professional workplace, it is imperative that we understand how and when the pay gap begins. for women, the gender-based wage gap typically emerges in the teenage years and only increases with time. my amendment would require the secretary of labor and the commercial of labor statistics to submit a report to congress that studies the teenaged pay gap and provide recommendations to address it. a 2018 study cited in the "washington post" reported that the gender-based wage gap emerges well before adulthood leading to lifetime effects on lifetime earnings and economic
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mobility. the economic impact of the gender-based wage gap are even greater for women of color. teenagers are often under studied as part of this work force. many teenagers out of wanting something to do but out of necessity or because of their financial situation work part-time while in school and sometimes enter the work force unfortunately as early as 12 years old. to truly address the wage gap, we need to have a better way to identify the root of these gaps. this report would provide the statistics necessary to uncover why this pay gap exists and the best ways to remedy the constituents. if women are raised in a culture where they believe they are not equal to men, the disparity that
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exists may never be broken. we need to end that mindset now. thank you, and i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman eserves. ms. foxx: i claim time in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. foxx: mr. chairman, discriminating in america is illegal as codified in the equal pay act and civil rights act. democrats claim h.r. 7 will improve upon these bipartisan laws to create laws for women. what it does, it creates new opportunities for trial lawyers to earn higher paychecks. similarly, while this amendment appears to be marketed as assisting young women, this
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paternal approach undermines young women's abilities to pigeon hole them in steer yeoh typical roles. this will conduct a study in the teenaged labor force and to report recommendations to congress including recommendations to expand awareness specifically for teenaged girls on pay rates and employment rights. i'm tempted to call this the baby sitting amendment because it asks the department of labor to spend taxpayer dollars to compare amounts earned by men and women in informal jobs such as baby sitting. this amendment could also be called the in local pare nmp tis amendment because it is parents who should be teaching the importance of a first job, which is often a minimum-wage job.
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we don't need the government coming in and telling children and parents what their chin should be doing. these initial jobs help to teach teenagers important skills that will stay with them their entire lives. american women of all ages are skilled and smart and they are driving the american economy. of the 2.8 million jobs created, more than 58% have gone to women. one in five employer businesses are eand by women and more women than men earning college degrees. i support equal pay for equal work, which is rightfully required under two federal statutes. congress should focus on policies that will continue to increase economic opportunity and expand options for all workers. this amendment and the underlying bill fail in this regard. i urge my colleagues to oppose
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this amendment. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. rs. lawrence: i would really challenge to think that my colleague is unaware that there are young girls who are teenagers who work in restaurants and other capacities not because their parents want them to have activities, but because they are literally trying to survive and feed themselves and sometimes their brothers and sisters. and to say that it is not necessary for us to have data and not just stand at a mic as an elected official and make assumptions based on your own privilege of life. i think it is imperative that we look at the data and here i am saying that before i can say
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invalidate the status of teenaged girls, that i would want statistics and reports so that we can truly address the inequality that girls often get. and the mindset that a little boy, who is out working, he needs the pay and often given a large amount of money versus a girl and every girl is not a baby sitter. but if we want to call this the baby sitter amendment, i'll accept it. as we work to address the pay gap, it is important that we do not forget our new generation of leaders. and it's about breaking a cycle, about having a young girl who is working and she understands that i have value and that i, too, should be paid an equal pay. i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields
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back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. chairman. i know that my colleague was not on the floor earlier when i spoke and told of my need to work even before i was a teenager. and i worked for survival. so i know that she did not know that and did not know that i take lightly the fact that many young people in this country are like i was and working to help support their families so that they have food and they are able to survive. i do not take lightly anyone's work in this country, not anyone. i have worked hard all my life. and i have always wanted to be paid equally with men. and i know there were times i was not. so i understand that.
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and i never want to see anyone discriminated against in this country, particularly never want to see a woman discriminated against for equal pay when she's doing the job that a man is doing. i wish with all my heart that we were improving on the equal pay act and the civil rights act and helping to make things better for women with h.r. 7. we are not. we are lining the pockets of trial lawyers and in many cases, will be harming women. and by stereotyping young women and that's what this young amendment does, because it mentions baby sitting, that's where the stereotypes come in is in this amendment and that's unfortunate. we do have a younger generation and we have women who can do any job that any man can do and she
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should be paid equally for it, but neither this study nor this bill is going to guarantee that. and with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from michigan. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 9 printed in part b of house report 116-19. for what purpose does does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. brown: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 9 inted in house report part b
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116-19. the chair: the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. brown: i yield myself such time as i may consume and it's a privilege to be able to stand on the floor of the u.s. house of representatives in this year and this term and this session of congress to participate in the debate and the discussion and offer an amendment on this historic bill, the paycheck fairness act. i thank chairman of the committee, bobby scott from virginia, for your leadership on this leadership and this bill and i want to recognize the decades' long work of congresswoman delauro and her efforts along with many other women including maryland's former senator to ensure that
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women are treated fairly in the workplace. my amendment would enhance transparency protections in this bill. this amendment would make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate to discuss why they are being paid a certain waming or salary. if you found out you were being paid less, you would probably demand to be paid more. it has been considered tab ompomp to discuss your salary with co-workers let alone confronting your boss if you were being paid unfairly. organizations must be able to justify each employee's salary thus reducing or eliminating any type of bias. this puts transparency front and center and why my amendment goes a little further and gives every employee the right to negotiate the higher pay. since congress has not been able to act over the past several
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years, states have led the way in transparency including california, illinois, louisiana and my state of maryland. in maryland. we had a very broad transparency protections to ensure employees the ability to discover and discuss disparities in pay and even expanded prohibitions against discriminatory pay practices to include gender identity an item i hope this congress takes up later this session. my amendment reit rates the importance of transparency in the workplace. every employee should be able to advocate and negotiate for themselves without fear of reprisal. according to the carnegie melon study, when women do ask for a raise, they request 30% less than men do. we should be encouraging employees to inquire and discuss disparities of pay and advocate
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for themselves if they aren't being paid fairly or simply time to get the well deserved raise. congress must ensure that every worker is paid equally and fairly and are empowered throughout this negotiation process. i reserve. . the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. chairman. pay discrimination on the basis of sex is wrong and it also importantly violates two federal statutes. retaliation by an employer against an employee for pursuing reasonable discussion or inquiry regarding potentially discriminating compensation is wrong and it too is illegal. however, like the rest of this bill, the expanded
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nonretaliation provision in h.r. 7 goes too far and this amendment takes it even further. under current law, those who inquire about, discuss or disclose compensation information in a reasonable manner and with a good-faith belief that an unlawful pay disparity may exist are protected from retaliation. however, the underlying provision in h.r. 7 regarding pay disclosures and discussions have no limits at all. the inquiry discussion and disclosure allowed under this bill is not required to be reasonable, nor related to any per received pay -- perceived pay disparity, and receive -- and raises serious privacy concerns for all employees, especially in the age of social media. h.r. 7 takes away an employee's ability to control disclosure of information about their own pay.
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it also limits an employer's ability to protect what should e confidential information about employees. congress should focus on policies that promote opportunity and options for all workers. this amendment does not further this purpose. i urge my colleagues to protect workers' privacy rights by opposing this amendment and the underlying bill and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. brown: mr. chair, unfortunately, historically, the cloak of confidentiality has been the shield used by employers to discriminate against women when it comes to paycheck fairness. i encourage all of my colleagues to support my amendment and the underlying bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. chairman. once again, i reiterate my opposition to the underlying bill and to this amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from maryland. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 7 printed in byt b of house report 116-19 the gentleman from virginia, mr. buyer, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the ayes prevailed by
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voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in part b of house report 116-19 offered by mr. beyer of virginia. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a record -- a recorded vote is 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.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 406 and the nays are 24. he amendment is adopted. the question is on the amendment in the nature of a substitute. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the amendment is adopted. accordingly, under the rule, the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the chair: madam speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union had under consideration h.r. 7 and pursuant to house resolution
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252, i report the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 7 and, pursuant to house resolution 252, reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any amendment to the amendment reported from the committee on the whole? if not, the question is on the adoption of the amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it.
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the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the third reading. the clerk: a bill to amend the fair labor standards act of 1938, to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the house should come to order. he house should come to order. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i have a motion to recommit at the desk, madam speaker. and the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is correct. members, please take your onversations to the cloakroom.
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the gentlewoman may proceed. the clerk will now report the motion. the clerk: ms. foxx of north carolina moves to recommit the bill, h.r. 7, to the committee on education and labor with instructions to report the same back to the house for thewith with the following amendment. the speaker pro tempore: -- forthwith with the following endment -- the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will proceed. the clerk: in section 3-c-5-1, strike and, two, redesignate subparagraph b as subparagraph c, and, three, insert after subparagraph a the following. b, by inserting the following.
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accept that any contingent attorneys' fees shall not exceed 49% of any judgment awarded to the plaintiff or plaintiffs and. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentlewoman -- the gentlewoman s opposed to the bill. ms. foxx: i am. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman qualifies. the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. foxx: madam speaker -- the house is not in order. and i will not begin until the house is in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has made a point and i ask my colleagues, take any conversation to the cloakroom. the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i am here to offer a motion to recommit that is about honesty. it's about making sure this bill does what my democrat colleagues say it will do and that is help
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victims of wage discrimination on the basis of sex. it's about making sure that any woman who experiences unfair and illegal wage discrimination just because she is a woman doesn't go through all the hardship of a legal battle only to see her lawyer walk away with even more of her money. with this motion to recommit, if a plaintiff has entered into a contingency fee arrangement in equal pay act litigation, the attorney's contingency including cost will not exceed 49% of the judgment awarded to the plaintiff. if adopted, it will ensure that the individual is brought -- who has brought the claim actually receives a majority of the judgment and that the attorney doesn't collect the lion's share. the authors of h.r. 7 failed to include in the text any new legal protections for workers against discrimination. instead, the bill alters the equal pay act to allow unlimited compensatory damages, even when
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there's no intentional discrimination and unlimited punitive damage. it also expands class action lawsuits. h.r. 7 makes it impossible in many cases for employers to defend against equal pay act claims, even when there's a legitimate business reason for a pay differential. h.r. 7 creates special incentives and rewards for trial lawyers. for working women who have been taken advantage of by their bosses, it sets them up to lose out again. h.r. 7 encourages trial lawyers to file more lawsuits of questionable validity and to drag workers into the suits without their knowledge for the purpose of siphoning off the new pool of unlimited compensatory and punitive damages created by h.r. 7. lining their own pockets at the expense of plaintiffs. a similar amendment capping lawyers' contingency fees at 15% was offered by mr. burn when
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h.r. 7 was considered in committee -- mr. byrne when h.r. 7 was considered in committee. every democrat opposed this modest change. if this amendment is adopted, trial lawyers will somehow have to make do with 49% of the overall judgment. and we all know that trial lawyers siphon off more than this amount in many of their class action cases. victims of true pay discrimination should be the true beneficiaries of any judgment in their favor. this amendment will help ensure this outcome in equal pay act cases. madam speaker, supporters of h.r. 7 say the bill is about helping victims of pay discrimination. if that's true, then all members should support this reasonable proposal. all we're asking is that if our colleagues are so intent on giving trial lawyers a bigger piece of the pie, they consider giving working women more than a few crumbs. i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: madam speaker, i withdraw my point of order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia withdraws his point of order. >> madam speaker, i rise in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania rise? >> i am opposed to this motion. i am opposed to all caps on attorneys' fees -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you. ms. wild: madam speaker, i am opposed to all caps on attorneys' fees in this type of case. the only criteria for the amount of attorneys' fees charged should be reasonableness in the context of the case itself. i have spent more than 30 years
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in courtrooms. most of that time representing the defense in civil matters. almost always for companies. in other words, against the very trial lawyers we speak of. so i have no bias in favor of those lawyers. but let me tell you this. representing plaintiffs in employment cases is a very hard job. these lawyers work for every penny they earn. they take cases that put their own livelihood at risk. many employment cases take years to resolve. often they have to go to court over and over to litigate discovery and pretrial matters and all the while they are not collecting a paycheck from that case because they have taken it on a con tin jebt fee -- contingent fee basis. without an award at the end of the case, they receive nothing. and they advance out-of-pocket expenses. but even more important, without these lawyers, low-income,
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female employees with legitimate grievances would have no recourse. only with a competent lawyer's help can they proceed. this motion, if passed, would discourage lawyers from taking these cases and if they don't take these cases, employees, workers, families lose out. the only test for attorneys' fees should be reasonableness. courts and judges are well equipped to determine whether a fee is reasonable. far better equipped than congress is. i yield to the gentlewoman from new jersey. thank you. >> madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to the gentlelady from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is correct. the house will come to order. the gentlewoman may proceed. >> there are a few things that define us as a country more
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distinctly than the idea of the american dream. the idea that anyone can make it here through hard work and dedication. and that dream rests on giving people a fair shot. right now too many people in this country just aren't getting a fair shot and women in this country face additional barriers because they simply are not paid equally for their work. madam speaker, this bill, h.r. 7, supports paycheck fairness because equal pay for equal work is about respect. . ms. sherrill: and in new jersey we know respect. and i know what paycheck fairness looks like because we just passed it in new jersey. it's high time that congress ensures that these commonsense values for the rest of the women across this country, and i've listened to objections raised today, that women already have protections for equal pay. well, let me assure you that the protections in our laws are
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not adequate. i rise today, madam speaker, for women who are earning just 80 cents on every dollar. i rise for our african-american women who are earning only 61 cents on the dollar. i rise today for hispanic women who are only earning 53 cents on the dollar. madam speaker, i rise today for american women and for their families so we can give them a fair shot. like the women in my district who, despite being a single mom helping to pay off her children's college debt was passed over for a raise because her male co-worker had a family to support. or another who found she was being paid less than her male co-workers after years of performing the same job and with the same you seniority. and, madam speaker, i am fighting today for my two daughters so they have the same opportunities and the same
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rights as my two sons. and in the house, we know what our co-workers are making. we can look it up. we need our constituents to have that same opportunity. madam speaker, i join my colleagues on the other side of the aisle in the past -- i joined my colleagues on the other side of the aisle in their pasts for their motions. i believe deeply for this body to come together to focus on issues that matter to our families, and it's time for my colleagues to now join me because supporting women, supporting families, supporting the american dream is a shared value. and i know in new jersey the equal pay bill passed with broad bipartisan support. in fact, in the entire state senate and assembly, there were only two people who voted against it. and if there was ever a moment, if there was ever a bill, if there was ever a time to put
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obstruction aside, it is now. so the motion put forth has nothing to do with equal pay, and i urge my colleagues to reject it. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, he noes have it. the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: madam speaker, on that we request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote has been requested. those favoring a recorded vote will stand. a recorded vote is requested. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is
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ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 191. the nays are 236. none voting present. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, he ayes have it. ms. foxx: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays have been requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 242, the nays are 187. none answering present. the bill is passed. he joint resolution is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady rise? >> madam speaker, i ask
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unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table house resolution 245 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 14. house resolution 245. resolution providing for the expenses of certain committees of the house of representatives in the 116th congress. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the resolution? without objection, the resolution is agreed to. the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of house resolution 962, the born-alive abortion survivors protection act, a commonsense bill to protect the smallest and most
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vulnerable among us, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: under guidelines consistently issued by successive speakers, as recorded in section 956 of the house rules, and manual, the chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it has been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leadership. >> madam speaker, this unanimous consent request can't be entertained. i urge the speaker and the majority leader to immediately schedule the born-alive bill so that we can stand up and protect -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is not recognized for debate at this time. the gentleman is not recognized for debate at this time. thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- the gentlelady from wisconsin seek recognition? ms. moore: i ask to be removed as a co-sponsor of h.r. 1735.
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the speaker pro tempore: so ordered, without objection. thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that it may be in order at any time on wednesday, april 3, 2019, for the speaker to declare a recess subject to the call of the chair for the purpose of receiving in oint meeting his excellency, the secretary general of the north atlantic treaty organization. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. payne: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. payne: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. payne: madam speaker, i rise today to honor a community leader from essex county, new jersey, mrs. florence m. johnson. ms. johnson has been an exceptional leader for the past four decades. in the 1970's she co-founded a housing development in new jersey that was designed, built and managed by african-americans. one of the first of its kind. in the 1980's and 1990's, she was a trailblazing member of the
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municipal council. and in the 2000's she joined the new jersey symphony orchestra as an outreach and community engagement leader. at the new jersey symphony, ms. johnson led outreach to schools, churches, senior centers and other organizations in order to make sure that the arts benefit everyone in the community. this evening she is being onored as the hidden figure. i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring ms. florence m. johnson for her leadership and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: madam speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, tomorrow is
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national vietnam war veterans y, 46 years ago on march 29, 1973, the last combat troops were ordered out of vietnam. in just two -- and just two years ago we designated march 29 as the national day to honor our vietnam veterans. madam speaker, in many instances our vietnam veterans often didn't receive a warm welcome home when they returned from war. there were no parades, no welcome back ceremonies. our vietnam veterans, many of whom were drafted, answered the nation's call and served with honor and distinction. vietnam veterans even constructed their own memorial here in washington, built entirely by private donations and dedicated to the 2.7 million service members who served during the vietnam war. madam speaker, we all know someone who served in vietnam. they're our friends, our family and our neighbors. it is long overdue to salute them for their service but it's not too late. tomorrow i'll proudly be -- this
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weekend i'll proudly be at the cambria county war memorial to mark this special day. may god bless our vietnam war veterans today, tomorrow and every day. welcome home. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to address concerns about the colorado river drought contingency plan and to sound the alarm to avoid a public health crisis at the salten sea, southern california. to be clear, i support the goals of the d.c.p. which outlines voluntary water use cuts across seven western states in the event of a worsening drought. however, i am concerned that the current proposal to implement the d.c.p. provides an expansive waiver to the bureau of reclamation which could result in the reduction of water to the salten city. ruse ruse it is the largest -- mr. ruiz: it is the largest inland body of water in all of
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california and its very existence is already at risk. ensuring the sea is protected as part of this agreement is critically important because if the sea decline accelerate, thousands of lakebed will become exposed, subjecting residents of southern california to harmful dust that penetrates the lungs, that can cause severe revise and extend respiratory illness. i look forward to -- respiratory illness. i look forward two,ing with the natural resources committee that -- forward to working with the natural resources committee that protects the surrounding residents. mr. speaker, i support the goals of the d.c.p., however, i cannot in good conscience support implementation in a way that harms the salten sea or threatens the health of the people that i serve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> madam speaker, i rise to raise the concerns of
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floridians and georgians who still await a supplemental appropriation from the congress. every other major storm and disaster received a supplemental appropriation, but for some reason, victims of hurricane michael remain waiting. the air force, expecting an appropriation, began the process of rebuilding tyndall air force base, and this morning the air force put out news they have run out of funds. what does this mean? as of this morning we deferred 61 required facility projects at bases in 18 states across our country. mr. gates: it means on may -- mr. gaetz: it means on may 1 we will not rebuild. it means on may 15, the air force will cut aircraft repairs, poe continuationly endangering our pilot safety when limiting their training capacity. it means on september 1 we will cut 13,000 training flying hours. we must act now to ensure the
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men and women serving in the air force are furnished with the tools to accomplish their missions. this is our job as a congress, and we need to do it immediately with only three legislative days remaining until the easter break. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: madam speaker, i rise to commemorate world water day, just celebrated on march 22. water sustains life on earth. it is critical to health, to sanitation, food prodtion, and the economy at large. tragically, over two billion people arnd our world lack access to safe drinking water, a humanitarian crisis, and some live in our country. limited access to freshwater is an ever-increasing risk to our national security as nations go to war over this precious resource. meanwhile, terrorist organizations seek to control water resources to finance
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their destabilizing activities, and that is why we must fully fund u.s. diplomatic leadership to ensure that the looming conflicts over water can be nipped in the bud. my own constituents in northern ohio are acutely aware how precious access to clean water it can be. in the summer of 2014, fertilizer runoff led to harmful algal bloom on lake erie, compromising drinking water supplies to over half a million people just in toledo. flint, michigan, shortly thereafter, endured its own water crisis. as energy and water chair, i can assure you our committee is working tirelessly to fight for improved infrastructure, environmental protections and access to clean water. together we will meet this crisis in our country and abroad and allow the vital human right of fresh water to belong to everyone. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition?
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>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the passing of a dear friend and model public servant from my district. ms. barbara rica passed away peacefully sunday morning at the age of 95. barbara proudly served as legal secretary for her county for over 30 years. she worked under five different prosecutors from both parties. in fact, when i became prosecutor, barbara was my very first secretary. she worked tirelessly until her retirement. mr. joyce: she worked just as hard as a volunteer at a hospital and can be found ailing hay on her family farm. for relaxation, she played in a band. most recently, i had the honor of penning barb at the fair to commemorate her 80th year of
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playing in the fair band. barb will not only be missed by her loving family and friends community. entire may she rest in peace. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the body for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> ladies and gentlemen, may i have your attention. to my right this is a picture of champs. i want to congratulate the fullerton college men's basketball team for winning the state championship this last weekend. this victory marks fullerton college's fourth state championship title but the first since 2006. mr. panetta: this is thanks to coach perry webster and tournament v.i.p. lance coleman, sophomore roderick
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mccobb and the rest of the talented players. i'm honored to recognize these fine young men. these players are going to be role models and they're going to be leaders in our community. mr. correa: and these men have learned the lesson that hard work, determination pays off. these are our state champions. congratulations to coach webster, the hornets. you've earned your victory. go, hornets. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to congratulate the lakeland christian school mock trial team for winning second place in the florida high school mock trial competition. the team previously won first place in regionals and went on to win not only second place among all teams in florida but also the steven shankman professionalism award and best
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attorney award which was awarded to abby. it included many others. these students dedicated many hours of hard work and preparation to learn the facts of their case and present them thoroughly in the competition. mr. spano: i'm confident the knowledge they gain will help them become active members of their community and college and beyond. their success comes not only from their hard work but from the mentors who guided them through the process. the talented students were mentored by chasity, an attorney. and others. they imparted their passion for justice to these students. i appreciate all that you do. our next generation is made better because of your service. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
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>> i ask the house unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor the career and service of a gentleman, the honorable ramon garcia. judge garcia recently concluded his third term as hidalgo county judge, serving with honor and distinction during his tenure. he was first elected in 2002. at the end of his tenure in 2006, he left hidalgo county in the best financial position it had ever been in its history. judge garcia returned for a second round as hidalgo county judge, being elected for a second term in 2010 and a third term in 2014, having served until this year in 2019. his leadership and fiscal responsibilities have paved the way for hidalgo county to construct a much-needed county courthouse. mr. gonzalez: the
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commissioner's court -- officially named the law library the hidalgo library judge ramon garcia law library, paying homage to his contributions. was born at the old macalan hospital. he graduated with honors from the university of houston-beats college of law in 1972 and passed the state bar the same year. he began practicing in 1973 with joe b. evans, who was an attorney at the time but would later go on to be the state district judge in our county. recently, judge garcia formed a coalition of community leaders to plan for the 2020 crencruss and ensure hi -- census and ensure hidalgo county is accurately counted. the coalition's work is recognized statewide and by other city governments who are facing similar situations. today, hidalgo county continues its fight for representation and entitlement funds and they
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only many thanks of the tireless work of judge garcia. madam speaker, judge garcia is a pillar in our community. there are many reasons to admire the work of judge garcia. i personally thank the judge for his exemplary work in government, but i most admire his trial and advocacy skills that he's used to advocate for south texas. he's challenged the status quo as a litigator and as our county judge to the benefit of south texans and it's a privilege to represent hardworking and resilient individuals like him. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. the cincinnati moore crusadors ave done it again. back-to-back division i division champs two years ago. mr. chabot: they defeated a st.
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44 to t, st. mary team 52- win the championship. they went 29-0. in fact, going back to last season, it's their 49th win in a row in league and a state known for great high school basketball teams. now as a graduate of la salle, i have to acknowledge that mueller is strong in just about everything. in fact, my senior year at la salle, mueller was the only team to beat us in football. even with me anchoring the la salle defensive line. so to mueller's players, especially the seniors who will be graduating, the coaches, the parents, teachers and fans, congratulations. and we wish you all the best in the future. unless, of course, you're playing my alma mater, la salle. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address
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the house chamber for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, today i want to share the story of a family in my district. mr. neguse: the cerrato family was in the nicu fighting for their son, ethan. he spent the first days of his life traumatized and struggling through pain. after only 10 days, they had accumulated a hospital bill of over a quarter of a million dollars. while little ethan was fighting for their life, his parents were grappling with the thought of filing for bankruptcy. the question became, what could they rely on? the answer was the affordable care act, which was passed into law this week nine years ago. earlier this week, the department of justice called on the federal courts to overturn the a.c.a. in its entirety. the latest attack from this administration on the affordable care act of millions of families, including many in my state of colorado and my district. these relentless efforts to repeal this law would have harmful impacts on families
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across the country, like the cerrato family. we cannot move backwards on the progress we have made to provide affordable health care to american families. instead, we must move forward to lower the cost of drug prices, to lower the cost of health care and ensure that families all over america can get the care they need and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. march is women's history month and i'm proud to honor some remarkable women in my district. today, i'm recognizing ms. cher condor who i had the honor of meeting just recently. cher is a gold star mother. her son was a u.s. army specialist killed in iraq in
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2004. mr. smucker: of course, ms. condor was devastated but decided to do something in his honor and in honor of all the other veterans who have served, particularly those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. he created a memorial, veterans garden, called the gold star garden, in york county, and has raised, since the time it was created, nearly a million dollars for the garden. this living monument, this beautiful living monument, is a gathering place for those who want to commemorate and remember the fallen and celebrate the lives of our sons and daughters who volunteered to protect this country. ms. condor honors our nation's veterans and it's a privilege to recognize her contribution to our community on the house floor today. we are thankful for her example and for continued awareness of the sacrifices of those who have fought for us and for our
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freedom. with that, mr. speaker, i'm proud to honor ms. condor, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker, for allowing me to speak to the members of the house. we are all here because the american people made it so. the diversity of our nation's political ideals is boundless, that is what made our country what it is today. we are here to represent these vast ideals. the definition of bipartisanship is of, or involving, the agreement or cooperation of two political parties. that usually oppose each other's policies. it is about cooperation, it is
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about compromise and it is about working together with those who don't have the same exact ideals s you. mr. drew drew: it is my ideal that we ought to work together. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, we, our country, for the past two years have live through the persistent and daily acquisitions against our president, russian collusion in his election, accusations made by many democrats and the media. our president was accused of nothing short of high crimes and misdemeanors. a two-year, thor rogue investigation was carried out.
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last friday, perhaps the most thorough investigation in recent history concluded. the investigation enjoyed complete, unlimited access to witnesses but the resources of the entire federal government including the d.o.j., f.b.i. and intelligence community. mr. muser: the mueller investigation -- mr. meuser: the mueller investigation concluded that no collusion took place. the verdict is in nevertheless, our democrat colleagues continue to talk about further investigations. any further investigations would not have a fraction of the resources of the mueller investigation. i ask, seriously? another investigation? this one was not enough? or are we prolocking for the sake of prolonging this issue? we owe it to the american people to accept the facts, i'm sorry, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. meuser: i yield.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise in support of america's ally, israel. i proudly attended aipac's policy conference this week, their mission is more important than ever. anti-israel sent suspect across the world. i'm appalled one of my colleagues is so brazen as to resurrect old lies of jewish conspiracies, propaganda used to oppress jewish people for centuries. mr. green: elsewhere, assad seeks to take israel's land in iran's mission to wipe israel off the map. i'm proud to stand with president trump in defense of ourall lie israel. i'm grateful he chose to recognize the golan heights as
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part of israel and proud we recognize jerusalem as israel's capital. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek -- second recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor and recognize master sergeant roy benavidez on the occasion of the roy p. benavidez memorial highway dedication. my district is proud to claim this medal of honor recipient as our own. sergeant benavidez answered the call to serve his country in vietnam. at one crucial time while oversea he is voluntarily boarded a rescue helicopter and put his own life on the line to save his fellow soldiers. during thes recuse effort he was shot multiple times, bayoneted, and hit by grenade fragments as he fought for six thundershowers
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protect his wounded comrades. he sthaved lives of at least eight men. after returning home, he went to congress, went before congress to advocate for better veteran health care. he then devoted the rest of his life to service, speaking to students about the importance of education and inspiring american troops around the world. may this highway serve as a memorial to this brave and selfless american, master sergeant roy benavidez. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's -- speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. thrabe, is recognized -- ms. tlaib is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. ms. tlaib: thank you, madam speaker. i grew up in the district i serve, and have seen the results of failing to hold accountable
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to laws of the land, from corporate polluters who continue to violate the clean air act with no real enforcement to stop, the violations that hurt our public health. i have seen firsthand a megale with billionaire who directly violated federal and state processes that resulted in thousands of trucks to rumble through local neighborhoods where one in five children have asthma. do you know why those in power looked the other way? because of political influence of my colleagues who then became onflict. this is why i put forward houseres. to put -- that ensures we don't have a law eless society that results in irreparable harm to the american people. doing nothing when we are seeing blatant disregard of the united states constitution to our ethical norms is dangerous.
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no one, madam speaker, including the president of the united states, is above the law. i know many have focused on actions that were conducted prior to him taking the oath of office and that is important. however, as critically important is the action by the president after he score to uphold the united states constitution before all of us. he is not a c.e.o., madam speaker, anymore, but a public servant held accountable to not -- who is not accountable to shareholders and investors but to the actual american people, real people, people who expect all of us to follow the laws. in the two years since he took office, president trump raised more than 1,040 conflicts of interest involving the government. those trying to influence it and the trump organization. according to reports released by the citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington. president trump used the president -- his presidency to enrich himself by repeatedly
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promoting his businesses as extensions of his administration. political allies, doe norblings special interests and foreign governments have adopted a key tactic of patronizing trump's businesses to garner favor with the trump administration. ere are some key find frgs the tracking of trump's conflict of interest he made 118 visits to his property in his second year in office. bringing his two-year total to 2 1 visits to property he is still profits from while serving as president of the united states. in his second year in office, president trump and other white house staff promoted the trump businesses at least 87 occasions. more than 150 political committees including campaigns and party committees have spent nearly $5 million at trump businesses since he became president. at least 13 special interest groups lobbied the white house
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since trump's inauguration, some for the first time around the same time they also patronized a trump property. at least three foreign governments held events at trump properties during trump's second year in office. two of those countries did so after holding similar events elsewhere in previous years. not only has president trump still refused to divest from hises bies -- from his businesses, he seems to have doubled down by reinforcing the idea that the trump organization is an extension of the trump administration. these offenses must be investigated. in total, they found more than 900 conflicts in the second year of the trump administration. this presents a clear picture of a presidency used to turn a profit and the president's businesses serving as points of access to the corridors of power. this report shows that a special
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interest foreign government -- as special interests, foreign governments and political allies continue to pour money into trump's bank account while the american public is left in the dark about whether or not the president and policy decisions are made in the best interest of our country or is it in the best interests of the president's bottom line, benefiting himself personally. we have been sent here to legislate. thinking about the historic for the people act we passed right here in this chamber, the gun reform package we passed, legislation to protect our land, to increase and strengthen health care for americans, and much more. i am proud of my first bill. one that protect ours public health in regards to petroleum coke exposure, the other that has wide range support would pribt the use of credit scores by the auto insurance industry. however, madam speaker, none of these bills, none of them are free from harm that comes from the current administration and the president of the united states not come plying with the clauses of the united states
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constitution. when these conflicts and direct violations to the emoluments clause are not investigate wed set a dangerous precedent. that those issues we passed in this chamber are not important. i think about the recent anonsment that tmobile and sprint would like the federal government to approve a merger between the two companies. in the same breath, tmobile spent close to $200,000 at the d.c. trump hotel. this is what we call an upgraded version of pay to play. and it dangerously corrupt ours democracy. when president truman sidestepped the constitution and went to war every sitting president has done the same. one of the first major challenges to the war powers act came in 1981 when president reagan deployed military personnel to el sal va car -- el salvador without consults or reporting to the congress. president clinton continued a bombing campaign in kosovo beyond the 60-day limit cited in
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the law. our most recent war power disputeres. rose in 2011 when president obama initiated action in libya without congressional authorization. when we do nothing we set a precedent and allow it to become the norm. i can't stress enough how dangerous this is to the core of our democracy. this will not be the billionaire c.e.o. who runs for president who will attempt to not divest from his business interests. now what we've witnessed from this demonstration are acts that will -- that could very well be impeachable offenses. outside the scope of mueller's investigation. we have a duty in this chamber to inquire about these acts. to investigate them. to find out if there was any wrongdoing and seek accountability if there has been -- if it has been found. that's why today i've introduced a resolution that call on the judiciary committee to inquire into these activities that may be impeachable offenses.
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these are serious pieces of evidence out here, many that have come through various committees in this body and immediate wra and things within the public eye. an investigation will take a look of all of these things with the question on, are these impeachable offenses. is our president acting above the rule of law? as congress we have a job to ensure that that is exactly what is not happening. at the end, if it gets the president to comply, then we do our job. we've done our job. the president doesn't, we move forward at the very least putting any future president on notice that congress will hold you accountable and will require you to divest in your businesses. thank you, madam speaker and i yield back the remainder of my time. i yield to my good colleague from texas. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain in engaging in personalities toward the president. under the speaker's announced
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policy of january 3rks2019, the gentleman from texas, mr. green is recognized for the remainder of the hour. mr. green: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, it is always an honor to stand in the well of the house of representatives. each time i am afforded this opportunity, i try to savor the moment. knowing that it is not eternal. knowing that at some point we will no longer have this preeminent privilege. but i do appreciate having the opportunity to serve the people of the ninth congressional district and to serve my country. i love my country. i thank the gentlelady for what 257. s done with h.res. i support this resolution.
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and i would like to compliment the gentlelady for what she has done since she's arrived in congress. she has truly hit the ground running, she came from the state house, she is a lawyer. she has been an advocate. and she understands the issue associated with criminal justice. so i thank her for what she has done and what she is doing with this resolution. it was never intended for the government to investigate itself. e framers in federalist 65 addressed this. federalist 65, i invite people to read the federalist papers. if you can't read them all, read fetist paper 65 and 69. some things are made clear.
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impeachment is solely within the province of the house of representatives. madison, the fourth president of the united states of america, john jay, the first chief justice of the supreme court and hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury of the united states of america. these are the authors of the federalist papers. and they were pro thetic with some of their writing. while i will not agree what they did in their life times, but what they have done with respect to impeachmentment is proper thetic. at some point you could have a president who was unfit to hold office but was not committing a crime but should be removed from office before the next election because the harm the president
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is imposing on society. understanding this, they were in support of article 2, section 4 of the constitution, which deals with treason, bribery, other high crimes and misdemeanor which a president can removed from office after having been elected. they under stood there might be a time such as this and a president such as trump. they understood that we, the members of this august body should be empowered such as we could take up the cause of the american people, not because we are democrats, pause it's not about democrats, it's about democracy. not because we are republicans, because it's not about republicans but about the republic. franklin said you have a republic if you can keep it.
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they were talking about it. they understood that you cannot allow the executive to investigate itself because if you allow such to happen, you find yourself what has happened with mr. mueller. he has investigated, but cannot hand it over to us, because he is an agent of the executive branch of government. and as an agent of the executive branch of government, he is required to submit his report to the executive branch, a report that is all about the head of the executive branch of the government. this is why the framers understood that it was necessary to empower another branch of government to do this. how pro thetic and how wise they were to do so. it was not intended that we would outsource this
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investigation to the executive branch, which is in essence, has occurred. we have ahollywood the executive branch to assume what is truly the responsibility and the duty and obligation of the house of representatives. this is ours. this is what we must do. when there was a republican administration in this house, i indicated that i wouldn't get in the way of that investigation, but i also indicated that the house should do its job. and if the house were to do its job, it is contemplated that the judiciary committee would do exactly what the representative of the 1th congressional district is doing now, and that is take up the question of impeachment in the judiciary committee by way of a resolution which she has called to the attention of this congress. i salute her for doing so.
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because this is what was contemplated by the framers of the constitution. this is what matters. jay contemplated. hamilton contemplated. and to give further evidence of what they contemplated, we can only have to review the impeachment in 1868 of andrew johnson. andrew johnson was impeached on article 10 of the articles of impeachment against him for speaking ill of congress. there is no requirement that the president commit a crime, that the president commit a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. congress determines what the standard is for impeachment. and unform, we have allowed what happens on the judicial side of the law to be concxds con flated with what happens on the
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political side of the law. the judiciary or the judicial side would have a crime. this is what mr. mueller was seeing, to see if a crime had been committed, a crime. if a crime is committed, of course the president can be impeached for committing a crime. but the president can also be impeached if he has not committed a crime, but he is doing harm to society. this is the law. when we saw no person is above the law, we are talking about not only the law as it is codified with reference to criminality, but also the law as it has been codified such that impeachment can be the punishment in the sense that the president would be indicted. it's not the same as an indictment, but it's quite
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similar. and the president would then have to face trial in the senate and presided over the chief justice of the supreme court. there is no punishment with this process. it is a means that the president is removed from office. he can still be prosecuted for the criminal activity. so we tonight are here to thank the member for what she has done in filing this resolution, h.res. 257. we are here tonight to acknowledge that the framers of the constitution contemplated what she has done. she is in order. we are here tonight to acknowledge that it is now within the hands of the judiciary committee, this resolution. and it is my prayer that the judiciary committee would take this resolution and bring it to a vote. i believe that it is time for us
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to do what the constitution contemplates by way of the words of the framers and by way of what federalist 65 has called to our attention. however, i still stand tonight where i stood when i initially took to the floor of the house of representatives and indicated that this president should be impeached. i stand where i stood then and i premise that he if the judiciary committee does not act, any member of this -- can ody -- excuse me bring impeachment to a vote. i stand on this. this is what the rules allow. and as a member of congress, i
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have given an assurance that here will be another vote on impeachment in the house of representatives. i will do it. and i don't like using personal pro nouns because my mother always said that alexander, whatever you do, you will do with others. but because of the way the process is codified, i will do it because i love my country. i will do it because i understand that we have ar person who is unfit to be president holding this office. i will do it because i want to protect the democracy. i will do it because i believe in the republic. i will do it because i salute the flag and believe in liberty
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and justice for all. i believe that lincoln was right when he spoke of people being a part of our country, our land. i will do it because it is the appropriate thing to do at a time such as this with a president such as trump. speaker,ly this, madam i have not suggested that that i would have whip or whip to encourage others to vote. you should vote your conscience. i still stand by it. vote your conscience. knowing that at some point on the infinity concxds con tin you umh that we call time that there will be people that will review
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actions through the sister of time. when they review our actions, the questionery will be, what did they do when they had the opportunity to take up the cause of justice. they will want to know what we did. and the only way they know what we did is to be a vote. at some point we have to remove beyond talking points and make this an action item for this to be a vote. and those who look for this, perhaps generations unborn, when they look through the time, they will want to see the record and the record will show where we stood when we had the opportunity to remove an unfit person from office, an unfit president. the record will show where we stood. but more importantly, it will
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give them some clues as to what was happening in this house at the time. it will give them some evidence of where we were. and i assure you, madam speaker, at some point on this infin knit continue you umh, people will ask the question, what was wrong with them? what was wrong with them? they had a president who was separating babies from their mothers at the border with no means of reuniting them. babies are still separated from their parents. they will want to know what was wrong with them? they allowed this? they will want to know? how could you decide that you are going to take up the cause against persons who make comment tear in the house, but you with
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won't take up the cause against the president who went so far to say there were some fine people ainst the racists, the nativeists. among those persons who marched and proclaimed jews will not replace us, persons who said blood and soil? how could you allow to go unchallenged, they will want to know what was wrong with them. why would they allow such a person to continue in office. a person who demeans the country when he demeans its heroes. by rson who demeans persons simply deciding that name
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calling is more appropriate than debating issues. and by the way, calling a person who is a bigot, a bigot is not name calling. that is properly calling the action of a person, the behavior of a person. by the way, for those who may not have paid attention, if you have been following these various news programs, information sources, host after host, persons who are being interviewed have said that the president is a racist. they have said that the president is a bigot. i understand that it is difficult for some to say. not for me. not for me. i know what bigotry looks like. i know what racism smells like, i know what it sounds like, i
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know what it tastes like. i suffered through it. i would not want to see what i had to endure becomenother part of the fabric of this country ever again. and whenever we see the evidence of this ugliness rearing its head, we should stare it down and stop it. i stand here tonight believing that we have a duty, a responsibility and an obligation to allow what this congresswoman has called to our attention to move forward. i stand on the constitution in saying this. and i will stand with her -- i'm proud to be associated with her in what she is doing ap my hope is that when we do bring this to a vote, my hope is that every member will vote his or her conscience. that's all that i ask. just vote your conscience and
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let the record reflect where we stood. as dr. king put it, the truest measure of the person is not where the person stands in times of comfort and convenience. the truest measure of the person is where do you stand in times of challenge and controversy. these are times of challenge and controversy. the question is where the question is where do we stand? the record will show where we stand. there are some who will say this is going to be a hard vote. i have a sense of what hard votes are like. i've had to take some hard votes since i've been in congress. i've had to take some hard votes and never had a person thank you for taking that hard vote. i have taken my share of hard votes. i have some members of the clergy that still have not found favor with some of the votes i
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have taken but i took them because it was the principled thing to do because it was the constitutional thing to do. because it was not only the right thing to do but the ravens thing to do. so i know what hard votes are like. people expect me to take hard votes and they expect me after i take hard votes to go back and convince my constituents that i did the right thing. nobody seeks to protect me from hard votes. i know what hard votes are like. so i understand when people say this would be a hard vote. i understand it. but that's why we came. we were elected to take hard votes. if it were easy, then we wouldn't be here. other folk would do the easy things. people who get elected to congress are expected to take hard votes, to do that which is difficult. so let us understand that the record will reflect the votes
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and it will give people who look through the vista of time some indicationed a to why we are doing what we are doing and have not tone what we should have done. madam speaker, again, i'm proud to stand in the well of the congress of the united states of america, i never take for granted this preeminent privilege. i will always be grateful to the speaker of the house and all of the various officers of this house for permitting the time. and grateful and i thank -- as ank them for their being magnanimous if you will, as they are, but also for following the rules and allowing me to speak. this is a great opportunity, i praise that we who hold public trust will honor the constitution of the united
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states of america. and madam speaker, i am proud to say that i will yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 9:00 a.m.
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