tv U.S. House Meets for Legislative Business CSPAN May 24, 2017 11:59am-2:00pm EDT
the fact that the status quo is not working. it is unsustainable. >> infrastructure slides to 2018? speaker ryan: i don't know what the timing of that will be. we have to come up with the physical space for that. that is clearly a priority. we have a pretty big agenda. we know it's going to take a full two years to work on it. jonathan swan reported this morning that mnuchin met yesterday in the freedom caucus of the basement of the capitol along with other house conservatives. he made it clear, for some time, the white house opposes the border adjustment tax, which is an important part of your tax plan. the chairman of the freedom caucus -- >> house speaker ryan's remarks from this morning are available at c-span.org. we'll leave it here because the u.s. house is about to gavel in. members expected to debate a bill regarding pesticide use in waterways.
california. becky became a licensed pastor in 2014. when she and her husband, roger, founded the viewpoint church. today she and her husband give virtual guidance and personal counselling to -- counseling to members of the viewpoint church but also people throughout orange county, meeting personal needs and giving personal encouragement. becky was helping others even before she became a pastor. she best known as an author of over 15 books, including the
best-selling books, "change your life," and "little changes make big results for crazy busy couples." she has appeared many times on national tell villings, radio, and for over three decades has spoken before groups in nearly all 50 states as well as internationally. in addition to her co-pastor, she is president of the change your life incorporated. becky and roger have one married son. he's a grown man. and he's just completed a tour as a missionary in uganda. for that safe return we're all grateful. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in welcoming pastor becky and thank her for offering today's opening prayer in the u.s. house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the
gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise alongside my good friend, congressman mike johnson, to recognize dr. david raines, a louisiana ledgend in the field of gastroenterrol gy. he's worked with patients across the united states, including a gastroenterology fellowship serving our veterans at the walter reed army medical center here in washington. he's a pioneer in the field of gastroenterology and almost single-handedly responsible for bringing freestanding endoscopy to louisiana, because of him patients can get these important lifesaving procedures in a cost efficient and convenient outpatient basis. he's admired among the pearce, me being one of those. mr. abraham: not only for his professional accomplishments but also for the way he has cared for others, including
mentors new -- mentoring new doctors. congressman johnson and i wanted to take a moment today to thank dr. raines and his career to his service, to patients throughout louisiana. he has saved many, many lives in our state is a better place because of him. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois 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. >> thank you, mr. speaker. yesterday president trump released his budget. and what he has shown is that rural america is just about at the bottom of his list. his budget is a killer for the department of agriculture. the cuts to the rural development program would mean fewer jobs in smalltowns already struggling. while he promised to, quote, end the war on the family farmer, end quote. mrs. bustos: president trump slashes funding for the crop insurance program. in peoria, his budget would
even close the nation's largest agricultural research lab. a place for ag innovation that's part of the solution for renewed ag economy. time and again, president trump made a great big promise, spelled out on his red ball cap. now i'm left wondering how a budget that would devastate main street and our family farmers would make anything great again. mr. president, middle america is not just flyover country. we value those who look us in the eye, tell us the truth, and then do what they say they are going to do. so, president trump, i ask you, does your budget live up to what you compelled out on your ball cap? thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members would be reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: 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. wilson: mr. speaker, i am
grateful to express appreciation for annie richardson, first assistant of south carolina's second congressional district. a native of alexander, virginia, annie has called south carolina's second congressional district home since 2004. a distinguished graduate of hammond school and pest byetarian college. she has fastefully served on the staff. her expertise in photography, graphic design has made a positive difference. and her sunny disposition is always recognized by constituents visiting the office. it is with mixed blessings but great happiness that i bid annie farewell. she is offing on next week to serve as the digital assistant for the house republican conference. fortunately to be working with conference chair, kathy mcmorris rodgers. i know she'll do a remarkable job supporting the conference. i know her father and brother join me in recognizing her achievements. she has served with distinction
in the tradition of her late beloved mother, holly richardson, who will always be cherished as a devoted staff member of senate president pro tem, strom thurmond. in conclusion, god bless our troops, we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. we're grateful for the visit today in washington of medal of honor recipient james livingston, a marine general from mount pleasant, south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, i rise today to demand the congress get serious about the russia investigation. in december along with mr. engel of new york i introduced the pure democracy act that
would sanction any foreign individual or entity found to have unlawfully interfered with our election process. that shouldn't be a partisan issue. yet all of the bill's 88 co-sponsors are democrats. i'm also co-sponsor of our protect our democracy act to establish an independent commission to get to the bottom of the russia thing. a recent nbc poll conducted in april found 73% of our fellow americans want such an independent commission. they want to get at the truth. so do i. so should all of us. i signed a discharge petition to get that bill to the floor. i urge my colleagues to support these two measures and bring them to the floor for consideration. it's our constitutional duty to provide oversight of any executive in any executive branch. the american people demand answers and accountability, not obstruction and intimidation. appointing a special counsel, independent of the white house and the attorney general, was
one way to begin to restore credibility that's been badly tarnished. i urge us to proceed with the russia investigation with all dispatch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> 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. speaker, i rise today to acknowledge the struggles that foster youth ebb counter and celebrate their -- encounter and celebrate their perseverance and fortitude as they attempt to navigate this complicated system and transition to adulthood. in arkansas we have over 5,000 children currently in the state's foster care system. i'm proud to work with my colleagues on congressional caucus on foster youth to shed light on the perpetuation of poverty and function our current system enables. and i stand proudly in support of house resolution 314 recognizing may as national foster care month. for the past two years i have had the opportunity to have a former foster youth personally
shadow me for the day. mr. hill: what a rewarding experience. this year i'm honored to host star wilson, a former foster youth from my district of the after spending 10 years in foster care, star, who is full of drive and passion, graduated with honors from the university of arkansas at pine bluff and unlike star's story, though, when many youth across america age out of the system, they find themselves with no place to call home. and lack the encouragement and structure they need to pursue happiness. therefore i'm proud to stand with the congressional caucus on foster youth and pray the sixth annual foster shadow day here on capitol hill which allows these youth to come across our country and share time with members of congress and aspire to be the leaders of generations to come. thank you, mr. speaker. 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? >> seek 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. mcnerney: i'm going to foum on the prior speaker. i rise in support of the national foster care month. this month we renew our commitment to ensuring the 420,000 youth who are in our nation's foster care system have a caring family and the opportunities they deserve. i'm proud to be a member of the foster youth caucus which is devoted to highlighting the efforts of all those involved with improving our nation's foster care system. i also rise to celebrate the congressional foster youth shadow day. today more than 100 foster youth from across the country, former foster youth, are in d.c. with members of congress as we conduct the nation's business. i'm privileged to host chan tell and jeremiah from california. chantel is caurnl student at mills college and passionate about current and former foster youth. jeremiah joins me from san diego where he is studying public policy and has the potential to become a great
business leader or even a politician. it gives me great pleasure to welcome them along with alt participants of the congressional youth shadow day to our nation's capital. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request 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. thompson: mr. speaker, thank you. i rise today as a member of the -- proud member of the foster youth caucus, also as part after family that was involved in foster care system. today i have the opportunity to spend time with brittany, my -- as part of the national foster youth institute shadow day. brittany is a social work major at edenburg university in pennsylvania. she's also at k-state for the blair foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on foster care and adoption. this is rewarding for brittany because she has a firsthand
experience. she entered the system when she was 7. she said being able to work with children who had similar experience to hers is life changing. she and her husband also provide a loving home to their two foster daughters. i'm grateful that i can spend time today with brittany and hear about her positive experience with foster care. her adopted family build built a strong foundation for her to achieve success in her own life. mr. speaker, this is what foster care is all about. i thank brittany for being here today sharing her story and helping so many children overcome similar obstacles. congratulations, brittany, we're all very proud of your success. thank you, mr. speaker. 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 california seek recognition? >> 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. speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to michael behar, who will be leaving the house permanent select committee on intelligence where he has served as general counsel since september, 2012 and staff
director and general counsel since early 2015. mr. schiff: because of michael's commitment to always finding a way to yes, he has helped guide hpsci to a round of remarkable legislative success over the past two years. in a city of tacticians, michael's great gift is his ability to look at things strategicically, even while reacting in real time to emerging matters at hand. under his leadership of the hpsci democratic staff, we have passed two successive bipartisan intelligence authorization acts, both of which received multiple and successively larger vote talliths each time they came to the floor. in june, 2015, we passed the u.s.a. freedom act that ended both collection of telephone metadata under section 215 of the patriot act replacing it with a new regime more protective of americans' privacy. and later in 2015 it was included in it was inclouded in the omnibus
spending bill. it could not have been timelier. neither bill would have been possible without michael's tireless efforts. he worked on a broad range of issues with a broad range of stake holders in and out of government and these measures were necessary, effective, and -- necessary and effective in securing our liberties. prior to that he served in the obama white house as deputy advisor to the national security staff. he's a naval reservist. after a well-deserved vacationing he'll embark on a new career as a lawyer here in washington, d.c. on behalf of the hpsci family, i want to wish michael, his wife, and his daughter the very best and thank them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to congratulate
, d honor a great cincinnatian mike fremont. a little over a week ago he set the world record for his age group at cincinnati's flying pig half marathon. by they, he's 95 years old. 13 miles at the age of 95. and he had previously held the world record for a 90-year-old marathoner which he set five years ago in huntington, west virginia. mike's passion for running and a healthy lifestyle kicked in when he was only 70 years old and given only three months to live after being diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer. i've known mike since mymy time on cincinnati city council back 30 years ago, including involvement with he mill creek restoration project. he's an amazing cincinnatian and ought to be an inspiration to ll who hear of his
accomplishments. congratulations, mike, you've made all cincinnatians proud. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the president recently disclosed highly sensitive information to russian officials. information that had been entrusted to the united states by an ally. this incident has generated concern among national security professionals. under current law, the president must keep the congressional intelligence committee informed of u.s. intelligence activities. building on this general mandate, i'm filing a bill that would require the president to notify the intelligence committees when a u.s. official, including the president, intentionally or inadvertently discloses top secret information to a nation that sponsors terrorism or, like, russia -- or, like russia, is subject to u.s. sanction. this would give the
congressional intelligence committees an opportunity to examine the rule for theties closure, asess any fallout and take appropriate action my bill would simply provide quonk the same information that was made available to other nations. i hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support this bill and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is ecognized. >> i rise to reflect on what memorial day mean tours country. it's a special occasion in which we honor the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice. many from the volunteer state dieden of the battlefield. mr. desjarlais: because of them and many others across our nation we enjoy many blessings this edebt we owe them is immeasurable. but we can honor their memory
and make life easier for those like lance corporal arthur. though his loan provider forgave his student loan debt, his family owed taxes on the unresolved amount. military families should have more peace of mind which is part of my job on the royce armed services committee. i'd like to thank all those who have worn the uniform of the -- of the u.s. military and offer my prayers for the safety of thousands now serving in harm's way. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the virgin islands seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. plaskett: i want to salute and commemorate the fallen veterans of the united states virgin islands and throughout the united states as we prepare to celebrate or participate in
this memorial day observance. memorial day is the day our nation gatters to honor the men and women who have selflessly defended this country and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the public and our democratic principles. the vir-in islands proudly served and sacrificed sons and daughters to american freedom even before it was part of this nation. our service history is rich and will continue. after becoming patient of this country 100 years ago this year, we lobbied, petitioned, for the responseability to be part of the draft. we shirk not from our duty. the virgin islands along with the other territories send more men and women per capita to serve in the u.s. military than anywhere in the united states and have more fallen veterans per capita than anywhere else. i take this opportunity to thank and extend condolences to these men an women, their families, for their bravery, strength, sacrifice, and courage. as citizens are forever
indebted to our service men and women. our resolve is that their sacrifice is not in vain as we continue to fight for liberty and jusity for all, both at home and abroad. mr. speaker, just as we vow to leave no soldier behind on the battlefield, we here in congress will not forget any veteran when they return from home. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> this weekend, america pauses to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in support of our liberty. for many memorial day has become just another reason for a cookout. but for more than 11,000 families in north carolina memorial day is very real. their son or daughter or spouse or parent is among the 11,000
north carolinians who tied in world war ii, korea, vote nan, iraq or afghanistan. remembering the price of freedom makes me all the more grateful for the 17 students from my district who this year receive appointments to the west point, u.s. air force academy and the u.s. naval academy. these students, many of them at or near the top of their class, are volunteering to dedicate at least nine years to defend america. they know the potential risks and the ultimate sacrifice required by many. to the families of those who died in service to our nation, we extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude. may god bless you. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina eek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. >> walter bitman suns said the mark of a leader is he leaves
behind him the conviction to carry on. i rise to recognize a great leader, william j. barbour jr. ms. adams: as lead oaf the north carolina chapter of naacp he's become an icon. he's the founder of moral mondays, traveled to other states to train others on tact exs in civil disobedience. urn his leadership, the naacp fiercely fought against legislation like north carolina's hb-2 and voter i.d. laws. after 12 years as novet north carolina naacp, reverend barbour is retiring to lead a new campaign a national call for a moral revival. this new coalition of spiritual leaders will push beyond politics to guide our nation toward the path of increased equality and social justice. his leadership of the naacp will be sorely missed but i look forward to witnessing the many ways he'll continue to impact
the lyes and make america a more just and fair place. thank you, reverend barber. god speed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman select nidse -- recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to honor the life and memory of one of illinois' great journalists, dave shaw, who passed away this month at age 75. for decades, dave provided countless central illinois residents with their local news as anchor, producer and news director as wcia in champaign, illinois. mr. davis: during his storied radio and television broadcast career heck covered the biggest local, state and national news, including every presidential election from 1964 through 2016. dave was known for his honest and trustworthy coverage of local and national politics.
dave won a number of awards in his career as a journalist. in 1980, he won the u.p.i. best television sports play-by-play award for his coverage of illinois basketball. in 1999 he was honored with the associated press' mark twain lifetime achievement award. he was named to the eastern illinois university hall of fame and was designated a lifetime member of the illinois news broadcasters association. dave also received an emmy award for his career accomplishments in 2011. dave leaves a long legacy as a trusted figure on the news and in the champaign-urbana community. his family and friends continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: from a recent "investors business daily" edtorial, a harvard university study, quote, found during the
first 100 days of trump's presidency, tv networks cnn, nbc, and cbs provided negative coverage 93%, 93% and 91% of the time. "the new york times" delird 87% negative coverage, while "the washington post" 83% and "the wall street journal," 70% were only a bit less negative. trump's overall score of 80% negative coverage at the start of his presidency compared with obama's 41%, bush's 57% and bill clinton's 60%. both the "post" and "times" have used unnamed sources and even the content ofing to be yumets they've never used. they've led their raw hatred get the better of them. such a media environment is dangerous dangerous for american democracy. expecting basic professionalism from the media, sadly, seems to be too much, end quote.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 246 h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate may 24, 2017, at 9:00 -- at 9:04 a.m. appointment, election assistance board of advisors. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 352 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 352, house resolution 352, resolved that at any time after adoption of this resolution, the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r.
1973 to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring a prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and amendments specified in this section and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. after general debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nashe of -- in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary printed in it bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill an amendment in the nature of a substitute con tisting of the text of rule committees print 115-20. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment
in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules acompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report, equally divided and controlled by the proponent and opponent, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question in the house or the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one
motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 1761, to amend title 18 united states code to criminalize the knowing consent of the visual depiction or live transmission of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-19 shall be considered as adopted. the bill as amended shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill as amended are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on built as amended and any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion, except one, one hour of debate equally divided and
controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. two, the further amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution if offered by the member designated in the report, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order shall be considered as read, shall be separately debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. and three, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 3, on any legislative day during the period from may 26, 2017, through june 5, 2017, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous days shall be considered as approved. and b, the chair may at any time declare the house to adjourn neat at a day and time within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution to be announced by
the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 4, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 3 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour. >> thank you, mr. speaker. for purposes of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend, the gentlewoman from new york, ms. slaughter, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. buck: during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore:. mr. buck: i rise today in support of the rule and underlying legislation. this rule provides a structured process for debate. i want to highlight that this rule makes in order all amendments submitted to the rules committee and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized.
ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, all of us in this chamber today support the goals of this legislation. we can and we must do more to protect children from the plague of sexual assault and the prevalence of child pornography permeating society today. i'm particularly glad to see such bipartisan support for h.r. 1973. the young athletes that represent the united states on the world stage at the olympics must not be taken advantage of by predatory coaches and doctors who should be mentoring them. in fact, no child anywhere, should be taken advantage of. this bill makes some commonsense changes. it strengthens the reporting of abuse and put in place policies that prevent future violations and i'm hopeful it will become
law. it staggers the mind to believe that this assault on those children had gone on for 20 years and some 400 children were victimized for it and not a single adult anywhere around ever brought it to attention. frankly we owe a great newspaper in indiana for telling us about t be sure to read a good newspaper every day. mr. speaker, there's a lot of agreement about the goals of the bills before us today. but that wasn't the case 20 days ago when the majority rushed through its partisan slap dash health care bill repeal to rip away health care from millions of people. they passed the bill without holding a single hearing. listening to any experts. or most importantly, waiting for a score from the nonpartisan congressional budget office. the congressional budget office tells us what the bill will cost, how many people it will help, how many people it would
hurt. something that with health care would be vitally important. while the lack of a score didn't prohibit them from holding a vote, it did apparently prevent the majority from sending the bill over to the senate. mr. speaker, this process is completely backwards and a major breakdown of the integrity of the legislative process. most school children know that when a bill passes the house you send it to the senate. you don't hide it in a drawer for weeks null finally get the information from the congressional budget office that you should have had before you brought the bill to the floor for a vote. this is no way to develop a plan that will impact 1/6 of the nation's gross domestic product anti-process -- finally laid bare one of the biggest political hoaxes in recent memory. that notion of repeal and replace. how often did we hear that over the last seven years? the last seven years the majority voted more than 60
times to undermine the affordable health care act without having a thing in the world to replace it with. and now they are pushing the false notion that the affordable care act is collapsing. the reality is some states dealing with limited insurance -- insurers never implemented the full benefits of the law. anything change upped the affordable care act which would have cut their costs. mr. speaker, one of my proudest moments as a member of congress was chairing the house rules committee and bringing the affordable care act to the house floor. almost every president since theodore roosevelt had attempted to give health care to the american people. millions of people are now waking up to the benefits of this health care and our nation's uninsured rate is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. why would you rip that away? for the first time in a generation, we're actually slowing the yearly growth of
health care costs. a poll released last month found 61% of the public support keeping and improving the affordable care act. that is in stark contrast to the 17% approval rating for the repeal bill that was voted here several weeks ago. mr. speaker, i wish the majority would stop turning a deaf ear to the people it represents. the american people have been marching and calling and writing against this bill in numbers none of us have ever seen before. al bad process led to a bad product. none of us believe that the a.c.a. was perfect. i urge the majority to take the bill out of the drawer and shred it. let's get together, strernten our health care system -- strengthen our health care system and the affordable care act. it is exactly what our constituents deserve. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized.
mr. buck: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to my friend from arizona, mr. biggs. mr. biggs: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate -- i'm grateful to be here with my -- with the gentleman from colorado. i want to speak to both of these bills rather than speaking to a different bill. that was considered in this body. with regard to h.r. 1761, this bill became necessary because of the court imposed misinterpretation of a congressional statute with regard to the visual depiction and life transmission of victim of child abuse. sexually explicit conduct. this is important because it closes a loophole that otherwise would allow a perpetrator to walk free because of a lack of specific
intent when recording images of the victim that they are victimizing. this bill is important because it closes the loophole and gets back to what the intent of congress was when they passed legislation intended to protect children and criminalize the production of images of child sexual abuse. it this bill does all we can at this point to protect our children from sexual predators. it is a moral necessaryity that we close this -- necessaryity that we -- necessity that we close this shameful loophole claimed by a judicial opinion to provide the appropriate punishment to those who look it harm minors. it won't protect all of our children, but it will provide a significant deterrent to protect more of our children. and that makes this bill important, crucial, and
necessary. with regard to h.r. 1973, protecting young victims from sexual abuse act of 2017, this broadens the coverage of current laws that require reporting of child abuse. specifically with regard to those children who are participating in organizations this -- organized for the purpose of helping ostensibly helping young athletes training for international competition. hen you are a parent of an athlete, just like your child, you trust these coaches who are mentoring and working and interacting with your children not just for training these children and preparing them to be the best athlete they possibly can be, but you also entrust many times your children's keeping to them. gone are the days where kids
were playing in little league and saw their coaches for brief periods of time. in some instances these children, in many instances the children that will be protected by this bill, are those elite young athletes who spent some time, quite a bit of time actually aware from their parents and in the care and trainers, coaches, and other people associated with the program. as a father of athletes, it is important that i be able to ust that if someone has been convicted or had to report that that information is available. due to this particular legislation, the government will now be able to pursue cases that it would not otherwise be able to prosecute. this legislation specifies that national governing bodies are authorized to develop training,
oversight practices, policies and procedures to prevent sexual abuse of amateur athletes. what is critical? it requires that it's necessary to assure child abuse is being reported by those who work with amateur athletes. those reporting requirements are essential protective deter reinces and he -- deterrences and provide assurances to all surrounding that young child and that athlete that they have an opportunity for safe keeping. organizations must be taking action against coaches or other members when allegations are made against them to assure young athletes are kept safe. the safety of these young athletes must trump in many cases, perhaps, their ability to develop their unique gifts and talents. mr. speaker, i am grateful that these bills are brought forward.
i support them. and i yield back the balance of my time. to the gentleman from colorado. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, may i inquire of my colleague if he has any further speakers? or is he ready to close? mr. buck: i apologize. ms. slaughter: i was asking if you had further speakers or are you prepared to close? mr. buck: i have one further speaker, myself, and i'll be prepared to close. ms. slaughter: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. buck: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, nearly 30 years ago i held my son cody for the first time. a couple years later i held my daughter. i knew right then these two children were the most important and cherished things in my life. they deserve the happiest childhood and brightest future and safest worrell. i imagine anyone who hold their child for the first time has the same thought. until you become a parent it's hard to describe the love you
have for your children. mr. speaker, that someone would hurt a child simply perplexes me. children are the most vulnerable, most innocent in our society. they, most of all, don't deserve the trauma and pain that accompany abuse. they don't deserve to have their trust in the world, trust in adults shattered at a young edge and they don't deserve the feelings that accompany abuse victims for the rest of their lives. to engage in crimes against children is the greatest of evils. it is to violate our moral order in the most egregious of ways. our job in congress is to debate and maintain that moral order. thankfully, everyone in this chamber can agree on the moral imperative to protect children so our job today is to uphold our values through well crafted legislation. we're here today to pass laws that uphold our belief in the inviolability of childhood, in the sanctity of innocence.
we're here today for our children. mr. speaker, h.r. 1973, the first bill in this resolution, strengthens the laws protecting child athletes. the bill requires coaches and adults involved with amateur sports organizations overseen by the u.s. olympic committee to report suspected child abuse to local and federal authorities. unfortunately, reporting isn't always the standard under current law. over the past 20 years, around 368 individuals affiliated with u.s.a. gym gnatics faced sexual a-- gymnastics faced sexual abuse by adults, according to the "indianapolis star." sadly some of the victims never saw justice. their allegations remain unresolved. sometimes because coaches moved from state to state to avoid investigation. h.r. 1973 pulls additional adult into the mandatory reporting category, ensuring that those
adults working with minors under the oust limpic committee's jurisdiction must report instances of child abuse to local and federal authorities. it further clarifies the sexual abuse reporting duftse national governing bodies or n.g.b.'s. these organizations manage amateur athletic competitions. we need to promote a culture of reporting sexual assault among the youth athletics. that culture needs to overflow into all parts of our society. we're not suggesting we toss out due process for the accused. the legislation only requires the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse of children. additionally, h r. 1973 makes stronger the civil remedies that victims of sexual abuse may pursue. mr. speaker, the other legislation under this rule, h.r. 1761, goes after those who create child pornography. just to utter those words is
unbearable. but our job in congress is to stop the unbearable. under current law, and due to the impact of the court ruling in united states vth palomino coronado, perpetrators of child pornography can sometimes evade prosecution for child pornography under a loophole. even if perpetrators memorialize the sexual abuse of a child they do not necessarily possess the intent or purpose to sexually abuse children in order to take a picture. in other words, they didn't intend to violate title 18 of the u.s. code, section 2251, which prohibits child pornography. we need to close this loophole. if evildoers are sexually abusing our children and photographing or filming it, shea they should be going to prison for a long time this loophole was carved out by the judicial branch. it's time for the ledge lative
-- legislative branch to step in and tighten the statutory language to prevent the exploit athes of this loophole and prevent the exploitation of our children. the bills under consideration today serve two purposes. first and foremost, they provide a deterrent to criminals who would consider harming a child. we can't preemptively stop everyone who plans to commit a crime against a child which is why we must deter them with a threat of discovery, conviction, and jail time. these bills very practically make the exploitation of a child harder to get away with. they commission more well-meaning adults to be on gourd against the occurrence of sexual abuse. they allow victims to pursue even stronger civil penalties that will hopefully deter future criminals. and they strengthen the law itself to ensure that child pornographers face prosecution and appropriate punishment for their heinous crimes. the second purpose achieved today is to send a message. these bills signal to all of
america that our society is serious about protecting children. that we're serious about catching child predators. h.r. 1973 specifically directs coaches and others to report sexual abuse. but these bills send a broader message, that everyone in this nation should join the fight against child exploitation. we have too many examples of well-meaning adults remaining silent silent in the face of child abuse this legislation is meant to push americans to do what's right even if it's not easy. we are all the guardians of our nation's youth. we are all responsible for their childhood. we are all proponents of their future. these are our children, our pride and joy. we must offer them the same vigilance and protection we offer our own children. the rule before us gives this house a chance to do just that. i urge my colleagues to support this important rule and the underlying legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves.
the gentlewoman from -- the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: yes, sir. i am prepared to close. mr. buck: i am also. ms. slaughter: the majority of americans want us to work together to improve upon the successes of the affordable care act. we should be expanding access to care and implementing the kind of reforms that will keep american families healthy. not kicking millions of americans off their insurance to fulfill a deceptive campaign promise as republican health care repeal would do. expanding paid sick leave to the 45% of american workers who don't have access to it would be a great start. each week, up to three million employees go to work sick. infecting their co-workers and customers and delaying their own recovery. the benefits of allowing working americans to earn paid sick leave are undeniable. it slows the spread of disease, it lowers health care costs and
increases productivity. if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule that will allow us to also bring up representative delawyer re's bill h.r. 1516, which would allow americans who have paid sick time -- to have paid sick time. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, it's clear after the "indianapolis star" uncovered the widespread abuse scandal that congress must act to implement consistent, stricter laws governing the reporting of bay abustos our nation's athletes and to all our children. once again, the "star" has shown us the importance of investigative journalism and a free press. many of these athletes are too young and are not empowered to speak out against authority figures when they are hurt or abused by them.
but each of us as members of congress is in a position to do something about it and we must. mr. speaker, again, i want to urge my colleagues to listen to the voices of the american people before hurling our nation further toward dast we are this dangerous health care repeal. the majority hasn't held any hearings or gotten input from experts, advocates, or patients. they are ignoring opposition from gupe grouping like aarp, the american medical association, the march of dimes, and the american hospital association. the score later today from the congressional budget office won't change the underlying facts of this bill. it will gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions. it will gut essential health benefits. kick millions of people off the health insurance. and place a crushing age tax on those a to 64 whose premiums will go up.
it will also cut billions from medicaid to pay for a major tax cut for the wealthy. that's $880 billion that they want to take away from medicaid to give to the poor -- to the rich and corporations. this is so un-american that i've stumbled over saying it. mr. speaker, a bad process has led to a bad bill. we should be doing what the american people want and improving the affordable care act and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yields back. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. buck: thank you, mr. speaker. in voting for the rule and the underlying bill we are sending a message to the abusers of children. if you harm one of these little ones, you will be met with the full fury of the american justice system. you will be discovered and reported by your peers. you will face the threat of appropriately harsh demands.
and you will face the full force of the law if you visually depict child exploitation. and we're sending a message to the bystanders, you have a solemn duty to protect these children. you have a duty to be their hope and their happiness and their future when you step in and stop abuse. off duty to report the heinous acts committed by monsters. lately, we don't have many moments in washington where both political parties can come together and reach a con ken us is but the legislation we're considering today provides the perfect opportunity. these bills should not be controversial. they should draw the support of both sides because protecting our children is a moral necessity for every american. that is, after all, the message these bills send. i thank representative brooks and representative johnson for the hard work they've done on these bills and i thank chairman goodlatte for shepherding these bills through the committee and for working on legislation to protect our children.
i urge members to vote yes on the resolution, vote yes on the ubbeds lying bills. i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: on that, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote of the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to a question of the privileges of the house and offer a resolution previously noted.
the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: expressing the sense of the house of representatives that the president shall immediately release his tax return information to congress and the american people. whereas in the united states system of checks and balances, kuok has a responsibility to hold the executive branch of government to a fair and equal standard of transparency, ensuring the public interest is placed first. whereas according to the tax history project, every president since gerald ford has disclosed their tax return information to the public. whereas tax returns vovide an important -- provide an important baseline of information including whether the president paid taxes, ownership interest, and charitable donations made and whether tax deductions have been exploited. whereas during the president's tax return could help those investigating russian influence in the 2016 election, understand the president's financial ties to the russia federation and russian citizens, including bets owed and whether he shares any
partnership interests, equity interests, joint ventures or licensing agreements with russia or russians. whereas the president recently fired federal bureau of investigation director james comey, under whose leadership the f.b.i. was investigating whether president trump's campaign co-lewded with russian officials. where whereas president trump said to russian official he is fired comey to ease pressure from the investigation, whereas senate russia investigators have requested information from the treasury department's criminal investigation division, the financial crimes enforcement network which handles cases of money laundering for information trump, his president top officials and campaign aides.
and how much profit rereceives from his ownership in partnerships. whereas donnell trump jr. said the trump organization saw money pouring in from russia and russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets, whereas the white house will not confirm whether the president has filed a 2016 tax return, whereas congress gave itself the authority to review an individual's tax return to investigate and reveal possible conflicts of interest of executive branch officials involved dating back to the teapot dome scandal. whereas it has been reported that federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former national security advisor michael flynn seeking business records as part of an ongoing probe into russian involvement in the 2016 election. whereas according to his 2016 candidate filing with the federal election commission, the president has 564 financial
positions in companies located in the united states and around the world. whereas according to the advice of ethics attorneys and the office of government ethics, the president has refused to divest his ownership stake in his businesses. and can still withdraw funds at any time from the trust of which he is the sole beneficiary. whereas the emoluments clause was included in the u.s. constitution for the express purpose of preventing federal officials from accepting any present, emolument, office, or title from any king, prince, or foreign state. . whereas the senate finance committee has the ability to get the tax returns. whereas we reviewed the tax return of richard nixon and made the be information public. and whereas the i.r.s. used
2014 to make public the i.r.s. tax returns of 51 taxpayers. wrms james comey said a tax return is used as evidence. whereas the american people have the right to know whether or not their president is operating under conflicts of interests relating to international affairs, tax reform, government reforms or otherwise. whereas, the house of representatives shall, one, immediately request the tax from of donald j. trump 2016 to 2015 as provided under 61 -- section 6103 of the internal revenue code and vote to report that information therein to the full house of representatives. two, support transparency in government and the long standing tradition of presidents and presidential candidates disclosing their tax returns. the speaker pro tempore: does
the gentlewoman from california wish to present argument on the parliamentary inquiry whether the resolution presents the question of the privilege of the house? ms. sanchez: yes, i do, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized on the question of the order. ms. sanchez: under clause 1 of rule 9, questions of the privileges of the house of those affecting the house collectively, its safety, dignity and the integrity of its proceedings. i believe that the dignity of this institution is at risk each day that passes without this body exercising its statutory authority and constitutional duty to operate as a co-equal branch of government. the legislative branch of government has the responsibility and authority to keep a proper check on the executive branch under section 6103 of the internal revenue code. specifically, three committees have jurisdiction to request tax returns. the committee on ways and means, the senate finance committee and the joint committee on taxation. this provision has been part of our federal tax code since 1924
to facilitate full and complete investigations into scandals that rise to the level of national importance. nothing could rise to the level of national importance like the possible financial entanglements or president may have with russian entities and individuals. this situation is truly unprecedented. it is our sworn duty to uphold the integrity of this institution and examine all the relevant details related to this issue. each week we see yet another fact in the growing case of entanglements between our president, his campaign and closest advisors and russian officials. the report last week we learned the president himself reportedly made statements directly to russian officials during an oval office meeting regarding the f.b.i. investigation into his campaign ties with russia. this is the same meeting where the president took it upon himself to reveal highly classified information to russian officials.
how long can this body allow these types of actions to go unchecked. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is reminded her remarks must be confined to the question of order. ms. sanchez: thank you, mr. speaker. i promise it relates to the question at issue. furthermore, the american people deserves to know whether president trump has exploited the tax code for improper personal gain. the personal business endeavors of the leader of the free world should be exercised to the highest possible standard. specifically, the president's business dealings around the world make him more prone to potential conflicts of interest than any president in history. however, the president did not take adequate steps to mitigate any potential issue. he was advised by the office of government ethics to divest himself of his business entanglements. the president chose to ignore this sound advice. it's now the duty of this body to restore integrity to the oversight process. our democracy should be an example to the world.
today, we have the opportunity to ensure that it is achieved through taking up this overdue investigation. it is only then we can restore the dignity and integrity of the house through exercise of our constitutional duty. for these reasons, this resolution raises a question of the privileges of the house and should be allowed a vote. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from california seeks to offer a resolution as a question of privilege of the house under rule 9. as the chair most recently ruled on may 17, 2017, the resolution directs the committee on ways and means to meet and consider an item of business under the procedures 6103 and in 26 u.s.c. therefore does not qualify as question of privilege of the house. ms. sanchez: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. sanchez: i appeal the rule of the chair.
the speaker pro tempore: does the ruling stand as judgment of the house? for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will read the motion. the clerk: move the appeal be laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to table. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. sanchez: mr. speaker, on that i would ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are 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 y electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on the motion to table will be followed by a five-minute vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 352, adopting house resolution 352 if ordered, suspending the
ules and passing h.r. 2052 and suspending the rules and passing h.r. 467. 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 225, the nays are 187 with one recorded as present. the motion is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 352 on which the yeas and nays are ordered this eclerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 352, house resolution 352, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 1973 to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authority and for other purposes. providing for the consideration of the bill h.r. 1761 to amend title 18 united states code to riminalize the no con -- knowing consent of transmission a minor engaged in explicit
contact and providing for the meeting of the house from may to june. the speaker pro tempore: members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be 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 231. the nays are 188. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? for what purpose does jotcht new york seek -- the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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. 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 238. on this vote the yeas are 239. the nays are 179. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlewoman from arizona, ms. mcsally, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2052 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2052, a bill to amend the uniform code of military justice to prohibit
the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. lopping -- 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 418, the nays are zero. without objection, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laden the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from tennessee to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 467en of which the yeas and nays
are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to address the secretary of veterans affairs to make sure that each facility complies with requirements to schedule appointments, 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.]
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