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tv   U.S. House of Representatives House Debate on Disaster Aid Bill  CSPAN  June 4, 2019 12:59am-1:17am EDT

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hurricanes and other natural disasters. the legislation was blocked three times by republicans who objected to the bill being brought up without a recorded roll call vote. this floor debate is 15 minutes. grandstanding that have made it difficult to deliver much needed disaster relief to families and communities across america. it has been nine months since hurricane florence struck the southeast. just one of the many natural disasters, including other hurricanes, pacific typhoons, and western wildfires that impacted our fellow americans last year. in that time, the house has already passed two strong passages of relief and recovery
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assistance, bills to help the people of puerto rico recover from one of the deadliest and costliest storms in american history. and to meet urgent needs following midwest floods and southern tornadoes. those bills were held up because some in our government refused to assist our fellow americans in puerto rico who are still recovering from a 2017 hurricane. i'm pleased we have moved past that. because when disaster strikes, we shouldn't let a zip code dictate our response, and americans across the country have been waiting for far too long for the relief and recovery assistance they deserve. that's why so many of us were deeply disappointed last week when this bipartisan, bicameral disaster relief bill was blocked three times by house
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republicans, even though it has the support of the president, senate republicans, and congressional democrats, and has passed in the senate. while it has taken far too long, this bill delivers much needed assistance to american communities struck by recent natural disasters. it includes a broad away of easures totaling $19.1 billion to meet urgent needs. assistance for farmers and rural communities who have been devastated by crop losses brought on by storms. funding for infrastructure repairs that will provide jobs and revitalize broken communities. approximately $1.4 billion for puerto rico, including $600 million in nutrition assistance. funding to stabilize health care systems in disaster
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stricken pacific territories. repairs and reconstruction at damaged federal facilities, including military bases that are critical for national security. the bill represents bipartisan compromise that will strengthen communities and make lives better. i look forward to its enactment and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman new york reserves the balance of her time. for what purpose does the -- the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 2157, the supplemental appropriations act of 2019. this bill provides much needed relief to more than 40 states and territorieser to help them recover from devastating hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, and tornadoes. the bill provides critical aid to farmers and branchers across the country. for a category five hurricane
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that destroyed crops in the southeast to the historic floods of the farmland in the midwest and fires in the west, billions of dollars of damage has occurred. the fund in this bill will help restore the livelihoods of our agricultural producers and rural communities. the bill also provides critical funding to repair military installation that is were severely damaged by hurricanes and floods. this assistance will return these facilities to a condition that that can can support our men and women in uniform and help them get back to the job of protecting our nation. the bill provides vital funding for community development block grants to help rebuild areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. i have seen how critical these funds have been for the state of texas and the aftermath of hurricane harvey. the communities affected by storms in 2018 and 2019 have been waiting for these critical resources for months now and i'm pleased we're taking action
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today to provide needed relief to restore housing and businesses where it is so desperately needed. the bill also provides funds to compensate state departments of transportation for repairs already under way or completed. this funding will go to dozens of states for disaster repairs that are critical to restoring roads that are vital to both the traveling public and movement of goods across the nation. the bill provides significant funding for the army corps of engineers, most of which will be used to repair existing projects to prestorm conditions. this work will include dredging navigation channels, repairing levees, and refort filing coastal defenses. funding will be used forer the most critical repairs following storms in previous years, as well as the ongoing flooding in the midwest. the funding for the corps also includes work for a study and construct new projects that
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protect against future storms. these projects will help protect our people, business, and property, and will reduce the funding necessary to recover from future storms. finally, this was stalled for months because of the administration's concern about providing additional assistance to puerto rico. the final agreement removes the most problematic language. bringing this bill to the floor today shows that we can can put politics aside and work together to address the needs of our nation. however, one emergency that is not addressed is the humanitarian and security crisis on the border. we must work together to pass a bill that addresses the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border and provides law enforcement agencies with the funding they need. i have made several recent visits to the border and have seen this crisis unfold up close. the numbers are alarming. customs and border patrol is exceeding 100,000 apprehensions
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per month. the stakes are high. there are serious life or death repercussions if the congress does not act. in closing, i want to thank chairman lowey for working with members of my side of the aisle to reach this compromise or disaster assistance. i also thank the senate appropriations committee chairman and vice chairman, senator shelby and senator leahy, for their work on this bill. i look forward to our continuing conversations about how to quickly address the needs on the border. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from the northern marianas islands, mr. sablan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. sablan: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and seven s months months after the super typhoon
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we're ready to send a disaster leaf bill to the president for signature. of course this has taken long thearn any of us might wish. i want to use my time simply to say thank you. thank you to my fellow americans who are always willing to help when they see a neighbor in need. it's not this act of charity for all as lincoln said, what binds our nation. almost 50 years ago the people of the myrrhianas who i represent here voted to join the united states. it's at moments like this we remember what a wise decision that was and what a great nation we're now part of. on behalf of all marianas who suffer this day because of the lasting effects of the typhoons, thank you. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from
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oklahoma, mr. cole. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for three minutes. mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my friend, the distinguished ranking member of the full appropriations committee for yielding. today i rise in support of the supplemental appropriation covering numerous disasters. communities hit by hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and other natural disasters have been waiting too long for this needed relief. over 40 states will be able to receive long needed funding provided by this bill. the bill provide critical aid to help farmers and ranchers recover from losses of crops and livestock. funding for cities and schools that have had their infrastructure damaged by natural disasters will be able to begin necessary repairs to buildings. the bill includes $50 million for the department of labor dislocated worker national reserve. this funding will go to states to create temporary employment opportunities to assist the cleanup and recovery efforts in areas impacted by disaster. the bill includes over $300
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million for the department of health and human services. $80 million is provided to support community health centers for construction equipment and health care services for low-income populations. the bill provides $20 million for the centers for disease control and prevention to assess and mitigate environmental hazards. $100 million is targeted to mental health and substance use programs helping people rebuild and recover. the bill includes $30 million for childcare services and over $50 million to repair damaged head start facilities. the bill includes $25 million for the community services block grants flexibility funding that supports a range of social services for the vulnerable populations. the department of education receives $165 million to help restart operations and elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities in areas damaged by natural disasters t also supports school districts and colleges and universities outside of the affected areas receiving students displaced by
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the storms and other covered disasters. before i close, mr. speaker, i would be remiss if i didn't mention what is not in this bill. that is more than $4 billion to deal with the intolerable situation at the southern border. this money has been requested by the administration. most of that money is to take care of the unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors. our democratic friends claim they care about these young people, but they fail to provide the funds needed to -- that are required to feed, house, and provide medical care for this population. this is something that we need to look at and frankly deal with immediately. as past chairman and now ranking member for the subcommittee that looks after the department of hept and human service, they are on the verge of running out of money. and we'll have a real disaster of young people i know none of us want. i want to urge my friends to turn their attention to that urgent matter. work with the added mcmorris rodgers on it.
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with that i urge the pass -- work with the administration on it. with that irge the passage and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back the balance of his time of the the gentlewoman from texas reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. miss granger: i yield two -- ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. diaz-balart: thank you. i rise today in strong support of this supplemental funding bill. this funding bill is critical to the panhandle of florida as they recover, mr. speaker, from hurricane michael. under t-hud's jurisdiction this ill alow can case $2.4 billion for cdgbdr. and it's crucial to communities to help with their unmet housing business and infrastructure needs. more broadly, this bill also acrosses agricultural needs, including for the timber industry that got hit so hard
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in north florida. i'm so proud of the work we have done. and i want to thank my counterpart, chairman price, for his hard work. also representative neal dunn of florida who has been an advocate as well as the appropriators from tpwhrafment on the appropriations committee. lastly i want to thank the chairwoman, miss lowy,, the ranking member, ms. granger, for their continued leadership and help. i urge a yes vote, mr. speaker. . i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. roy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. roy, is recognized for one minute. thank you, mr.
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speaker. and thank you to the gentlelady from texas. i appreciate all that she does for the great state of texas. i rise in gratitude that this disaster relief bill will be debated and voted on today. it is important legislation that impacts people suffering in the wake of numerous emergencies and natural disasters. my democratic colleagues tried three separate times to pass this $19 billion disaster supplemental which is unpaid for and most members haven't read without members vote for a simple consent, which was solely two members in this chamber. i objected, along with my colleagues, mr. massie and mr. rose, to that process, because as i said throughout the past week, members should cast an up or down vote on major legislation that spends significant amount of taxpayer money. the american people send their
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representatives to washington to represent them. they deserve to see how we vote. while i'm happy the speaker chose to go back to regular procedure, i am still troubled we're poised to spend $19 billion that is not paid for when we are racking up $100 million an hour in national debt. at some point, before it is too late, congress will get serious about restraining out-of-control spending. we've racked up approximately $24 billion in additional debt since the recess. at least today we're voting, announcer: the house went on to pass that bill, sending it to the president's desk. representative chip roy and thomas massie, who objected to the bill being passed by unanimous consent last week, joint 50 six other republicans in voting against the measure. tennessee representative john rose, who blocked the voice vote on the bill last thursday, did
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