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existing -- flow of new projects into the system. as we are all aware, the number of new coal plants being built has fallen very substantially in recent years and likely to fall again because the china president said they'll no longer finance coal plants. 10,000 gegawatts -- gigawatts and if it continues to operate unabated, according to its -- a normal operating lifetime, that is half of the remaining carbon budget for a 1.5 degree stabilization just disappearing just on that one item. so it's essential we find solutions -- >> and we'll leave this hearing here to keep our 40-year commitment of gavel-to-gavel coverage of congress. you can continue to watch on c-span.org or our new video app c-span now.
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house debating 13 bills, mostly dealing with veterans' issues. live coverage of the house here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [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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the speaker: the house will be in order of the the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. equip us, o lord, this day with the full armor you provide that we would be confident to stand for whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right and pure. may these your divine intentions be the principles we strive to preserve this day. and everything we do with your steadfast love as our foundation, may we stand
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unwavering. gird us with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, prepare us to give testimony to your peace and to hold high in defense of faith in your gracious plan. protect us with the covering of your deliverance and attune our hearts to the piercing insight of your word. may your confidence in us not be in vain, but may we prove worthy in wielding the power of your mercy. then may those who seek to undermine decency, who rejoice in rancor, and capitalize on conflict, may they all fall defenseless before your thrown of grace. for it is only in your grace that we find hope and by the power of your name are we able to pray. amen. the speaker: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last
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day's proceedings is approved the plenl ledge will be lead by the gentleman from new york, mr. mr. espaillat: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: madam speaker, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law yesterday reveals the power of this moment and the importance of momentum. 50 years ago the buffalo river was declare biologically dead and ecologically destroyed. to the work of the buffalo niagara water keeper and their partners we made a plan and made progress passing the great lakes
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restoration initiative. now with new infrastructure funding, new life for the buffalo river is closer than ever. today i am calling on the environmental protection agency for a full restoration of the buffalo river and for a date certain action plan to de-list the river as an area of concern. this protect restores our natural environment and makes more viable other projects like the river line and the terminal. it also leverages a settlement reached this week to provide river access to the keyser neighborhood and new public access along buffalo's city ship canal. the power of this law will lead us to a logical conclusion connecting our community to resources long denied and to improve our life quality now and into the future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for
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one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to celebrate the 94th birthday of a truly inspirational figure in our orange county community, perry cats. mrs. steel: she's a holocaust survivor. at just 15, she and her family why taken on nazis on the eve of passover. after spending months in concentration camps where her family was murdered, she was liberated by american soldiers in may of 1945. no one can imagine the horrors she and others who lived through this tragedy experience and the strength it took just to survive. in september of 1949, she came to america and built her own american dream. she made a beautiful life for herself here and has four kids
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and grandkids -- eight grandkids that she is so proud of. her story is inspiring and should remind all of us to never take our freedom for granted. happy 94th birthday. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the floor and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. espaillat: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor 26 incredible women. talented latino women in the field of literature that i had the pleasure of meeting this morning. these women are a huge part of a latin american women writers project. they represent the best in our community, the leaders that stand tall today to inspire our youth and our entire community. their efforts to ensure
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inclusion, representation in journalism, creative writing, and storytelling and sharing these dice with us here today -- ideas with us here today are commendable. they are laying the groundwork, mr. speaker, to uplift and inspire the next generation of latino writers. i hope the discussion we had today will continue onward throughout our communities and across this great nation. and their work will continue to inspire many in our communities, particularly the next generation. they have used their voices to share their stories for our families. mr. speaker, i welcome them. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. the bureau of labor ticks reports that the october consumer price index has increased 6.2% in a year with
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biden inflation. annualized this means inflation is going to be 7.4% which would make it the highest rate since 1982. the highest rate of inflation in over 40 years. at the same time, in seven of the last nine months real wages have fallen and workers lose 2. #% of their salaries by the end of the first biden year. biden and democrats are accelerating inflation with the insane spending bills which now total over $5 trillion. democrat elite think they are smarter than anyone and they think democrat voters are ignorant to believe $5 trillion in spending cost zero dollars. you pay with biden inflation. in conclusion, god bless our troops who successfully protected america for 20 years as the global war on terrorism continues moving from the afghanistan safe haven to america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous
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consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life and legacy after wonderful woman from my district who dedicated her life to the betterment of her community by educating the next generation. mrs. miller-meeks: on november 2, fairfield lost a beloved member of their community. born in mexico, she later moved to iowa where her love for education drove her to pursue a career in teaching. she would go on to teach spanish at fairfield high school. when reading stories about her kind and caring spirit, i came across one that really warmed my heart. and i would like to share it. when a dear friend of her son was diagnosed with a brain tumor 12 years ago, she would pray with her friend every single day. her son, now healthy, was among the countless members of the fairfield community to attend her vigil. i send my prayers out to the friends and family and students and faculty of fairfield high
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school as they mourn this tragic loss. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to recognize lee mcmillan of ash county who will be celebrating his 90th birthday this saturday. i have been blessed to know lee for many years and know that he has helped build the foundation that the north carolina republican party stands upon today. his 23 years of service to the united states navy after his graduation from the naval academy and his tireless work in promoting conservative values on the local and state level are nothing short of admirable.
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lee is also the proud owner of shatly springs inn and restaurant located in the high country. a local landmark that has received national recognition since 1958. to me lee is a perfect representation of the best that ash county in western north carolina have to offer. thank you, lee, and happy birthday. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. michigan's first district we are hunkering down for the usual
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long but beautiful winter season. we enjoy it. and we prepare for it. but this year that preparation is much more complicated. the supply chain crisis, labor shortages, and inflation have made our gas and groceries that much more expensive, at a time when we can't necessarily afford it at that working family level. mr. bergman: in my district, we are truly feeling the negative impacts of this administration's failed policies. the white house and congressional democrats seem to be living in a different reality telling us that the president's agenda, quote, will not add to inflationary pressure, end quote. mr. speaker, the real risk here would be passing the democrats' multitrillion dollar tax and spend package. my colleagues in the house seem to be turning a blind eye to what americans are actually experiencing. make no mistake, spending trillions while punishing the middle class and job creators will make inflation worse.
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i urge all my colleagues to oppose this legislation. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in recognition of national family caregiver month. more than 95% of individuals with dementia also have one or more chronic conditions. mr. lahood: individuals with dementia rely heavily on their family members or another caregiver to provide time, transportation, and other health services, which can be economically and emotionally challenging for a family. in illinois alone we have over 3,000 -- 381,000 caregivers for people living with dementia and 53.5% of them have their own chronic health conditions. during national family
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caregivers month it is important to recognize the dedication and sacrifice that families and caregivers provide for their loved ones. my legislation, the comprehensive care for alzheimer's act, provides additional support to dementia patients and caregivers. the bill would direct the centers for medicare and medicaid innovation to implement a dementia care model to test comprehensive care management services, and would make a big impact on the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers. as i travel throughout illinois, dementia care -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lahood: i ask support of this bill. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? >> aloha. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kehele: mr. speaker, as a native hawaiian i'm excited to highlight how the build back better act will benefit the nayhawaiian community and all of the original and indij enoughs
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peals, the first people across the united states. the build back better act will strengthen our indij enoughs communities through investments in culturally relevant health care, housing, and community development, professional development for indigenous languages, and early childhood educators, accelerator programs for small businesses, and funding for native hawaiian health care systems. . the build back better act also creates opportunities for consultation on land use projects, something our indigenous communities have requested for years. that's why we must pass the build back better act and add its investments to the initiatives we just passed in the infrastructure, investment and jobs act. the build back better act support ours indigenous communities and creates opportunities for indigenous
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peoples while ensuring america's richest citizens pay their fair shirr. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to discuss a dangerous situation on our southern border. since president biden took office there have been over 1.4 million illegal border crossings. these record high apprehensions keep increasing with no end in sight. and now a new caravan of migrants is heading through mexico to our southern border as we speak. instead of addressing what has become a national security and health problem, this administration and the house democrats keeping announcing plans that will exacerbate the problem. they've discussed paying illegal
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immigrants settlement payments up to $450,000. and the bill being pushed through this chamber includes amnesty for up to 100 million immigrants. these irresponsible proposals and dangerous open border policies will continue to fuel the crisis and encourage more illegal activity at the border. we must secure our borders and ensure that the rule of law applies to everyone. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor our 13 fallen service member who was made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of americans and allies in afghanistan at the
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kabul airport at the end of august. mrs. kim: these include lance corporal morola and others. they valiantly put their lives on the line for others and their courage and heroism in the face of danger will never be forgotten. and i'm proud that the house of representatives came together to honor their memory and posthumously award these fallen heros a well-deserved congressional gold medal. we remember their names and their stories always. and we can't to rally with our new gold star families. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to address the house and extend and revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to recognize the
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thomas family of myerstown, pennsylvania who tragically lost their son trevor, a student athlete who played baseball at allegheny college of maryland and at penn state. in the face of that looses, the thomas family has responded with love and compassion for the community. in honor of their son's commitment to serving others the thomas family printed small cards and the courage their neighbors to help others to -- through acts of kindness. mr. joyce: those cards have inspired incredible gestures of generosity in our community. the acts of kindness were wide-ranging, for -- from preparing care packages to the homeless, to donating bloods, to handing out doughnuts and delivering nowers to strangers. members of the community looked to see what they could do to help one another. together the people of somerset county are working to keep trevor's memory alive through their acts of service for one another. on each card that the family has distributed is a simple mantra
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that defined the way trevor lived his life. it is a mantra that we should all aspire. to be someone who makes everyone feel like somebody. thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> freedom is born through the sacrifice of patriots. we occupy this chamber today and walk free among our countrymen because generation of generation of liberty minded warriors surrendered their lives to the conviction that america was worth defending. their blood, their sweat, their sacrifice is the currency for our freedom. their sacrifice must never be exploited. i am honored to bring before this chamber today legislation that ends the exploitation of veteran finances and taxpayer dollars. mr. cawthorn: a loophole exists in the g.i. bill that allows some public flight schools to
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charge exorbitant amounts of money to veterans for their tuition. my legislation stops this and empowers veterans and expands their veterans. it allows home to pay for flight training through accelerated pams and allows them to double the monetary cap on tuition and fees through the year. it does not cut benefits in any way. it gives power back to our heroes in uniform. i thank the many d.s.o.'s who supported this legislation along with congresswoman underwood for encompassing this in her bill and working across party lines to ensure the exploitation of veterans ends today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rulessed on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4591 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4591 a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to submit to congress periodic reports on the cost of the department of veterans' affairs electronic health record modernization act. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on h.r. 4591 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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mr. takano: thank you, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise today in support of h.r. 4591, the v.a. electronic health record transparency act of 2021 as amended. the department of veterans affairs has struggled to produce reliable cost estimates and reports on the -- reporting on the infrastructure needs associated with its $16 billion electronic health record modernization project. this bill is a good governance measure to enable congress to conduct better oversight and hold v.a. accountable for its spending. it is essential that we ensure that taxpayer funds meant to serve veterans are being properly -- are being used properly and that v.a.'s maintaining detailed records of i.t. and physical infrastructure expenditures. we owe that to the veterans who get their care from v.a. and to
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the american taxpayer. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4591 as amended which was unanimously supported in committee. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. chairman bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i -- is niced. -- is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. since the beginning of the electronic health record modernization, ehrm, program, this committee has been requesting accurate and up-to-date life cycle cost estimates from v.a. despite our requests, v.a. has never provided a credible life cycle cost estimate. v.a.'s cost estimates could not withstand even the most basic scrutiny this bill would require quarterly reports on the cost of ehrm program and would also capture the roughly $5 billion of costs the inspector general
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found where unaccountability -- were unaccounted for and any other costs the v.a. has not been including. of course cost is not everything. the electronic health records needs to help the v.a. medical staff better care for veterans. that is why this bill would also require v.a. to report on performance and safety metrics. these data points would allow us to evaluate the program and determine whether it is making v.a. medical centers safer, faster, and better. i'm proud to have the bipartisae bipartisan work of the modernization subcommittee and i'm pleased on the original co-sponsor of this bill. i encourage all my colleagues to support h.r. 4591 as amended and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to
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my good friend and member of the committee on house veterans affairs and chairman of the subcommittee on technology modernization, the gentleman from indiana, chairman her van. -- her vann. -- mrvan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mrvan: the v.a. released two reports of costs for its electronic modernization program. the i.g. repeatedly found unreliable and incomplete estimates for the infrastructure upgrades and cost as well as inadequate reporting of those costs. given the size and scope of the ehrm program the lack of accurate cost estimates hampers v.a.'s ability to provide congress with an accurate picture of the costs and scale of the efforts to modernize i.t. and the physical infrastructure at v.a. medical centers. this piece of legislation will address these issues.
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it requires v.a. at all costs across d.h.a., o.i.t. and other programs for any am expend on ehrm including for infrastructure projects and contractors not part of the original contract. this legislation also requires v.a. provide the committee with reports on performance metrics and outcomes. i thank chairman takano and ranking member bost for their leadership and co-sponsoring this legislation as well as all of the other co-sponsors in the committee -- and the committee members who have truly made this a bipartisan effort. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. ka tau noah: i -- mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania mr. bost: i have no further speakers, i'm ready to close. mr. takano: i reserve.
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i'm prepared to close and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i encourage all my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask all of my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 4591 as amended. the v.a. electronic health record transparency act of 2021 as amended. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4591, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. without objection, the title is amended. does the
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gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5516, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5516, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to submit to congress a report on the veterans integration to academic leadership program of the department of veterans affairs, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on h.r. 5516, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 5516, the vital assessment act, as
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amended, which is sponsored by our newest house veterans' affairs committee member, congressman ellzey. this bill requires v.a. submit a report on the department's veterans integration to academic leadership, or vital program. vital is designed to support student veterans and their ak democrat imkic settings and a key component of v.a.'s work to ensure veterans thrive after completing their military service. it is a long-time program at v.a. he and this report will provide a timely opportunity to examine the -- outcomes for student veterans at academic institutions supported by v.a. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 5516, the vital assessment act as amended. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r.
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5516, as amended. the vital assessment act. this bill is sponsored, as was said, our newest member of the veterans' affairs committee, congressman jake ellzey. with this bill he is fulfilling the promise he made on the campaign trail to put the needs of our fellow veterans front and center. his bill will make a number of improvements to the v.a. vettance -- veterans integration of academic learning or the vital program. vital provides mental health support to student veterans on college campuses. preventing veteran suicide and supporting veterans as they transition out of the military are two of our committee's highest goals. this bill would get us closer to realizing both of them. i urge every member to support h.r. 5516, as amended. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california.
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mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers, i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman who is the main sponsor of this legislation, representative jake ellzey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. eldzy: -- mr. ellzey: i thank ranking member bost for yielding time. it's an honor to be addressing the house today as we are just days removed from veterans day. when our nation recognizes those who honorably served to protect our precious god-given liberties and freedoms. we have a duty and responsibility to help the veterans of our armed forces who fought to preserve our freedoms and liberties. in 2011v.a. lost the veterans integration to academic leadership program or the vital program to provide mental health services to student veterans on college campuses. hundreds of thousands of veterans attend college every year. they often have difficulty adjusting to -- from the military to an academic campus culture and relating to
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nonveteran peers. as one o who has gone through the transition, i can say my experience in combat and leadership were different than the experience of my fellow students. i was much older, much older, i was no longer sur rounded by my fellow warriors and a training stranger in a strange academic land. for these reasons i understand eighty vital program is so important. since its inception it's grown to support student veterans at 183 locations. they are locally managed, staffed, and evaluated by v.a. medical centers working with area schools. it connects student veterans with needed care and services and helps prevent veteran suicide. it will ensure critical information about the vital program is gathered, improvements made, and help provide mental health care and support to student veterans. this act has accountability and transparency. it will require the v.a. to report to congress about the program's management, operations, and effectiveness in support of student veterans' mental health and educational goals.
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it also requires the v.a. to use information gathered to create best new practices, goals, and performance measures for the program. in conclusion, i think that many veterans groups supporting this bill. i'm grateful to house committee on veterans' affairs ranking member bost for being an original co-sponsor. and i thank chairman takano, and the members of the veterans' affairs committee for their unanimous support of this bill. this will help student veterans achieve their goals and dreams. and just as the vital program has proven -- a proven record of saving lives, this bill will further improve the program and help save even more lives of veterans. i ask all members of the house to please support h.r. 5516. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i am prepared to close. i want to thank the speaker.
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i want to encourage all of my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask all my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 5516 as amended. 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. 5516, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2433. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2433, a bill to
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direct the secretary of veterans affairs to take actions necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update burn pit registery with a registered individual's cause of death, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentleman from california. mr. at that dano o -- takano: i ask unanimous consent that member that members have five legislative days to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: thank you, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. takano: i rise to support the passage of representative ruiz's burn pit registery enhancement act. as the house committee on veterans' affairs and our senate counterparts close in on providing much needed comprehensive assistance to veterans exposed to burn pits
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and other airborne hazards, this measure from dr. ruiz an important step in the right direction. as v.a. continues to study the effects that burn fit and other airborne hazard exposures have on our veterans, the collection of data is critical. without data, important patterns are not identified. and decisive conclusions cannot be made. this bill ensures that v.a. researchers and their partners will have more information to evaluate as they strive towards final determinations on issues and additional presumptive service connected conditions. v.a.'s burn pit registry is for veterans and service members who may have been exposed to airborne hazards caused by open burn pits while deployed in support of operations dez rt storm, desert shield, new dawn, iraqi freedom, or enduring freedom. during this registry, veterans may report on their symptoms or illnesses. providing researchers with
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invaluable information used to determine potential links between veterans exposures and their current health conditions. the burn pit registry enhancement act will strengthen this registry by authorizing a designee of a registered veteran or an immediate family member to update the registry with the veterans cause of death. while this additional information can no longer assist those who sadly pass away as a potential consequence of burn pit exposure, their cause of death data may someday assist their fellow veterans. an honorable and incredible valuable -- this will be an honorable and incredibly valuable last act of service. mr. speaker, i strongly support the passage of the burn pit registry enhancement act, h.r. 2433, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise today in support of h.r. 2433, the burn pit registry enhancement act. this bill is co-sponsored by congressman ruiz and -- from california and brad wenstrup from ohio. dr. ruiz and dr. wenstrup are co-chairs of the house burn pit caucus. i thank them for their work on this bill and continued advocacy on behalf of veterans exposed to burn pits. many service members and veterans are grappling with serious health conditions they believe are the result of the burn pit exposures. that is why congress required v.a. to create an airborne hazard and open burn pit registry in 2013. the registry was intended to provide a forum for service members and veterans to document their burn pit exposures and
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health status so that the v.a. could better target research and outreach. the registry continues to be an born tool for veterans worried about burn pit and other toxic our environmental exposures. last congress two important stakeholders, burn pits 360 and v.f.w. recommended family members be allowed to update the registry in the event of a death of the service member or veteran listed on it. this would ensure that the registry contains a more complete picture of the possible effects of burn pit exposure. this bill would do that. when a service member or veteran listed in the registry passes away, it would allow an immediate family member to report their death and cause of death to the registry. as ranking member, improving the care and benefits provided to veterans who have experienced toxic exposure continues to be one of my top priorities.
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there have been bipartisan bills introduced in the house and senate this congress. one of those bills was the team act. it's my bill. last week v.a. announced some new initiatives aimed at improving the presumptive process for toxic exposed veterans. i still have many outstanding questions about that announcement and a concern by the stalled legislation efforts of the democrat-controlled congress. toxic exposure veterans are sick and dying. we cannot let burn pits, pfas, or particulate matters become this generation's agent orange. and we cannot fail to take proactive action on behalf of the future generations of war fighters. i hope that we can soon come together in the house and the senate in a bipartisan manner to
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take meaningful, fiscally responsible and scientifically sound action to address toxic exposures. in the meantime i'm pleased to support this bill today and hope it has the support of all of my colleagues. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i am prepared to close. i encourage all my colleagues to support this piece of legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask all of my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 2433. 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. 2433. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is
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passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4626 as amended sproism the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4626, a bill tie mend title 38, united states code, for independent health care delivery systems of the department of veterans affairs be conducted once every 10 years and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. mr. takano: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 4626 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano spg thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. takano: i rise in support of h.r. 4626 as amended, the v.a. assessment by independent moshes aim act. this bill would require the department of veterans affairs to contract with one or more private sector entities to conduct independent assessments of its health care delivery systems and management processes once every 10 years. this bill would make permanent an independent assessment process that is nearly identical to the one mandated by the veterans access choice and accountability act of 2014. among other thing, the review would examine v.a. patient demographics and health care needs now and in the future. the act -- the accuracy and reliability of models used to project v.a.'s health care budget. v.a.'s health care through providers and other federal facilities. v.a.'s health care appointment schedules processes.
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and v.a.'s process for determining staffing needs and recruiting and retaining clinical staff. i'm pleased that ranking member bost and representative berkman for open to incorporating my feedback when this bill was considered by our committee this summer. we added a provision that requires v.a. to submit to congress a report outlining the feasibility and viability of making any changes through these assessments. this will help hold the department accountable for improving its delivery the health care benefits our nation's veterans have earned. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 4626 as amended, the v.a. aim act. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the yell is recognizeed mr. bost: i rise in support of h.r. 4626, the v.a. assessment by independent measures or aim
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act. the aim act is sponsored by my friend and fellow marine, marine corps veteran, general back bergman. general bergman is the ranking member of the subcommittee on health and i thank him for the dedication to ensuring that v.a. is providing good care for each one of our nation's rhett rans. the aim act would require an independent assessment of the v.a. health care systems once every decade starting in the year 2025. when v.a. was in the midst of a nationwide access and accountability crisis in 014, congress passed the choice act to help right the ship. the choice act included provisions requiring independent assessment of the v.a. health care system. that led to many of the reforms that are occurring across the v.a. system today. establishing a mechanism for regularly -- for regular independent assessment will ensure that v.a. cons to improve in the decades ahead.
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i appreciate chairman takano and his staff for working with me and general bergman while the aim act was pending in committee. i hope that bill -- that this bill will have the same level of bipartisanship -- bipartisan support today. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker: the gentleman from california mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers, i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: at this time i yield three mines to the gentleman from michigan, general jack bergman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. peeringman: thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. bergman: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, leader bost. i'm proud to rise today in support of my bill h.r. 4626 as amended, the department of department ofveterans affairs bt measures or aim act. when it comes to bureaucracies, i have thefer believed that maintaining the status quo is an
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acceptable path forward. in fact, it's an impossible path forward. the world is constantly in a state of change. the way american men and women defend freedom around the world and the way those same men and women seek care when they come home is constantly changing as well. the v.a. health care system must change too or it will never fulfill its obligations to all of our veterans. that's where the aim act comes in. the aim act would require an independent assessment of the operations and moving the v.a. health care system once every decade beginning in 2025. the independent assessment and framework in the aim act is modeled after the independent assessment required in the choice act which was signed into law in 2014 following the nationwide v.a. access and accountability crisis that saw some veterans literally dying in
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v.a. facilities waiting lists. that independent assessment was completed in 2015 and the findings and recommendations it contained directly underpin many of the necessary improvements that have occurred in the v.a. health care system since then. the aim act would ensure this successful nod el -- model is not a one and done but instead regularly reoccurs to keep the v.a. improving for veterans long into the future. i'm grateful for the support the aim act has received from veteranners is vis organizations, particularly veterans of foreign war, the wounded warrior project and the minority veterans of america. i'm also grateful for the bipartisan support the aim act received in the veterans affairs committee and i thank all my colleagues for that. i hope there will be a similar show of bipartisan support for the bill today. my fellow veterans have earned it with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: i reseven. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i'm prepared to close and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm ready to close. i want to encourage all my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california mr. takano: thank you. i ask my the clerk will designate the amendments to join me in passing this important piece of legislation, h.r. 4626 as amended and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill 4626. as amend ash as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the aaffirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5603 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5603, a bill to amend united states code for a member of the armed forces who leaves certain forms of education to perform certain services. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california mr. takano: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 5603 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. takano: i rise in support of h.r. 5603 as amended, the protections for student veterans act, introduced by
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representative underwood. this bill amends ther is vits members civil relief act which provides broad protections for active duty, reservist and national forward service members during deployments. h.r. 5603 as amended enhances protections for members of the armed forces who must suspend their education to fulfill military orders. many states including illinois, washington -- including illinois and washington, have stronger student protections for service members than those that exist at the federal level. there are currently few federal protections for members of the armed services who are enrolled in higher education when they receive active duty orders. these service members -- service members can be held liable to reby tuition and may receive failing or irn complete grades as a result of suspending their education for military duty. i hope we all can agree that this is an unfair penalty to those members of the armed forces who are preparing for their future through education whilal serving our country.
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protections proposed in this bill will cover unexpected withdrawals due to military orders and can provide and restoration of benefits and reimbursements for classes. this bill takes the best practices from around the country to make sure student veterans aren't left with debts or incomplete classes outside their control due to military orders. this legislation is supported by numerous v.s.o.'s including student veterans of america. i want to thank speaker pelosi and leader hoyer for bringing this legislation to the floor and i urge the rest of my colleagues to support this legislation to protect g.i. bill benefits from service member fulfilling their duty to our country. madam speaker, i reserve the plans of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognizeed mr. bost: i rise in support of h.r. 5630 as amended.
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protections for student veterans act. this bill would protect student veterans who have to withdraw from a course of education under the g.i. bill if they are called up for active duty or for training. this change would protect students from receiving a poor grid or an incomplete while they're doing their job to protect this country. the change proposed in this bill is needed and it is -- it has my full support. i'm also pleased that this bill as amended includes the text of congressman cawthorn's bill h.r. 4874, the fly vets act. his bill would close a long-standing loophole that allowed public flight training schools to change and unlimited -- charge and unlimited amount in tuition and fees to g.i. bill students this bill would allow students to utilize a revolutionary accelerated tuition and free --
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and fee model that would provide twice the am of tuition and fees per month for two months of eligibility. this is a compromise -- a comprehensive legislation that would protect both the student veteran and the taxpayer. i want to thank congressman cawthorn for his hard work on this bill. i also want to thank congressman winthrop and levin for their work on this bill in previous congresses. i hope that this year we can get this bill -- this needed change across the finish line. while we're talking about g.i. bills i would like to take a few minutes to discuss another matter. at least at the start of the pandemic we worked in a bipartisan effort to ensure that student veterans, g.i. bill housing allowance payments are not cut when their in-person classes converted to online learning due to covid-19. the current authorization
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ex-pirns december 21, 2021. chairman takano and congressman trone are advocating for a bill which extends protections but is not paid for. inned city it relies on emergency spending to cover the more than $200 million mandatory score associated with the bill. i believe that this is too high of a cost to consider through the emergency spending and must insist that we offset the extension. to that end i introduced a bill that would achieve that policy objective by paying the cost of the bill with a regular used offset. my bill also includes changes that are needed to ensure the g.i. bill students can attend foreign schools. it would also give u.s. schools time to comply with the new report requirements passed last congress. a coalition of 18 higher education groups have advocated for these changes for several months and support my proposal. they understand that these changes are not made -- if these
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changes are not made soon many schools will be forced to stop accepting students using the g.i. bill. i understand the chairman has recently received a letter from the chancellor at the university of california-riverside who agrees that this proposal must be offset. chancellor kim a. wilcox wrote that by passing the bill without an offset we are -- we would be, quote, no closer to a resolution on this critical issue, end quote. the letter goes on too say the passing of a bill out of the house without an offset, quote, jeopardizes the u.c.-riverside ability to continue to serve our student veterans, end quote. the chancellor also stated that this fall, u.c. riverside supported hundreds of military connected students including 179 veterans that could be impacted by inaction. unless i am mistaken
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u.c.-riverside is in chairman takano's district. i ask unanimous consent to enter the letter from chancellor wilcox entia the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bost: at our full committee markup two weeks ago i urged chair takano to work with me and senate colleagues to find a way forward on theoff set issue. i was told congressman trone's bill would be on the slate of bills but the costs would not be offset. i registered my concern and was glad to see the un-offset bill will not be considered under suspension of the rules today. i do understand, however, that the majority intends to take congressman trone's bill to the rule committee the week after next and pass it out of the house unoffset through a rule. let me be clear -- i support the
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policy, but i believe the cost of the bill must be offset. schools like u.c.-riverside clearly agree with me. even if the democrats are able to get congressman trone's un-offset bill through the house, and that's a big if, i don't believe they can pass the senate by unanimous consent. as leader of the committee, it's our responsibility to solve this issue in a way that can quickly make it to the president's desk. and although the chairman may not like it, my approach is the only way to get this done in time to help students in a fiscally responsible manner. the higher education community has told us that this extension needs to be enacted by thanksgiving. i think we can see that under the majority's current plan, the deadline will be missed. after thanksgiving, we can only -- we have only nine legislative days left before these protections expire. we are simply running out of
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time. i do not have a preference for whether we take up my bill or amend congressman trone's bill to include the offset, but i urge the chairman to come back to reality and stop playing these political games so we can ensure that student veterans are protected in the fiscally sound manner. at the very least, i'd advise the chairman not to let this inaction impact thousands of student veterans across the country, including the 179 right there in his own district. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i am distressed that the ranking member has chosen this particular moment to inject comments about the remote act that was sponsored by congressman trone and to imply that the obstruction of action -- taking action to help our veterans, our student veterans with their housing
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alliances, which we took action on during the pandemic, which still we are not complety out of yet. i would argue we are still in a national emergency. we are seeing covid infections rise in europe. we're seeing vaccine resistance and hesitancy in many parts of the country which still necessitate the need for a policy which allows for student veterans to still get their housing allowances while they are taking classes virtually. i'll remind the minority that three times under the trump administration, we passed something like the remote act. the authority to allow student veterans to receive their housing allowances while taking virtual classes. they were not in residence at the school where they would do in-person learning. we allowed this three times
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under emergency spending. why? because emergency spending fits the moment. it still fits the moment. this nonsense about we have to pay for something that should be an emergency is nonsense. i recall times on this floor when we had members arguing that we should not pay for the damage done for hurricanes in one state because it didn't happen to the rest of the states. we need to find a pay-for for hurricane damage in this country, for certain other kinds of natural disasters. a pandemic is a type of a natural disaster. in this case, it's killed 700,000 americans. i would argue that we save lives by making -- and we relieved a lot of suffering of our veterans who normally -- who would have been turned out in the streets if we did not get them this housing allowance. now at the 11th hour when we intended to bring representative trone's bill to the floor,
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suddenly, we had to meet a pay-for demand of the minority. to set a precedent for future disasters that we would have to have this very argument. instead of the precedent being that we spend emergency funds for emergency situations, we now are in a situation where the minority is debating a ridiculous, ideological argument about how we pay for things during times of a national emergency. i am disappointed that the minority has brought up its objections and also sought to use my university of california at riverside as part of this pawn. i just received a message from my chancellor correcting the position they took on their public letter. the only university to submit such a detailed letter regarding the pay-for. no other university has sought to take that position. i dare -- i have questions as to
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how my university reached a point where they issued such a letter so it can be used on the floor. i now have a correction that was just issued to me hours before. this is about america's veterans. and this is about america's veterans, serving america's veterans during an emergency situation in which 700,000 americans have already died. i want to keep those veterans safe. i want to keep them in housing. and, yes, i believe it is appropriate to keep the precedent of using emergency funding and not have this silly political gamesmanship over the pay-for. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, paying for something is not political gamesmanship. paying for something and doing the job we're supposed to be doing here. i said in my statement that i
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believe that we must, we must continue to provide for these veterans, but being -- it's our fiduciary duty to do it in a correct way. that's what i'm asking for. i'm also asking for it because that way we know it will move through the senate in working in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to try to move it forward. with that i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i will just reply that it is political gamesmanship. i hate seeing universities use this pawn in this game. i hate seeing our student veterans being used as pawns. what's at stake here is the principle, the precedent that this congress will pay for emergencies out of emergency funding. and the need to help our
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veterans who must take their classes remotely and to pay for their housing because of the national emergency that we are still in that that is part of a precedent that we need to preserve. this is not a political game to me. this is about protecting our veterans. this is about protecting our nature -- our nation in the future. and that the idea that when a national disaster, whether occurs in the form of a hurricane, an earthquake, or some other calamity like a pandemic that has killed 700,000 americans, that the principle stands that's an emergency and that we as a nation stand together as one. american from whatever state we are from to help another american from another state -- but this disaster was omnipresent throughout the country. i don't understand it. i am prepared to close. i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. bost: i am prepared to close. the underlying bill, i urge my colleagues to support and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i can all my colleagues to join me in passing this very important legislation, h.r. 5603, as amended, and 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. 5603, 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 796. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 796, an act to codify maternity care
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coordination programs at the department of veterans affairs, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on s. 796. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 796, the protecting moms who serve act -- who served act of 2021, sponsored by senator tammy duckworth. the house companion to this bill, h.r. 958, was championed by representative lauren underwood and unanimously passed the house this past may. the protecting moms who served act of 2021 will codify the maternity care coordination program that the veterans health administration first established in 2012 and updated in a
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november, 2020, policy directive. this will help ensure that veterans across the nation receive high-quality, culturally competent health care throughout their pregnancies and immediately afterward. this is contracted through a variety of non-v.a. providers. however, many have coexisting medical or mental health conditions which they receive ongoing care from v.a. providers. this is to ensure pregnant veterans care is coordinated among all health care professionals involved in it. such information sharing is crucial for patient safety and positive health outcomes for parents and newborns. in addition to codifying v.a.'s maternity care coordination program, s. 796 will require the department to provide training for community providers on the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum veterans and on behavioral health conditions related to service in the armed
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forces. today, women veterans are the fastest growing cohort in the veteran population and more than 40% of women veterans using v.a. health care are of reproductive age. black women serve in higher numbers and represent nearly 1/3 of women using v.a. for their health care. in the population at large, black, american indian, and alaskan native moms die from pregnancy related complications three times the rate of white, latina, asian american and pacific islander american regardless of income or educational levels. however, little is known whether pregnant or postpartum mothers have equal rate -- mortality rate versus nonveteran. there is a government accountability office focus on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes for veterans. last year, approximately 6,000
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veterans using v.a. became new norms. moms who have served our nation exemplifies strength and resilience. supporting moms ensures gender equity and that begins with health care equity. i therefore ask my colleagues to join me in supporting final passage of s. 796, the protecting moms who served act of 2021. i yield -- i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of s. 796, the protecting moms who served act. the bill would require v.a. to improve the care that is provided to veterans who are pregnant. more and more women are volunteering to serve in the military and seeking services from v.a. as veterans. as they grow their families, v.a. must provide them with high-quality, easy to access,
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pre and postpartum care. strengthening services to women veterans is one of the priorities -- one of my priorities as the republican -- lead republican on this committee. i'm proud to help to do that by supporting this bill today. i thank senator tammy duckworth from illinois for sponsoring this bill on behalf of our fellow veterans. i urge my colleagues to support it today, and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no more speakers, and i encourage my colleagues to support this bill. and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask all of my colleagues to join me in passing this important piece of legislation, s. 796, the protecting moms who served act of 2021, and i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 796. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. . for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules pass h.r. 42 # 3. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4233, a bill to amend title 38 united states code to furnish vets readjustment counseling and related mental health services to member os of this earmed
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services providing benefits. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california mr. takano: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker: the gentleman is recognized mr. takano: i rise in support of h.r. 4233 the student veterans counseling centers eligibility act from congressman murphy we all know student veterans may face challenges as they begin this new phase of their lives following military service and we want them to be able to seek and find support at vet centers. we also encourage v.a. to continue monitoring the need for funding, staffing for vet centers as a result of the demand for services. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. bost: i rise in support of h.r. 4233, the student veterans counseling centers eligibility act this would allow student veterans to access readjustment counseling and peer support services at vet centers. student veterans have unique needs and stressors. this bill will help them get the support they require to thrive in school and in their postmilitary lives. i'm grateful to my good friend and committee colleague dr. greg murphy for introducing this bill. i thank him for his leadership on behalf of student veterans and i am confident this bill will benefit them for generations to come. i urge every one of my colleagues to support h.r. 4233 today and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california.
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mr. takano: i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: at this time i yield three minutes to dr. greg murphy, the sponsor of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, ranking member bost. i rise in support of my bipartisan bill h.r. 4233, the student veterans counseling centers eligibility act. the issue which i speak of is exceedingly personal to me as i represent 90,000 veterans most of whom are or will be receiving benefits via the post9/11 g.o. or montgomery g.i. bill. the transition from active duty to civillife can be difficult. it can be difficult to return to education after sacrificing so much for our nation abroad. this is especially true for older and nontraditional student veterans. a few months ago alongside
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ranking member bost i had the privilege of introducing the student veterans counseling centers eligibility act. it passed out of the veterans affairs committee with a unanimous vote. our nation's veterans represent the very best among us here in the united states but many serve at a great personal cost. a recent study found that 20% of veterans on the g.i. bill experience feelings of depression or ptsk. that amounts to over 170,000 veterans, almost double the number i mentioned priestly of the veterans i represent in think district. as one can imagine, serving as a member of our armed forces can be extremely stressful. too often we see the tragedy of our veterans losing their battle with mental health issues when returning from service. a very tragic and somber fact is that the v.a. currently recognizes the estimated 18 members -- 18 veterans a day who commit suicide. 46% of our military students report suicidal thoughts compared to only 6% of their
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nonmilitary peers. if we can provide mental health services to assist just a single veteran who is struggling, then i believe it is our sworn duty to do so. we have the opportunity now with the student veterans counseling centers eligibility act. education poses one of the most beneficial yet stressful areas of transition for our veterans. the intention of this bill is to aid more of our veterans who are readjusting to civilian life while providing overdue access to vital mental health resources. helping veterans succeed in their education in civilian lives is one of the most important ways we can thank them for their service. i have spoken with some of these student veterans. i have heard their stories. these student veterans have had to wait weeks, even months, for a mental health pimmitt if their mental health crisis was not chemod urgent. unfortunately, many of our veterans do not have the luxury of weeks or months to wait to
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see a mental health provider. furthermore, private mental health can be inaccessible for those not utilizing the benefits of the g.i. bill. an average therapy kegs can cost threne $60 to $120, the higher end reaching over $200 per session. even with health insurance premiums often can be $50 a session. our eligibility act would provide expanded counseling and mental health services to those student veterans through the v.a.'s readjustling -- readjusting counseling service centers noting as vet centers. i'm extremely honored to sponsor this bill and grate tfl ranking bost for his support as an original co-sponsor and all my colleagues who have come together to support this very critical bipartisan legislation. i am also thankful to student veterans of america for the support. i yield back the balance of my time and ask for bipartisan support. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from illinois. the gentleman reserves the
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gentleman from california. mr. takano: i have no further speakers, i'm prepared to close and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: i'm prepared to close. i encourage all my colleagues to support this bill and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask all my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 4233 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. 4233. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: i i request unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to 3-s of house resolution, the yeas and nays are ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 147, to make certain improvements to transitional services for separating member of the armed forces under laws administered by the secretary of veterans affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the gentleman from -- the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks andtoin cert extraneous material on h.r. 147 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. takano: i rise in support of h.r. 147, the bringing
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registered apprenticeships to veteran education act or brave act as amended. this bill increases access to information regarding registered aprenticeships for veterans. register apprenticeships are an important component of our work force system. that provide on the job training to provide the practical and theoretical resources needed to succeed in a field while earning a paycheck. the department of labor ensuring that participants are receiving high quality instruction and training. at the end of their training, apprentices receive a nationally recognized credential in their field. this bill requires approval of apprenticeships for veterans by maintaining a website of programs endorsed by d.s.o.'s and other veteran specific groups. registered apprenticeships
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provide a unique pathway into in demand, high quality job and the brave act will make it easier for veterans to learn and earn when training for their careers. this legislation is supported by numerous v.s.o.'s including iraq and afghanistan veterans of america, veterans of foreign wars and paralyzed veterans of america. i want to thank speaker pelosi and leader hoyer for bringing this legislation to the floor. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation to improve ploybility for veterans through apprenticeships. i want to thank chairman smith of the house armed service committees who agreed to forego action on h.r. 147 as amended so it can be considered on the floor today. i would like unanimous consent that these letters be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i
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may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. bost: i rise in support of h.r. 147 as amended. the brave act. every year, nearly 200,000 service men and women transition out of active duty and into the civilian sector. this bill would require the department of defense to provide information on a prenticeship programs to separate service members who are practicing in the transition assistance program. the brave act would also require the department of labor to establish a website that includes information on national apprenticeships and those approved for the g.i. bill benefits so it is readily available to the transitioning service members. last month's unemployment numbers showed that while unemployment rates for nonveterans decreased, the unemployment rate for veterans increased slightly. this is turns -- concerning and i am hopeful that improving the way we provide information to
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our veterans about the available apentiesships may provide veterans more opportunity for great jobs. i urge the -- all the members to support h.r. 147 as amended with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, at this time i would like to yield five minutes to my good friend and the author of this legislation, he serves on the house armed services committee, education and labor committee and science, space and technology committee, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. norcross. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. norcross: thank you, mr. speaker. to the chairman, thank you for hosting this bill today. this is national apprenticeship week. what better time for passing h.r. 147 a brave act. i'm a product of a registered apprenticeship program and father of a veteran.
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the bringing registered apprenticeships to veterans or brave act will help veterans fine good-paying jobs, careers. when we send our service members to work we train them. we equip them. we give them the skills they need to protect and defend the united states. we do this because we want them to succeed. wherever they're needed. on the battlefield or in humanitarian assistance around the world they deserve the same level of support when they leave the service and transition back to civilian life. one of the best ways to help our vets transition is by providing them meaning. work opportunities or careers. registered apprenticeships are one of the best ways, it is the best way in the history of the united states for people to gain new skills. registered apprenticeships allow the returning soldier to earn while they learn.
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in those demand skills that are desperately needed. for family-sustaining careers. 92% of those who pleat a registered aprenticeship program stay employed at an average salary for graduates of $72,000. nearly $20,000 more than the average college graduate with no student debt. the brave act can connect veterans to these resources, helping them to transition to fulfilling civilian careers. it's fitting that the vote for this brave act takes place in the national apprenticeship week. i encourage all my colleagues to support our veterans in their pursuit for a good career, a good-paying job. by voting for the brave act. with that, i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: i have no speakers, i'm prepared to close.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i have no further speakers, i'm prepared to close, and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i ask all my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 147 as amended and 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. 147 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition?
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mr. takano: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3730. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title -- does the gentleman intend to call the bill up as amended? mr. takano: yes, as amended. i call up h.r. 3730, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3730, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, to establish in the department of veterans affairs an advisory committee on united states outlying areas and freely associated states, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on h.r. 3730, as amended.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i support this legislation, h.r. 3730, sponsored by mr. sablan and mrs. radewagen, which would create an advisory committee for veterans living in outlying areas and freely associated states, including island territories. the advisory committee would have a variety members, including experts from the covered geographic areas. they would receive the input of the advisory committee regarding administration of benefits and v.a. programs. once established, the advisory committee would report annually on the needs of the covered veterans and provide much-needed recommendations. this bipartisan legislation is supported by the american legion, veterans of foreign wars, iraq and afghanistan veterans. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you,
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mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3730, to create a v.a. advisory committee on better serving veteran needs in the territories. for a number of congresses, congresswoman radewagen, congresswoman gonzalez-colon, and congressman sablan, and other delegates from the territories, have honorably served their veterans and constituents. committee staff has traveled with many of our delegates and colleagues to the northern mariana islands, american samoa, and puerto rico. we have seen firsthand the disparities and the difficulties that their veterans face when trying to access health care and benefits from the v.a. the combination of limited transportation options, the lack
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of local resources, the overlap of federal agencies, jurisdictions, and the complexity around v.a. care in neighboring foreign nations make the territories very difficult from the rest -- different from the rest of the nation and difficult to work in. unfortunately, the colleagues -- the challenges that the veterans in the territories face always seem to slide down to the bottom of v.a.'s priority list. while i am genuinely skeptical of new advisory committees, i believe the voices of veterans in the territories are not being heard. and i share congresswoman radewagen and congressman sablan's goal of elevating their needs. for those reasons, i support the bill, and i encourage my colleagues to do the same. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield five minutes to my good friend and valued member of the veterans'
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affairs committee, who serves on the health subcommittee, the gentleman from the mariana islands, mr. sablan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sablan: thank you very much, mr. chairman. my bipartisan legislation, h.r. 3730, creates a v.a. advisory committee for marginalized veterans living in the marianas and other united states insular areas and other freely associated states. veterans in my district, and the other insular areas, do face barriers to the v.a. service no vet should be faced to endure. in the marianas, there are no v.a. clinics and no vet centers. veterans in my district, something like -- flies 3,700 miles to hawaii or california to access v.a. services. and that's why my bill is so important. each u.s. insular area and each of the three freely associated states would have to sit on the
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advisory committee. they should be able to describe the barriers their veterans face in receiving v.a. services. establishing an advisory committee will not solve every logistical problem for veterans who live in geographically remote areas of the area, but at least those veterans will have a way to communicate directly with the secretary of veterans affairs. and when the secretary hears about the barriers to services maybe, just maybe change will occur. i want to thank the minority veterans of america, the veterans of foreign wars, american legion, and the iraq and afghanistan veterans of america for their support of this bipartisan h.r. 3730. i also thank chairman takano, ranking member bost, congresswoman radewagen, and my fellow members of the veterans' affairs committee for reporting my bill favorably to the house of representatives. i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 3730, to give marginalized
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veterans in the insular areas a voice in the department of veterans affairs. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: i have no more speakers and ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i have no more speakers and i reserve and prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask all my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 3730, as amended, and 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. 3730, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house
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resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2515 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill.
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the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman mean to call up 2915, as amended? mr. correa: yes, h.r. 2915, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 96, h.r. 2915, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 regarding the procurement of certain items related to national security interests for department of homeland security frontline operational components and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. correa, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2915, the
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homeland procurement reform act, or better known as hopper act. i am proud to have introduced this bipartisan legislation to reform the way the department of homeland security purchases uniform and protective equipment for its personnel. my bill seeks to improve the quality of uniforms and equipment issued to frontline d.h.s. personnel by requiring to the maximum extent pop that at least a third of the funds be used to purchase goods manufactured by american small businesses in america. today, d.h.s. has more than 60,000 men and women in uniform, but fewer than half of those uniforms are actually manufactured in the united states. furthermore, in response to concerns expressed by frontline personnel about how quickly they exhaust their annual uniform allowances, this bill directs d.h.s. to study the adequacy of uniform allowances for those
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serving in our frontlines. my bill also strengthens the supply chain security for uniforms by mandating lock storage and reports of stolen goods and destruction of defective items of any item baring officials' d.h.s. insignia not manufactured in the united states. and in response to supply chain shortages that we have been seeing recently during this pandemic, my bill also requires the department to assess how to get more items related to national security from domestic sources. this provision is targeted at such items as personal protective gear, or p.p.e., which we all know has been quite scarce at points during this pandemic. simply put, this bill is good for homeland security, good for americans, and good for american
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business. h.r. 2915 is endorsed by the warrior protection and readiness coalition and passed out of the committee unanimously. and with that, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the homeland procurement reform act and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i rise today in favor of the hopr act, h.r. 2915. additionally, this bill directs -- hold on here. i commend my colleague, mr. correa, for his continued leadership on this issue. to help bolster or domestic supply chains. this bill requires that to the maximum extent possible at least 1/3 of the funds obligated for the procurement of the department of homeland security uniforms and geared covered by the hopr act can be used to
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purchase goods manufactured by entities that qualify as united states small businesses. additionally, this bill directs the secretary of homeland security to conduct a study of the adequacy of uniform allowances provided to department frontline personnel. to determine what improvements can be made to current uniform allowances, including increasing allowances. i urge members to join me in supporting h.r. 2915, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: mr. speaker, if enacted, h.r. 2915 will simultaneously serve the frontline personnel to pro -- who protect our homeland and support the domestic industrial base. in the committee report, it said
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once this bill is enacted into law, d.h.s. implements it in a manner that supports small business domestic manufacturing. to that end, d.h.s. is expected to prioritize buying from small businesses that manufacture the item here in the united states over purchasing foreign manufactured goods supplied by a small business. i'm proud of the bipartisan work that went into creating this legislation, that is co-sponsored by my republican colleague, mr. brian mast of florida. i also appreciate the efforts of senator sheehan of new hampshire, who introduced the senate companion of this bill, which the senate homeland security committee ordered to be favorably reported this year. i urge my colleagues to support the hopr act, and 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. 2915, as amended.
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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. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5662. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5662, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to establish the acquisition review board and department of homeland security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentleman from california, mr. correa, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california mr. correa: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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mr. correa: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. correa: mr. speaker, each year the department of homeland security spends billions of dollars on its major acquisition programs to execute its most critical missions. it acquires systems vital to the homeland security including those used to screen travelers, enhance cyber security, and improve disaster response. however, over the past decade, the government accountability office or g.a.o. has repeatedly raised alarms regarding d.h.s. management of its acquisition program. earlier this year, the g.a.o. reviewed 24 major acquisition programs that g.h.s. is pursuing. 10 had been in breach of their cost or scheduled goals or both. at some point during the fiscal year 2020. given the complexity of d.h.s. acquisition programs, it is critical that there be a
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standing oversight body to give major acquisition programs the attention they deserve. at d.h.s., the acquisition review board is just that body. h.r. 5652, the d.h.s. acquisition review board act of 2021, seeks to strengthen the role of the acquisition review board or a.r.b. to improve acquisition outcomes at d.h.s. the a.r.b. is charged with reviewing major acquisition programs for good management, proper management, oversight, accountability, and alignment with d.h.s.'s strategic function. the a.r.b. can interseed when it identified a program of significant cost, schedule or performance issue. and drive a course of correction or even terminate such a program. passage of h.r. 5652 will help
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stabilize oversight within d.h.s. when it comes to major acquisitions. which according to g.a.o. are of high risk activity by codifying the board into law. most importantly, the bill also authorizes the board to not only review major acquisitions but to also review certain acquisitions that are valued below $300 million. but are critical to department's scesdz. with that, i urge my colleagues to support the d.h.s. acquisition review board act and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. van drew: i rise today in support of my bill h.r. 5652, the d.h.s. ablg cigs review board act of 2021. the department of homeland security invests billions of dollars each year in major
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acquisitions. these programs include buying inch t. systems to help secure our border, coast guard cutters to increase marine safety, and tools to help t.s.a. screen travelers more efficiently. these acquisitions and others enaible the department to execute its many critical missions. in fiscal year 2021 alone, d.h.s. planned to spend more than $7 billion on its major acquisition programs and ultimately the department plans to spend more than $200 billion over the program's entire life cycle. however, the government accountability office, g.a.o., and the d.h.s. office of the inspector general, o.i.g., have reported on the long-standing challenges d.h.s. faces in managing its major acquisition program which is began with the inception of the department and continues to this day. for example, in january, 2021,
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g.a.o. reported that of the 24 major acquisition programs it audited, 10 had been in breach of their cost or scheduled goals. or bolt. at some point during the fiscal year 2020. also in 2018, the o.i.g. reported that d.h.s. components have an ongoing tendency to acquire systems before they adequately define their requirements or development performance measures. we cannot allow this to continue. given these challenges, on a significant level of d.h.s. investment in these programs, it is important for congress to ensure the proper oversight structures are in place. that is exactly what this bill intends to do. this bill amends the homeland security act to include the d.h.s. acquisition review board
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which has already been formed by the department. the bill outlines specific responsibilities and parameters for the board which it exercises today. including its membership and how often the board should meet such as certain key points in the key program's life cycles. the board is held at the department level and is chaired by the acquisition decision authority, normally the undersecretary for management or a designee and consistents -- and consists of those who manage d.h.s.'s mission objective, resources and contracts. the board's primary oversight role is to review major acquisition programs for proper management, oversight, accountability, and alignment with the department's strategic functions. the board keeps acquisition programs accountable to the
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department, congress and the american taxpayer, most importantly, by doing the following. first, it ensures that the department considers tradeoffs between cost, schedule and performance before approving a program to proceed to the next phase of acquisition. second, it determines whether programs are using acquisition best practices and third, it requires senior d.h.s. leaders to review these programs progress and that the program requirements are being met as they should. this bill also requires the board to document the actions and the decisions that it makes. including rationale for its decisions. which are then submitted to the committee on homeland security in the house and the committee on homeland security and governmental affairs in the senate. in conclusion, this bill simply proposes to codify better oversight.
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management -- better oversight, management and accountability of the department's acquisition. i want to thank my colleague, congresswoman democrat, for reaching across the aisle and co-sponsoring this commonsense bill with me. i also want to thank ranking member katko and representatives garbarino, higgins and miller meeks for co-sponsoring this bill as well. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5652 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california mr. correa: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: mr. speaker, h.r. 5652 strengthens the acquisition review board. one very important mechanism within the d.hs. that -- d.h.s. that can help ensure programs are delivered on time and on budget and in line with the d.h.s. missions. a version of this bill passed
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the house in both the 115th and 116th congress and i thank the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, for spon sthoarg legislation -- sponsoring the legislation in this cronk. -- congress. with that, i urge my colleagues to support the d.h.s. acquisition review board act and yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5652. 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.
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sprurp does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5574 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5574, a bill to require the t.s.a. to develop a plan to ensure that t.s.a. material disseminated in major airports can be better understood by more people assessing such airports and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. titus, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from nevada. ms. titus: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. titus: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. titus: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of my bill, h.r. 5574, known as the translate act. i want to thank my colleague, congressman dan taylor of texas, for once again joining me in introducing this legislation which will ease t.s.a. security processing at our nation's major airports. the translate act is bipartisan legislation building upon the transportation security administration's ongoing efforts to increase access for nonenglish speakers and for those with vision and hearing impaimplets as they navigate the security screening process. it does this by directing t.s.a. to analyze common languages other than english that are spoken by both our international travelers as well as those who reside in the nearby
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communities. and then to develop and execute a plan to disseminate security information in those languages to ease the screening process. i represent the heart of las vegas valley including mccarran international airport one of the nation's bussiest airports, welcoming passengers from around the country and around the world. who come to enjoy all that southern nevada has to offer. navigating our air system can be stressful enough if you travel back and forth you know what i mean. even for the most well-seasoned traveler. removing potential language barriers to ease t.s.a. processing is not only beneficial for those travelers but also for the general public rushing to catch their flight. southern nevada's community is rich in diversity. one of every three clark county residents speaks a language other than english at home. nationwide, that number is just over one out of every five
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residents. yet much of what t.s.a. communicates to travelers and transportation workers through signs, announcements, videos, and online cob tent is in -- content is in english. let's be clear you shouldn't have to worry about missing a plane at an airport in the u.s. just because you don't speak english. excuse me. making travel and security information easier to understand for nonenglish speakers and for those with vision and hearing impairments will help create a more comfortable and efficient airport experience for residents and visitors alike. i want to thank my colleagues on the committee on homeland security for their unanimous support of this legislation last month and the chairman for his assistance in getting this passed and urge all my colleagues to support the passage of the translate act. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey.
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mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i rise today for h.r. 5574, the translate act. according to the united states census bureau approximately 67 million u.s. residents speak a language other than english at home. this legislation requires t.s.a. to ensure that its communications materials in airports are in their primary languages of individuals who travel through and work in our country's airports. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california is recognized -- excuse me. ms. titus: thank you mr. speaker. i have no more speakers, i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: he's yielded back. the gentlewoman from nevada. ms. titus: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself see balance of the time. our nation's airports connect americans to one another and to the rest of the world but for
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travelers who do not primarily speak english or who experience hearing or vision difficulties, the t.s.a. screening process can be challenging. and as a result can have delays for all the other travelers who are standing in line. by requiring t.s.a. to make its signage and announcements more accessible to passengers at major airports might be able to bring much-needed inclusivety and efficiency to the whole travel experience. i know we all appreciate seeing signs in english when we're traveling abroad. u.s. airports should be just as welcoming and reflect the diversity of our constituents and the travelers who visit our city. so once again, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5574 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5574. as amended. those in favor say aye.
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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 -- >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. >> i mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.
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