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on the southern border. there's no invading hostile force and border crossings remain at a 40-year low. pull regular sources from military construction projects as president trump would do, projects meant to improve readiness and support our service member, impacts national security. it will hurt military families who are already dealing with military housing, with mold and lead poisoning and outdated schools and medical facilities. this declaration of national emergency will keep thousands over act i duty troops needlessly deployed at the southern border and away fwr their scheduled training activities and operational readiness. this is a fake emergency. and for president trump to claim we need to build a wall to support our armed forces, it's absurd and ridiculous. emergency declaration is just an overreaching and dangerous power grab to push forward the president's anti-immigrant agenda as supposedly boost his re-election chances. there's no national emergency, only a crisis in the oval office. i yield back my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i might point out to my colleagues how much of a national emergency this is. it was president obama who recognized this crisis at the border. in 2014, president obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding for what he described as a humanitarian crisis, a humanitarian crisis at the border. he specifically cited an increase in family unions trying to cross the border and a lack of resources to accommodate them. with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. aderholt: i thank my colleague for yielding. i rise today to oppose the joint resolution to overturn the president's declaration, i think it's very clear that there is a national emergency that exists on our southern border because of the high rate of unchecked,
unregulated, illegal immigration. . illegal immigration that is not directly contributed to the flow of drugs, human trafficking and -- that is directly contributed to the flow of drugs, human trafficking and gang members into this country. not to mention the humanitarian crisis of those who feel compelled to make this journey to illegal he will enter this country. i think -- illegally enter this country. i think there seems to be some confusion among many of my colleagues and maybe across the country about the action of the president. president trump is clearly acting within the authority that is provided by congress to confront a border security and humanitarian crisis that constitutes a national emergency. the threat to our border security is evident from the sheer number of migrants seeking to gain illegal entry into this country and especially the number of criminal aliens in the form of cartels, traffickers and
gangs. and these people will continue to take advantage of our weak borders for their own gain. i recognize that congress has lawfully enacted the authority for the president to use military construction funds to support armed forces to engage in accordance with the national emergency act. therefore, mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to oppose this joint resolution as a crisis at the border, that it's real and that i yield back the balance of my time. -- and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. my friends on the other side keep invoking the mantra, obama, obama. even though to they opposed each and every initiative that he put forward, regardless of merit, now they want to come back and cite him for what he said and what he did. but one thing he did not do was to allocate funding that he was not entitled to. he always requested from the
congress funding authority. with that, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield to the gentleman from new york, a time of one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. espaillat: thank you, mr. speaker. less than two weeks ago, after another failed attempt to establish consensus on border security funding, president trump, a self-proclaimed master negotiator, failed to get a border wall that he originally said mexico would pay for. so then he fraudulently invoked a national emergency declaration to rob taxpayers of funds from other programs. the president's bracing decision not only violates congress' constitutional powers of the purse laid out in article 1, section 9, clause 7, it also -- it's also a fabricated emergency. propped up by fake statistics,
racist undertones and the blatant hypocrisy of a party that had complete control of washington for two years and didn't see fit to fund this useless, medieval wall themselves. by diverting funds from the military projects, the president has determined that national security takes a backseat to his political priorities. today in the senate, the head of the u.s. northern command said that this -- that border crossings are -- do not pose a military threat. mr. speaker, there is no emergency. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. crawford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member. i rise in opposition to this resolution. when president trump declared national emergency, he did so in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our
border and with full statutory authority vested in laws passed in this very chamber. the majority claims that this resolution of disapproval is in response to a power grab by a president acting out of line. yet by merely disapproving of the emergency declaration, they are preserving the statutory powers they claim are inappropriate. if my colleagues across the aisle are so concerned about separation of powers, why don't they simply reform the laws in title 10 and title 50 that the president is using to respond to this crisis? the answer is because this resolution is not about the division of powers. it's not even about border security. the only reason this legislation is being considered on the floor today is to obstruct the president's agenda. the president has made it clear that he will use all statutory tools at his disposal to secure the border and that is exactly what he's doing in declaring this emergency. i urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. he gentleman from georgia.
the gentleman from missouri has 16 3/4 minutes. the gentleman from georgia has 18 minutes remaining. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i will yield to the good gentleman from illinois, mr. chuy garcia, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. garcia: thank you, mr. speaker. my colleagues make some very good points. they make convincing arguments about executive overreach and the misuse of federal funds. i thank them for those statements and i would like to add -- and ask a more personal question. since when do we call human beings in need national emergencies? have all of president trump's other arguments failed? is he running out of insults for
people like me, people who came from mexico to have a better life in this country? he used to call people like me bad hombres. when that failed, he turned to other insults, and after they lose its shock value, he calls us rapists. then murderers. at that point, he ran out of insults for people like me, so he referred to us as coyotes. and now when all other labels have failed to achieve his central campaign promise to build a medieval border wall, he calls people like me a national emergency? we must reject this promise and the presence of people like me in this country, of people like my constituents in my district, a national emergency. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: members
are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the gentleman from georgia reserves his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i would yield one minute to the gentlelady from west virginia, mrs. miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise -- ms. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today because we must secure our border. we are in the midst of a national security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border, which must be addressed. earlier this month, congress secured important and necessary funding to protect over 55 miles of our most dangerous border. mrs. miller: where it has been so desperately needed. we have also provided funding for over 600 new border officers. this was a good step in the right direction. but as we see again today, our colleagues from across the aisle remain unwilling to address our intensifying border crisis. with the national emergency
declaration, president trump is taking the steps our country needs to stay safe and secure. yes, this is an emergency. cartels, human traffickers and drug smugglers take advantage of our weak border for their own gain and it must be stopped. we need to stop trafficers from bringing young girls and women -- traffickers from bringing young girls and women into our country where they are sold into prostitution and slavery. as a mother and grandmother, this breaks my heart. we need to stop violent gangs like ms-13 from entering our cities med and bringing their violence and -- cities and bringing their violence and evil onto our streets. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i will now yield to the gentleman from new york, hakeem jeffries, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. i thank the distinguished gentleman for
yielding. i rise in opposition to this so-called declaration that is anchored in a phony, fraudulent and fake national emergency. there is no crisis at the border. there is no basis in law or in fact for this unconstitutional emergency declaration. illegal border crossings have not increased, they have decreased. there is no evidence of increased criminal activity on the border. there is no evidence of increased drug trafficking on the border. there is no evidence that terrorists are pouring in to the united states of america on the southern border. this is a fantasy made up by a xenophobic administration to support a medieval border wall that this article 1 congress rejected. that's why house democrats will
work to defeat it. vote yes on the resolution of disapproval. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i would yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. olson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. olson: i thank my friend from missouri. i want to share my thoughts on this purely political effort by the new democrat majority. mr. speaker, this border is 2,400 miles long. my home state of texas is half that border. 1,200 miles. texas knows something others in this chamber apparently don't know. we are at war on the southern border with the drug cartels. i say again, we are at war on
the southern border with the drug cartels from mexico. the drug cartels are at the heart of every single problem we have on our southern border. they have a war going with our families, our kids, our schools, with record numbers of heroin, cocaine and deadly fentanyl. the drug cartels are at war with our moral values, by financing modern-day sex slaves or forced laborers. all of texas, 254 counties, from amarillo to brownsville are impacted day -- impacted, they are at war with these drug cartels. the majority had better wake up. it's time to put politics aside and admit we are at war with the
drug cartels. let's fight this war to win. vote against a resolution that surrenders to the drug cartels. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, at this time i am proud and privileged to yield to the gentleman from mississippi, bennie thompson, the chair of the homeland security committee, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from georgia for recognizing me. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the resolution. i was in west texas this past weekend and saw nothing to justify the president's designation of a national emergency. there aren't gangs of violent criminals and terrorists overtaking our southern border. and if that was a crisis, it's hard to imagine a worse or less
effective response than a border wall. which will take months, if not years, to build. what i did see there are efforts to harden ports of entry. in fact, just days before i arrived in el paso, sharp barbed wire was installed in the middle of a busy port of entry. this barbed wire did not give off the impression that this busy port of entry was welcoming commerce or visitors to the united states. when questioned, officials could say -- could not say who had signed off on this project or how it fits into border security. it's time for the administration to stop fear mongering and accept reality. the only crisis on the border is a humanitarian crisis, one created by this administration. and a border wall will do nothing to alleviate the suffering. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting for this resolution to stop the president from stripping congress of its
constitutional power of the purse. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'd yield an additional one minute to the gentlelady from west virginia, mrs. miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from west virginia is recognized for one minute. mrs. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. we need to stop violent gangs like ms-13 from entering our cities and bringing their violence and evil onto our streets. we need to stop the drug smugglers from devastating our communities and flooding our towns with opioids like heroin and fentanyl. my home state of west virginia has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and especially from illegal drugs smuggles across the border -- smuggled across the border. border protection seized enough fentanyl to kill every person in west virginia, 32 times over. imagine how much more is still slipping through the unsecured areas.
our country cannot afford inaction any longer. we need to build this wall. i yield back the portion of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: i yield to the gentleman from maryland and distinguished majority leader of this house of representatives, steny hoyer for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: it's a magic one minute. a wall. e is not about it is about the constitution. it is about this institution. it is about the balance that we say is equal between the article
1 institution and the article 2 institution. that's important to remember. that is why this argument is so very important. it is note just about a single policy. it is about the kind of government that our founding fathers instituted, which has been the envy of the world and the example to many. mr. speaker, i want to thank my friend, congressman castro of texas and the congressional hispanic caucus for introducing this resolution. i was at the border in lifornia and in new mexico just a few days ago.
el paso he border in with my distinguished colleague, the former executive called judge of that area. she will speak shortly and she will tell you, ms. escobar will say, there is no war at the border. there is no crisis at the border. she'll explain that better than i can. she lives there. now at the border, i saw a lot of heartbreak and challenge. but i did not see a national emergency that would justify the president ignoring the constitution and trying to make funding decisions without ongressional approval. that's the issue.
and for my colleagues to say this is a partisan issue, let me call your attention to approximately 20 members of the united states senate. the president admitted on february 15 that this is not a true emergency when he said, and i quote, i could do the wall over a longer period of time. i didn't need to do this, but eyed rather do it much faster. not that i needed to do it much faster, i just rather do it much faster. of course, if the mexicans were paying for it, perhaps he could have. now congress has a chance to answer the president and make it clear that he cannot make an
end-run around the constitution and claim power reserved for the taxpayer representatives. mr. speaker, the congress of the united states needs to have a spine. and not lay at the feet of the president of the united states .nd say, whatever you want, sir that's not what the people elected us to do. we are their representatives, not the president's represent tive, whether it is president obama, president trump, president clinton or president bush or president reagan, all of whom i have served with -- two bushes. our founding fathers had enough of king george. and so they adopted a
constitution which said, we are not going to have a king george or an authoritarian regime and not going to have the executive setting policy. they said the congress sets policy. and by the way, 300 of us in this body voted for the funding levels for border security. it didn't squeak by by some partisan advantage. 300 of us. which is to say well over 66%. now congress has a chance to answer the president and make it keer. he demanded that the american taxpayers pay for the wall that democrats and republicans alike say is expensive and ineffective. but again this is not about the
wall. this is about our constitution nd our institution and our elf-respect. he has chosen to ignore the will of the american people as expressed by their representatives. he has set aside the wisdom of our founding fathers for the ex speedens of getting his own way. professor sloan noted last week, to my knowledge, this is the professor speaking, to my knowledge, no president has ever tried to appropriate funds congress refused to appropriate. overwhelming senate vote, overwhelming vote in this body. he went on to say, politically,
it would mean the president would be seeking to override a bipartisan judgment of congress. have we no self-respect? have we no sense of the balance between the executive and legislative branches of government? we are the policy makers, the people who raise mung and spend money. not the president, any president, republican or democrat. and a lot of your republican colleagues said, mr. president don't do this right up until senator mcconnell said, i'll support you, mr. president. first he was against this and now he's for it. and the respected harvard law school constitutional scholar, lawrence tribe, said of the president on thursday, he is
simply trying to do what emperors and kings do, not what a president of the united states should do. "washington post" this weekend, columnist max booth noted that we are at a pivotal moment for the president's party in the congress who are being asked to choose between loyalty to the and fidelity to the onstitution. i'm sorry the chamber was not filled. i thought of asking for a quorum call. didn't. fidelity to the president or fidelity to the constitution. that is the choice we make today. that is why this is a pivotal
moment. we choose between the constitution and its principles, hich have made our country the world's envied democracy. booth continued with this. president trump's actions is an afront to all that republicans stand for. the premise is you continue to stand for this institution and our constitution. they claim to be pro-military, but trump's actions would take money away from the defense budget. they claim to be pro-property rights, but trump's actions would take private property along the border and they claim to be constitutional conservatives, but trump's actions are is an obvious violation of article 1 of the constitution, which says, and i
quote, no money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law. i used to have people coming up here and take the constitution and say, have you read this document? do you know what it says. let me repeat it. no money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of an appropriation made by law. now i have heard the scare rhetoric and i suggest to you with all due respect, my colleagues, that kind of despot's s preceded takeover of power in the world. there was a crisis and had to declare military law, they had to suspend the constitution and suspend the laws, that's how
despot's take power. and we stand at the gate to assure that that doesn't happen. but we will say more with our votes. if we vote yes, we will say congress is still the voice of the american people. we will say that we are still faithful to the oath we took to protect the constitution and laws of our land and we will say america, as our founders promised, has no sovereign but we, the people. we, not me, not i, we, the people. we must not allow the president to set a dangerous precedent stripping congress of its power of the purse. this is the first time. this is unique. we must not allow him to set the precedent whereby any chief
executive, republican or democrat can declare an emergency any time he or she doesn't agree with congress' funding. this is not a partisan resolution and supported and encouraged by former and current republican members who recognize how dangerous it would be for the congress not to act. a group of 23 former republican members of congress have written former senatorng snow, dick lugar, chuck hagel and john dan for the sent a letter. in it, they wrote this, it has always been a republican fundamental principle that no matter how strong our policy preference is, no matter how deep our loyalties to the president or party leaders, in order to remain a constitutional must c, we must act, we
act within the borders of the constitution. senator conservative from north carolina, a republican conservative senator from north carolina said this, i have great concerns when our institution looks the other way at the expense of weakening congress' power. senator murkowski and collins said they will support this resolution. so let us act and do so in one powerful voice, not as democrats not as republicans, as americans, as representatives, as people who have put their faith in us to make a judgment to protect their country, their constitution.
americans who believe in our constitution and the wisdom of our founders who gave congress alone the authority to appropriate funds and gave the representatives of the people and the states, a powerful check on the executive. i ask all my republican colleagues, how would you vote if barack obama were president of the united states today think of that. because if you cannot answer, i .ould vote the same way you're not being true to our country, to our constitution and to your oath. if any member cares at all about the equal status of the article 1 branch of the constitution, he or she should vote for this resolution. vote for conscience and constitution, not party and
politics. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i would yield five minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. kinzinger, who just came back from deployment on the southern border. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for five minutes. mr. kinzinger: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentleman for yielding. i want to start by saying something. everybody here in this chamber means well. everybody here in this chamber believes they're fighting for the right thing for this country. unfortunately sometimes with these debates they get heat and we begin to ascribe bad motives to the other side. i ascribe no bad motives to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. and there's no bad motives on our side. just a little bit of difference in how we see it. we're all passionate about this issue, which is evident by the quality of the debate we're having here. but i'm going to tell you why i came to believe that this was a national emergency.
so, i was sent down to the border with the national guard. i went down and did two weeks with my unit, who was down there for two months, as part-timers, we go down and we fill in and augment different amounts of time. i fly a surveillance aircraft. we actually worked with border patrol and what we would do is, through technology, some of the technology that exists, they would get -- indications of a group coming over the border, we would have a central authority that would see these groups coming over the border, and would take the limited air assets we had and put them on these to surveil and them coordinate the border patrol and get them. -- border patrol to come in and get them. arizona has some rugged territory. i've worked texas, by the way, three times doing this exact same mission. i'm going to give you an opportunity to guess who the president was when i did this mission three other times. it was president obama. because he understood the need for the guard on the border. so we would see these groups
come over, they would go through this rugged terrain. by the way, i never worked an area in arizona where there was a barrier. we never had to. but there's a lot of area that isn't. we would then respond and basically nine times out of 10 any time these groups got any indication that border patrol was nearby or there was an aircraft overhead, they would do what we call a bomb burst. just that looks like that on the infrared we're doing. they would run in all different directions. many people would get separated. but you know who the first to bomb blast away from that group was, the first people every time,er were the coyotes that -- were the coyotes that they paid their life savings to bring them over the border. every single time. one time that exact scenario happened and a lady was left lost in the desert, hunger -- hunkered down in a bush and had border patrol not found her, sure, she'll be deported for that because she came in illegally, but had they not found her, i believe there's chance she could have been one of the at least 200 body dwhrass they find every year in the dess -- bodies that they find every
year in the desert because they're abandoned by their drug traffickers, by their coyotes who pay money to the drug cartels. that's a big part of where these cartels in mexico get their money. funneling people over the border. human trafficking. we know the statistics of the chance of assault during that. we know that kind of stuff. we also had, it wasn't my mission, but my crew was on a mission, their very first one, where an illegal was apprehended and he had 70 pounds of meth am on him. i know -- methamphetamines on him. i know there's way more than that in the united states, but there's way more people we're not seeing come over the border as well. people sometimes look at the rugged terrain of arizona and say, well, with mountains and hills, that is the natural wall. by the way, i went hiking on those mountains and hills during my time off. i'll say that. but the other interesting thing is a significant amount of the people who we're following were on those mountains and hills. they were there because that rugged terrain is just as difficult for border patrol to
navigate as them. in fact, i watched as a border patrol helicopter followed a man, probably 100 feet away, this is on video, border patrol can release this video if they want, the man was running, the border patrol could not insert border patrol agents to capture him. this guy is still gone today. he had to have been a coyote or drug trafficker. seeing this preetedly made me realize, this is not a imagine national because of immigration. i'm -- i actually believe in comprehensive immigration refor other purposes. i want to work with the other side -- reform. i want to work with the other side of the aisle on all of these things. but i look at this and i say, this is an 80% solution that we could fix. but when i came back from the border and i came back from seeing the real issue that makes this a national emergency, drugs , human trafficking, that's when i realized something had to be done. a wall and barrier is not compassionless.
i think border security and compassion actually go hand in hand. because what we're saying is come over to the united states of america, but do it the right and legal way, because otherwise these coyotes and the cartel are going to take advantage of you, take your life savings, and take you through a very dangerous route and when the going gets tough, they're going to leave you to die because they did that to 200 of them last year in arizona. it was an eye-opening experience. i appreciate the passion everybody has on this. i respect everybody's debate in this. this is how i came to the conclusion i did. please vote no on this. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri reserves his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. it amuses me when my friends on the other side try to cause the public to believe that there are people coming across our border trying to sneak in, when the truth of the matter is the people who are presenting themselves at our southern border primarily are people
fleeing violence in central america, families, women, children, fleeing violence in central america, presenting themselves at lawful points of entry, not trying to jump the rio grande, but at lawful points of entry, and seeking to apply for asylum. and that is the emergency that my friends on the other side try to make into something that would be such that president trump is authorized to spend moneys that have not been appropriated. and it's a farce. mr. speaker, at this time i will yield to the gentleman from -- the gentleman and my colleague, my dear colleague from the state of georgia, john lewis, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is ecognized for two minutes. mr. lewis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of this
resolution. some of you may be old enough to remember, when dr. martin luther king jr. traveled to berlin in 1964, he reminded those gathered that a man-made barrier could not change the fight that the people on both sides of the wall was god's children. mr. speaker, i ask you today, what does this profit our nation to gain a wall and lose our soul? north and south of the border, we are one people. we're bound together by a common humanity. mr. speaker, this executive action betrays our values, our democracy, and the very soul of our nation. as members of the congress and the nation are immigrants, we have a constitutional mandate to
preserve the balance of power and to oppose this monday ement -- this monument to hate. today each and every one of us has a moral obligation to do what is right, what is just, what is fair. by passing this resolution. i urge all of my colleagues to vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: mr. speaker, may i inquire as to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri has 7 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, at this point i would yield two minutes to the gentlelady from arizona, mrs. lesko. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and thank you very much, mr. graves. today i've heard a lot of amazing things. my colleague on the other side of the aisle, mr. zpwrons
georgia, said -- johnson from georgia, said caravans trying to cross the border are a figurement of our imagination. -- figurement of our imagination. i don't know -- figment of our imagination. i don't know but, but all we need to do is turn on the news. i've seen thousands of people traipsing thousands of miles to get into our country. in fact, there's been some violence. so i just don't understand that statement at all. and speaker pelosi and chuck schumer recently said the crisis at the border is manufactured. i tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that i live in the state of arizona. a border state. and i have visited the border. and i have met with the border agents and border officials at the border. they have told me firsthand there is a crisis at the border. they have told me firsthand when i asked, do we need a border fence, and they said, yes.
it is part of the solution. ask now, i'm here today to for reason. the republican legislature, the majority last year, tried to pass legislation that would not only secure the border, but as a compromise would have given legal status to the daca recipients. not one democrat voted for it. can we please get together and solve this problem? it's unfortunate that the president had to resort to this. because congress, the democrats, would not vote for border security. and so i support the president in his declaration for emergency. i support him in protecting our nation, his number one duty. nd i oppose this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. the gentleman from georgia.
mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i recall that last year, in fact the last two years have been spent under a unified control of republicans. both houses of congress and the president. but yet there was no emergency to construct a $5 billion down payment on a border wall that's going to cost about $30 billion. they didn't do it then, they want us to do it now. or they want trump to actually be able to do it without the legislature. mr. speaker, at this time i will yield to the gentlelady from the great state of texas, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. escobar: thank you, mr. speaker. i come from el paso, texas, which is right on the u.s.-mexico border. i live on the border. my family has lived on the border for more than 100 years. and i can assure my colleagues that the border has never been
safer, the border has never been more secure. in fact, what i am more worried about today than what is happening on the u.s.-mexico border, than those vulnerable asiloam seekers coming to our front door -- asylum seekers coming to our front door asking for help, i am more worried that people in this chamber are willing to ignore the oath of office that we took on the day that we were sworn in. that we would violate the constitution that we promised to uphold. and i am also far more worried about the fact that they are willing to divert funding that is going to our u.s. military in favor of a political prop. a monument to xenophobia. a campaign promise. in fact, fort bliss in el paso, texas, stands to potentially lose $275 million.
why didn't they get it done when they had an iron grip over the house, the senate and the white house? because there was no emergency. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, we have the oath of office to defend the constitution. the constitution applies to citizens of the united states. it does not apply to people who are not citizens of the united states. border security officers have made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens in last two fiscal years. these include criminal aliens charged or convicted of assaults, sex crimes, killings. mr. speaker, these are not victimless crimes. with that, i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: yes, your honor. at this time i am pleased to yield to my good friend from the
state of california, mr. cisneros, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: thank you -- mr. cisneros: thank you, mr. speaker. this emergency declaration unconstitutionally attempts to override congress. the constitution clearly grants congress the power of the purse. this declaration took place after weeks of negotiations which resulted in congress rejecting the president's wall in a bipartisan manner. this declaration could take disaster relief aide from families and impact our military readiness. there is no national emergency at the southern border, only a humanitarian crisis created by this president. this president has taken actions to undermine against real threats to national security. congress must act as a check on the president's abuse of executive power.
congress has the opportunity to defend and protect the constitution and assert its role as a co-equal branch of government and must do so in order to set a precedent and protect our democracy. it is absolutely unacceptable that military families and communities across this country should be made to suffer from this unlawful and dangerous action. that is why i urge my colleagues to vote in support of this resolution and move forward with ending this fake national emergency. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from from missouri reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: might i inquire how much time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia has nine minutes remain and the gentleman rom missouri has 5 1/4 remaining.
mr. johnson: i yield to my good friend from florida, debbie wasserman schultz. 1:30. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields to the the gentlewoman from florida. schultz schultz what we are witnessing is a president hole poses a direct threat to our military families and america's national security. first as we have heard, there is no border emergency. that is a fabrication. the administration's own statistics shows that crossings and apprehensions are at a historic low. the vast majority of drugs come in at our ports of entry. a wall will not stop that. many who cross our borders are women and children. they are not running from border agents but seeking help and asylum. this will make it harder for america's military families. who would intentionally make life tougher for the brave men
and women. when you think about the sacrifices they already make. as the chair of the military construction-v.a. subcommittee construction. i will ask our secretaries which projects that they really needed but now should be sacrificed for a needless wall. training our intelligence facilities, hangars for planes that cost billions, schools for our military families. this is a power grab. after failing to get his way, trump is throwing an unconstitutional temper tran trum and jeopardizing our military red anyness. the dangerous precedent he will set is one i hope my republican colleagues will reject sm the president said a wall will keep america's safe. bypassing congress and the
constitution is not patriotism but everything that true patriots fight against. the speaker pro tempore: members are engaged not to engage in personalities concerning the president. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: we keep hearing that most drugs coming into this country are coming in through ports of entry. most drugs that are caught are caught at ports of entry. we don't have any idea what's coming in across the border. and when we say that, this is like saying we are going to reinforce the front door but leave the back door open. e don't know, because we can't patrol it. as the gentleman from illinois pointed out, you can't deploy border patrol quick enough to catch this. we don't know how many drugs are coming through. we have a pretty good idea at
ports of entry because we catch them there. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: it's hard for me to imagine how a big beautiful wall ill somehow bestow upon us knowledge that people are jumping over it or going under it. those kinds of things do not work across the entire border. it may have its place at some points and i'm sure we have border wall and border fencing in the locations where it is necessary, but in the other locations, we need in addition to more border patrol officers who are paid a living wage, we need the technology and the other assets that can surveil and help with the apprehension
of people who are coming across the border at points that are not legal points of entry. but the point is, today's crisis that faces the people of central america and drives them to our southern border is driving them to lawful ports of entry, to seek asylum protection under this nation's laws and that is something they are entitled to. mr. speaker, at this time, i the gentlelady from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, the only crisis is the constitutional crisis that has been created by the president of the united states by his direct and ill-conceived abuse of power, which is noted
in the constitution as a violation of the constitution. it is sad that the president has declared a national emergency for the purpose of misappropriating funds from previously designated and important uses to build a wall. uses that would be dealt with in a national emergency in case of war, that would then call for the building of direct materials and building necessary for troops engaging in war. the only response to my good friend who has come back from the border and saw people going over the border is to engage more border patrol agents and train them to do the job that they are designated to do. we as democrats support that. illegal border crossings are at near 40-year lows. 60 national security personnel, ambassadors, d.n.i. have
indicated it is wrong headed. the president's declaration clearly violates congress' exclusive power of the purse and if unchecked would alter the balance of our powers violating our founders' vision of america. to quote thomas payne, the absolute government, the king is law. so in free countries, the law ought to be the king. this is the abuse, the declaration and we should vote for the underlying resolution to restore constitutional order. mr. johnson: i yield to the gentlelady an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: to restore constitutional order. let me also indicate that as a member of the homeland security committee, the numbers of mexicans from mexico has
decreased. the numbers coming now are what we call o.t.m., other than mexicans. they are coming and fleeing from bloodshed from countries where mothers being told if you stay, we know you're pregnant, you can have the baby and we'll kill you after your birth. those are the stories that those of us who visited the border are hearing. if there is a crisis, it is a humanitarian crisis. but a we as democrats have no problem with funding the resources necessary for the border including as the increase in personnel, technology and transportation equipment. i have been to the border when the need for night goggles and other types of equipment were rendered important. let us do the right thing. vote on this resolution and do the constitutional point of
ordering order to this government. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: make a point of clarification. the statement was made that individuals from outside this country coming to ports of entry seeking asylum were entitled to that. no one outside this country is entitled to anything in this country. they can be heard, but they are not entitled to asylum in the united states just because they ask for it. they aren't entitled to anything within this country. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: i believe most learned colleagues in this chamber understand that under u.s. law, we have granted persons approaching our border the right to apply for asylum. doesn't mean that asylum will be granted. but they have the right to apply for it. it's the humane thing to do in a
civilized society. this is the law that america has proceeded under for centuries. and now we have a naked power executive and his own job, but there eye a problem. only the legislative branch that operties funding for various occurances and the legislative branch has not given this president what he has sought, that is a downpayment on a border wall, which is a monument to a campaign promise that he made. this legislature has not given him that authority in a naked power grab he is seeking to
declare an emergency where no emergency exists. mr. speaker, at this time, i am pleased to yield to the gentlelady from washington, , a staunch iend advocate for the people of washington, d.c.,, nonnone other than eleanor holmes norton for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i don't even want to speak to the underlying issue. the president signed a bill. he didn't have to. he could have retained his power. now he proposes to ignore the bill he signed and act as if the congress did not exist.
this is the road to dictatorship . that is this what this bill does, eff given our power for ex speedens sake, sometimes to avoid controversy. today we are on notice that we will not give the power that belongs to the congress to the president of the united states. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from missouri. the gentleman from missouri has four minutes. the gentleman from georgia has a minute and a quarter. mr. graves: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: i yield to the
gentlelady from california and also the speaker of this great minute, the or one honorable speaker, nancy pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. the speaker: i thank the gentleman for yielding and the eloquent way that he has presented this legislation to the floor of the house. mr. speaker, i rise to quote from the constitution of the united states. it begins with our statement of purpose of the nation, with the preamble, we, the people of the united states, in order to form a more perfect union shall establish justice ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, be ordained and establish this constitution of the united states of america.
immediately following that sacred purpose says, article 1, article 1, the legislative branch. perhaps it's time for our country to have a civics lesson ar values-based civics lesson. i applaud congressman castro for his leadership in ensuring that this house was ready to reassert our responsibility under the constitution in the systems of checks and balance. in their wisdom, our founders rejected the idea of a monarch. they didn't want to live under that. they made it clear. they fought the war of independence. and therefore in their wisdom, they put forth in this constitution a heart and soul and core of it, the separation of powers, co-equal branches of
government to be a check and balance on each other. . they saw the wisdom of that and then of course added the bill of rights with further freedoms. but the core of the constitution is the separation of powers. so today we are on this floor of the house, and our colleagues have spoken eloquently about the reality or mythology of the crisis at the border that the president contends. they've spoken eloquently about the opportunity cost of the money that the president wants to use for this ill-conceived wall and what it means to our national security. but we in this house of representatives, each one of us and everyone in public service in our country, takes an oath of office to support and defend the constitution of the united states.
it is our oath, we promise. and that constitution is about the separation of powers that is being usurped by the executive branch. we in the legislative branch cannot let that happen. in fact, i appeal to our republican colleagues because i do believe and trust that they are people of their word. and that they take an oath to uphold the constitution, that they will honor it with their vote on the floor today. in keeping, by the way, with under previous house speaker, our colleagues across the aisle placed a high priority on the separation of powers and congress' constitutional prerogatives. the republican better way, which they put forth in 2014, that agenda read, and i follow, quote, the people granted congress the power to write
laws, raise revenues and spend and borrow money on behalf of the united states. they continue, there is no power more consequential, yet for detects -- decades congress has let this power atrophy, thereby depriving the people of their voice. their better way goes on to say, the founders insisted on a separation of powers to protect our constitutional liberties. their proposal goes on to say that james madison warned that, quote, warned that the constitution is a mere parchment barrier unless each branch asserted its powers to keep the other in check. that is all in the republican agenda for a better way of 2014. so you would think it would be in keeping with their vote today. in that spirit, speaker ryan
often lamented that congress, quote, keeps for fitting the game -- forfeiting the game, yielding to the executive branch, giving the president a blank check. not even bothering to read the fine print in some cases. well, we are not going to give any president, democratic or republican, a blank check. to shred the constitution of the united states. we would be delinquent in our duties as members of congress if we did not overturn what the president is proposing. he is asking each and every one of us to turn our backs on the oath of office that we took to the constitution of the united states. i do not believe that the republicans want to do that. i don't think it's consistent with what they have advocated in the near term, and historically.
is your oath of office to donald trump or is your oath of office to the constitution of the united states? you cannot let him undermine the strength of your pledge to protect and defend the constitution. again, our colleagues have talked about the opportunity cost of taking money from our national security and spending it in this way. i was at the border this weekend. we all have our stories and the rest. but whatever you think about the wall, let's just put that aside for a moment. and whatever you think about where you take the money from and where you put it, which is substantial. but putting that aside for a movement the question is, what do you think about yourself, your congress, your conscience, your oath of office? your oath of office. and i trust that our colleagues,
as i say, will be consistent in their beliefs and join us in honoring the oath we all take to support. the resolution is not about politics, it's not about partisanship. it's about patriotism, it's about the constitution of the united states which i hold in my hand here. and george washington on the cover of this says, it's -- its only keepers, the people. we in the people's house are the keepers of this constitution. we in the congress are the keepers of this constitution. we in the congress, in article 1, the congress of the united clearlyspelled out very in the constitution, the powers given to the legislative branch. the powers of the purse, the power to declare war. powers enumerated very carefully by our founders. how can you ignore that? and so i call, i urge a strong bipartisan support of this vital
to lution to honor our oath bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution. true faith and allegiance to the constitution. i urge a yes vote. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of the time. members are reminded that all comments will be referred to the chair. at this time the chairman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. are the majority prepared to close? mr. johnson: we have no further witnesses and we're prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. don't you think it's -- find it ironic, i guess, and actually it's kind of ludicrous that we talked so much about how much this wall is going to cost and how inhumane it is and how immoral it is. and yet we build thousands and
thousands of miles and spend millions and millions of dollars on noise abatement wall in our suburbs, in our urban areas, all over the country. 30 feet high, 20 feet high. all over the country. but yet we can't do something to protect our border. that's not a crisis. mr. speaker, this is a crisis. what we're talking about today is a crisis. president obama agreed when he requested emergency funding in 2014 to deal with the crisis on the border. and when he declared a national emergency because of transactional drug traffickers, transnational drug traffickers, since fiscal year 2012 customs and border patrol has seized four million pounds of drugs at ports of entry, more than 11 million pounds of drugs between ports of entry, and nearly three times as many drugs are seized between ports, mr. speaker. many of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle recognize the need for a border wall. voting to authorize the wall in 2006 and again under president obama in 2013. and last year we passed
bipartisan legislation to address the growing impacts of opioids in our communities, drugs that continue to flow into our country through our southern border. we all agreed on a bipartisan basis that there was a crisis but now suddenly they're calling this a manufactured crisis. the national emergencies act is clear, mr. speaker. the president's authority is clear. the president is acting within the authority that congress has given him. and with that, mr. speaker, i would urge a no vote on this resolution and i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. in approving the joint resolution terminating president trump's illegal power grab, the house will make clear that nothing is more fundamental to the functioning of our democracy than the separation of powers among the three co-equal branches of government. the facts are clear.
president trump failed to convince a skeptical congress to pay for an ineffective border wall. instead, i urge now my colleagues to support this resolution. but i must ask you to ask yourself this question. will you allow your solemn vow of loyalty to president trump to override your oath of office and your vow of fidelity to the constitution? vote -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. johnson: and support this resolution. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 144, the previous question is -- question sword. the question is on the engrossment -- is ordered. the question is on the engrossment and third reading of
the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the president on february 15, 2019. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the passage of the joint resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. mr. graves: mr. speaker. i'd ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on the 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 louis resume proceedings on postponed -- the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time.
speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, s. 47. i ask unanimous consent that the debate under clause 1-c of rule 15 on a motion to suspend the rules relating to s. 47 be extended to 50 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 47. an act to provide for the management of the natural resources of the united states and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of today, the gentleman from arizona and the gentleman from utah each will control 25 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on a measure -- on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized.
mr. grijalva: thank you again, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grijalva: it's my pleasure to rise today on behalf of a significant bipartisan benefit for conservation in the united states. s. 47, the lands package, is a product of many months of negotiation and many years of committee processes. the bill benefits all americans. . by protecting ecosystems, preserving our culture, heritage and connecting the people to their lands, we demonstrate that this congress' commitment to public lands serves all americans. i am particularly proud that this package will permanently authorize the land and water conservation fund, a program that supports recreation access and conservation in all 50 states. it works for the people and no direct cost to the taxpayers. it enhances america's enjoyment of public lands across this nation. it's time to guarantee the future of this very important
program. in addition to lwcf, the package would add over one million acres of wilderness, designation new national monuments and expand national parks, to name a few of the over 100 provisions. i'm proud to support lwcf and s. 47 and i hope my colleagues will similarly support this bipartisan effort. i offer my sincere thanks to congressman bishop and senators murkowski, manchin, cantwell. i congratulate them on their efforts. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: when i became chairman of this committee, i vowed never to do this kind of a package. i thought that each bill
deserved to be debated and to be moved as a stand-alone. basically we in the house did that. unfortunately, the senate did not. which is why there are at least 63 house-passed bills in this package. 62 of which were passed on suspension that had been sitting in the senate languishing for up to a year and a half. if somebody says they don't have time to look at the stuff in there, there have been months to look at this stuff as it's been sitting over in the senate. much of which is parochial significance which means it solves local challenges. the basis of all the bills in here is to put people above government. if indeed we are going to have public lands there should be access to those lands. that's one of the reasons for the first time in years we had sportsmen activities that were put into this particular bill so sportsmen can assume if they are on public land it will be open for recreational hunting and fishing and shooting and all manners of all kind of outdoor recreation unless it is specifically closed.
a land manager can't be arbitrary with that. if they close it there has to be a public process to go through with consultation with local officials. it's extremely important that bow hunters gets protection, even duck hunters get certainty. there will be special days for duck hunting for youth and veterans. for the first time there are real reforms of the land and water conservation fund. when that was established half century ago, 60% of all of the lands was supposed to go into the state and local funds. those are the funds that the constituents are calling you saying these are why this should be re-authorized. when the cap was taken off, the funds were reduced from the time of the obama administration down by 12%. everything was for land acquisition. this bill reforms that permanently by saying no less than 40% has to go to those state and local funds that your
constituents like. no less than 3% has to go to fulfilling facility recreation access. that means we are for the first time now really empowering people and communities, state and local governments as well as sportsmen. look, i've always said i want to shrink the federal say. this bill finally does shrink the federal estate in my state as well as nationwide. we create four new monuments in this bill with you the right way, not expecting a president to make a declaration, but actually for the congress to pass a bill, to debate the bill, and then to pass the bill at the same time. this administration actually did use the antiquities act on one of these monuments, nice and cute, but we are going to do it the right way in this particular bill. we are going to do wilderness the right way. no more should they create it by fiat. congress should make those decisions what is wilderness and what will not be wilderness. let me talk about wilderness because it has some controversy in here. over half the wilderness that's
established in this section of bills is in my home state of utah. as mr. curtis will tell you, the county commissioner, local officials endorse this action. they are happy with it because they gain access to other areas that can promote recreation and economic development which they have been trying to get for several decades. a quarter of this is also in california in one district, so we create wilderness in a national park but at the same time we are taking wilderness study areas and releasing those at the same tifmente we are making exchanges so some of the lands go into trust funds for education purposes, to fund the education of our kids. something the east doesn't need but those who live in the federally controlled west we desperately need to do that. we are going to have some transparency so we really know what it costs for environmental litigation. these are all issues we have been talking about for years in the house. these are issues that we repeatedly passed in the house, but for now we have a chance of actually making it happen. is this bill?
no. it's too big to be perfect. is the process creating this perfect? hell, no. but i am perfectly satisfied and willing to vote for this because without this there will be no progress. the status quo will be maintained and that is bad. senator graham used to say, if i'm going from washington back to houston, i get as far as memphis, that's not bad. if i end up in boston that's bad. but for memphis that's not necessarily bad. we have been complaining for years about elements that are in this package of bills and now we have a chance to actually be positive, to get to memphis and beyond, to actually get something done. as someone says, it's not good enough -- if someone says it's not good enough, i am holding out for something better, we are holding something for something that never has been and never will be. it puts to the lie the complaints we have exaggerated in the past. congress is finally ready to act. we should not refuse the solutions that are in front of
us right now. this is a step forward, and this obviously is better than the alternatives. i urge adoption of this package of compromised bills that have been worked out in advance, and i appreciate, i appreciate my colleagues on the democratic side who have worked so hard to come with a package of bills we can all support. with that i yield back but reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, a member of the resources committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am proud to stand here today in support of h.r. 972, the reconstruction era national historical park act. i join majority whip clyburn and reintroducing the reconstruction era national historic park act, which expands the reconstruction era
national monument in beaufort, south carolina. mr. cunningham: and makes it a national park. this bill also creates a national network of reconstruction era historical sites so they can receive the recognition that they deserve. the low country's vibrant reconstruction history is often overlooked or misunderstood. and this act would seek to correct that. i am honored to work with majority whip clyburn to preserve, protect, and promote reconstruction history. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 972. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the dean of the house, someone who knows more about public lands than any of us, mr. young. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. young: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, mr. young: again, i want to thank chairman bishop, chairman grijalva for their work on this legislation. this is a proud moment. we listened to a lot of angst a while ago and now we look at two people working together to solve a problem. this is how congress should work. i'm especially proud of this legislation because, as the chairman mentioned, 62 pieces of legislation that passed this house are in this bill somewhere, including five which are mine. you know, really, i think it's important for the state of alaska. and what this bill does, as mentioned by the chairman and the past chairman, it gives an opportunity for everybody to be involved. as the chairman said, it may not be everything we want. i had a couple things we didn't get in it. but this is the beginning of working together on public lands as it should be, with those directly involved in it. the legislation in mine was native veterans for -- alaska native veterans and selection
of lands. first time. we've tried for 15 years and finally gets it done. alaska native americans burials. this legislation solves a lot of the conflicts, and everybody supports it. i'm very excited about this legislation. i want to thank my senators for working on it. finally getting it done. but most of all, the committee. the natural resources committee, where i was chairman for six years. this is a good piece of legislation, and i urge the passage of this legislation. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alaska yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is now recognized. mr. grijalva: mr. speaker, thank you. i yield one minute to the gentleman from colorado, a member of the resources ommittee, -- resources committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today as a coloradan, environmentalist,
a conservationist to support senate bill 47. i want to thank my home state colleagues in the senate, of course, my friends from the other side of the aisle, and most importantly our chairman, chairman grijalva, for his leadership with respect to this bill. in the great state of colorado, we understand the value of our public lands. our state's outdoor recreation economy brings in $28 billion and $10 billion in workers' wages alone. investing in our public lands, conserving our wild places is good for our economy and it is good for our future generations. mr. neguse: i'm proud this bill, not only includes nine measures that would impact my state, but two provisions in particular that i introduced earlier this congress that directly benefit colorado's second congressional district, first, the bolts ditch access and use act is an important provision that allows eagle county in my district water access with use of the bolts ditch head gate. secondly, the wedge act incorporates 124 acres of land adjacent to rocky mountain
national park into arapaho national forest. i'm excited to take these provisions on the house floor today, both which will have a local impact on the communities i am so honored to represent in colorado's second. not only this but of course senate bill 47 provides permanent authorization of the land and water conservation fund, which is long overdue, and a milestone for future generations. so with that would urge my colleagues to support this bill to look forward to continue support public lands and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time, and the gentleman from utah is now recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from utah, the gentleman, mr. curtis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized for two minutes, mr. curtis. . curtis: i'm proud to support s. 47. this bill is comprised of smaller bills including two that i had to sponsor. the emery county public lands
act and the endangered fish recoveries act. the emery county bill has been a locally driven effort and will bring long-term certainty and expanding goblin valley state park for better management. it will generate millions of dollars through the school trust land exchanges. also in this package, the engdaineddangered fish recoveries program extension act will ensure access to critical water sources and continue to promote the recovery of four endangered species. there are many, many who deserve praise for their years and decades of work on these bills. i'd especially like to thank republican leader bishop, who's been invaluable in pushing these bills across the finish line. and on a personal note, has mentored me through very difficult public lands issues. especially today, i'd like to give appreciation and recognition to emery county commissioners who had the ability to see into the future
to understand how important this was for their county and to work through all the difficult issues. finally, i'd like to thank my colleagues on the democratic side of the aisle for their willingness to work with me to see this through our eyes and to explain this through their eyes. i'm grateful for the friendships and relationships i've developed through this process. i look forward to seeing both of my bills headed to the president's desk with the passage of s. 47. mr. speaker, i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, reserves the balance of his time. at this time, the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california and chair of the energy and mineral resources subcommittee on the resources committee, mr. lowenthal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. i strongly support the passage of this bipartisan public lands
package. this broad sweeping legislation is important because it includes provisions that will permanently re-authorize the land and water conservation fund, but it also designates over one million acres of wilderness on federal lands in states across the west, including over 300,000 acres in california alone. the bill also includes the wildlife innovation and longevity driver act, or the wild act, a bill i'm proud to co-lead in the house with my alaska colleague, representative don young. it re-authorizes the partners for fish and wildlife programs, as well as the species conservation funds, which will include dedicated funds for rhinos, for tigers, for great aprils, for marine turtles -- apes, for marine turtles and
african and asian elephants. it will also expand the marine turtle conservation fund to include tortoises and freshwater turtles, establishing a new source of funding for these priority species. you know, as we all know, that over 60% of the -- of these 330 modern species are now either threatened, they're endangered, or, unfortunately, they are now extinct. the wild act will also protect ecosystems and wildlife from invasive species through the development of strategic plans for reducing invasive species populations on land or water that is managed by federal agencies. finally, the wild act also includes a newly created theodore roosevelt genius prize, a concept that will encourage innovation in wildlife conservation, combating wildlife trafficking and poaching, protecting endangered species,
as well as other areas. the wildlife and s. 47 more broadly will help wildlife and land conservation efforts in the united states and around the world. i strongly support this legislation and i urge my colleagues to do the same. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to announce or to recognize one of the senior members from kentucky, who can talk about how you do a monument the right way. mr. rogers for a minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. mr. rogers: thank you, ranking member bishop, for yielding me this time. and for -- mainly for your support of the mill springs national monument act, which is included in this great package before us today. and you did it the right way, mr. chairman. the nonprofit mill springs battlefield association has
worked tirelessly for nearly three decades to preserve and maintain more than 900 acres to honor and commemorate the first major union victory in the civil war. even constructing a 10,000 square foot visitors center and museum at the site where the national cemetery is located. i was proud to introduce legislation that would add this historic battlefield in kentucky's wayne and pulaski counties, to the national park system. enactment of s. 47 today will ensure that this national treasure is protected, preserved and pro noted well into the few -- promoted well into the future. i therefore urge your support. and especially to mr. bishop, who over his years as chairman of the committee, worked with us in great detail on this project. i want to especially say my thanks to ranking member bishop. and the committee. i yield.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from new mexico, chair of the public lands subcommittee on the resources ms. haaland. ms. haaland: i rise today in support of senate bill 47. this bill represents a major victory for conservation and i want to congratulate the chairman and his co-drafters on its success. in my home state of new mexico, new protections in the oregon and ins, san juan county others will add over 250,000 acres of new wilderness, the highest conservation protection this congress can bestow. these lands will preserve our
ecosystems, protect access to clean, consistent water flows, and help our state to begin to adapt to the realities of climate change. by permanently authorizing the land and water conservation fund, s. 47 will help my home state and every state in this nation and i strongly encourage my colleagues to vote yes. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from oregon, someone who used to be on our committee but went over to the dark side and is now a former chairman somewhere else. mr. walden. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. mr. walden: i thank the gentleman. as the top republican on the energy and commerce committee, we enjoy the relationship and camaraderie we have with the natural resources committee. and i want to thank the gentleman from utah and my friend, mr. grijalva, the chairman of the committee, for once again bringing this measure
forward, affecting crooked river ranch. crooked river ranch fire protection act is essential to saving lives in central oregon. with another wildfire season just on the horizon, the people of crooked river ranch are deeply concerned that they could become the next paradise, california. and they're deeply concerned that their community could be turned into ash as wildfire feeds off the dense fuel loads that surround this community of 5,000 people. they're there because of the lack of proper management to thin out the fuel loads. because this area is in a wilderness study area. what we're doing here is moving the boundary back about 800 acres. so at the b.l.m. it will stay public, they can come in and use mechanical treatment literally to reduce juniper and sage brush so that the firefighters can come in and fight fire if they get one. we know what happens in this kind of terrain. the tragedy, the loss of life, loss of homes, loss of community. there are 5,000 people out on a rim, if you will, in a canyon,
with only one way in and one way out. and the fire chief has told me if a fire breaks out and the wrong kind with enough wind, he might not put his firefighters in there. so today we're going to save lives, thanks to your work. the fire chief said, this has created a dangerous environment, continues to threaten the people that live there. this legislation will adjust that w.s.a. the important public safety legislation will give peace of mind to the residents of crooked river ranch. last year a fire only a few miles away burned 2,000 acres. it destroyed two homes in less than a day. the next fire season is not far away. we do not want to see images like this of homes turned to ash and lives destroyed in central oregon, where we have a real opportunity to prevent that from happening, thanks to this bipartisan legislation. i want to thank my senators who worked on this, i want to thank mr. grijalva, mr. bishop, for their work on this, and i appreciate your bringing it in
as part of the package of bills that will now go to president trump who i'm convinced will sign it into law. with, that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. dingell, a member of the resources committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognize. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentleman from arizona for yielding and for his leadership on this issue. i rise in strong support of s. 47, the national resources management act. and as my colleague from utah sole consequently stated, this -- so eloquently stated, this landmark public lands legislation is the product of years, decades of work, at the committee level, and months of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations. and includes support from key
conservation, sportsmen and environmental stakeholders. the outstanding provisions in this bill will enshrine and safeguard our nation's conservation's legacy for decades to come. this begins with permanent re-authorization of the land and water conservation fund. it should never have expired. permanent re-authorization of lwcf will mean this program and its important work can continue unimpeded for future generations. almost 20 years ago john dingell led the first effort to permanently re-authorize it. with his friends, don young, george miller, billy and chris john, geographically and diverse group of leaders who happened to like the outdoors and, yes, hunting and fishing. the lwcf funding has protected
some of our country's most treasured national resources, while creating jobs, supporting local economies, and providing countless opportunities for recreation. since 1965, lwcf has provided er $3.9 billion for over 40,000 projects in every county across this country. with every $1 invested, returning $4 in economic value. this benefits every congressional district, every county, every state in this country. preserving our beautiful and iconic places matters to us all and was the reason for initially starting it. being here today, the first day -- i'm not going to take that long. being here with this bipartisan group of people, working to preserve our land, he's looking
up above and saying, well done, all of you. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. wittman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. wittman: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of s. 47, the natural resources management act. mr. speaker, this bill signifies a strong, bipartisan consensus and commitment to protecting our nation's public resources, including parks, wildlife, habitat and access to the outdoors. today's vote will help preserve thousands of acres of public lands so that americans can visit, explore, fish, hunt and enjoy wildlife and the outdoors for generations to come. and i particularly am proud of the measure which will provide long-term sustainability of the land and water conservation fund.
i'm also proud to see the important sportsmens' titles included in this bill that will expand access for recreation, fishing and hunting on public lands. i want to thank ranking member bishop, chairman grijalva for their tireless work to help make this bill a reality. as a life-long sportsman and supporter of our nation's refugees, parks and public lands, i urge every member of this body to support this legislation so that we can provide permanent stability for the land ant water conservation fund, to improve access for sportsmen and conserve wildlife habitat for future generations. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. i'm sorry, yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of the time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to a member of the resources committee, the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. horsford: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, mr. chairman. and to the ranking member.
as representative of nevada's fourth congressional district, a district that is home to over 50,000 square miles of geographically diverse land, including several national monuments and parks, i am proud to voice my support for the natural resources management act. as we've heard, this bill permanently re-authorizes the land and water conservation fund, an integral conservation program that has provided the state of nevada with 40 million for investment in local parks, and another $60 million to benefit our public lands. moreover, this bill expands access to outdoor recreation opportunities for communities across america. outdoor recreation is a vital aspect of nevada's economy. in 2017 it supported nearly 90,000 jobs, contributed $4 billion in wages, and spurred $12 billion of consumer spending in our state. i am proud to vote for this
bill, to expand outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly for our underserved communities, many of whom depend on federal funding to develop parks and recreation. as the 116th congress continues, i look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue to develop conservation programs that work for all of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i am pleased to yield a minute to a gentleman who has never been on our committee, but we have appreciated his friendship and helping to to move package, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mcmenry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. mchenry: i thank the bipartisan work that we are advocating for here on the house floor. i rise in support of this important bill, for two reasons. two reasons directly related to western north carolina, where i'm honored to represent. first, it has a permanent
re-authorization of the land and water conservation fund. this is a very important program that uses offshore energy resources to fund protecting lands that are of national importance. our rivers, our scenic byways, our lakes. clean water in western north carolina, access to the great outdoors has been a great driver of our economy and lwcf has helped fund the preservation, protection of those areas. second, i stand in support of this important bill because it re-authorizes the blue ridge national heritage area. these two pieces of legislation, the lwcf re-authorization and the blue ridge national heritage area, are two items i've sponsored independently of this package and i'm glad they are part of this resolution before us. the blue ridge national heritage area ensures the preservation of the unique cultural history of western north carolina, and provides access to our land
surrounding the blue ridge parkway. . those two important areas are a small part of this package that's been hammered out in a bipartisan way. i ask for an aye vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. hill: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill which is critically important. this bill also establishes a memorial for the st. francis dam disaster. this memorial is a project that's been a priority for my hometown, the city of santa clarita, for many years and the site is just miles from where i grew up and from where my sister now lives. the dam was an integral part the of our city's water infrastructure back in the
1920's. the dam failed and the resulting flood killed over 450 people, cost millions of dollars and destroyed many homes. the collapse of the st. francis dams is considered one of the worst civil engineering failures in the 20th century. i'm proud in the 116th congress we will finally be able to magnify the stories of this tragedy and provide a constant reminder of how critical infrastructure is to the safety and security of our communities. thank you and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from the state of washington who -- used to be a member of our committee. has moved on to lesser rules now, mr. knewhouse, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. newhouse: i rise enthusiastically to support the package the house is considering. it includes one of my bills, the yakima water enhancement project, phase three act. this legislation authorizes the next phase of the yakima basin integrated plan which is a decades' long effort to address the vital water needs of the ag community, conservationists and certainly my constituents throughout the yakima basin. mr. speaker, i've not only worked on this project for the last three congresses but i hate to say my efforts go back even further. almost 30 years. more than i'd like to admit, as a farmer, former state legislator and director of the state department of agriculture. but today demonstrates the closest we've ever come to sending this crucial legislation to the president to sign into law. i firmly believe that the yakima work group, the implementation committee are a model for the rest of the nation to follow to address divisive issues.
i invite all of my colleagues to come see for themselves. this group represents a diverse array of local, tribal, state, federal, ag, environmental, private interests. they've worked decades through decades of painstaking compromise, collaboration, and efforts to find solutions. i rise to thank all of them for their hard work. the tribal leaders, commissioners, cities, local irrigation representatives. and certainly the natural resources staff who worked very hard on this all along, including mr. bill ball. without their hard work, the deep commitment to addressing this comprehensive issue, we would not as close as we are today in getting this crucial step done. i urge strong support of all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for this package of legislation that we consider today. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington yields back the balance of his
time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the ntlelady from massachusetts, ms. -- mrs. trahan. mrs. trahan: i appreciate the inclusion to add the national river to the wild and scenic rivers system. seeking this designation has been a labor of love for the communities in the watershed and local leaders like marian and elizabeth. i also value the bill's funding cap investment for essex national heritage area. finally, it's outstanding to see the bill's renewal of the land and water conservation fund, a program that's benefited nearly every corner of the nation including minute
man and lowell national parks in the district i grew up in and am proud to represent today. i urge the bill's swift passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i yield to mr. gianforte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from montana is recognized for a minute. mr. gianforte: i rise in strong support of s. 47 lands package. i want to thank both the chairman and the ranking member for their bipartisan work on this important bill. our public lands define our montana way of life. three principles guide my approach. first, conserve our public lands. increase public access. and trust our local communities. these principles guided me to protect the gateway to yellowstone national park. i met with the residents and
community leaders and the consensus is clear. they don't want mining in paradise valley. that's why i introduced the legislation to permanently ban mining on 30,000 acres of public land just outside yellowstone park. that measure is included in this package today. this package also permanently re-authorizes the land and water conservation fund. susan and i raised our kids hunting, fishing, and backpacking on our public lands in montana, and i know how critical lwcf is to montana. permanently protecting the gateway to yellowstone and permanently re-authorizing lwcf will help preserve and expand public access to our public lands. i strongly urge passage of this bill that's so important to montana and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from montana yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is
recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the -- from from oregon, oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. schrader: this legislation would designate over 21 miles of the malalla river as wild and scenic that will per naturally ensure its -- permanently ensure its protection. the designation to designate this as a wild and scenic river happened over 12 years ago. i want to acknowledge and thank these community partners, chief among them, the malalla river alliance, the river watch, northwest steelheaders, the city of malalla. also like to recognize the efforts of a few key individuals, mike moody, john atkins, mike hammond, kate,
bob, and frankly so many others that worked tirelessly on this project. it's because of their hard work that the cultural, historical and recreational benefits of the river will be protected for generations to come. i ask for support of the natural resources management act and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: pleased to yield main to the gentleman from south carolina, also a former member of our committee but also leader in the sportsman community, mr. duncan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. as former chairman of the congressional sportsman caucus and avid outdoorsman, i rise in support of s. 47, the natural resources management act. let's be clear, where does most of the fund come from the h.i.v. lwcf? the land and water conservation fund is overwhelmingly funded by royalties from off-shore oil and gas leasing on the outer continental shelf.
it is funded mostly from money energy companies that produce fossil fuels pay the federal government. even though we're going to overwhelmingly -- even with bipartisan support permanently re-authorize a program that's enjoyed success since 1964, it will remain in jeopardy. why? because many of the democrats supporting this have also supported this asinine, ill logical proposal called the green new deal, a shift under the green new deal away from oil and gas to complete dependence on renewables and you can kiss this fund goodbye. how do they pose to pay for the land and water conservation fund? i can assure you it won't be from royalties generated from renewable energies. it's from higher taxes. i support conservation. this bill, with as little cost to the american taxpayer, that is why i rise to support. hold the it's time we green new deal supporters
accountable to the lack of logic and science behind their proposals that have been estimated to cost up to $93 trillion. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: again, thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from washington, ms. schrier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for one minute. ms. schrier: thank you. thank you, mr. grijalva. thank you, mr. speaker. i'm excited to have the opportunity to speak on this bill and i strongly encourage all of my colleagues to support this important lands package. there's one section, the same as dean newhouse's, that's particularly near and dear to my heart and critical for my district and the state of washington. it's the yakima river basin integrated plan that you just heard about. this forward-thinking legislation will ensure water security for our farmers, rivers, salmon, and communities for the foreseeable future. it allows tribes to make
important infrastructure improvements, protects local salmon habitat, and, therefore, is also instrumental in saving our dwindling puget sound orcas. i applaud my republican colleague, mr. newhouse, and also our senators, maria cantwell and patty murray and so many people who worked very hard on this plan to make it come through, for the effort they've put in for so many years to see this legislation through. the yakima basin integrated plan is a model for the rest of the country on how to address water scarcity in a changing climate. partners with very divergent interests all came together with a common goal of protecting water's environment and wildlife and ensuring our communities are resilient in the face of a changing climate. this agreement will help washington state. thank you and i yield back. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. fitzpatrick: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of the natural resources management act, and i'm especially proud this bill will permanently re-authorize the land and water conservation fund. this vital piece of legislation will benefit millions of americans in enumerable ways, from promoting recreational activities to contributing to our nation's robust economy, along with furthering environmental protection and wildlife conservation. the land and water conservation fund benefits 98% of counties across the united states and contributes to an economy that encompasses one out of 15 american jobs. since its establishment over 50 years ago, the land and water conservation fund has greatly benefited my district in pennsylvania. treasured public lands such as tyler state park and halffield community park are all just a few of the examples of the beneficiaries of this valuable
fund. i'm encouraged by the strong bipartisan support of the land natural resources management act and which it has received and i compliment my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for advancing this. it's long overdue. i urge all of my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you very much. i'd like to recognize for one minute the representative of the district of columbia, ms. eleanor holmes norton, for her comments. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank my good friends for working together to produce this magnificent lands package. this lands package takes all our precious lands seriously,