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mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. does the gentleman from oregon have anymore speakers? we're prepared to close. thank you, mr. speaker. with that, again, this is, you would think we'd have a better estimate for -- or better idea of what we actually spend on dasters. we obviously don't. this legislation is going to provide the transparency. i think it's a good piece of legislation. i would urge my colleagues to support it. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri yields back. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i urge my colleagues to support this excellent legislation. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the . ll h.r. 1984
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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 upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. key fazio: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3245, the restore the harmony way bridge act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3245 a bill to transfer a bridge over the roy bash river to the neujahr money river bridge authority anti-neujahr money and roy bash river authority and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr.
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defazio, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, will each control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: sbreek, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks -- mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. defazio: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. defazio: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3245 introduced by the gentleman from indiana, mr. bucshon. the legislation is very similar to a bill, h.r. 6793, which passed the house by unanimous consent during the 115th congress, but failed to achieve the consideration of the united states senate. h.r. 3245 conveys the harmony way bridge to the neujahr money river bridge authority in illinois and the neujahr money and wabash river authority in indiana.
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the bridge currently remains owned by the federal government under the white county bridge commission, but the commission is no longer active. the bridge, which was constructed in 1930, secretaries white county, illinois, with posey county, indiana, across the wabash river. it was place on the national historic places since 2007. closed since 2012 when an engineers inspection discovered structural issues making it unsafe for vehicle traffic. this allows the states of indiana, illinois to jointly work together to resort bridge, determine the future of this historic landmark. i urge my colleagues to join me in passing this legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman defazio for helping make this bill a bipartisan success. i rise in support -- first off i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3245. i really want to thank my colleague, the ranking member, the committee, mr. graves, and also other colleague, my former boss, congressman john shimkus, who allowed me to work on this project as one of his staff members back in the early 2000s. to be able to stand on the house floor and see this solution be put forth by my other colleague, mr. bucshon from indiana, with the support of mr. shimkus and mr. graves, the illinois delegation, indiana delegation in a very bipartisan way. it's a privilege for me to be able to manage this bill today. who would have thought that two kids from christian county, illinois would one day stand here on the floor of the u.s. house of representatives and have a bipartisan bill that's going to help the constituents of both indiana and illinois. but that's exactly where we are today with my good friend, mr. by shop, who grew up about eight miles from where i grew up.
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this bill is a long time coming. it's going to convey the harmony way bridge from the federal government to the designated entities within the states of illinois and indiana. this is what the states of illinois and indiana have asked us for. the bridge is currently managed by the white county bridge commission, which was created by federal legislation in 1941. and in 2012, this bridge was closed because of the inability f that commission to support its safety measures and to support the improvements necessary. by conveying this bridge and repealing the 1941 legislation, the two states are going to work together for a new vision, which serves as a very important link between illinois and indiana. and it crosses the wabash river. a companion bill has already been introduced by the four senators from illinois and indiana. and last week, that bill, senate
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bill 1833, was approved by unanimous consent. additionally, the house passed a similar bill last congress by unanimous consent. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3245, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to yield one minute to my good friend, the ranking member from the state of missouri, mr. graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. davis. i rise in support of h.r. 3245, and i want to thank representative bucshon for his hard work on this important issue. 3245 is going to enable entities within the states of illinois and indiana to chart a whole new course for the harmony way bridge which is closed currently. the bridge is not only a critical link between these states but also representative of that strong bond between the people of illinois and indiana.
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that connection is further demonstrated by the fact that all members of the indiana and illinois delegations that co-sponsored this bill. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3245. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. again, this bill is a bipartisan success story and a by state success -- bistate success story. i'd like to yield three minutes to my colleague from the great state of indiana, mr. pens. -- mr. pence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. pence: thank you. i rise today in support of h.r. 3245, legislation sponsored by my colleague, friend, and fellow hoosier, dr. larry bucshon. the harmony way bridge connects indiana to illinois over the wabash river. the bridge is currently managed
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by the white county bridge commission which was created by federal legislation in 1941. the bridge closed in 2012 due to structural deficiencies and current federal law blocks local officials from taking action to repair the bridge. i am proud to join my colleague in both indiana and illinois delegations as a co-sponsor on this critical legislation. h.r. 3245 would allow the two states to determine the future of the bridge. madam speaker, supporting this bill is common sense. a companion bill, s. 1833, was introduced by the four senators from indiana and illinois and passed by unanimous consent. last year the house passed a similar bill overwhelmingly. in addition, both indiana and illinois created state
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commissions to manage a bridge -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. pence: thank you, i yield back. mr. davis: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from oregon. r. defazio: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. again i'm proud to stand here next to my good friend, dr. bucshon, who was born in my hometown of taylorville, illinois, raised in kinkade, illinois. went on to become a heart surgeon. i don't know if i'd trust him operating on me. i know a lot of patients in indiana did. you know what, this is a guy who promised to get things done. this project, can i tell you firsthand, was not moving anywhere until -- i can tell you firsthand was not moving anywhere until mr. bucshon took the lead. i recognize him for four minutes. thank you for your support of this bill.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana for four minutes. mr. bucshon: thank you for the kind words. madam speaker, it's an honor to rise today in support of h.r. 3245, the restore the harmony way bridge act. the harmony way bridge is a local landmark. and was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1930. throughout the 20th century, the bridge connected posey county, anyone, and white county, illinois creating an access point for commerce and recreation for hoosiers from the neujahr money and surrounding communities, as well as those from white county, illinois. unfortunately, in 2012, the bridge was permanently closed due to safety concerns related to structural issues and while the community has pushed to refurbish and reopen the bridge, until now federal law has stood in the way. that is why the restore the harmony way bridge act is important. it will convey the bridge to the indiana and illinois bridge authorities and remove the
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federal conditions set out on the bridge. i'm glad to see this bill on the floor today. i want to give thanks to all those who have helped in the effort. first, i want to thank susi davis from my stave for her work on this bill. i want to thank laura from the neujahr money indiana community whose hard work has been invaluable in promoting the bridge restoration. i also want to thank indiana state senator toms and state representative wendy mcnamara for their efforts at the state level. i want to thank my colleagues, congressman shimkus, indiana senators braun and young. and all of the members of the indiana and illinois house delegations who are all co-sponsors of this bill. for helping me lead this effort and congress in finally solving this problem. the restore the harmony way bridge act will breathe life once more into the harmony way
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bridge. i ask that you join me in this momentous occasion and support this bill. -- monumental occasion, excuse me, madam speaker, and support the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i have no further speakers. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for close. mr. davis: thank you very, very much, madam speaker. again, this is a bipartisan success story. this is an issue so many of us have worked hard on together to see it pass today with the support of republicans and democrats. it's something that i can tell you a few years ago i didn't think would happen. this is an opportunity, too, for me again to thank the hardworking people in congressman shimkus' office, too. i remember learning about this project from my fellow staffer who lived right near the neujahr
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money way bridge. her name was holly. who gave me the low down on why it was important to pass this slaveplgts that was in 2003. i'm proud to say to holly today, thank you for your dedication and hard work that you have done on behalf of the congressman shimkus over the years. today's the day we finally get to make this happen and that bridge can be repaired and can be reopened. with that i yield back the balance of my time. after urging a yes vote on this bill. the eaker pro tempore: gentleman yields. the gentleman from -- mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i urge that the house do support, pass this legislation. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3245. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3
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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 pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. defazio: madam speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1307, the post disaster assistance online accountability act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1307, a bill to provide for an online preposs torrey for certain reporting requirements for recipients of federal disaster assistance, and for other purposes. e speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, and the gentleman from missouri, mr. graves, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five
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legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on h.r. 1307. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. defazio: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1307, the post disaster assistance online accountability act introduced by the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows. when a major disaster strikes, the american people should know how and where their disaster funds are spent without wading through reams of inscrutable government paperwork. h.r. 1307 would simplify the data collection process for federal disaster recovery projects and activities by establishing an online repository to which agencies could submit information on projects and spending in order to increase transparency to the public, the bill would also reate a page on usas pending.gov for the public to
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track agency disaster recovery activities in the amount of assistance expended on a quarterly basis. federal agencies need to be accountable to the victims disasters so that they can have peace of mind when this are at their most vulnerable. i strongly support the bill and urge my colleagues to join me. with that i i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time reserves. the gentleman from missouri. mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. h.r. 1307, the postdisaster assistance online accountability act will improve our oversight of federal disaster assistance and projects by increasing the accountability and transparency in federal spending following disasters. this bill will help ensure that funds are invested more wisely and better able to help americans who are trying to recover and rebuild their lives. h.r. 1307 is going to require various agencies that offer disaster assistance to publicly reported sdast data on disaster
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spending and the obligations, and it's critical as we work to reform and improve our disaster response and recovery programs that we have the most accurate data available. this is important for our oversight as well as the taxpayers in holding agencies accountable. i want to thank the economic development public buildings and emergency management subcommittee ranking member, mr. meadows, and mr. peters for their work on this legislation. i'd encourage my colleagues to support it, and with that i'd reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. graves: madam speaker, at this time i would recognize the gentleman from north carolina, mr. rouzer, and yield him as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rouzer: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the chairman and the ranking member for their support and work on this bill as well. i certainly rise today in
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support of this measure sponsored and introdoused by my friend and colleague, mr. meadows, also from north carolina. we know firsthand just how badly this legislation is needed. in my district alone, which has been a victim of two major hurricanes in the last three years, matthew in 2016, and florence just this past fall. after both hurricanes, congress appropriated disaster aid, funding for rebuilding and recovery efforts. to date, very little of that money, quite honestly, has been channeled to the state. taxpayers in north carolina and across the rest of the country deserve to know how the federal government is spending these recovery funds or whether they are being spent at all. more transparency means more accountability, and making this disaster funding data available online to the public will help ensure that these dollars that congress has appropriated are being spent in a timely and
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effective manner. as we continue to recover from hurricanes matthew and florence and prepare for yet another hurricane season this year, it's more important than ever that we make sure we're getting the most out of every single dollar that congress appropriates. this bill will go a long way to helping to ensure just that. madam speaker, i yield back. mr. graves: i'd reserve the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: reserve. i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, as has been demonstrated by the last four bills, the transportation committee is doing good work, and we produced four good bipartisan bills. i am very proud of that. with that i'd urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1307, and i'd yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield myself
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such time as i may consume. i want to thank the gentleman from missouri. he's been a great partner in these and other ongoing efforts by the committee, and i urge the positive adoption of this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1307. 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, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed s. 2249, an act to allow the deputy administrator of the federal aviation administration on the date of enactment of this act
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to continue to serve as such deputy administrator. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3375, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3375, a bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to clarify the prohibitions of making robocalls and for other purposes. mr. pallone: madam speaker, i
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ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: madam speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 3375, the stopping bad robocalls act, bipartisan legislation that i introduced with ranking member walden, communications and technology subcommittee chairman doyle, and subcommittee ranking member latta. this legislation advanced out of our energy and commerce committee last week by unanimous vote of 48-0. unwanted robocalls started as a nuisance but now threatens the
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way consumers view and use their telephones. it's undermining our system and it's something we need to take very seriously. last year there were an estimated 47 billion robocalls made to americans. it's no wonder the american people have lost confidence in answering their phones. the stopping bad robocalls act will help restore that confidence, and that's very important, in my opinion. madam speaker, americans use their phones at some of the most important times of their lives. they use their phones to get help for first responders by calling 911, to hear important medical test results from their doctor, to connect with or reassure a family member or friend, to learn the school is closed tomorrow, or just to conduct daily business. illegal, unwanted robocalls threaten the foundational ways we communicate with one another and, in my opinion, that's dangerous. it chips away at our community
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and public safety. too frequently, consumers feel their best option is not to answer their ringing phone, which may lead them to miss an important call. it's truly unfortunate the consumers feel they must take that risk in order to proactively defend themselves against a scam call. some studies estimate nearly half of all calls this year will be scam calls, and these calls are not only harmful to the american people but they're also harmful to business. the chief information security officer of the moffitt cancer center recently testified in our committee scammers called their center demanding to speak to a physician about his medical license. robocalls are dangerous to public health and public privacy, using this example. we heard stories of scammers disguising as the i.r.s. looking to collect a debt. scammers disguised of loved
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ones looking for help. we're seeing new scams, ring scams, where fraudsters have them to call back international numbers in order for them to rack up charges. there is no silver bullet to fix them all. this legislation takes a comprehensive approach to cut off robocalls at many different points. for example, the bill would implement a nationwide caller authentication system, free for consumers, so they can, again, trust the number they see on their caller i.d. is actually the person calling them. in that same vain, consumers need more help controlling the calls they have asked not to receive. consumers need to be in charge of their own phone numbers, and scammers or telemarketers must have the consumer's consent before making calls. consumers should be able to block illegal and unwanted calls, but with blocking, there needs to be transparency and effective redress so we ensure the calls people want are actually getting through. and what's more, madam speaker,
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we need to ensure law enforcement and the federal communications commission have the tools, information, and incentives to go after robe owe call -- robocallers that break the law. this legislation ensures the text of many proposals that would help address the onslaught the robocalls consumers face. i want to mention some of the other bills we tried to incorporate in this bill. one is the ending one-ring scam act. the tracing back and catching unlawful robe owe callers act -- robocallers act. the spam calls task force act. protecting patients and doctors from unlawful robocalls act. i want to thank the sponsors, more specifically, later in this bedate. ours is a strong and comprehensive bill that puts consumers first. i want to thank mr. walden, mr. doyle, mr. latta, of course. i also want to thank all the consumer advocacy organizations
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and the carriers that worked hard to reach a consensus piece of legislation that will take tough and meaningful steps to stop from these annoying robe owe calls. this -- robocalls. i hope this bill will garner strong bipartisan support. i ask my colleagues to put consumers first and help us pass this bill and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 3375, the stopping bad robocalls act. i'll speak more later of my contribution of this legislation, but i congratulate the authors of this legislation, both the majority and minority. american association of retired persons sent us a letter yesterday urging the adoption by stating, h.r. 3375 promotes an accurate call and
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authentication framework and prevents consumers from being charged from blocking technology. the support does not end with them, but it spams consumers and industry groups that have seen the impact of this. this bill incorporates the best of the private sector solutions at the same time putting the call out to crack down on these illegal actors from the criminals that they are. we are going to shut these scammers down. this legislation establishes a more rigorous enforcement structure to shut down illegal robocalls. it empowers the federal communications commission with additional enforcement. it also sets the path for providers to implement new caller i.d. technologies with no new line item charges to the consumers. the fraud committed by -- on mericans by ilrobocallers is going to stop. -- by illegal robocallers is going to stop. i'm now pleased to recognize the ranking member of the full committee, mr. walden, for four
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minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my colleagues for their work on the stopping bad robocalls act. chairman pallone, to chairman doyle, congressman latta, and everybody that's been involved in this, i think we've come to a really good agreement here and it will help stop the illegal robocalls. hopefully all 47.8 billion. let that number sink in. last year in america, 47.8 billion calls were made to all of us, and they were mostly all illegal and we're going to do our best to stop them, madam speaker. it will be hard pressed to find a technology that's more personal than your phone, whether it's the phone you carry in your pocket, or for some a land line at home, and how we communicate on these devices is essential with how we connect to one another. yet, that personal connection is being violated by bad actors that have compromised our country's communications networks and who hide their tracks with their own hardware
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and software, madam speaker. these criminal parties have done significant harm to americans, both personally and professionally. those who engage in such illicit behavior should be treated and prosecuted for what they are -- criminals. from the outset of our legislative effort to address this problem, i stated, we must make a clear distinction between parties that have ill purpose as to those who do not. after all, we don't want to shut off legitimate uses of these new technologies, such as protecting the anonymity of a women's shelter, assisting at-risk individuals, alerting you of fraudulent charges on your credit card or your rideshare services. those are legitimate services. our clearest and quickest path of passing legislation, along with our friends in the senate, and ultimately become law, is to go after those who have malicious intent and to go beyond that would have undermined our services americans depend on every day. so i think we found the right balance here.
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by taking all this into account, we can achieve the same kind of bipartisan, bicameral success as exemplified by the ray balm act last congress, which provided us with a launching pad. it provided the f.c.c. more authority to go after bad actors who utilize calls and texts. our work from then was led by a bipartisan group of attorneys generals across the united states calling on the f.c.c. to move on updating its own rules. now, we know communications and technologies are constantly evolving, and unfortunately, the bad actors' tricks are all beyond our do not call registry and i'm sure they'll find a way to get around this effort. however, more friction we can create around illicit behavior, the more focus public-private partnerships we can create will help us root out this problem, prosecute these criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and make great strides in regaining americans' confidence in their communication devices.
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. in the town howls r halls i have held in my district. people asked one question. what are you going to do to stop these robocalls? this is a number you can answer. 3375, that's the number of the bill, pick it up, answer it, vote yes. and we will put an end to these robocalls at least for now. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, who chairs our health subcommittee, ms. eshoo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. eshoo: thank you, madam speaker. my thanks to the chairman of the full committee, the ranking member, mr. walden. the ranking member of the subcommittee, mr. latta, and the distinguished chairman of the subcommittee mr. boil for bringing forward this bipartisan legislation. i hope when the vote is taken on this today by the full house
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that it is unanimous. if it is, it should be, i think we are going to hear applause from across the country because the american people have been bombarded by robocalls every day. last year as has been stated americans received an unfathomable $48 billion, with a b, robocalls. so this is a epidemic. anyone with a phone knows this. i hear it from my constituents daily. i think we all do. i have been subjected to them. all of my colleagues have been subjected to them and their families as well. and these calls are not only highly annoying, they are also used to scam people and to swindle them. last year an estimated 43 million americans were scammed out of $10.5 billion. that's a lot of money.
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and i have some friends, intelligent people, who were convinced by the story at the other end of the line. so the american people for all the legitimate reasons are demanding that we do something. today i think we are delivering a victory for them. i'm certainly proud to co-sponsor the legislation. and as been said, no one bill can completely solve a complex problem. so the fcc and congress have to remain vigilant to ensure that the statutory and the regulatory protections are sufficient to protect the consumers. there are heavy fees for violators in this bill. it's really going to cost them. and it's not simply pain because it's the cost of doing business. i urge all of my colleagues to support this. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. burgess: at this time i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from ohio, the ranking member of the telecommunications subcommittee on the committee on energy and commerce, for three minutes, mr. latta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you very much. i thank the gentleman for yielding. and thank you, madam speaker. i rise today because robocalls have to stop. with the help of our phone carriers and the fcc, we have crafted sound legislation in the stopping bad robocalls act. but the most important voices heard in the crafting of this bill were the men and women from our districts who have had to deal with these calls. illegal robocalls are annoying, disruptive, and harmful. sadly, madam speaker, for many people in ohio and across the country these calls have also ruined lives. i hosted a workshop geared toward helping seniors avoid becoming victims of scams, including illegal robocalls and
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those stories are heartbreaking. we heard from seniors who have been manipulated into giving away their life savings to scammers, often because they were tricked into thinking someone they loved had been hurt. they have been told that if there was a way for them to know that it was an illegal robocall before they answered that call, this could have possibly been prevented. that is one of the many solutions we offer in the stopping bad robocalls act. i'm proud to have contributed with language from our own stop robocalls act, which would make it easier for americans to access robocall blocking technology through the phone companies on an informed opt out basis. prior to our legislation and the fcc ruling, these services were available to consumers who opted in to receive this. this made a number of customers using blocking technology very low. this legislation will change that. madam speaker, americans have
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peace of mind knowing the phones that connect us to the world are being used for good and not scams. i want to thank the gentleman from new jersey, the chairman of the full committee, the gentleman from pennsylvania, the gentleman from -- chairman of the subcommittee, the gentleman from oregon, the republican leader of the full committee for working with us in this legislation. i also want to thank our great staffs for all the hard work they did in making sure we got this legislation to the floor today. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3375. and, madam speaker, i yield back he balance of my time. pl burgess: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. doyle, who chairs our communications. two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania who chairs our communication and technology. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. doyle: thank you, chairman pallone. mr. speaker, today the house
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will vote on the stopping bad robocalls act legislation introduced by chairman pallone, ranking member walden, ranking member latta, and myself. this bill address as problem that we all have firsthand experience with, persist tept, annoying nonstop robocalls. americans receive nearly 48 billion robocalls last year. a 60% increase from the year before. that number is expected to increase to 60 billion this year. in june alone in my hometown of pittsburgh, we received an estimated 34 million robocalls. on average, everyone in this country receives 14 of these calls every day. this bill was a comprehensive bipartisan solution that i believe will help seriously reduce the onslaught of illegal robocalls that americans face. the bill before the house today is the result of bipartisan negotiations which included industry and public interest stakeholders.
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this bill was reported unanimously out of the communications and technology subcommittee which i chair, as well as the full energy and commerce committee. i'm also pleased that the language from stop robocalls act which ranking member latta and i introduced was included in this bill. these provisions allow phone carriers to automatically enable robocall blocking services by default on phone lines. while these technologies have been available on an opt in basis, too many of our seniors, and frankly too many people in general, just don't know about these services and how to sign up for them. allowing these service to be enabled by default allows all consumers to benefit from these technologies without having to go through the onerous signup process, particularly for seniors and those most vulnerable to scam calls. these provisions also include requirements that the new opt out robocall blocking services do not result in new consumer fees.
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the bill also requires all carriers to adopt call authentication technology which would enable people to be certain that the number that they see -- 15 more seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. doyle: technology that would enable people to be certain that the number they see on their caller i.d. is the number the call is coming from. all too often people get calls that look like they are coming from down the street, but are really coming from scammers. half a world away. this legislation came about through hard work of majority staff and minority staff of the energy and commerce committee. i would like to thank both staffs in the majority and minority for their hard work and diligence to get this bill to the floor. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from -- from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: at this time i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate it. thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, ranking member. robocalls and spoofing have been a burden on americans for years. it's very simple. it goes without saying. we must end these bad robocalls. our constituents are fed up. at a hearing three years ago, i was able to highlight a constituent who received hundreds of calls daily to his home phone. his quality of life became so poor, madam speaker, he had to replace his phone hardware and phone number to get the peace he deserved in his own home. the stopping bad robocalls act will help ensure situations like this become less frequent and eventually nonexistent. this bill will provide much needed authority for the fcc to develop rules for blocking
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robocall violators and enhance the ability to pursue these bad actors and bring them to justice for taking advantage of the american people. especially our seniors. i'm also pleased this package includes the ending one ring scams act which representative clark and i introduced this year. this provision will direct the fcc to target one of the newest forms of caller scams. and show that we are serious in combating all forms of illegal phone fraud. no matter the tactics used. i strongly support the stop bad robocalls act. i urge the senate to pass this much needed legislation as well. i yield back, madam speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i now recognize another gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcnerney: i thank the chairman for his hard work on
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this and the chairman of the subcommittee, mr. doyle, the ranking member, staff members. great bill here. i rise in support of h.r. 3375, the stopping bad robocalls act. today californians and americans across the country had receiving more unwanted robe yobe calls than ever before. this is something i often hear about from my constituents. nearly 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, an increase in 17 billion calls in one year. more than 40% of these calls are illegal scams. they are defrauding consumers. they are disruptive, and costing victims an average of $430 per scam. i'm worried that the real risk here is that we are making our phone system obsolete because people don't want to pick up their phones anymore. part of the problem is our current legal framework doesn't go far enough in deterring these harmful practices. that's why i'm pleased that h.r. 3375 includes an amendment that i offered with my colleague, mr.
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flores, during our full committee markup. it will create disincentives for the most egregious violators of the law, specifically our provision will empower the fcc to aas an additional $10,000 penalty for robocall violation where is the offender acted with intent to cause the violation. creating these disincentives is critical for protecting consumers and putting abusive practices to an end. i'm proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan, commonsense legislation. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: at this time i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from ohio, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 3375, the stopping bad robocalls act. these unwanted and annoying robocalls, which are increasing at an larming rate, need to end.
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mr. johnson: i'm please the house has setaside partisan difference answer worked together on legislation to benefit all americans. it assures caller i.d. is authenticated and establishes additional protection force consumers receiving unwanted and sometimes fraudulent robocalls. i'm also pleased that h.r. 3375 includes legislation that i sponsored with my colleague, representative butterfield, which would require the fcc to publish an annual report on the private led efforts to trace the origin of unlawful robocalls. an important step in stopping these bad actors from reefing consumers. this kind of illegal, annoying, and harassing activity must stop and i encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation. thank you, mr. chairman, for giving me time. i yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, madam chair. i yield now to the vice chair of our committee, the gentlewoman
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from new york, ms. clarke. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york vefpblgt how much time? -- new york is recognized. how much time? mr. pallone: for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for two minutes. ms. clarke: thank you, madam speaker. as vice chair of the energy and commerce committee i rise today to thank the house energy and commerce committee chairman, frank pallone, ranking member walden, and subcommittee chair, mike doyle, and ranking member latta for their leadership on this bipartisan effort to bring this important piece of legislation to the floor. today i want to speak to the intrusive reality and damaging repercussions of robocalls and voice my support for h.r. 3375, the stop being bad robo -- robocalls act. while the illegality of these calls it is an issue, the insistent presence of them is causing american citizens to no longer view their phone as a
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legitimate form of communication. thus impacting legitimate business. adding to this, robocalls are actively hurting the pockets of americans as multitudes are scammed daily. costing the american public millions of dollars. during committee markup, i introduced the clarke-bilirakis amendment, based on the base bill ending one ring scams act of 2019. and i thank mr. bilirakis for his leadership. . this was a bipartisan effort to ensure that the american people are protected from this harmful scam culture of one ring scams. the nature of these one ring scams may seem ridiculous. however, they've been effective in scamming the american people. with one ring scams, the goal of the scammer is not for you to answer but rather for you to make the call back. one ring calls may appear to be from phone numbers somewhere in the united states, including initial digits that resemble u.s. area codes. if one calls back, the citizen
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is risked being connected to a phone number outside of the united states, thus resulting one being charged a fee. the good people of brooklyn's ninth congressional district have voiced their outrage with the state of their security and privacy as the threat of one ring scams grow more prevalent. before i conclude my remarks, i would be remiss if i did not thank my colleagues who helped lead on today's effort. congressman bilirakis, congressman van drew, and i want to say to those who are fraudulent, today, game over. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. t this time i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gianforte: last year alone, americans received over 48 billion robocalls. that's nearly 100,000 robocalls
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per minute. too many robocalls are deceptive and destructive, from bogus insurance offers to threats of legal action. scam artists scheme to steal hardworking montanans' private, personal, and financial information. sometimes they go even further. a young woman from boozman received a call from her little brother's phone number. she picked up the call but it wasn't her brother. it was a scammer using her brother's number, tragically, her little brother died of a drug overdose a few months earlier. she was devastated and shaken. this is disgusting and should not happen. today, we're taking a big step forward. we're empowering consumers. phone companies will provide consumers with blocking services at no cost. illegal callers will face more jail time. let's get robocall relief across the finish line for the american people. i encourage my colleagues to
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pass this legislation, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: madam chair, i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. chryst. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida -- mr. pallone: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. crist. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. crist: i want to thank you and the ranking member. the american people are fed up with spam calls. they are predatory, incessant, and an invasion of privacy. we need a comprehensive approach to root them out, and our federal government plays an important role in that, whether it's the f.c.c., the department of justice, homeland security, or the f.b.i., these agencies should have the authorities and tools to shut down these spammers' calls, and these powers are maximized when they are coordinated. that's why i included in this legislation the creation of the spam calls task force. the task force will coordinate
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the federal response. i want to also thank representative darren soto for his help with this. i'm confident by working together we can all put a stop to spam calls once and for all and americans won't have to fear robocalls. thank you, mr. chairman, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you. i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from washington ate, mrs. cathy mcmorris rodgers, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i rise in support of this legislation, the stopping bad robocalls act. we all agree it's annoying and a nuisance. these calls are often scams, scams that are becoming more and more sophisticated each day. when our phone rings, we're just one answer away from being a victim of identity theft. that needs to change. so this legislation will restore trust that americans
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can again answer their phones. madam speaker, i have a constituent who calls my office nearly every time he receives a robocall. he's begged us to do something. after today, i look forward to sharing with him that we listened and took action to solve this problem. on his behalf and on all those that i have the privilege of representing in eastern washington, i urge support of the stopping bad robocalls act, and i yield -- i reserve -- i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: madam chair, i yield one minute now to the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. murphy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute. mrs. murphy: thank you, madam speaker. congress has a terrible reputation for being too partisan, but there's one issue that has strong bipartisan agreement in this congress and across this country and that is fraudulent robocalls must be stopped. i hear these concerns from my constituents in central florida on a regular basis. it's one of the top issues that
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constituents routinely write my office about. americans received over 48 billion robocalls last year. nearly half of the calls that americans receive are robocalls. many trying to scam people out of their hard-earned money. floridians have received over 2.2 billion robocalls this year alone, and my hometown of orlando is among the most targeted cities in the country, having received nearly 350 million robocalls. robocalls are more than a nuisance. they pose a direct threat to consumers. often disgused using fake caller i.d.'s, they trick seniors. prey on the american people have had enough and they demand swift action from this body. i'm proud to help introduce this legislation which will help americans from robocalls. thank you and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'm pleased to acknowledge the gentleman from georgia and yield to him one minute, a valuable member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today in support of the stopping bad robocalls act. this legislation will seek to stem a problem affecting nearly everyone i know. that is the issue of robocalls. last year we had almost 50 billion robocalls in the united states. this year we've already had almost 30 billion robocalls or roughly 90 robocalls per person. it's an issue that everyone can agree on is a nuisance and should be addressed. that's why i join my colleagues in supporting this legislation to end this practice and once again make it possible to answer a phone call from a phone number you don't recognize. this bill will give the f.c.c. the authority to move forward with changes under the telephone consumer protection act and to ensure these changes
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will lead to an effective effort to get rid of unwanted robocalls. not only will we see a greater ability to stop these, but we'll see penalties that will hopefully deter future efforts by bad actors. i applaud my colleagues on the energy and commerce committee for their work on this legislation, especially since it's an issue that affects everyone. for this reason, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, to help us get this bill to the finish line, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. pallone. thank you, madam speaker. this issue has brought everybody together. it seems to be more popular than the ice cream or even fried chicken. it's amazing such a bill could come about, but it's important because we get these calls and it takes up our time. i've got a land line and i got
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two cell phones. i don't even answer my land line anymore. when i come home from a trip, coming up to washington, i go home, my service is full of automatic dialers, robocalls, and constituents who want to get through can't get through because the answering machine has been used up. they try to take advantage of people, scam them into buying products they shouldn't, and they waste our time and they ruin our opportunity to have a regular life during the day. so i thank all the sponsors. i'm proud to be a supporter and a co-sponsor and look forward to voting for this and look forward to the day and it will be bexar bryant or someone reaching out to call their mama. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. brooks, a valuable member of the committee, and yield her one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. brooks: i thank the gentleman for yielding. madam speaker, we've all gotten robocalls.
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they're annoying, disrupting and actually can be dangerous. oftentimes, robocalls prey on our community's most vulnerable populations in hopes to capitalize on their personal and private information. unfortunately, this problem's growing. h.r. 3375, the stopping bad robocalls act, is a bipartisan solution, ensuring that calls consumers receive are verified as legitimate. i'm also pleased that the legislation includes a bill that i was an original co-sponsor of called locking up robocallers act. it requires the federal communications commission to report particularly malicious robocall schemes to the justice department so that federal resources may continue to be properly levied to stop these schemes. as a former u.s. attorney, i'm really proud that the justice department, in working with the f.c.c. and local law enforcement, actually has taken enforcement actions in over 94 cases which has yielded blocking of more than a billion robocalls so far. i'm reassured with this bill they will be able to more
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efficiently and efficiently pursue and prosecute robocaller abusers. for these reasons and many more, i ask my colleagues to support this bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: madam speaker, can i inquire as to the amount of time on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey has three minutes. the gentleman from texas has six minutes. mr. pallone: so i'd like to yield now one minute to the gentlewoman from illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. 64, that's the number of robocalls that the average illinoisian has received in 2019 alone, over a billion total. nationwide, half of all calls to cell phones are robocalls. ms. underwood: our discussion of floor consideration of the stopping bad robocalls act was literally interrupted by two different robocalls. mr. chairman and mr. ranking member, on behalf of myself and my community, illinois' 14th
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congressional district, thank you for your hard work to bring this commonsense, bipartisan, and incredibly important bill to the floor. robocalls aren't just annoying, they can be dangerous. they're used by fraudsters and unscrupulous debt collectors to scare hardworking americans into falling for their scams. i'm so proud to co-sfonsor the stop bad robe owe -- co-sponsor the stop bad robocalls act. it ensures every call illinoisians receive is verified by caller i.d. and strengthens enforcement by operators. i'm especially glad the bill requires the f.c.c. to establish a hospital robocall working group to ensure that robocalls don't threaten a hospital's ability to receive timely, lifesaving care. i strongly urge my colleagues' support. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. i don't know if the gentleman
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has any more speakers. mr. burgess: i'm prepared to close, and i yield myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: so robocalls have moved beyond a simple nuisance. sophisticated actors are now using people to trick people into providing sensitive information by posing as legitimate organizations. when this happens to hospitals, patients have no reason to believe that there is a fraudulent actor on the other line, leaving them to reveal sensitive health data, sensitive financial information. this activity threatens the integrity of real health-related phone calls and jeopardizes the relationship between the patient and their provider. even more challenging than explaining to consumers the calls from your phone number are not always from your organization is the response time required. according to testimony by dave summit of the cancer center, in a 90-day period they received over 6,600 external calls
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identified as an internal phone number, requiring 65 hours of response time. this is time that could have been used to support the hospital rather than respond to fraudulent calls. during the energy and commerce committee markup, i offered an amendment with mrs. dingell of michigan to establish a hospital robocall protection group at the federal communications commission. this group will issue best practices to help combat unlawful robocalls made to hospitals as well as those made spoofing a legitimate hospital phone number. the hospital robocall protection group will assist any hospitals to combat these fraudulent robocalls so they may focus on serving patients. a patient should not have to worry about whether they are speaking with their real doctor or their real hospital when discussing sensitive health information and providers should not have to deal with
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disruptive false claims. this amendment was adopted in committee, and i look forward to the best practices being put forward in the hospital robocall protection group. the fraud committed on americans by illegal robocallers is going to end. this bipartisan legislation creates a robust framework designed to protect consumers from the fraud and nuisance of these calls. i thank you and urge a yes vote on the underlying legislation and yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i yield myself the remaining time. mr. speaker, i would like to thank all of the members that were able to work together to produce this great legislation and there are a lot. mr. to thank mr. olson, -- ms. brooks. also thank mr. clarke, mr.
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rouda, ms. foxx for ending the one ring scam act which is added. thank mr. crist for his task force act which was added to section 11, mr. butterfield, mr. johnson, mr. soto for introducing the tracing back and catching unlawful robo calls act which was added in section 13 and mrs. dingell and dr. burgess for their protecting patients and doctors, which is added to the bill in section 14 and mr. flores and mr. mcnerney to increase the financial penalties and i want to thank my partners, mr. walden and mr. latta for working with me to introduce the bill which included an introduction in section 8. i also would like to thank the staff, alex, a.j., jennifer, dan, robin, tim for all their
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hard work and jerry for all the time and energy to get this ball to the floor. i'm proud of our members and staff. i would like to insert a few letters and statements for the record. a letter from aarp on behalf of the 38 million members. second, a letter from more than 80 organizes representing consumers throughout the u.s., consumer reports and the national consumers law center among others urging strong support by members of the bill and a list of supported statements from carriers and relevant associations, including u.s. telecom, c.t.a., the wireless association and internet association, charter communications and verizon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: this is a
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bipartisan and bicameral effort. this is a bill that the president will sign it once we get it passed in the senate. 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. 3375 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. pallone: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i ask for the yeas and nays, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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sfrop the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1058. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. does the gentleman wish to call up the bill as amended? mr. pallone: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1058. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman wish to call up h.r. 1058 as amended? mr. pallone: yes. the clerk: a bill to re-authorize certain provisions of the public health service act relating to autism and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr.
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pal own and the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of the autism cares act which will continue critical research, surveillance, early detection and intervention programs for people living with autism. the number of children diagnosed has risen dramatically. one in 150 children was diagnosed with autism. that number grew to one to 59 children. while some of this increase may atrabt to people with a.s.d., this is going to increase efforts to diagnose knows people to get them treatment. as efforts have improved so has the ability to intervene and
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treat them. early intervention is associated with a positive outcome on developmental concerns. it's important to improve treatment of children with a.s.d. and we are doing with this re-authorization. this bill would re-authorize funding for programs at the national institutes of health, centers for disease control and prevention and health resources and service administration through 2024. the bill also expands efforts to conduct research and intervene with better treatment options for all individuals with a.s.d. regardless of age. the bill aims to reduce disparities among individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, geographic backgrounds and gives background. i'm confident that this legislation will improve health outcomes and quality of life for millions of americans living
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with a.s.d. and i urge all of my colleagues in supporting the bill today and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. pallone: if i could ask unanimous consent that members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i speak in favor of r. 1058 autism collaboration accountability research, education and support act of 20 19. h.r. 1058 builds upon a strong foundation that congress laid by passing the autism act in 2006. this legislation expanded research, surveillance and treatment of autism and equipped
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our agencies with enhanced resources to expand its knowledge. children, the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has increased. it is imperative to re-authorize this program and as families across our nation navigate raising children with autism, the autism cares act would provide hope by authorizing funding for continued research, surveillance and education at the national institutes of health and the centers for disease control and prevention and health resources and services administration and would continue this through calendar year 2024. i thank representative chris ith and michael doyle to re-authorize this program. s dr. amy hewi tmp t pointed
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out, the number of diagnoses has risen 600%. in 2018, the centers for disease said 1-59 is diagnosed and boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than are girls. as more individuals are diagnosed, it becomes even more important for congress to ensure that is adequate research and support services for these individuals and their families. early detection and intervention for individuals with autism and their families helped to increase the communication and social skills preparing children for successful futures. the autism cares act authorizes these programs and in addition to the work force programs for health professionals sm the leadership, education and neurodevelopment and related disabilities provides training
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for health care professionals to address intellectual disabilities. we will support research efforts at the fall institutes of health and the intervention coordinating committee. as we gain knowledge, our health care system needs to stand ready to have the best practices obtained which is why work force programs are important. it is critical we re-authorize the autism cares act on time so the coordinating committee does not lapse and our nation's research can seamlessly continue. i hope the senate will swiftly take up this legislation after its passage here today. i reserve the ball aps of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield five minutes to the the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. doyle,
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who is the democratic sponsor of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. doyle: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the autism cares act of 2019. my good friend and colleague, ris smith and i formed the autism caucus in 2001 to raise awareness of a.s.a.s.d. and to help individuals and families. nearly 20 years later, we made significant progress. but we are still far behind where we would like to be and where individuals and families need us to be. in 2000, the c.d.c. reported approximately one in 150 children with a. of the s.d. the number increased to one in 59 children. similarly, even a.s.d. can be diagnosed as early as two years
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old, most children are not diagnosed until after age four. children and adolescents have had average medical expenditures that were higher than children without a.s.d. we don't have an estimate of autism among adults. 50,000 teens and young add utilities age out of school-based services each year. we need to continue to close the gaps in knowledge and services surrounding a.s.d. the autism cares act of 2019 increases authorized program levels to match our recent success in the appropriations committee. $296 million annually at n.i.l., $23 million at c.d.c. this money will be used for research, surveillance,
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education, detection and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders of all ages, not just children. it supports training the work force to better understand and treat individuals with autism and prioritizes awards to medley underserved areas and directs h.h.s. to submit a report to congress on the health and well-being of individuals on the autism spectrum and often overlooked aspect of a.s.d. t adds voices to the interveag coording committee from the department of labor, department of just ties and department of housing and urban development and v.a. and it increases the number of self-advocates, an important step for a community whose voices are invaluable. i'm proud of the progress we have made over the last 20 years, but i know we have to do
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more. the autism cares act of 2019 takes important steps towards our ultimate goal, to ensure that every individual has access to the treatment and support that is a right for them. i want to thank congressman smith, as well as autism speaks, the autism society of america, the association of university enters on disbilities, other stakeholders for their input and support for this legislation. mr. speaker, re-authorization of the autism cares act means a great deal to millions of americans affected by autism. i urge my colleagues to give their support and vote in favor of this legislation. with that, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. .
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the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you. at this time i'd like to recognize for five minutes mr. smith of new jersey, the principal author of this bill and certainly the intellectual driving force behind getting this legislation re-authorized, five minutes. mr. smith: thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: i want to thank my good friend, dr. burgess. the autism cares act of 2019, i say to my colleagues, is a comprehensive re-authorization in strengthening of america's whole of government autism spectrum disorder initiative. as the prime author of the bill, let me extend very co-sponsor s to mike doyle of pennsylvania for his leadership, partnership, and friendship over these many years, and to the chairwoman of the health subcommittee, ana eshoo, for -- anna eshoo, for shepherding this through her committee with ranking member burgess and to full committee chair frank pallone and ranking
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member greg walden. i want to thank staff, cluding kathy, rachel, dr. kristen and steven holland for their tremendous help and assistance on this legislation. frankly, we could not have done this without so many autism dvocates like sturel of autism speak, and also the autism society. mr. speaker, this bipartisan legislation powerfully supports and pursues durable remedies and effective interventions for the approximately 1.5 million children with a.s.d. that's an estimated one in 59 children in the u.s., and in my home state of new jersey, that's one in 34. we do have the highest rate, according to the c.d.c. this bill also helps adults with autism who were and are today often misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, and overlooked. language throughout the bill emphasizes that causes,
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diagnosis, detection, prevention, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder must be throughout the life span of that person. according to drexel university's autism center -- and this is a very important number, in our last bill that mike and i did just five years ago, pointed out the number of young people become adults is increasing every year. now it's about 50,000 to 60,000 children who age out every year, creating challenges for education, housing, employment, and access to health care. this legislation also assists parents, families, and caregivers who deeply love and cherish their children and want the brightest future for them. in addition to groundbreaking prevalent studies and crafting a whole myriad of intervention work, c.d.c.'s learn the signs, act early is just one more amazing tool for parents. at its core, the bill
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authorizes a little over $1.8 billion over five years for n.i.h., the centers for disease control, and hersa. looking back, mr. speaker, it was two dedicated parents from new jersey who helped launch the comprehensive federal policy we are now re-authorizing. n september, 1997, bobby and billie gallagher of brick, new jersey, parents of two autistic children, walked into my ocean county office looking for help. they believe brick had a disproportionate number of students with autism and wanted action, especially for their son, austin, and daughter, alana, so i invited federal agencies to brick for an investigation only to learn when they did the study that prevalent rates were high in other communities as well. believing we had a serious spike in prevalence everywhere, i introduced the assure act, co-sponsored by 199 members, which was incorporated as title
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1 of the children's health act of 2000. much progress, mr. speaker, has been made over the many years, particularly in the area of looking at risk factors, but also the overwhelming importance of early intervention. mr. speaker, as my colleagues have pointed out, this legislation also re-authorizes and expands the interagency ordinating committee, or iacc, managed by dr. susan daniels, the director of autism research coordination. speaking to this, the director of the national institutes of alth -- mental health, dr. joshua gordon said yesterday, and i quote, the n.i.h. is proud to work hand in hand with the autism coordinating committee to ensure the coordination of research efforts, focusing on critical topics related to autism such as developing, interdetection, and screening tools, understanding the genetic and biological underpinnings of
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autism, and developing and testing the effectiveness of services and support to improve function and health outcomes of individuals with autism. as my colleague, mr. doyle, said a moment ago, we have expanded iacc. labor, justice, h.u.d. are now part of it and there's been an expansion from two to three members for self-advocates, parents, legal guardians and advocacy. i colleagues to check this out. iacc has a strategic plan updated every year -- mr. burgess: i yield 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: there's no duplication of efforts. they ask seven essential questions, and i'll put that in the record, and all of the research reinvolves around trying to find answers to -- reinvolves around trying to find answers to. hersa is all about helping the geographically isolated and economically medically vulnerable, there are 52 leadership or land training programs and 10 developmental behavior pediatric training
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programs. they're re-authorized, and they are -- we have one at rut combers right in my own -- rutgers right in my own state. they are doing an amazing job. i hope my colleagues will support this. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the chairman -- chairwoman of our health subcommittee, the gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. eshoo: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman of the full committee. i want to acknowledge the ranking member of the health subcommittee, dr. burgess. d i want to salute mr. doyle and mr. smith for their passion and their advocacy inside the congress and all of the advocates and their organizations outside the congress without whom we wouldn't be on the floor today on this bill. and i'm so proud that our
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subcommittee -- health subcommittee advanced this bipartisan legislation, sponsored by mr. doyle and mr. smith. the legislation extends the autism cares act for five years, and that's very important. the other very important book end is that the bill funds research at the n.i.h. to understand the biology behind autism, and it helps -- and it will help to build the infrastructure at c.d.c. to advance our understanding of autism, and it trains medical providers on screening, on diagnosis, and on intervention. and i think what is so important in the paragraph that just stated is understanding, the biology behind autism. there's so much that we still don't know today. and this act renews the federal government's commitment to getting the answers.
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during the hearing on the bill at our health subcommittee, we heard how critical the autism cares program is. researchers, physicians, parents, patients, they rely on autism cares to fund the support services, the research, training, and the surveillance programs to get people the diagnosis and the services they need. the act expands research and it provides services to people who are autistic with an important focus on addressing racial disparities. black and latino children tend to be diagnosed later than white children and are often misdiagnosed. they have less access to services, and they're underrepresented in most autism research. this five-year renewal addresses the these disparities as well as other challenges related to autism research, education, and detection. my congressional district benefits directly from the act.
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i'm proud that stanford university receives cares funding to see how research can improve social behavior. between 2014 and 2017, california received $237 million from the n.i.h. to study autism. so when the federal government invests in research, the return on investment can improve the lives of all americans. so my colleagues, i hope that the house votes unanimously for this legislation. it certainly deserves it, and those families with loved ones that do have autism, i know that their gratitude will be unending for what's built into this act. it's worthy of them, and it's worthy of our vote and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr.
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speaker. at this time i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, re-authorizing autism cares will continue the scientific development and understanding autism and support those with autism spectrum disorder. since its original passage in 2006, we invested over $3 billion for the national institutes of health, the centers for disease control and prevention, and health resources, and services administration to help the autism community. we provided services through programs and grants to benefit individuals with autism. we've improved training for those working with autistic patients, including how to tter deter and diagnosis autism. -- diagnose autism. we've also invested in research that transforms our understanding of autism spectrum disorder and how we were able to treat and care for that community.
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in georgia, we're able to see up close what a big impact these programs can make in our children's lives. marcus autism center is one of the largest autism center in the u.s. since opening, they treated more than 40,000 children from georgia and across the country, and we're blessed to have them in our state. this re-authorization builds on our good work from the past, ensuring that places like the marcus autism center can continue to help our children moving forward, and i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield one minute now to the gentleman from illinois, mr. langevin -- not illinois -- rhode island, mr. langevin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman for yielding. i want to thank both chairman and ranking member of the committee and the sponsors of this important piece of legislation. i'm proud to rise in support of
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the autism cares re-authorization act. this issue is very personal for me. as an uncle of a young man with autism, my nephew, joshua, i know how challenging this condition can be. i also know that unfortunately we still don't know both the causes, let alone how to cure it. it underscores the importance of why this legislation is so important. to continue to invest in research and best treatments for the condition. we do know, mr. speaker, that early intervention and early treatments do make a difference in the long-term outcomes. o the provisions in this bill, the autism cares act, are right on point. it's well thought out. again, encourages both research through n.i.h. and the talented
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researchers that do this important work and, again, those who also treat both children and adults with autism. it's essential we pass this bill, and we also need to pay attention to the long-term care components. there are long-term challenges that families have to contend with, and we need to do our best to support them. thank you, mr. speaker. i urge passage and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll yield myself the balance of our time. once again, i want to thank my colleague, mr. smith of new jersey, for being the intellectual driver and providing the enthusiasm for getting this bill to the floor and getting it passed. i urge all colleagues to support this bill, and i'll yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i can't stress enough how important this legislation is. i do want to thank my colleague from new jersey, the chief sponsor, and also our democratic sponsor, mr. doyle, for pushing very hard to make sure that this bill went through regular order in a timely fashion. i agree with dr. burgess, this is something hopefully the senate will take up and will get to the president quickly. with that i'd ask support by all our colleagues for the bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the ill h.r. 1058, 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, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the title is amended.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2035. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the gentleman wish to call up the bill as amended? mr. pallone: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2035, a bill to amend title 29 of the public health service act to re-authorize the program under such title relating to lifespan respite care. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pal own, and the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, each will control 20 minutes. mr. pallone: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 2035. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mr. pallone: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in support of h.r. 205, the lifespan respite care act of 2019 sponsored by congressman langevin and i'm proud to support this program because it provides much needed respite services to family caregivers to children and adults with special needs. caring for a loved one can be rewarding and also demanding work. respite is the most frequently requested services. only a small caregivers. by re-authorizing and growing this program we can expand these services. states who receive grants under the lifespan respite care pam have the flexibility to support family caregivers in a variety of ways. some states use funds to
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consumer-directed vouchers or training. my home state of new jersey received a grant in 2011 and today offers robust scheduled and emergency respite services. without this pam, many families could not afford these services. in addition to relieving the stresses, respite care can save families money. research has shown supporting caregivers with respite services reduces the odds of hospitalization. and we know more than 4 million adults are family caregivers with a child with a disability or chronic condition. and this is approximately $470 billion annually. as our population ages and services will continue to increase and as a result so will the burden on family caregivers.
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this is the only federal program that supports respite services for all ages and conditions. i'm glad we are renewinging our support. i urge support for the passage of h.r. 2035 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise to speak in favor of h.r. 2035. many of us know from personal experience being a caregiver for a loved one is a challenging and exhausting job and for many americans, it is a second full-time job. a number of those americans are caring for aging parents and their own children. 40 million americans have taken on the role as unpaid caregiver and as our population ages, there will be caregivers who are struggling with care giving.
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the lifespan respite care program will provide people for a small much needed break. it would re-authorize funding for this program through fiscal year 2024 which is important because the authorization has technically expired and has continued to receive appropriations. respite care is a critical resource for our caregivers who spend much of their time helping their loved ones each day. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i now yield five minutes to the sponsor of this legislation, the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognize dollars. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker, i want to thank the gentleman for yielding and his important leadership on this bill and on the committee and to the ranking member.
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i want to rise today in strong upport of h.r. 2035, the lifespan respite re-authorization act of 2019, legislation that i introduced with my good friend and colleague from washington state, ms. mrs. mcmorris rodgers. in 2002, i authored this to create a network of services and support to family caregivers across the nation. in the year since the bill was signed into law in 2006, the lifespan respite care program has provided grants to 37 states and the district of columbia to streamline the delivery of planned and emergency respite services and provide access and direct care services and direct the worker shortage by training respite providers. i'm thrilled to be here today to continue building on lifespan respite care successes and re-authorize the program. mr. speaker, family caregivers are a critical part of the
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support system in the united states. approximately 43 million caregivers provide hundreds of billions of dollars, and billions with a b in uncompensated care. in 201, the last time that statistics were updated, uncompensated family care, total, if you had to put a dollar figure to it is $470 billion. more than medicaid spending for that year. respite care services provide short-term relief to family caregivers allowing them time to account for their own health and wellness needs. despite respite care being one of the services often requested by caregivers, 85% of family members caring for adults don't receive any respite services at all. for many older adults, receiving care in the home is preferable
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both from a quality of life and financial perspective. in addition to improving caregiver health, research has found providing access to services can reduce the need for costly institutions and allow individuals to remain in their own homes. the respite care program is the only federal effort that provides family caregivers access to respite services regardless of age and this is important for family members caring for individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities with early onset like a.l.s. programs that are predicated on age can often struggle when adapting to the needs of a young person and the program helps to bridge those gaps. for example, lifespan respite care funds were used in my home state of rhode island to
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establish the care breaks program which helps family members caring for an individual access respite when they have nowhere else to turn. $20 million for the first year and increasing funding each ear will allow each state and territory to establish and maintain a respite care program. in authoring the original bill, i recognized that different states have different needs. expanding funding will grow additional unique programs that directly address community needs. by taking this important step to support family caregivers, we move forward to provide quality care with millions of americans with special needs. mr. speaker, as american with isability and the first quad pliegeic to the united states congress, i'm privileged enough to have paid home health aids
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and i thank dave, valerie, carolyn and kelly and many others over the years for the vital assistance they provide me each and every day. injured as i was at the age of 16, i relied on my family members, my brothers, rick and dave and my sister and my mother and late father for their support over the decades. i would not be before you today without their help and i'm forever grateful to them for tear love and care. and so many other families in similar positions. this bill recognizes your sacrifice and support that you provide to your loved ones while reducing the strain on our health care system. our family caregivers are unsung heroes. beyond those who helped me personally, i want to recognize the many people who were instrumental in bringing this bill to the floor. in addition to the chair and
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ranking member, i want to cognize joe, of the national respite network and her coalition partners through their work to help family access respite care and provide technical access to states. on my staff, i'm indebted to my -- would the gentleman yield an additional minute? mr. pallone: i yield an additional minute to the gentleman. mr. langevin: on my staff, i'm indebted to katie lee and todd adams, my chief of staff who has been intimately involved for more years than he would like to commit. i want to thank chairman pallone and his staff and ranking member walden for supporting this effort through the committee and i acknowledge the leadership of senator collins. i hope that our actions today will help her in her effort to get this important bill through
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our sister chamber. and i want to thank the gentlelady from washington state, many mrs. mcmorris rodgers for partnering with me on this bill. when we first attempted to re-authorize the bill and her continued leadership on this issue in congress and on many others in the disability community. . urge to vote in favor and i thank the gentleman for yielding and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i recognize the gentlelady from washington state . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: i want to first say how much admire and appreciate the leadership of mr. james langevin from rhode island. i'm proud to have joined with him partnering to lead the legislation this year, the respite lifespan respite care
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act of 2019. this is important legislation and he laid it out really well. it is supported with bipartisan support. it would authorize $200 million over the next five years for improved respite care services for families caring for loved ones battling chronic, debilitating conditions. 4 million people are providing long-term care for family members in america. the role these caregivers play cannot be understated. they ensure that their loved ones receive the care that they desperately need in their home and often at a lower cost. respite care providers relieve family caregivers and it is essential part of our comprehensive health care approach. this legislation will support respite care agencies so they can support family caregivers in communities across this country.
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and i urge my colleagues to support it. it expands services and access to care and it will improve health care outcomes. with that, i yield back. -- i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i have no additional speakers and am prepared to close. mr. burgess: i do have an additional speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, r. carter. cart cart -- mr. burgess: or i could close. i yield the balance of my time. most insurance plans cannot cover the costs of respite care but the department of health and human services works with the respite network and resource center to provide respite care.
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this legislation is ensuring we maintain our access for our caregivers. i urge members to support 2035. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield myself the remainder of the time and i want to urge support for this legislation. again, this is bipartisan and thank everyone who worked on it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2035 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. proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. ordering the previous question on house resolution 509.
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adoption of house resolution 509, if ordered. and the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3375. the first electronic vote will e conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 509 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 38, house resolution 509, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 39 , to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to create a pension rehabilitation trust fund, to establish a pension rehabilitation administration within the department of treasury, to make loans to multiemployer defined benefit plans, and for other purposes. providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 3239, to require
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the u.s. customs and border protection to perform an initial health screening on detainees, and for other purposes. providing for proceedings during the period from july 29, 2019, through september 6, 2019, for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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