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members having bills dealing with veterans' services. votes are expected at 6:30 eastern today. now live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. we give you thanks, o god, for giving us another day. we ask your blessing upon this assembly and upon all to whom the authority of government is
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given. encourage the members of this house, o god, to use their abilities and talents in ways that bring righteousness to this nation. and to all people. ever remind them of the needs of the poor, the homeless, or forgotten, and those who live without freedom or liberty. may they be instruments of justice for all americans. we are grateful for the success of the recent negotiations between the president and congressional leaders on the debt limit and the budget caps deal. and ask your blessing on them and on those now charged with moving the business of government and the national economy forward. may all that is done within the people's house this day be for your greater honor and glory, men.
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the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her pproval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana continue to seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will
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be led by the gentleman from utah, mr. mcadams. mr. mcadams: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. mcadams: to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mcadams: thank you, madam chair. passage of the affordable care act nearly a decade ago while not a perfect bill helped thousands of utah families gain insurance coverage, many for the first time. and i am working in congress to ensure we meet the law's goals to improve access to care and protect all americans' coverage, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.
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utah's hardworking families struggle with the rising cost of care, fueled to large degree by skyrocketing prescription drug prices. everywhere i go people talk about how the cost of an illness or accident sparks the fear of being one health crisis away from financial ruin. that's why i have voted for a dozen bills to seek to lower the cost of prescription drugs and strengthen consumer protections and i urge my senate colleagues to act, too. i continue to meet with utahans about their health care concerns and i recently had a conversation with moms of kids with type 1 diabetes who explained to me how the high cost of insulin is affecting their child's treatment. we have a bipartisan consensus that our health care system needs work. so it's past time we act on bipartisan solutions that allow americans' costs and assure their access to quality and affordable health care. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. last year the american people embraced the democrats' for the people agenda. lower health care costs, raise wages, and clean up corruption. americans hate corruption. they hate the idea that people are cutting the line, breaking the rules, and getting ahead. cheating on the system. they want to see us clean that up in washington. and they sent us laws year with a very, very powerful message. three things, they said. the first was, make it so that i can get to the ballot box in america without running an obstacle course. make it easier to register and vote in this country. and in h.r. 1 the for the people act, we did that. we put that proposal forward to strengthen voting. the second thing they said was, when you get to washington, behave yourselves. it's that simple. be ethical.
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be quibble. answer to the people. we put -- he equitable. answer to the people. last thing is when you goat washington don't get tangled up in the money, remember where you came from, work for us not the special interests and insiders and the lobbyists and we fixed that in h.r. 1. that was part of the for the people agenda. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to judge cohen who turns 95 years young today and marks 40 years of service in the eastern district of michigan. although he is technically been on senior status for two decades, judge cohen maintains a remarkably active docket and
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his chambers are a landmark for anyone interested in an astounding range of history, legal doctrine, and public policy. mr. levin: i count count myself among the many michiganders of all communities and stations of life who know room 218 is the place to go when you have a particularly thorny problem to solve or need advice on a sensitive matter. you just have to be ready because the judge dispenses his wisdom unvarnished. judge cohen's work ethic is legendary. in any room he's generally both the most well-read person on history, philosophy, culture, and also somehow the most up-to-date on currents affairs as he devours numerous newspapers and websites every day. it's hard to overstate judge cohen's impact on the law and the people who have passed through his courtroom. whether they be defendants, attorneys, or staff. he's left an indelible imprint on so many lives. i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating judge cohen on 40 years of service and
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wishing him continued success. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? miss johnson: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1665, the building blocks of stem. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1665, a bill to direct the national science foundation to support stem education research focused on early childhood. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms.
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johnson, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous materials on h.r. 1665, the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. johnson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. johnson: i rise today to support h.r. 1665, the building blocks of stem act. employment in computer and information technology jobs is projected to grow faster than any other occupation between he years of 2016 and 2026. despite the opportunity for good high-paying jobs when they graduate, women earned only 19% of undergraduate computer
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science degrees in 2016. disturbingly the ratio of women to men earning computer science degrees declined between 2006 and 2016. h.r. 1665 devotes resources to ensure girls in pre-kindergarten and elementary school are exposed to stem activities and encouraged to pursue stem studies from a young age before many are dissuaded or discouraged from doing so. the legislation includes a focus on computer science education to help ensure we will have the talent to fill the jobs for the future. we must act now to increase the participation of women in stem and it starts with a focus on early childhood education. i want to commend my colleagues , representative stevens for
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their leadership in this legislation and i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. research shows that early exposure to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science has positive impacts on a broad spectrum of students. for example early math knowledge not only predicts later math success, it also predicts later reading achievement. studies have also found children to engage in scientific activities from an early age develop positive attitudes towards science and are more likely to pursue stem expertise and careers. h.r. 1665, the building blocks of stem act, directs the national science foundation to support stem education research focused on early childhood and
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to award grants to encourage young girls to pursue computer science learning. across the country, the share of stem jobs has expanded significantly. with stem employment increasing from 9.7 million to 17.3 million from 1990 to 2018. data suggests this trend will continue and the u.s. is struggling to meet that demand. to meet it we must engage children, particularly young girls, in stem and early childhood and sustain that interest as they grow. more graduates with stem degrees means more advanced american technologies and moreau bust economy. -- and more robust economy. it's not just about the economy. stem graduates have the potential to develop technologies that could save thousands of lives. jump-start a new industry, or even discover new worlds. by supporting more hands-on stem engagement for younger ages, we are supporting and investing in america's future.
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in the 115th congress, the house passed this legislation unanimously and i hope it will do so again today. i want to thank representative baird and representative stevens for reintroducing this bipartisan bill and moving it forward. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from michigan, ms. stevens. the speaker pro tempore: ms. stevens from michigan is recognized for five minutes. ms. stevens: thank you, chairwoman johnson. i rise today in support of h.r. 1665, the building blocks of stem act, which supports stem education research focused on early childhood education. there is a lot of discussion about the gender disparity in the stem work force and the leaky pipeline that widens the gap as women and girls continue through school. although women make up half of the u.s. work force, they make up less than a quarter of those employed in stem occupations.
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the building blocks of stem act addresses these disparities by ensuring an equitable distribution of stem education, research funding for projects focused on young children and helping us understand why girls are encouraged or discouraged from participating in stem activities. it also ensures that the national science foundation grants are awarded to entities that are working in partnership such as research universities with local education agencies to increase participation in computer science education. computer science is particularly struggling to recruit and retain women who make up less than 18% of the computer science work force. the number is trending down not up. this has a ripple effect on our country's ability to fill the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.
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we need the next generation of young women to pursue stem degrees and we are not seeing the numbers we need. it is critical that we continue to work on stem opportunities for middle school-aged children and older, but we also need to ensure our federal resources start at the beginning and support research on stem education of younger students starting at the beginning of their educational career. we know this all too well in michigan. we know the structural and cultural barriers that exist for women interested in stem from a very young age. lack of support, unconscious or conscious, gender bias, and stereotype threats are a few. in several studies when children were asked to draw a mathematician or scientist, girls were twice as likely to draw a man as they were a woman. while boys almost universally drew men often in a lab coat.
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the science is clear. children who engage in scientific activities from an early age before middle school develop positive attitudes towards science and more likely to pursue stem experiences and career opportunities later on. we need to be working towards interventions to increase the number of girls and women in these fields and that is why i am so proud to sponsor this bill. i want to thank chairwoman johnson for her leadership on the house science committee towards increasing stem opportunities for women and particularly women of color. . i introduced this bipartisan legislation with my colleague, congressman jim baird, along with our counterparts in the senate. i urge my colleagues on beth sides of the aisle and in both chambers of congress to support this bill and send this important legislation swiftly to
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the president's desk. mr. speaker, i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman is recognized. >> i yield five minutes to the gentleman from indiana, dr. baird. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. baird: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1665, the building blocks of the stem act. i was proud to join my colleague, the chair of research and technology subcommittee, representative haley stevens, in introducing this legislation. as one of only two members of congress with a ph.d. in science, i understand how important it is to start children off tone right food. -- on the right food by teaching stem concepts and principles at an early age. research shows kids as young as 1, 2, or 3 are capable of performing stem concepts. children have a natural curiosity that can be fostered
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into an interest in science, technology, engineer, math and computer science. equally important is ensuring that we get more girls involved in stem fields. so that we can have as many people as possible contributing to the knowledge base of our society. h.r. 1665 directs the n.s.f. to fund research in studies that focus on early childhood and young women in stem at the k through 12 level. investing in children early ensures that we are laying the ground work to develop young innovators in stem. hoosiers know that to grow our nation, we need everyone involved. this bill helps ensure that we are preparing students to fill the jobs of the future, continuing america's global leadership in science and technology. i ask my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana yield back. the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized.
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ms. johnson: i have no more requests for time. >> i have no additional requests for time, i would close if the chair is prepared. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. the gentlelady from texas will close. >> absolutely and i yield myself such time as i may consume to close. the love of learning starting young and the building blocks of stem bill focuses on this. it gives us the opportunity to encourage girls to get and stay interested in stem subjects. mr. lucas: i would like to thank representive baird and representative stevens for introducing this bipartisan bill as the house did in 2015, i encourage this body to again support and pass this legislation unanimously. with that, thank you and i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back . the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank the ranking member and members on both sides of the aisle for their support of this bill. i urge its passage and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1665. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are su end -- suspended and the bill is passed. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i rise to ask to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2397, the american manufacturing leadership act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title.
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does the gentlewoman pull up the bill as amended? ms. johnson: h.r. 2397, the american manufacturing leadership act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 2397, a bill to amend the national institute of standards and technology act to make changes to the implementation of the net without objection for manufacturing innovation and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 2397, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. johnson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized.
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ms. johnson: i rise in support of h.r. 2397, the american anufacturing leadership act. i want to thank ms. stevens for her leadership in producing this bipartisan bill and for her commitment to legislation to help strengthen america's manufacturing base. toirpt thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have worked with us to develop and advance this important legislation. tpwhack 2014, i was proud to support the original revitalize american manufacturing innovation act that established the manufacture in the u.s.a. program that bipartisan dill -- that bipartisan bill was sponsored by tom reed, joe kennedy, and was signed into law by president obama. since its inception five years ago, the manufactured in the u.s.a. program has grown to support 14 manufacturing institutes, focus on a variety of technology areas. ranging from 3-d printing to
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ground breaking energy saving manufacturing processes. h.r. 2397 would ensure the continued success of the manufactured in the u.s.a. program by re-authorizing the program for another five years and by allowing agencies to renew funding for institutes. after reviewing the institute's progress on its goals. this bill also strengthens the ability of institutes to leverage existing programs all across the federal government to education and train, defense technology procurement and other activities. today manufacturing remains a vital component of our nation's national security. h.r. 2397 will help grow the manufacturing industry and bring along with it many good-paying jobs for our work force. i urge my colleagues to support
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this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reseb -- the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: i rise in support of h.r. 2397, the american manufacturing leadership act. this legislation re-authorizes and amends the bipartisan revitalization of american manufacturing innovation act of 2014. nationally, manufacturing supports nearly 13 million american jobs or roughly 9% of the work fomples and represents about 11% of the american economy. most of these firms are small manufacturers supporting local economies by providing well-paying jobs. teblingnology will continue to dramatically change the sector. today's manufacturing floor looks far different from the assembly lines of the past. and the skills needed by manufacturing workers will continue to change. innovative processes such as additive manufacturing are
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transforming the future of manufacturing. it is essential that these technologies are transformed to and adopted by all u.s. manufacturers. so that we remain tpwhrobally competitive and the number one destination for companies looking to carry out advanced manufacturing. with manufacturers in the united states performing 64% of all private sector r&d, it's important we capitalize on those investments and re-authorize the network of public-private partnerships established in this act which bolsters manufacturing innovation. this bill encludes important reforms to better coordinate centers for manufacturing innovation, funded by all relevant agencies and incorporates recommendations made by the government accountability tufse improve management. this bill also prioritizes manufacturing work force development and outreach to small and medium-sized manufacturers. i want to thank representative stevens and representative
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balderson for introducing this legislation and for their work in ushering it through the science committee on a bipartisan basis. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and i would note to my colleague, i have no other speakers, so as i reserve my time, when you're prepared, i'll close. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentlelady fraction -- the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield five minutes to ms. stevens. the speaker pro tempore: ms. stevens of michigan is recognized for five minutes. ms. stevens: thank you, chairwoman johnson. i'm delighted to have been joined by my colleagues to introduce h.r. 2397, the american manufacturing leadership act. i want to thank chairwoman johnson, ranking member lucas, representatives balderson and gonzalez and the sponsors of the original revitalizing american innovation act, representatives kennedy and reed, for their partnership in leading this legislation and for being such
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great champions for advanced manufacturing. today is a great day. it is a great legislative day and a great day for american manufacturing, for innovation, for our work force and for the effective utilization of our federal government to advance, grow and compete. today, the american manufacturing leadership act re-authorizes the manufacturing usa program through bipartisan support and the will power oour federal government. what began in youngstown, ohio, as a pilot initiative, division of a lab that would usher in 3-d printing applications, workforce training programs, and a transfer of new technologies across the country and into the supply chain is now one of the 14 institutes encompassing various research concentrations. those include the lightweight innovations for tomorrow institute located in detroit, the remade institute in
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rochester, new york. digital manufacturing in chicago. and power america for battery technology in north carolina. this work is in my blood and it is part of why i came to congress. it is also imperative for global competition and investment in industrial policy and strategy vis-a-vis sound economic policy. we will ensure that manufacturing u.s.a. can continue to contribute to the growth of our domestic advanced manufacturing base and advanced manufacturing work force to fill the high-skilled jobs of the future. this authorizes agencies to renew their institutes for an additional period of funding following a fair resthrife institute ice progress. it also strengthens the important partnerships between manufacturing u.s.a. and the manufacturing and extension partnership program as well as other relevant programs across
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the federal government. finally, the bill authorizes funding too allow the national institute of standards and technology, nist, and the department of nverage, to to continue standing up one additional institute in 2020 and each year thereafter. the real strength of the institutes lies in consortium model, who contribute 50% of the funding. in 017 alone, manufacturing u.s.a. raised over almost $180 million for investments in private sector partners from nearly 1,300 manufacturers, community colleges, government labs, and n.g.o.'s. they are only able to do this because the federal government sets the stable and provides support in the planning, development, management, and operation of each institute. the manufacturing u.s.a.
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institutes provide critical u.s. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. the institutes serve as a unique collaborative platform for industry and academia to engage in best in class expertise to solve challenges and usher in new innovations. the program is making incredible strides in work forest development for the future and existing work force. for example, in 2017, our lightweight innovations institute in detroit reached over 160,000 students across the country through an innovative web-based curricula as well as in-person training programs and the manufacturing institute in chicago, the digital anufacturing lab, has used a taxonomic approach to codify job roles specific to the nature of advanced manufacture brought on by the internet of things. the united states won't be able
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to compete by bringing back the manufacturing of yesterday. we can celebrate our mile steynstones. 50 years since we landed on the moon as we usher in the innovations to improve the lives and outcomes of our manufacturing base for the next 50 years. the american manufacturing leadership act has already been endorsed by the information technology and irn know vate foundation, the american society for mechanical engineer the bipartisan policy center, and the american association of manufacturers. to the small and mid-sized manufacturers, to the suppliers, to the complex web of crafts minnesotaship to the future engineer, to the computer programmer, to the student dreaming in livonia, michigan, about what they're going to do, this one is for youing i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from michigan yields back. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i'd like to --
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas has additional speakers? ms. johnson: i'd like to recognize kennedy for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. kennedy, is recognized for three minutes. mr. kennedy: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chairwoman for her extraordinary leadership on this issue for years. for the effort that she led on getting this past congress several years ago and her entire staff, staff from both sides of the aisle when this bill was initially passed. i also want to thank congresswoman stevens for her incredible enthusiasm and dedication to workers across michigan, across her district, but for never losing sight of what manufacturing means for this country. what this country was built on and the men and women that make it all possible. mr. speaker, a few years ago when i introduced the revitalize american innovation act, it was guided by one thing, the people in my district. they were workers from fall
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river to taunton to milford to newton who biltmore than products on factory floors. they built entire companies. they built communities. and they built families. those same workers have made this legislation a national manufacturing networks successful over the past five years. because they brought their ideas, their determination, their passion and pushed our manufacturing industry forward. they refused to leave anyone ehind. center like the advanced fabrics of america based at m.i.t. research now is focused on defense and health and has consequences abroad and variety of additional innovations has over 100 members from various states across this country pioneering new technologies that will make their way into american homes. make our soldiers and troops safer along the way.
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by collaborating with local academia, especially with community colleges and vocational technical schools, those workers are passing their skills, expertise, and experiences to a new generation of men and women who will follow in their footsteps. the roots of these institutes again to expand deep into communities from cambridge to youngstown to detroit and san jose, american workers will build new companies, stronger communities, and secure families from the abundant resources we produce together. above all else, the workers who lift our economy at great heights on factory floors deserve an economy that works just as hard for them as they do for our nation. i urge all my colleagues to support this re-authorization. i congratulate ms. stevens for a work well-done. and i thank the chairwoman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume to close. i rise again in support of h.r.
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2937, the american manufacturing leadership act. this bipartisan legislation akes important steps to reform revitalize american innovation act of 2014. it requires greater coordination among the centers for manufacturing innovation, and incorporating g.a.o. recommendations on the management of these centers. most importantly, this bill prioritizes manufacturing work force development and outreach to small and medium-sized manufacturers. these public-private partnerships combine the technical knowledge base supported by our excellent universities and research institutions with innovation, leadership supported by our private industries, both large and small. these centers provide the u.s. with the opportunity to lead the world in advanced manufacturing competitiveness. thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back his time. the gentlelady from texas is
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recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no more requests for time. i simply would urge all members, both sides of the aisle, to support the bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas yields back her time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2397, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. and without objection, the itle is amended. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. john son: mr. speaker, i move -- ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i move to pass the rules h.r. 3153, the effort act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 95, h.r. 3153, a bill to
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direct the director of the national science foundation to support research on opioid addiction, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson: , and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson, thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and xtend their remarks and to include extraneous material for h.r. 3153, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. johnson: , mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. rise in support of h.r. 3153, the effort act, the effect of the opioid epidemic on communities across the country is clear. research from c.d.c. shows that
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on average 130 americans die every day after overdosing on opioids. in 2017 approximately 1.7 million americans had a substance abuse disorder related to opioids. these statistics are staggering. and the effects of this problem on our community is heartbreaking. while past and ongoing research conducted by the national science foundation has greatly increased our knowledge of opioid addiction, more work, of course, is needed. the basic research authorized in h.r. 3153 will extend and expand understanding of the opioid addiction and its importance -- impact on our communities and allow us to develop more effective evidence-based policies to address this epidemic. i commend my colleagues,
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representative wexton and representative baird, for their leadership on this good bipartisan legislation and urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: h.r. 3153, the expanding findings for federal opioid research and treatment, or the effort act, identifies gaps that exist in research at the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction and authorizes the national science foundation to support research grants in these areas. this legislation will help drive research to understand one of the most important issues facing our country, how do we stop the opioid addiction crisis? congress must do all we can to combat opioid abuse and to -- continuing increase in the opioid related deaths. in 2017, more than 70,000
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people died from drug overdoses . and approximately 68% of those deaths involved opioids. with my home state of oklahoma being one of the leading states in opioid prescriptions, i believe supporting programs intended to improve our understanding of the science of addiction and combat this crisis is just common sense. i thank representative jennifer wexton and representative jim baird for their bipartisan work on this bill. opioid addiction affects too many in our communities, and i applaud this effort to support more basic research in the science of addiction. and i encourage all the members of this body to support this legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas is ecognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i recognize ms. wexton for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady from virginia, ms. wexton, is recognized for three minutes. ms. wexton: i thank the chairwoman for her leadership. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of my bill, h.r. 3153, the bipartisan effort act, which would expand federal research on opioid addiction. since 2011, more than 200 people in the northern shenandoah valley of virginia have lost their lives due to an opioid overdose. some of the highest numbers of children being born in virginia with neonatal absinence incies drom has been from my district. it doesn't tell the devastation the opioid addiction has wrought on the families. meanwhile, our law enforcement officers and first responders are struggling with the trauma and burnout that comes from being on the frontlines of so many tragic and needless deaths of their friends and neighbors. tens of thousands of americans and more than 1,000 virginians
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are dying every year from overdoses. addiction is an illness and fighting the crisis effectively requires adequate research and funding. the effort act will help to do this by directing the national science foundation to support research on the science of opioid addiction. the n.s.f. has done an exceptional job to establishing some of the foundational understanding on opioid addiction, including research regarding the use of technology to address the crisis, the secondary effects on families, and options for alternative therapeutics for pain. while this research has significantly increased our understanding of addiction, research gaps remain in the wide range of disciplines, including, for example, social and behavioral issues such as stigma, socioeconomic status, or treatment accessibility. the n.s.f. has a unique ability to help us close some of these gaps and in turn help us develop solutions. by expanding the n.s.f.'s research on opioid addiction both within the agency, as well as jointly with the national institutes of health when
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needed, we can more effectively integrate clinical and basic research, obtain a broader understanding of the science of opioid addiction and its impact, and a more comprehensive approach to tackling the crisis. as a founding member of the bipartisan freshmen working group on addiction, i have worked to be a strong advocate for addiction prevention and recovery efforts. i'm pleased to have introduced this legislation with my fellow freshman colleague from indiana, dr. baird. i thank him for his leadership on this issue as well. i urge my colleagues to support this important bipartisan legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virginia yield back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i yield to the gentleman from indiana, dr. baird, five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for five minutes. mr. baird: i thank the gentleman from oklahoma for this opportunity. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3153, the expanding findings for federal opioid research and treefment act, also known as effort act.
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he opioid crisis has tragically destroyed the lives of many hoosiers. according to the most recent available data from the national institute on drug abuse, in 2017 drug overdose deaths in indiana increased by 22 1/2%. from the previous year. indiana's 2017 rate of overdose deaths at over 29 per 100,000, was significantly higher than the national average. this epidemic does not discriminate. we must use evidence-based policy to ensure the health and well-being of current and future generations. the national science foundation's research has increased what we know about addiction. while this research is at the top of its class, gaps still remain in the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction. that's why i join my colleague, congresswoman wexton, to introduce the effort act, directing the national science foundation in consultation with
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the national institutes of health to support merritt reviewed and competitively awarded research on the science of opioid addiction. by expanding basic research, we can promote collaboration and further understanding how to better treat the multiple aspects of the opioid addiction. i hope we can see an end to the crisis soon and i'm proud congress is taking action to fight back. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i yield three minutes to ms. stevens. the speaker pro tempore: ms. stevens of michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: i rise in support of the effort act. the opioid epidemic is one of the deadliest emergencies of our time and it affects not just those addicted to opioids but
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everyone around them as well. the numbers describing this epidemic are truly staggering. according to the c.d.c., between 1999 and 2017, almost 400,000 americans died from an opioid-related overdose. these statistics have worsened other time and with the c.d.c. reporting that the number of americans who died as a result of an opioid-involved overdose in 2017 was six times higher than the number who died in 1999. my home state of michigan has been hard-hit by this epidemic. between 2016 and 2017, drug overdose deaths in michigan increased by almost 14%. but it was not the only state suffering in this way. in the same time frame, 23 states including michigan had a significant increase in the rate of deaths from a drug overdose. it is long past time that we invest in significant resources in combating the opioid epidemic.
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as scharewoman of the house science committee subcommittee on research and technology, i have seen firsthand the excellent work done by the national science foundation, their previous work on addiction and opioids have resulted in critical insight into not only the psychological process of addiction but the social impact of addiction as well. despite the progress made by the national science foundation, there is no doubt that further work is esen torble combat the opioid epidemic. h.r. 3153 will take advantage of the n.s.f.'s strength in basic research across many disciplines from neuroscience to social science in collaboration with the expertise of the national institutes of health and public health. the research authorized in this bill will allow us to develop a more focus and effective policy to address the opioid epidemic. i'd like to commend my colleagues, representative wexton and representative baird, both of whom i have the privilege of working with on the
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science committee for their excellent leadership on this bipartisan bill and i urge all of my colleagues to join us in passing it. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i my -- as i might consume and i have no additional speakers. i rise in support of the effort act. opioid addiction knows no economic or political boundaries. it affects all of us. and and i want to thank representative wexton and representative baird for their bipartisan leadership on this bill. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i have no further requests for speakers, i'd like to close at this time. the speaker: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: i would first like to thank all the members of this
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committee on both sides of the aisle and wish to recommend that we pass the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yeelingds back the balance of her time -- the jealed yields back the balance of her time -- the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the question is will we suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3153. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 36, the combating actual harassment in science act of 2019, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 115, h.r. 36, a bill to provide
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for research to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment affecting individuals in the scientific, technical, engineering and mathematics work force and to examine policies to reduce the prevalence and negative impact of such harassment and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous materials on h.r. 36, the bill that's now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. johnson: i yield myself, mr. speaker, such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: i rise in support of h.r. 36, the combating sexual harassment act, and i want to thank my good friend, ranking
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member mr. lucas, for joining me in introducing this bill and for his commitment to expanding access to stem studies and careers. this bill is a product of more than a year of activity by the science committee. we heard from many experts about the prevalence of sexual harassment in stem. what factors have enabled it, the impact it has on the lives and careers of so many talented young scientists and engineers, and the loss to our nation when they leave resorgee -- research altogether. we also learned of some best practices for universities, scientific societies, and federal agencies to begin to bring transparency and accountability to this challenge. federal science agencies have an important role to play because they have the responsibility to ensure that all federally funded researchers, including students, are able to carry out their
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research in safe environments at all times. however, agencies need universities to be partners in that area and effort and that partnership starts with universities reporting to their funders when a student or researcher is brave enough to come forward with an allegation of sexual harassment. i applaud the national science foundation for its leadership in implementing a reporting spoil their ownand nasa for more recent effort. unfortunately, other agencies have been slow to respond. h.r. 36 directs the office of science and technology policy to issue uniform guidance to all federal science agencies to implement reporting requirements for all grantees. we worked closely with the university community to define the circumstances that would
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trigger a report. not everybody was happy with the result but it was a good compromise. and protects the most vulnerability. also it is important to note that this bill does not interfere with due process. it simply requires transparency while protecting privacy. h.r. 36 also supports research to inform updated policies in the future. it seeks to incentivize culture change at universities and it makes clear that sexual harassment should not be considered as important as research misconduct as recommended by the national academy. while sexual harassment in science is not a problem that can be solved with legislation alone, h.r. 36 helps ensure that the federal agencies are doing their part. no researcher should be forced
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to choose between her passion for science and her right to feel safe. this legislation has broad support and has been endorsed by 28 scientific and similarly organizations. i strongly support this bipartisan bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: i rise in support of h.r. 36, the compassing sexual harassment in science act of 2019. i'm proud to say that this bill has a foundation of more than a year of investigation, analysis, and recommendations to the science committee. curbing sexual misconduct in science is is a priority the chair -- that chairwoman johnson and i share. engaging more women in stem studies and careers is essential to american competitiveness. women make up half the work force, but account for less than
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25% of america's stem work force. unfortunately, too many women have been driven out of stem careers due to a culture of harassment and abuse. h.r. 36 takes the first steps to address this problem. the bill directs the n.s.f. to expand research efforts to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment affecting individuals in the scientific, technical, engineering and mathmatics work force. additionally, it directs the n.s.n. to examine policies to reduce prevalent and negative impact of such harassment. the bill also supports the adoption of uniform guidance across the federal science agencies to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment involving grant personnel. there is an established legal process in place within higher education and in the workplace for handling claims of sexual
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harassment. i cannot stress this enough. this bill does not alter that process. what this bill does is to create a uniform policy for universities and research institutions to report federal -- to report to federal science agency whence administrative action is taken that impacts the ability of a researcher to carry out a grant. sexual harassment in the scientific community diskerges women from good-paying jobs and hurts american competitiveness. it's unacceptable for taxpayer dollars to fund researcher who -- researchers who are guilty of harassing students or colleagues. i want to thank stake holders, especially the university community, for working with the committee staff to improve this legislation. i believe the revised bill strikes the right balance of protecting due process and privacy. while making sure that federal science agencies can fact a
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federal research grant or the personnel supported by this grant is impacted. i want to thank chairwoman johnson and their -- and her staff for working in a bipartisan and collaborative way to move this legislation forward. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. this gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i have no requests for time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman have additional speakers, mr. lucas. the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i have no additional requests and if the gentlelady is prepared to close then i will close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. h.r. 36 takes the first steps toward addressing the prevalence of sexual harassment in stem fields which is driving women out of stem careers and damaging u.s. competitiveness. this legislation sends a strong message to the scientific
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community that misconduct will not be tolerated and it sends a message to women who are in stem studies and careers that we support them. i look forward to working with our colleagues in the senate and stake holders to advance this legislation and make sure it is meeting the intended goals. i again want to thank chairwoman johnson and her staff for working in a bipartisan and collaborative way on this legislation. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. chairman. i have no requests for time, i strongly support this bipartisan bill and i thank members of the full committee. i yield back and recommend passage. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 36 as amended.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass vera rubin survey telescobe designation act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3196, a bill to designate the large telescope as the vera rubin telescope. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas.
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ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 3196, the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. johnson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 3196 which after today's consideration will be known as he vera c. rubin observation designation act. i thank representative representative gonzalez coal own. dr. rubin was a trailblazing atron mere who advanced our understanding of the cosmos and advocate for women in science and well known of her mentorship. today would have been her 91st
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birthday. but sadly, she passed away on christmas day in 2016. during the 1970's, dr. rubin had measurements of the galaxy rotation to date. the stars in the outer reaches of the galaxy were moving much faster than expected. dark matter first proposed decades prior was the only way to explain the observed motion. her work helped to convince the broader community the existence of dark matter and revolutionize the way we understand the universe. instead of being dominated by light-emitting matter, she said most of the universe is made of up dark matter. llst is an 8.4
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meter telescope currently under construction funded by the national science foundation and the department of energy. llst will conduct an unprecedented survey of the night sky. the data collected by this telescope will build on dr. rubin's work and improve on the fate of dark matter. dr. rubin's ex policemen payer science and character will drive cientific scientific recovery. while dr. rubin has claimed a well deserved place in history, h.r. 3196 will further elevate her story by designating one of research eminent facilities. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i might consume and i rise in support of h.r. 3196, the vera c. rubin observation designation act. this bill honors the contributions of the late dr. rubin, an astronomer who made discoveries in the field of dark matter and contributed to the realization that the universe is more complex than ever imagined and i agree that it is fitting that the house honor dr. rubin who what would have been her 91st birthday. she was a pioneer and serving as a mentor, supporter and role model for women. the new large telescope under construction in chile funded by the national science foundation and department of energy will
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photograph the entire sky every few nights. one of the goals is to study the nature of dark matter and dark energy. i want to thank chairwoman johnson and representative gonzalez coal own to update this legislation. naming this is a fitting tribute to her contributions to the field and i hope will inspire future generations of women in astronomy. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas. ms. johnson: i have no requests for time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i might consume to close. i again want to encourage this legislation which honors the significant chiropractics of the late dr. vera rubin.
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his bill funds the new telescope facility, the vera c. observatory. the equal treatment of women in science is only appropriate that we honor dr. rubin this way. thank you, chairwoman and representative, for your leadership in introducing this bill. it is my hope that this will ensure that her legacy lives on and continues to inspire young women to pursue careers in stem. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i would like to thank ms. gonzalez colon for sponsoring this bill. i urge its passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is will the house
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suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3196. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3196 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended. the bill is passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. and without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 34, the energy and water research integration act of 2019 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 34 a bill to ensure consideration of water intensity and the department of energy energy research and
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development to help guarantee reliable of energy and clean water resources. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair reckfieses the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include ex strainous materials on h.r. 34, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: i rise in support of h.r. 34 the energy and water research integration act of 2019. i want to thank mr. lucas who joined me in introducing this legislation which calls
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attention to the critical link between energy and water and instructs the department of energy to ensure due consideration of water issues in its research, development and demonstration programs. as we all know, especially those of us who represent texas, oklahoma and other southwestern and western states, we have limited water resources that must be distributed appropriately to our large energy industries and agricultural industries and population. we have experienced crippling droughts in recent years. so it is vital to do as much as possible to use this commodity wisely. however, not many people are aware of the importance of water to energy generation and similarly the crucial role that energy plays in delivery of space and sanitary water. the energy and water research
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integration act ip encourages technologies that would improve and minimize the use of water in energy production and also establishes a mechanism for federal agencies to work with state and local governments and other stakeholders. -- to advance our understanding of what is known as the energy-water nexus. the bill requires a regularly updated strategic plan to guide these efforts. these are important positive steps towards using our limited resources in the most efficient and effecttive way possible. i am pleased that these issues have already received serious attention so far from this congress. and with the committee hosting a hearing on this in march and two markups, one of the subcommittee level and one before the full hearing our l, witnesses and other crucial
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stakeholders including the department of energy were able to contribute and shape the legislation through the well-vetted proposal that we are finally considering today. our hope that we can demonstrate a strong, sustained commitment through research and development in this vital area and i support -- i urge support of this bipartisan bill. and i resevere the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: i am pleased to co-sponsor h.r. 34, the energy and water research integration act. this legislation is a product of bipartisan science committee efforts to improve our understanding of the critical relationship between u.s. energy and water sectors. the production of energy is dependent on reliable sources of water and the distribution of clean water is dependent on the availability of energy. no matter what the future u.s.
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energy market looks like, integrating these two systems is essential. but this is no simple task. both water and energy management are impacted by regional challenges and resources and require careful consideration of local factors. single e in oklahoma, largeist driver in the state. but the same industry creates a source of water through biofuels, source of energy through biofuels. natural gas production which is key to the development of a cleaner u.s. energy market relies on hydraulic fracturing, processes which requires large volumes of water. but these processes can produce water enabling this through fluid life-cycle management. he act will help provide
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research and development on this critical relationship between energy and water systems and will help american researchers develop tools and technologies to improve our energy's efficiency, economic stability and growth. i am pleased to see the work that the federal agencies that the environmental protection agency are improving the efficiency of our energy water systems and see the administration's clear prioritization of this work, including the water security grand challenge and recently nnouncing the d.o.e., sub. but we must do our part because of the complex relationship between energy and water systems, this will require a multi discipline area approach at every step in the r&d process there is a need to facilitate interactions between engineers, scientists and legislators to
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encourage collaboration between the federal government, universities and federal stakeholders. this legislation can help to streamline and prioritize this work. the programs authorized in this legislation will leverage world leading early stage research programs and unparalleled facilities at our national labs and enable the development of next generation technologies that will improve the efficiency and production of both energy and water sectors. i want to thank my colleagues on the science committee, particularly science committee chairwoman for continuing to prioritize important research and development programs that will make america stronger, cleaner and keep us globally competitive. i'm grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with my science committee colleagues to guide this important and bipartisan work and i encourage my colleagues to support this
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bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i have no requests for time and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. just simply to say h.r. 34 prioritizes critical research to help improve the way we use energy and water. i want to thank chairwoman johnson for her leadership on this bill and i encourage my colleagues to support this important legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back. ms. johnson: i would like to thank the committee and staff and i urge support of this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 34 as amended.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. . for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i rise to ask -- to move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 617, the department of energy veterans' health initiative act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 617, a bill to authorize the department of energy to conduct collaborative research with the department of veterans affairs in order to improve health care services for veterans in the united states and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from
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oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and xtend their remarks and to include extraneous materials on h.r. 617, the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: i rise today in support of h.r. 617, the department of energy and veterans' health initiative act. this bill authorizes the department of energy to conduct collaborative research with the department of veterans affairs to address large and complex data management challenges associated with veterans' health issues. h.r. 617 also authorizes the department of energy to support activities that will better
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enable other federal agencies to leverage the department's capabilities in developing data analytic tools for a broad range of applications. i'd like to thank the members of the veterans' affairs committee for working with us to improve this legislation. i'd also like to thank the bill's sponsor, mr. norman, for his hard work on this bill. before i began my career in politics, i worked as the chief psychiatric nurse for the dallas v.a. hospital in dallas, texas. in that position, i saw firsthand the unique health care needs of the veterans community. i believe the bill will be a positive step toward tackling some of the recommit the billcal problems that the v.a. is currently facing and provide our veterans with the care they deserve when they come home. i strongly support this bipartisan bill and encourage my colleagues to do the same.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i rise in support of representative norman's bill, h.r. 617, the department of energy and veterans' health initiative act. this bill authorizes a critical and ongoing partnership between the department of energy and the department of veterans affairs to improve the way we diagnosis and care for our veterans. this partnership, known as the m.v.p. champion initiative, allows d.o.e. to support the v.a. in analyzing health care data. h.r. 617 formally authorizes this program, allowing v.a. researchers to gain access to d.o.e.'s high-performance computing, research facilities, and significant resources, including d.o.e.'s extensive expertise in data analysis and complex modeling. he v.a. currently collects
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health care data, including the deepest levels of d.n.a. sequencing that allows for high-quality genomic research for veterans who have volunteered for the program. this data is then securely transferred to d.o.e. where it is stored and analyzed in a secure site at d.o.e.'s oak ridge national laboratory. this partnership and exchange of data benefits both d.o.e. and v.a. the rich and expansive data set provided by v.a. presents an incredible opportunity to train d.o.e.'s next generation computing capacities to solve complex challenges, and with what they learn from this analysis, v.a. can improve and better target health treatments for veterans. this data can help the v.a. make discoveries about the causes of various diseases and develop doing nostics to move more quick -- diagnostics to
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move more quickly to help them. it will improve treatment for critical needs. in return, by giving d.o.e. access to such a large database of information, the v.a. will help d.o.e. researchers improve their ability to develop next generation computing systems, algorithms and models. capacities that are critical in maintaining u.s. science and technological leadership. these enhanced capacities can then be applied in support of the core mission areas and have the potential to enhance expertise in everything from biosciences and material designs to maintaining our nuclear weapons stockpile. with the next generation of supercomputers right around the corner, most notably the computing systems that d.o.d. is expected to field in 2021, d.o.e. will be able to tackle even bigger challenges after gaining expertise in solving big data problems like this.
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and rt, the d.o.e. veterans' health initiative act will improve the health care for our men and women that served our country. it maximizes resources for facilitating collaboration and gives other agencies, academea get this ies to expertise. . want to thank mr. norman i support my -- i urge my colleagues to support this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i have no requests for time. i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma -- sorry -- south carolina is recognized for five minutes.
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mr. norman: i want to thank my colleagues for their support of this bill. i rise in support of h.r. 617, department of energy and veterans' health initiative act. this legislation authorizes the partnership between the department of energy, d.o.e., and the department of veterans affairs, the v.a., to conduct collaborative research in computing, artificial intelligence, and big data science in order to improve health care for all of our veterans. the v.a. hosts one of the largest and most valuable health data sets through its voluntary data collection program entitled the million veterans program, the m.v.p. the v.a. has collected detailed alth information and genomic data collected by over 600,000 veterans. they don't have the computing power or expertise to analyze all of this complex data.
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in order to learn from their data and provide better health care for veterans, the v.a. needs access to more advanced computing capabilities, expertise, and infrastructure than is currently available at the agency. as the world leader in high-performance computing, the d.o.e. is an ideal partner to help the v.a. meet this need. in its national laboratory system, d.o.e. hosts five of the world's top 10 fastest supercomputers, including the fastest supercomputer in the world, summit at oak ridge national laboratory. e d.o.e. also funds research and computational sciences and data analytics which can be used to solve a range of complex, big data challenges in the physical sciences. the interagency partnership between d.o.e. and the v.a., authorized by my bill, is necessary to analyze this data and ultimately prove better care for our nation's veterans.
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d.o.e. has the capability to securely store, using supercomputers at the national labs, analyze the v.a.'s health data to look for patterns, and learning from these patterns can help us with diseases like cancer. i think we can all agree that we should be taking any steps to possible to improve the medical care of our men and women who have answered the call to serve. not only does this bill take that step, but it has added benefit in giving our scientists the ability to analyze complex data that will help america remain the world's leader in advanced computing. the bill also requires the d.o.e. to establish data storage facilities to securely transmit and store data that the v.a. provides. this will make certain that privacy and security are maintained for veterans who volunteer for the programs. i'm grateful my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been able to come together and
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move this bill forward. providing better care for our veterans is a place we can find common ground, especially since america's veterans fought to keep us all safe, regardless of our political party. in closing, i'd like to thank my fellow science committee members who co-sponsored this legislation and the many veterans serving in the house who supported my bill. i also want to thank secretary of energy rick perry, who's been a strong advocate of this partnership. i encourage my colleagues to vote yes in favor of improving health care for veterans and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman, yields back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i wish to yield five minutes to the gentlelady from puerto rico, miss gonzalez-colon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from puerto rico, miss gonzalez-colon, is recognized for five minutes.
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miss gonzalez-colon: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, ranking member lucas for yielding time. i rise in strong support of the department of energy and veterans' health care initiative act, introduced by my colleague, congressman ralph norman from south carolina. i think this bill is very simple but very essential at the same time. authorizing the collaboration between the department of energy and the department of veterans affairs to establish a program that facilitates computing cape abilities and process -- capabilities and process data on all health issues for all of our veterans. it will support the veterans affairs administration with potential health risks and challenges that our communities have. i think it's important combining those processing capabilities with health information compiled by the v.a. and that will help us to
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better understand health care issues relating to our veterans and the general population as well. ensuring both agencies will remain at the forefront of scientific and medical research. i am a proud co-sponsor of this bill, on behalf of our veterans. and actually we have more than 90,000 veterans registered in puerto rico. we are very grateful for congressman ralph norman for actually introducing this bill, and i want to thank, also, the chairwoman johnson and ranking member johnson for their great work on behalf of the scientific community and our veterans, together, and i urge all of my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from puerto rico yields back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no additional speakers, so i yield myself such time as i may consume to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized to close. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. simply put, h.r. 617 harnesses the power of d.o.e.'s
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supercomputers to revolutionize the way we care for america's veterans. i want to thank representative norman for his leadership on this bill, and i strongly encourage my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation, and with that i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to close by simply thanking all of the members of the full committee as well as the staff and to urge passage of this legislation, h.r. 617, and thank you for the use of the floor today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is -- the gentlelady yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 617, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed,
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and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair lays before the house the following communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, ma', pursuant to the permission granted in -- madam, pursuant in the permissio granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate at 11:34 a.m., that the senate passed senate 1199. signed sincerely, charlie l. johnson. -- cheryl l. johnson.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. engel: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 246, opposing efforts to delegitimize the state of israel and the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement targeting israel, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house resolution 246, resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the state of israel and the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement targeting israel. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and the gentleman from new york, mr. zelleden, each will -- mr. zeldin, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. . mr. engel: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on house resolution 246. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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mr. engel: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i submit in the congressional record an exchange of letters between me and the committee of financial services, judiciary and science, space and technology on house resolution 246. let me start by thanking the authors of this legislation. i'm grateful for their bipartisan legislation. mr. speaker, there are 339 co-sponsors of this resolution and let me say that again, 339 co-sponsors for this measure opposing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. support for israel in congress is an issue that is like catnip for our friends in the press who cover our work and this issue has been politicized in away that i find ugly and harmful to
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the u.s.-israel relationship. time for leaders to stop politics with our relations with the jewish state. when the bullies end their tie raids, this is a real bipartisan reflection of how this body regards our country's relationship and support for israel. almost 80% of house members are co-sponsors and we are here debating it under suspension of the rules. what this resolution says is simple, it says support for b.d.s. and two-state solution are not incompatible and this will help address some of the concerns about this measure. opposing b.d.s. isn't about opposing an individual's right to protest or boycott. the right of any person to express views like that is enshrined in our constitution. that free expression is a pillar
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of american democracy. and this resolution says so. i quote, whereas the hallmark of american democracy, citizens to petition the united states government in favor of or against the united states' foreign policy, whereas the united states constitution protects the rights of united states citizens to articulate political views including with respect to the policies of the united states or foreign governments, unquote. that's in this resolution. so it couldn't be any clearer, mr. speaker. throughout history, protests and boycotts have played key roles in driving important change. the resolution says that, too, whereas boy cots and similar tools to promote racial injustice and social change have been used effectively in the united states, south africa and other parts of the world, unquote. but here's the thing about the
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global b.d.s. movement. i don't believe it promotes racial justice or social change at all. it promotes a one-sided view of the israeli-palestinian conflict the seeks to marginalize george bushish people, a right to proclaim than none other. many of us have been fighting for years to advance the future for the israelis and palestinians for two peoples living side-by-side in peace and security. building that would require hard work and concessions. b.d.s. said the own us is on israel. all concessions have to come from israel. and the palestinians should reject negotiations and just allow international pressure to build on israel. well, you know, that's not how negotiations work and no way to promote peace. that's why this movement is so
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counterproductive, in my view. you want to criticize the government, that's your right. you want to stop buying products from a certain country, that is also your right. but participating in an international commercial effort that undermines israel legitimacy isn't the same as an individual exercising first amendment rights. i continue to believe that a two-state solution which guarantees self-determination for both jews and palestinians, not one or the other, is the best way to solve the israeli-palestinian conflict. the overwhelming majority of my colleagues agree with me and congress has said so before in bipartisan resolutions. today, we have the opportunity to reiterate that point and to warn against something that would derail that solution. i thank my colleagues and i resevere the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york
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reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. zeldin: i strongly support house resolution 246. this is a bipartisan resolution interviewsed by brad schneider, and wagner to oppose efforts to delegitimatize israel. we must combat the b.d.s. movement targeting our ally. the movement seeks to harm israel today, tomorrow and well into the future. it is an american value to express legitimate reasonable criticism of any government in the world including our own. the b.d.s. movement is different. and we must reject the blatant anti-simentism injected in b.d.s. and delegitimizing of israel. we must educate and all be aware
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of the toxic words of the founder of the b.d.s. and how many jewish students we have on college campuses right here in the united states from coast to coast targetinged. congress needs to make a strong bipartisan statement against b.d.s. and this resolution does just that. we should enact legislation. in february, the senate passed s. 1 with a strong bipartisan vote. this bill allows state and local governments to adopt laws to divest public funds from entities that have b.d.s. there is a bill, h.r. 336 that is identical to s. 1 and contains the anti-b.d.s. language. bring this bill to the floor so not only are we making a strong statement but doing something about it. thank you to house leadership for bringing house resolution
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246 to the floor today, for chairman engel's work and team's work in the house foreign affairs committee and representative mccaul. and i'm happy to work with you on this important effort and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the chairman of the judiciary committee, the gentleman from new york, my friend, from nadler. the speaker pro tempore: mr. nadler is recognized. mr. nadler: i rise in strong support of h.res. 246. this resolution modeled on legislation passed by the new york city council is consistent with the first amendment and affirms the right to support the lobal b.d.s. moment to say their opinions. but we are rejecting this movement that is neither progressive nor pro-peace. b.d.s. pro opponents want a
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complete boycott of israeli institutions, including academic institutions. hypocritically seeking to den quy all israeli citizens the same rights and. not only does the movement have violence, it plames one party in the israeli-palestinian conflict and does not nothing to achieve a two-state solution which is the only path to a fair peace. the founder of the movement when asked if b.d.s. would end, he said no. that tells you everything you need to know. instead of promoting peace in a two-state solution, the mission of b.d.s. is to delegitimatize israel regardless of its policies or conduct and to den quy the jewish people and only the jewish people the right of
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national self-determination. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: i yield do minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, senior member on the committee of foreign affairs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i want to applaud mr. schneider and mr. zeldin for sponsoring this important resolution. i thank chairman engel for his comments and i will say this because i associate myself with their strong and persuasive remarks. a former prisoner who testified in a dozen hearings proposed what he called a simple test to help us distinctish legitimate criticism of israel. e called it the 3-2, dehuman
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ization, double standard. and we know that anti-semitism is the issue. the b.d.s. movement demonizes israel and by extension jews who are cast in the role of oppressor, always in the wrong. in so doing applies a double standard that israel is always wrong and the oppressed palestinians are always in the right regardless of groups such hamas are engaging in terroristic acts. the objective is to delegitimatize the state of israel to deny its right to exist. i applaud them on this bill and i hope the vote is unanimous and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. schneider. the speaker pro tempore: mr. schneider is recognized for
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three minutes. mr. schneider: i proudly rise in support of house resolution 246 which i am a sponsor. this resolution does four things. it affirms the vital relationship between the united states and israel, our most important alley in a complicated region of the world. second, it reiterates our unbreakable commitment to israel. we have trong bipartisan support for negotiated two-state solution and lastly, makes clear globalngress opposes the divestment and sanctions that seeks to delegitimatize israel and oppose a two-state solution and pusheses the cause for peace further out of reach. it has been our country's long-held policy the best path is a democratic and jewish state and realizing the palestinian people's aspiration for a state of their own is through a
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negotiated two-state solution. the b.d.s. movement denies their connection to the land of israel and refuses to accept the basic idea of a jewish state and seeks to delegitimatize israel on college campuses and global commerce. the founder of the b.d.s. movement has said, quote, we oppose the jewish state in any part of palestine. no rational palestinian, not a sellout palestinian will ever accept a jewish state in palestine, end quote. when global b.d.s. movement chant, from the river to the sea, palestine will be free. this is a call for the destruction of the entire state of israel and elimination of jews from the land, all the land, not just gaza and the west bank. that is why we are taking a
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stand and vote to condemn the local b.d.s. movement. this resolution recognizes that boy cots have a long tradition in this movement, including the civil rights and efforts to end apartheid in south africa. the case of the movement against israel and its fundamental aims to delegitimatization of israel and the drugs of the jewish state. this has gained 350 co-sponsors and three-quarters of the members of both parties. and i would like to thank the aders of my democratic colleagues, representative nadler, lee zeldin and and wagner. this sends a clear united message that this congress not only supports the jewish state of israel and two states for israelis and palestinians but at the same time we condemn the
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efforts to delegitimatize and block the path to peace. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: i yield two minutes to the republican whip, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. . . mr. scalise: i want to thank you for supporting this b.d.s. movement. it's designed to delegitimize the jewish state and their economy which ultimately goes to the heart of trying to bring down israel by people who have been against a jewish state and expressed anti-semitism for decades. we all need to stand up against that and so this resolution is incredibly important. as my other colleague just mentioned, our nations had a ch history of using boy cots
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to promote freedom -- boycotts to promote freedom. there are other boycotts that have been displayed to undermine freedom, and that's really where the b.d.s. movement is in a very different category and i think we all need to make that distinction. f a boycott is using to france freedom we should support -- advance freedom we should support it. it, we t is undermine need to rise up against that. as people who respect that great tradition, that great love between the united states and israel, an unbreakable bond, one that brings republicans and democrats together, we need to continue that tradition, but i will also add, mr. speaker, that as we are talking about why we need to oppose the b.d.s. movement with this resolution, words are hollow if we don't follow it up with action. so at the same time, mr. speaker, as hopefully we get an overwhelming, maybe unanimous
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vote on this resolution, it's long past time that the democrat leadership in this house bring up h.r. 336, by mr. mccaul, the bill that actually puts teeth in the law to stand up against the b.d.s. movement all around the world. here even sometimes in congress or in other states, but in other countries where they're trying to advance this movement, we need teeth, words and action. so these are words today. we need to follow it up with h.r. 336, real action. i would urge that we stand strong together, and with that, mr. speaker, i'd yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. murphy. the speaker pro tempore: mrs. murphy from florida is recognized. mrs. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. i strongly support the state of israel. it's a homeland for the jewish people and a sanctuary from anti-semitism. seal is a thriving democracy --
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israel is a thriving democracy and its citizens have made enormous contributions to our global society. the u.s. has no better friend than israel and, yes, on occasion, our two governments will disagree on policies, as all sovereigns do. it is rooted in shared values, shared security interests and a deep historical connection. i also believe the palestinian people have legitimate aspirations, deserve a better future, and should have their own state. and i support direct negotiations between the parties, leading to two states living in peace and security. i support this bipartisan solution because the b.d.s. movement makes a just peace harder, not easier. t unfairly vilifies israel for it and it alone for this complex conflict. american citizens have the right to boycott and boycotts often support change but the b.d.s. movement is misguided and harmful and the united
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states congress should say so unequivocally. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. zeldin reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, is recognized. mr. engel: i yield one minute to the -- a valued member of the foreign affairs committee, the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: mr. deutch from florida is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank chairman engel for yielding. i rise today to support h.res. 246, and to voice my relentless position to the global oycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. this resolution remines mindse us that boycotts have previously been used for social justice in this very country, but b.d.s. doesn't seek social justice.
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it seeks a world in which the state of israel does not exist. it is not incompatible to support a strong, secure, jewish state of israel, and to support human rights, dignity, and prosperity for the palestinian people. it is incompatible, however, to support b.d.s. and claim to support two states for two peoples when b.d.s. envisions palestine from the river to the sea. one state. and the other rejection of the jewish state of israel. you simply will not and cannot achieve lasting peace and security for both israelis and palestinians and work toward a two-state solution if you support a movement that seeks to delegitimize the very existence of israel. mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleagues, mr. sh -- mr. schneider, mr. zeldin, mrs. wagner for bringing this resolution to the floor today. i strongly support their
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efforts. i strongly support this resolution, condemning b.d.s., and i urge all of my colleagues to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. speaker. and it's important to note, really, from coast to coast 're hearing stories of students on college campuses in the name of b.d.s. for example, at new york university after the student government passed a resolution supporting b.d.s., the center for jewish life was temporarily closed in response to threatening twitter posts by a student who expressed, quote, a desire for zionists to die. a professor refused to write a letter for recommendation for a student because she wanted to study abroad in israel. students for justice in palestinian co-founder and university of california-berkeley professor spoke at a national conference
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meme. red anti-semitic an invited speaker stated, quote, jews are doing the same thing to the palestinians as the nazis did the jews. a posting at the university of california read, quote, gas them, burn them, and dismantle their power structure, humanity cannot progress without the pair sitic jew, end -- parasitic jew. and one called for the expulsion of jewish students who did not support the b.d.s. movement at the university. it's important for those who are getting familiar for what b.d.s. is to know right now we have so many jewish students who are being targeted with this blatant anti-semitism. that's why today's statement sends such a powerful message. i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield one minute you to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: ms. wasserman schultz from florida is recognized for one minute.
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ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today to urge the house to pass this resolution, which opposes efforts to delegit might the state of israel through the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. it reiterates there is a viable pathway you to peace through direct negotiations to achieve two states for two peoples. it would black list israeli businesses, create doubt about israel's legitimacy within the next generation. that undermines any possibility of achieving a lasting peace. the global rise of anti-semitism is manifesting itself in many terrifying ways and we must remain vigilant. this resolution is paramount in ensuring that b.d.s. supporters cannot utilize this movement to promote an anti-semitic the gentlelady from jeand. b.d.s. will not help achieve israeli-palestinian peace it two-state hope for a solution even farther away.
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they seek to destroy her and isolate her from the rest of the world. direct bilateral negotiations between the parties is the only option for a long lasting peace. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. zeldin: some supporters of the b.d.s. movement, the movement in total makes the argument that israel is the bad guy on humanitarian issues, on human rights. it's important to note israel has a long history of lgbt protections and women's rights enshrined in israeli law that is in stark contrast to its middle east neighbors. regardless of ethnicity or religion, there are broad freedoms in israel, including the right to vote, freedom of speech, equal access to education and the workplace, and no special restrictions on the way women dress. by law, women are protected from discrimination. in fact, israel's declaration of independence grants all israel's inhabitants, quality
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and rights -- even palestinian in the autonomous regions have rights and receive social services. some 350,000 palestinian residents in jerusalem receive certain civil wan welfare, municipal services. in other parts it's a monarchy with mo voting rights whatsoever. hamas has denied humanitarian aid offered by israel. in may, 2018, when there were clashes on the border, gaza refused truckloads of aid from israel. there were so many falsehoods that have been perpetrated by those of the b.d.s. movement. that's another reason why today's resolution is such a powerful statement. i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: jament reserves. -- the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from new york, my very, very good friend, mr. suozzi. the speaker pro tempore: mr. suozzi from new york is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. suozzi: thank you, chairman
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engel. the b.d.s. campaign has been harolded by critics and enemies of israel for what they claim is the oppression of the palestinian people. nothing can be further from the truth. these critics and enemies of israel simply adding the b.d.s. campaign to their arsenal of weapons to try and isolate, weaken, delegitimize and ultimately destroy the state of israel as they have for decades. for 70 years, over 70 years, israel i.c.e. have faced repeated -- israelis have faced repeated terrorism. this terrorism has been beaten back by a nation simply trying to defend itself and persevere under withering attacks. so now israel's enemies have adopted a new strategy. b.d.s. is an anti-semitic movement plain and simple. the founder said it very clearly. we oppose the jewish state. no palestinian will ever accept a jewish state.
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the goals of b.d.s. is goal. israel shall not and cannot yield and we in the united states must stand with our ally that shares our values and has always worked with us. i urge this strong bipartisan support of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. zeldin: mr. suozzi just pointed out one quote earlier. one stated -- and this is the founder of the b.d.s. movement. many of the methods of collective and individual punishment at the hands of oung, racist, often sadistic israeli soldiers are reminiscent of the nazi practices against the juices. the list goes on and on. of those becoming familiar with what the b.d.s. movement is, just understand and take heed so the words from the b.d.s. movement founder, omar.
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i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is ecognized. mr. engel: i yield to the gentleman from new jersey, 1 1/2 minutes, to mr. gottheimer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. gottheimer. i rise in support of this bill. i want to thank chairman engel, speaker pelosi, majority leader hoyer for bringing this bill to the floor. with this bill and 349 co-sponsors it's clear both shares f our congress fundamental values and israel's security is key to world security. fighting against global terror. however, the b.d.s. movement seeks to delegitimize israel and deny its right to exist as a jewish state. as mr. suozzi, my colleague, just so aptly read, owe bar
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barghouti said, we oppose a jewish state in any part of palestine. no palestinian, rational palestinian, not a sell-out palestinian, will ever accept a jewish state. that exactly captures what we're fighting here today. there is bias and double standards in the b.d.s. movement. no other democratic country faces a global boycott, but b.d.s. is also fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution, which i strongly support. b.d.s. seeks to punish only israel and rejects unilateral strategy. that's why it's so important that congress goes on record opposing b.d.s. and other harmful efforts to single out and delegitimize israel. standing up for this relationship should not be an issue. that's why the problem solvers caucus supports this resolution -- will you yield 15 more seconds? mr. engel: i yield another 30 seconds to the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is yielded another 30
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seconds. mr. gottheimer: brad schneider, along with lee zeldin, chairman jerry nadler, congresswoman yan wagner have done an excel -- ann wagner have done an excellent way. we mustth allow false attacks on -- mustn't allow false attacks on israel. we must support a two-state solution, remains a bipartisan solution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: b.d.s. supporters also claim that the b.d.s. movement is nonviolent. the b.d.s. movement does not distance itself from hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. b.d.s. supporters, individually, are not distancing themselves from hamas either. instead, their criticism is focused in on attacking israel and in many cases the jewish peop

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