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>> we'll leave this now and take you to the house floor for a series of votes. 542, h.r. 2539 and h.r. 2590. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 542. on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar number 62. h.r. 542. a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002, to establish the national urban security technology laboratory and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the
bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 395 the nays are three. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20rks the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlewoman from -- 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar number 68. h.r. 2539. a bill to require the secretary of homeland security to prioritize the assignment of certain officers and intelligence analysts from the transportation and security administration and the office of intelligence and analysis of the department of homeland security to locations with participating state, local and regional fusion centers and jurisdictions with a high-risk surface transportation asset in order to enhance the security of such as ets, including by improving timely sharing of classified information regarding terrorist and other threats and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the
question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 384, the nays are 13. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. he house will be in order. he house will be in order. he house will be in order.
he house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for an extremely important announcement and recognition. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you. a few weeks ago the democrats and republicans engaged in the annual congressional soccer game and we are taking a very brief amount of your time here to announce the outcome of that meeting or that congressional soccer game and in a few
moments i'll recognize my representative friend from nebraska, but there's an important timing of this particular recognition because tomorrow the u.s. women's national team kicks off at 3:00 p.m. to defend their world cup title. and for those in the pacific northwest, that's noon, i'm encouraging all to watch that game if it's possible. so we're here to recognize the women's national team, you billions -- but also to recognize the -- but also to recognize the winner of this year's congressional soccer game, the republicans. with that, i'll yield as much time as he may consume but not too long to representive bacon from nebraska. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bacon: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate mr. larsen's team spirit and good sportsman shp here -- sportsmanship here. > the house is not in order.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bacon: thank you. i just want to thank mr. larsen and ms. castor and also mr. lahood. we're co-chairs of the soccer caucus here in the congress. and i really loved working with the other three here. i also appreciate the good sportsmanship. here we snuck out a good victory, despite the heroics on your side. some of these great new players we have on our side that really did the heavy lifting. this is what's important today. i want to thank the u.s. soccer foundation for putting this together, for fundraising. >> madam speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house is not in order. mr. bacon: the posh thing -- important thing is the u.s. soccer foundation raised tremendous amounts of money for youth soccer. that's what we want to do. we want to make youth soccer more prevalent, more readily seaksable for all our youth. it teaches teamwork, it's good
for physical conditioning. you learn to follow the rules, taking orders from a coach. it's great for growing up and learning how to be a more responsible adult. so it's a great team that put this together. i appreciate all of the members who played. we also appreciate the staff members as well as some of the professionals that came out to help bring in more people. so -- and also we worked together as a team to bring in the world cup to north america here in the future. very proud of that. so with that, i yield back to mr. larsen and i thank you for being a great teammate. >> i recognize the captain on our team and the other co-chair for a minute, representative castor from florida. ms. castor: after a number of years from consecutive blue team victories, i'm here to congratulate the red team, congressman lahood and
congressman bacon, our co-chairs of the congressional soccer caucus. but the real winners are the kids across america, who we are able to raise charity funds for to help make sure they can all experience a beautiful game, the beautiful game of soccer. the u.s. soccer foundation funds equipment and in underserved areas. i want you to join the soccer caucus and stand up for your kids back home. i do have to say here on the eve of the defending world cup champions, the u.s. women's national team, there is a little bit of girl power not only here in the house, but we intend to repeat the women's world cup. i want to thank my colleagues for doing that. let's cheer them on and cheer on
what they have done in standing up for pay equity and equal treatment for role models for girls across this country. congratulations again. >> i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the the gentleman from california, mr. correa to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2590 on which yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk: h.r. 2590, a bill to require a department of homeland security overseas personnel enhancement plan and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. 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
the speaker pro tempore: the nays are 2. 2/3 being in the affirmative. the rules are suspended and bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask for unanimous consent that the committee on natural resources be discharged from further consideration of the house joint resolution 60 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: joint resolution requesting the secretary of the
interior to authorize unique one-time arrangements for displace on the washington mall beginning on the period july 16, 2019 and ending on july 20, 2019 . the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consideration to the joint resolution? without objection, the joint resolution is engrossed, read a third time and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask that the key on transportation and committee on infrastructure be discharged on further consideration of h.r. 2695 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2695 a bill to name the success dam in california as the richard l.
schaefer dam. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed. and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 962, the born alive abortion survivors protection act 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 leadership. the gentleman is not recognized
for debate. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postponefurther proceedings on additional motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time.
for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. engel: madam speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 372, expressing concern for the united states-turkey alines. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: resolution expressing concern for the united states-turkey alliance. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. . . mr. engel: i thank you, madam speaker. i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. engel: madam speaker, i submit in a congressional record an exchange of letters between myself and the chairs of the committees on financial services, oversight and reform,
ways and means, and the judiciary on house resolution 372. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. engel: madam speaker, i am pleased to rise in strong support of this measure, to address the developing situation with turkey. i want to thank my colleagues who joined me to introduce this legislation. first and foremost, ranking member mccaul, leader hoyer, minority leader mccarthy, chairwoman lowey, ranking member granger, chairman nadler and ranking member collins. madam speaker, turkey's a nato ally and a nation with which we have had a long history of friendship and partnership. but i am deeply troubled by the direction that president erdogan is taking his country. during this time in office, we've watched as erdogan has turned turkey into an authoritarian state, attacking the democratic values that our two nations had shared for many years. he's cracked down on freedom of the press, thrown innocent people in jail for voicing opposition, and consolidated his grip on power at the
expense of turkey's democratic institutions. and his troubling behavior doesn't stop there. erdogan is cozying up to russian dictator vladimir putin, putting the security interests of the united states and the nato alliance at risk. turkey's plan to acquire the russian s-400 air defense system would threaten american security and do lasting damage to our historic bilateral relationship. it simply cannot happen. especially while turkey is still u.s. and nato ally, participating in the f-35 program and hoping to acquire these planes. today's resolution gets at this very issue. if turkey wants to continue as a nato ally and u.s. partner, it must commit to upholding our shared interests. and if turkey decides to follow through on its plan to acquire the russian s-400, then they must not be able to get american f-35's. they must not participate in the f-35 program, and they must
face the consequences of their decision. it's not that the united states is unable to comprehend turkey's need for air defense. in fact, we've offered the patriot anti-aircraft, anti-missile defense system. the top of the line in our inventory. that offer remains on the table. we rarely see it in foreign affairs, but this is simply a black and white issue. there's no middle ground. either mr. erdogan cancels the russian deal or he doesn't. and there is no future for turkey, having both russian weapons and american f-35's. there's no third option. there's no path for mitigation that will allow turkey to have its cake and eat it too. we cannot risk exposing our national security technology to russia. there's no partisan divide on this issue. the state department, the defense department, the treasury, even vice president pence have all been raising the alarm and urging president
erdogan to cancel the sale. i hope president trump listens to his advisors and makes sure turkey's leaders understand the consequences of their actions. and the consequences are serious. if turkey follows through with the acquisition of the s-400, it would trigger sanctions that congress overwhelmingly, bipartisanly passed two years ago. it's critical that turkey know that the united states will use these tools if the situation arises. in the meantime, it's important that we pass this measure and send a clear message the united states will not sit by as erdogan turns turkey into an authoritarian state aligned with our adversary, russia. let me say that again. it's important that we pass this measure and send a clear message the united states will not sit idly by as erdogan turns turkey into an authoritarian state, aligned with our adversary, russia. i'm pleased to support this and
i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in strong support of this resolution that chairman engel and i introduced, because of our serious concerns regarding the united states -turkey alliance. turkey has been a member of nato for almost 70 years. through our bilateral and multilateral relationship, we've worked together to advance our shared objectives. however, i am deeply disturbed and concerned that our relationship is increasingly characterized by bumps in the road. and right now we are all watching as turkey stands as a -- at a fork in the road. this summer turkey's scheduled to obtain the russian s-400 defense system, purchasing the s-400 would have unavoidable negative consequences for u.s.-turkey relations. by law the purchase would trigger congressionally mandated sanctions under the
countering america's adversaries through sanctions law. the purchase puts at risk turkish participation in the f-35 joint strike fighter program and broader security cooperation, including future u.s. arms sales. the program promotes nato interoperability. turkey's decision to complete the purchase of the s-400 would erode its partnership in this miller multilateral alliance. and -- this multilateral alliance. while we are deeply concerned about our alliance with turkey, we very much want to rehabilitate our relationship. both sides of the bilateral partnership need to take steps toward strengthening and preserving it. that is why this resolution expresses full support for the united states government's office to sell turkey the patriot system if turkey does not acquire the s-400. we want to give turkey the ability to accommodate its
security needs without endangerering its place in nato. so turkey really has a clear binary choice. between buying russian s-400's and the u.s. offer to accelerate the delivery of the patriot missiles. so i call upon turkey to now step forward and choose the united states and nato over russia. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: madam speaker, i don't have any speakers on this side. may i ask the gentleman if there are any speakers on the minority side? mr. mccaul: yes, madam speaker, i have one speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from -- mr. engel: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. ranking member, and want to thank the chairman as well. i rise today in strong support
of h.r. 372. expressing concern for the united states-turkey alliance. turkey has failed in its basic nato responsibility to safeguard the freedom and security of nato alyles. both politically and militarily. turkey has bullied and continues to bully the u.s. and nato allies around the world, in particular, greece and cyprus. meanwhile, turkey has grown ever closer in diplomatic and military ties to the authoritarian regimes of russia and iran. sowing international instability, especially in the eastern mediterranean, madam speaker. which is why i join my colleagues in introducing h.r. 91, to reaffirm the robust commitment of the united states united mportance of the states-israel-greece-cyprus
partnership. the russian s-400 missile defense system is in no way interoperable with nato's defense systems and represents a dangerous vulnerability to event 5 program in the an s-400 system learns how to target and shares that knowledge with other international bad actors. we can't take that chance. rewarding an international bad actor with f-35's, one of the most sophisticated articles of u.s. military technology, while they imprison and orchestrate brazen acts of violence against u.s. citizens, threaten u.s. allies and their sovereignty, and violate international law sends the strong message the to the enemies of freedom and stability around the world. the clock has nearly struck midnight and the u.s.-turkey relationship -- on the u.s.-turkey relationship and the time has come for turkey to
choose whether it will stand with the united states and nato or fall with revisionist powers like russia and china. in closing, madam speaker, i'd like to applaud my good friends, chairman engel and ranking member mccaul, along with leaders hoyer and mccarthy and the leadership of both the house appropriations and judiciary committees who made this possible. and i urge my colleagues to pass this bill. this resolution. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: yes, madam speaker. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: i ask to yield myself the remainder of the time i have. let me just say this. chairman engel and i met with the important minister of turkey and their -- foreign minister of turkey and their ambassador, trying to avoid this impasse, this choice between russia and the united
states. and i thought chairman engel and i talked about this alliance that we've had with them nearly 70 years ago. nato and the united states stood with turkey against growing soviet aggression. in fact, that's the reason nato was formed in the first place. that's why we have an air force base in turkey. and yet the idea that turkey would break from this alliance and choose russia over the united states truly is a defining moment for turkey. and i hope they're listening to this debate as we speak right now. and they still have time to salvage this, what i consider to be an error in judgment, of choosing russia over nato and the united states of america. that's why this resolution is so important. it sends a very strong message to erdogan and to turkey that
we are not going to allow this to happen and in fact it would be -- it would run afoul of the sanctions that we pass almost unanimous -- passed unanimously, almost -- almost unanimously, overwhelmedly in the house and senate against russia. it would violate the russia sanctions law. so with that, i want to thank chairman engel for his strong bipartisan support on this issue. we're on the right side of history. and i urge my colleagues to support it. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: madam speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: i once again am pleased to support this bipartisan measure that strengthens our security policy in europe. i thank ranking member mccaul and all the other chairs and ranking members of important committees who have stood by us on this bill. it's really congress speaking with one voice in a very
bipartisan fashion for something that's really very important. today's resolution reaffirms the historic partnership between the united states and turkey and it lays the groundwork for how erdogan can start to put this relationship back on the right track. we cannot stand by as he turns this nato ally into an authoritarian regime along with vladimir putin. so i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 372. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition?
mr. engel: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 951, the united states-mexico tourism improvement act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill the clerk: h.r. 95 is. a bill to promote bilateral tourism through cooperation between the united states and mexico. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york nork, mr. engel, and the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: i ask for unanimous sconet that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 951 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. engel: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: thank you, madam speaker. let me start by thanking the gentleman from texas, mr. cuellar, the recently apointed chairman of the u.s.-mexico interparliamentary group for authoring this legislation which sends a positive message
from this chamber to the mexican people at a time when, frankly, it is needed more than ever. in view of all of the things that have been talked about with american blidgerans towards mexico and the unnecessary saber-rattling. i think it's important that we talk about positive things between our two countries, and tourism certainly is right there, it's a way we can make a positive difference. in recent years bilateral tourism between the united states and mexico has steadily declined. it's in sharp contrast to a rise in the broader international tourism industry in the united states. in 2016 there was a decline in visitors to the united states from mexico. this hurts american workers, especially in the states along
our southern border, where president trump is threatening sanctions. the legislation we are now considering would direct the state department to expand tourism cooperation with mexico including close collaboration with nonprofit organizations and the private sector and encourages expanded third-party tourism to the united states and mexico through joint promotional efforts. this bill is about jobs. it's about creating american jobs and maintaining a robust partnership with our neighbor to the south and its consideration could not be more timely. last month, the president threatened to punish american workers and consumers for failures at the border om to claim victory. the president has managed to cause further harm to the u.s.-mexico relationship for no good reason whatsoever and
tourists are staying in response. the house of representatives is choosing to go in a different direction. we are coming to the house floor to build bridges to our neighbor in the south. i thank congressman cuellar in promoting the u.s.-mexico relationship. i urge my colleagues to support the relationship and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of the united states-mexico tourism improvement act of 2019 and i thank chairman engel and mr. henry cuellar for leading this legislation, which we introduced together earlier this year. and i must say the timing couldn't be better as we avoided a tariff situation on mexico in exchange for some security cooperation. but we know being from texas, mexico is our largest trading
partner. and just last month, mexico has become the united states' largest trading partner. we understand well the value of tourism from our neighbors to the south. it provides -- what that provides to our economy. as a matter of fact, mr. cuellar and i both chaired the u.s.-mexico interparallel men tear group and i look forward to strengthen our ties with the mexican congress to address our mutual interests rather than divide. tourism between the united states and mexico in both directions is worth tens of billions of dollars to our economies every year. this bill directs the state department to develop a strategy to expand tourism through cooperation with mexico including collaboration with government and nondepoft allen tits. legitimate tourism between our two countries in my view
strengthens our economies, strengthens our cultures and our partnership together and should be encouraged and expanded. with that, let me just thank my good friend, mr. cuellar, for his hard work. he does a lot of good work between the united states and mexico and i look forward to working together in this congress. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: i yield four minutes to the author of this bill the chair of the u.s.-mexico, the gentleman from texas, mr. cuellar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cuellar: i want to thank chairman engel for his leadership that he has provided in making sure we develop a good working relationship with the republic of mexico.
we developed a bill that is over in the senate and now passing a tourism bill that will be used to promote this important relationship. i thank the chairman for his leadership and i thank the ranking member, a friend of mine who is in the u.s.-mexico group. as a pecks ann, he understands this important relationship we have with mexico. i want to thank the majority staff and the minority staff of the foreign affairs because they get it. they understand the path of legislation that we need to have to improve this legislation that we have with the u.s. and mexico. i thank both staffs. the relationship with mexico is very important. let me talk about trade. every day there is $1. billion of trade between u.s. and mexico. that is over a million dollars every single minute of the trade we have between these two
countries. and look at the five million jobs that have been created, it's important that we nourish this relationship so it's not only the trade that we have, the commerce that we have, but it is the tourism. in 2016, we had over 19 million mexicans that came over and pent over $20.5 billion at our restaurants, at our hotels, our malls and stores, a lot of money that has been spent here in the united states. but the last couple of years, we have seen a different trend. while international tourists rrive in the u.s. that total 79.6 million visitors, 4.2% increase, the tourism from mexico has decreased for different reasons. we call them murderers and
rapists, they aren't going to spend the money. we need to get our friends in the south to come back and spend money, because again in 2016, mexican tourism to the united states peaked. one out of every four international visitors, almost 25% of the tourists coming from across the world were coming here to the united states. so this is what chairman engel and my good friend, the ranking member, michael mccaul, were trying to make sure we get the tourism back because it is good for our economy. what does this do? it's asking us to focus on a couple of things. have the state department to expand this bilateral tourism with mexico, encouraging collaboration between government and nongovernment allen tits, making sure that this strategy is at the highest level which is
at the high level level. and making sure that the mexican government is involved. i have spoken to the mexican and they know that this tourism business is very important. so again, i want to thank the chairman. and i want to thank the ranking member and i want to thank the staff for putting this bill up. so i urge my colleagues in the house to pass this measure, which again, will return the economic benefits of bilateral tourism with mexico to our u.s. businesses and entrepreneurs. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves -- mr. mccaul: no.
i'm prepared to close. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i thank the gentleman from from laredo, texas. he made a big case for this bill. he knows being the largest land port in the united states what trade and tourism means for mexico and the united states. this bill will not only strengthen our economies, which is always a positive thing but it will strengthen our relationship. it will strengthen our security by working together and deepens our rich cultural ties we have that we know is so important. i think it's good for both nations, a step forward in the right direction. i thank henry cuellar for bringing this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield myself such time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: u.s.-mexico relationship is too important to be held hostage to petty politics. and here we are again the last two weeks, we don't want to hurt the u.s.-mexico relationship. i was in mexico city a few weeks ago and met with the new mexican president and told us he wanted to have good relations and work closely with us and i was impressed with him because he has a steady hand. and i don't think we should not be alienating our neighbors but welcoming the partnership with them. so we don't want to undermine tourism and don't want to hurt americans and don't want to raise taxes on the working class while doing nothing to address the humanitarian challenges on the u.s.-mexico border. to not be at we seem
going that way in terms of clashing with mexico. but again, this is a win-win bill. a win for us, because it helps tourism and helps mexico as well. congress has chosen to pursue a positive agenda. the legislation will play an showcasing thein mutually beneficial relationship that congress and most americans want with mexico. and i thank mr. cuellar for his continued leadership in promoting a strong leadership between the united states and mexico. i thank the ranking member as usual for working with us on this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support it. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house success pnd the rules and pass the bill h.r. 951 as amended.
those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. engel: madam speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 210, the preventing child marriage act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2140 a bill to prevent child marriage and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: mr. engel: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material
on h.r. 2140 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, let me thank the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner for offering this bill and shining a light on the problem of illegal child marriage particularly among vulnerable refugee populations. i'm grateful for mrs. wagner's leadership. this is something that we all support. it's really important to get around it. child marriage deprives young people of their futures and injuries the progress of development work around the world. 12 million girls married before the age of 18 every single year. what does that mean? it takes their right to make
vital decisions about their well-being, their health, their family. child brides are less likely to finish their education and are higher risk for abuse, contracting h.i.v. refugee populations are particularly vulnerable to child marriage, poverty and displacement and pressure families into marrying off children particularly young girls. for example, child marriage amongst syrian refugees increased from 15% in 2014 to 36% in 2018. one survey of syrian refugees in lebanon found a quarter of girls between 15 and 17 were married. ,n bangladesh, refugees fleeing reported marrying young girls to protect them stopping the cycle
and ending illegal child marriage is critical to empowering youth for a better future. the number of u.n. agencies are doing important work among the populations they serve. for example, the u.n. joint program on child marriage, joint effort is gathering new data and evidence on this problem in elping to build resilience, this bill demonstrates american support for attacking this problem. it would require us to flex our muscles in the u.n. to come up with a comprehensive definition of child marriage and require a new strategy to ensure that displaced populations have the protections and tools to avoid illegal child marriage. we want to empower young people to have a better future and help us with a problem that threatens
far too many futures. i'm pleased to support this measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from missouri is recognized. ms. larts her -- mrs. hartzler: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise to urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2140, the preventing child marriage and displaced populations act and i thank the chairman along with the ranking member and all of my olleagues mrs. wagner: i thank the chairman along with the ranking member and all of my colleagues for this supporting this. nine of the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are fragile states with weak institutions, high rates of violence and stagnant economies make families more likely to resort to child marriage. one united nations study found
that child marriage rates were four times higher among displaced syrian refugees than among syrians before the crisis. this indicates that displacement, instability and poverty are driving child marriages. important research conducted by moref reveals that in 2018 than 700 million women and girls worldwide were married before their 18th birthday. d of these, 250 million were married before their 15th birthday. madam speaker, these women are more likely to have -- experience domestic violence and have worse educational, economic and health prospects than their unmarried peers. united nations agencies have acknowledged the dangers of child marriage and taken steps to address it. the u.n. joint program on child marriage builds the resilience
of pop ligses to indirectly prevent child marriage and generate data and evidence on the prevalence of child marriage in humanitarian and fragile settings. in ewe began dark the u.n. joint program on child marriage helped 27,000 adolescent girls strengthen critical schools through school clubs and go back to cool campaigns as well as life skills and financial literacy training as well. last year after the u.n. joint program on child marriage identified yemen as one of its focus countries, 65,000 people, of whom 45,000 are adolescents, were reached with awareness-raising activities on the harms of child marriage. as a result, local counsel representatives, elders, and community leaders from six districts signed a pledge to support advocacy efforts to end child marriage. my legislation would direct the united states to lead u.n.
efforts to adopt a definition of child marriage and craft a comprehensive strategy to address child marriages in u.n. administered refugee settlements. the strategy would include protocols to prevent and monitor child mearges, programs to rovide physical, mental, and emotional support for victims, programs offering alternatives for child marriage and measures to ensure that adults are participated -- adults who are participating in illegal child marriages are held accountable. child marriage is a violation of human rights and a form of violence against women and children. i urge my colleagues to support the prevent child marriage in displaced populations act and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york
reserves. the gentlewoman from missouri is recognized. mrs. wagner: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. but simply in closing, i want to thank the chairman for working with the ranking member, myself, and all of our colleagues in a bipartisan basis to make sure that we're supporting women and girls in the u.n. refugee camps. it's wonderful to be a part of a committee that works with such a strong -- in such a strong, bipartisan fashion, i am grateful for their support and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i want to thank the author of this bill for her kind words. as she pointed out, child smargee problem that befalls far too many young people around the world especially among desperate families who because of poverty or instability have no choice but to commit their children to marriage. of course when this happens it
sparks another cycle of poverty and instability, of abuse and illness, it's a tradge injury. this is one of those issues where we look at the situation and see a moral obligation to act. dealing with this problem in our foreign policy is a reflection of our country's values, of our commitment to the rights and dignity of all people. this bill will help make sure our policy stays aligned with those values and that we're doing more to end the scourge of child marriage. i again thank representative wagner for her work on this measure. i urge all members to support it and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2140 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider, is laid -- the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection the title
amended. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. 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 revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. without objection. >> since its start in the 1940's, the atlanta county 4-h program has encouraged young people of all backgrounds to immerse themselves in science, health, agriculture and civic engagement. it's one of the longest running programs in the country and teaches valuable life skills to youth in grades k through 13.
through 4-h, these young people are engaged in a variety of hands on project from livestock to computer science, from gardening to expressive arts. mr. van due: these experiences could not be possible without the help of volunteers. we are honored to have over 40 volunteers in hamilton, among others, and i want to thank a few member of the community who have dedicated many years of service and their time and expertise to this program. wecter who thleen has been involve for 0 years. thank you al shoalenberg who has been volunteering 45 years. thank you, dorothy calomar who has been giving her time and care to this program for 50 year. you and all of our community flourish and i am excited to celebrate you today. i am excited about your work, about your volunteerism, and the
difference that you make. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> 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. foxx: i rise to applaud the trump administration for its proactive steps to ban fetal tissue research. last week, h.h.s. terminated the n.i.h.'s $13 million contract with the university of california-san francisco for research involving human fetal tissue from elective abortions. madam speaker, we should not use aborted babies for research, period. furthermore, we don't need to because there are scientifically credible alternatives and this administration is expanding them. just last december, n.i.h. announced $20 million for finding ethical alternatives to
fetal issue research. yet the democratic party supports research with aborted baby parts. refuses to protect babies born alive after an attempt aid abortion. and even decries the hyde amendment, the most basic of protections for taxpayer money. thankfully, our pro-life president will ensure that only forward steps will be taken to protect all human life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for ms. axne of iowa for today and mr. griffith of virginia for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman is recognized -- recognized for 60 minutes as the
designee of the minority leader. mr. grothman: you don't have to worry, i don't plan on taking more than 15 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grothman: i'd like to spend today addressing the events over the weekend with regard to president trump's decision and then decision to withdraw the threat of a 5% tariff on goods coming in from mexico. i particularly want to comment with regard to observations that i have because 10 days ago, i was in mexico, in the laredo sector of the border and about four months ago, i was in the tucson sector on the border and both times i received a thorough tour of the border from our great border patrol and the observations that i have down there lead me to believe we ought to stick with president trump as he does what he can to defend our border. indeed, my analysis in both
arizona and texas is that right now we are facing one of the greatest threats to the future of america. before going into it in general, i would like to thank our border patrol for all the wonderful things they are doing. i don't know how many americans know that right now, our border patrol has 2,000 empty positions. the border patrol should have 21,000 people, it's got only 19,000 people on the border. and right now, we're in a position in which the border patrol is processing over 130,000 people a month. up from only a bit over 40,000 a month just seven or eight years ago. this means, like everything else in the world, a lot of paperwork is required wherever you do something that the border patrol is woefully underfunded and understaffed. i would like to apologize to the border patrol for a statement made by one of my colleagues in which she stated with five kids that have died, 5,000 separate
from their family, i feel like the evidence is really clear that this is intentional. it's a policy choice being made on purpose and it's cruel and inhumane. i will tell you those border patrol folks and the customs people are working as hard as they possibly can. maybe people don't realize that last month over 13,000 unaccompanied minors came across the border. that's not people separated from their families. those are minors who come in separated from their families. many of these people have spent days coming through mexico to come here. we were told one of the problems they have is when they began to take care of kids, some of these kids were used to having one meal every two days. took a while for their bodies to get used to having three meals a day. obviously, coming across here, receiving medical care within the first 48 hours and thorough
medical care within 72 hours. i would say people coming here are getting better medical care than perhaps they've ever had in their life. surely better nutrition than they've had in a long time. better education than they've had in a long time. for members of congress to respond to the great deal that the border patrol is doing with inevitably, despite their best efforts, a couple of people who come here without medical treatment for weeks, claim that the border patrol or the administration is intentionally allowing kids to die after they work sod hard to save the kids is one of the most embarrassing things i have seen in this congress. and i assure members of the border patrol that at least among the people i hang around with, we respect the job they're doing and i invite all of my colleagues to come down to the border so they don't make a ridiculous statement that when a few people are not able to be kept alive down there, that it's
something done on purpose. now let's look at the crisis down there and what donald trump -- the hand he's being dealt. it may -- in may, the border patrol itself, just the border patrol, found over 130,000 people crossing the border. the vast majority of these came here seeking asylum. which means they aren't going to be kicked out. they're given a court date three or four or five years out in the future and given a green card to go and find a job. this is is much worse situation than the large numbers of people who cross the border, you know, 12 or 15 years ago, at that time they'd come across, they'd be told to go back, they'd try again. the same person would be counted three or four times. here with the vast majority being asylum claims they'll stay here and they'll get green cards. we are in a situation in which our border patrol is overwhelmed, not to mention we are no longer picking our immigrants as we do when people
are sworn in legally as we do when they get regular work permits. instead, we are getting people who are sneaking in here or claiming asylum under uestionable circumstances. we find when we are telling the world that we have open borders, more and more people come here. when we talk to customs which is a small amount of people, we were getting people from beyond mexico and central america. we are getting people from cuba and africa, in other words, the whole world is finding out we are not enforcing our immigration laws. not surprising when people come here when a border is controlled by dangerous cartels, people are dying. in the tucson sector last year, almost 250 people were found
dehydrated to death. the cartels may escort them to the united states but don't escort them to civilization. and they wind up dying in the desert in the laredo sector, people drown this the rio grande river. what is happening, because there is a perception that people try rio k under the ryo -- grandee and these deaths are the fault of a system in which people believe that we do not enforce our immigration laws. what was president trump to do? the obvious thing is to tell congress we need more border patrol agents. the obvious thing to do is tell congress we need more judges to make sure that when people claim
asylum that their claims are heard immediately and could be sent back rather than sit around here for three, four years, the obvious thing to do is build a wall which may cost $7 billion. if we do these three things, we send a message to the world. we would no longer have people on the rio grandee or dehydrated to death or the u.s. taxpayer is on the hook for probably over $100 billion between medical expenses and education expenses and criminal justice expenses. that's what would happen if we began to enforce our immigration laws. however when president trump asked for help, this congress is so quick. this congress last time around increased discretionary spending over 11% in one year.
this house of representatives is about to pass a series of appropriation bills increasing discretionary spending by 4%, 5% a year, all of a sudden, this congress decides to get frugal. president trump is in a box. eventually he decides because we won't give him any more money, perhaps by imposing tariffs on mexico he can stop what amounts an invasion in the united states. and what does president trump get? he gets senators from his own party shooting at him from behind. he gets american businesses looking at their profit and loss for the next quarter, profit and loss for the next year, not considering the damage that is done to america over the next two, three, four, five years. people shooting him in the back. i'm not afraid of being critical
of president trump, but i'll tell you when president trump is trying to enforce our borders, he is being shot at by his own team, by members of the chamber of commerce, by republican members in the senate and this has to stop or we are going to lose our country. and let the american people stand up and say they can not go on any longer. we have to do something about the border and embarrassing how little this body is doing, embarrassing, the small amount of money that is being spent in the areas that need to be spent and embarrassing that more congressmen are not speaking out what is going on in the southern border other than our friend from illinois that implies that someone dice in the horrible system, that it was done
intentionally. in any event, i encourage american business to stop looking at what is going on in their profit and loss statement next quarter and next year. i encourage the republican representatives, all representatives to understand that president trump when he tries to do something at the border is trying to protect america in the future and not get cheap political points by implying by going over with the current system by over 130,000 people coming here. nd i do want to point out that president trump who is pro-immigrant is not talking about reducing the 700,000 sworn in as americans. president trump is not talking about reducing the four million people who are year on work permits and he said we could increase that number of people
coming here legally. we have to stop people coming across the border on bogus claims of asylum. it is time for this house to act. on those vacant 2000 slots the border patrol. it is time for this body to act and get judges on that border to adjudicate the asylum claims and time for this house to act and make sure that we have a secure border through a wall. and with that suggestion, i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.
announcer: tomorrow, members returned to take up a resolution that would allow the house judiciary committee take civil action against william barr and don mcgahn over access to the full mueller report. this is expected, despite jerry nadler announcing earlier today that he has reached a deal with the justice department to review certain mueller report materials. as always, live coverage of the house when it returns at 10:00 a.m. eastern