Skip to main content

tv   U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives  CSPAN  February 27, 2023 4:59pm-6:00pm EST

4:59 pm
at some programs. host: when are we expected to get the president's budget? guest: by the end of this month's. host: another question on social media. jose says, " when will they be addressing the george santos expulsion? how can we move on with anything until the liars are gone? seems open and shut." where does that stand with george santos? guest: that is the difficult things about ethics investigations. they're done behind closed doors. there is little information that spells out until the house ethics committee finishes their investigation and releases their report. we are waiting to see what that looks like, but obviously he is facing a federal investigations, state and local investigations. it is unclear what his future is in the house. host: does it make it difficult
5:00 pm
-- one, has he been given any committee assignments yet? has it made it difficult for him to defunct just with his constituents? guest: from the steering committee, he was given small business administrative committee and he was given science. he stepped back. he had a meeting with kevin mccarthy and asked if it would be ok if he took a step [captioning performed by thenat, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2023] >> we're going to leave this program to keep our more than 40-year commitment to live coverage of congress. the u.s. house now coming in for its first legislative business of the week. you're watching live coverage of the house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. pursuant to clause will fer 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings on motions
5:01 pm
to suspend the rules on which yeas and nays are ordered the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i move the house suspend the rules and pass house resolution 132. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will wreed the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 132, responding to the earthquakes and syria observe 6, 2023. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from south carolina, mr.~wilson and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. keating, each will control 20 minutes. mr. wilson: 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. so ordered. mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to place into the record letters exchanged with financial services and judiciary
5:02 pm
committees. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered. mr. wilson: thank you. and i now yield myself such time as pi may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized . mr. wilson: thank you. mr. speaker, america and the world had been shocked by the deadly earthquake in syria quake and turkiye. entire cities and stouns near the have been wiped off the map. 20 million are in need now. we are grateful to see such a
5:03 pm
and nursing others back to help. the republic of turkive has been a nato ally and co-chair of the congressional caucus. and i'm particularly supportive of their efforts to meet the needs of impacted earthquake victims. and syrian communities has been mobilized. and represented by chuck edwards
5:04 pm
who are raising funds to help the people in turkiye. and local nongovernment organizes. their efforts saved 3,000 lives despite being left alone and receiving no material international support through the critical and first days of the response. impressive assistance by all the other white helmets which he leads has been achieved to help the people who are so desperately needed to advocate and provide real assistance. to make this devastating tragedy worse, syria's dictator is stealing humanitarian aid and his continued bombing in the
5:05 pm
effected areas 10 times and videos of the assad soldiers stealing aid that is attempting to reach syrian communities in need. the united nations has been stopped to provide critical aid into northwest syria because of putin's veto on the border crossing assistance in the united nations security council. this is after the assad regime refused to permit humanitarian aid through northern points of entry that are controlled by the opposition groups. the united nations should not politicize humanitarian assistance. the u.n. should circumvent the assad which denies aid to earthquake victims. this resolution calls on president biden to push the u.n. to get aid to those in need. natasha hall from the center of
5:06 pm
strategic and international studies, quote, the syrian government has the weapon niecessation of hiern aid. in some cases it is far more effective than the military offensive. assad continues to lie and blame u.s. sanctions for causing delays in aid. this is simply not true. as this resolution makes clear, mr. speaker, sanctions on war criminals like assad which passed on a bipartisan basis prevent from obtaining the resources to brutalize the people of syria and do not inhibit humanitarian assistance. i'm saddened there is a weakening of sanctions by the biden administration through permitting permitting direct transactions. this will not help earth quick relief and endanger syrians.
5:07 pm
we are seeing the result of biden's weak policy with countries to normalize and ignoring the caesar act. despite this, let it be known that congress will continue to stand with the caesar act on a bipartisan basis and strengthen sanctions on assad and those who engage in this barbaric regime. it is clear there is no solution to the problems in syria so long as the brutal assad regime. terrorism, refugees, war crimes and chemical weapons, narco trafficking, assad is the driver of all of these. the earthquake proves the point yet again. american families' prayers go to the people in turkiye and
5:08 pm
syria. the authoritarian in iran, there will be a message. your diversion of humanitarian aid during an earthquake is despicable. and the u.s. congress stands united. we will never normalize with you. we will hold all those who attempt to normalize with you accountable and not supporting the people of syria to have a government they deserve based on democracy and rule of law, not authoritarians with rule of gun. we support freedom for the people of syria and iran and people of ukraine defending their country against authoritarian governments. god bless the people of turkiye, syria and the united states of america. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr.keating: mr. speaker, i rise
5:09 pm
in strong support of this resolution and i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today as a co-sponsor of congressman joe wilson's resolution responding to the earthquakes in turkey and syria on february 6, 2023. this timely and important resolution comes just weeks after multiple 7.5-plus earthquakes caused widespread devastation across turkiye and northern syria. this natural disaster was so powerful that it could be felt a far away as egypt. the numbers are just staggering. following the initial shaking, turkiye and syria have borne the brunt of 1,000 aftershocks furthering the death across the
5:10 pm
region. there was another aftershock with reported loss of death. as of february 25, 2023, reiters estimated 160,000 buildings containing over half million apartments have collapsed or severely damaged. the earthquake has killed more than 48,000 people and injured 800,000 in turkiye and cirie yeah combined. 1.5 million people have been left homeless. ranking member as of the house foreign affairs on europe and original co-sponsor of this will resolution, i express my deepest condolences to the people of turkiye and syria who have been deeply impacted. tens of thousands have lost their lives and many left without a safe place to call home. once vibrant and cities and
5:11 pm
communities have been shattered and left in ruin. in addition, i want to commend the efforts of thousands of international humanitarian aid and rescue workers and national entities, local organizations and individuals from across the region who have come together to provide life-saving assistance by those impacted by this devastating earthquake. these aid workers have provided resources and support all the while working in feeing winter conditions just to help the people and provide the greatest help to the people who need it the most. i applaud those rescue workers from across the united statesgovernment who joined the international community in a global response. as of february 19, 2023. the united states has allocated 185 million in humanitarian assistance for the earthquake
5:12 pm
response in turkiye and syria. as part of its response, usaid deployed a cyst aster resistance response team which is working in close coordination with the partners on the ground. usaid support and research units have drawn from domestic voluntary help as well and it's important to recognize in fairfax county virginia and los angeles county, california, the fire departments have come to the aid to help the people in such great need. they provide heroic assistance in working with usaid and employed 160 urban search and rescue personnel to turkiye who have now returned to the united states. we thank them for their heroic acts. furthermore, the world food program as of february, 2023.
5:13 pm
usaid provided food assistance to 660,000 individuals in syria and 900,000 affected people in turkiye. 840 metric tons of usaid including water, hygiene materials, disaster relief materials were delivered to help the earthquake survivors. the department of defense with humanitarian assistance has airlifted 541, 100 pounds of critical relief items including blankets and emergency food commodities, space heaters, tents and winter clothing. i commend the president and secretary blinken for their swift response. as the international community has responded, the assad regime has made it far more difficult.
5:14 pm
the department of treasury has taken important steps to clarify existing licenses to ensure the transfer of aid, the exploitation of this disaster is reprehensible and cynical. i condemn these efforts by the assad regime which has included preventing the united nations providing assistance. the people of syria have suffered tremendously since 2011 and used my means available including chemical weapons to suppress the votes of the syrian people. there is an intense need for international assistance in syria and i support the biden administration to use all diplomatic tools through the u.n. security council to keep open all turkiye-sir i can't remember border crossings.
5:15 pm
despite barriers, the united nations has worked tirelessly in coordinating and facilitating by providing hot meals, food, tents, medical supplies and personnel. psycho-social services are being provided. safe spaces for women to ensure those most vulnerable are are in motion. u.n. programs like the world food program and high commission for refugees have crossed into syria at that border, crossing to ensure the people of syria receive the fightal aid they need. all together, the united nations have sent health supplies to more than 400,000 people impacted by the earthquake and received sphr the emergency relief fund. the u.n. has also should a flash
5:16 pm
appeal to raise all necessary funds to meet the needs of those affected by these earthquakes. i thank congressman joe wilson for his efforts and 35 bipartisan co-sponsors. this resolution sends a strong message of solidarity to the people of turkiye and syria as they cope from the impact of these devastating earthquakes and i encourage my colleagues to support this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. . . . mr. wilson: it's really refreshing to see democrats and republicans come together as we assist the people of türkiye and syria. it's inspiring. congressman bill keating, i'm grateful he's one of the first co-sponsors of the legislation to show our appreciation of the people of türkiye and syria. it's particularly meaningful to
5:17 pm
me. the loss of life is inconceivable. 50,000 people dead. 100,000 people injured. five million people homeless. actually, in some ways i can identify the largest earthquake ever recorded on the east coast was in my birthplace of charleston, south carolina, october 31, 1886. growing up there in charleston, people, when i was much younger, people would -- had actually memory of the earthquake. and it's something that has been so horrifying that indeed, the people of türkiye and syria, we are with them. and then it's particularly significant to me where america has such a positive role, the thought that incirlik airbase is 125 miles from the epicenter, how close. and the significance that the runways were not affected. and so from that, the various american military units could work and we want to give a
5:18 pm
special credit to the 728th air mobility squadron who have worked so closely with usaid to provide the massive amounts of aid for the 20 million people who are in need. and so it's refreshing to see republicans and democrats working together to see how important it is that the people of türkiye understand as a nato member how important they are to the american people. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from south carolina for his strong bipartisan support and this gathering together, people on both sides of the aisle, for america's interest. as he pointed out, we have an interest, not only with our own defense facilities not far from that region. not only associating as he has in his own experience, the devastation of earthquakes. but also a stark contrast that
5:19 pm
occurs to the people of syria when they find out that the u.s. and other countries are coming together to their aid why their -- why the syrian regime, under assad, continues to wreak havoc and damage to the everyday lives of the people of syria. mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, representative mad -- representative dean. and i look forward to her comments. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. dean: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank you, mr. keating. i rise in support of this important -- important resolution, responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in türkiye and syria as a result of the devastating earthquakes on february 6 and the many, many aftershocks. the death toll from this tragedy is approaching 50,000 men, women, and children. thousands more injured.
5:20 pm
hundreds of thousands of buildings destroyed. and millions of survivors have been displaced from their homes, many now residing in temporary shelters with inadequate food, heat, water, and medical care. i commend the gentleman making this resolution. i commend the biden administration for its swift response to this crisis. through usaid and the state department, the united states government quickly mobilized search and rescue teams, allocated $185 million in humanitarian assistance and continues to deliver vital relief supplies to first responders. rebuilding from this disaster will not be easy and the road ahead is long. we call upon the governments in this area to support the people, to support their recovery, to support their rebuilding. this resolution is a symbol of our commitment to ensuring we continue to deliver assistance to those so grateful impacted --
5:21 pm
gravely impacted by this tragedy. mr. speaker, i thank congressman wilson. i thank you, congressman keating, for your leadership in this important resolution. god bless the people of türkiye and syria. i urge my colleagues to support and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. again, it's so refreshing to see colleagues of both political parties across the country, south carolina to massachusetts to pennsylvania, but actually, it's reflective of the deep affection that the people of america have. as we appreciate, in particular, türkiye, a nato ally, it's always to be cherished because when you visit the korean war memorial here on the mall in washington, you see the allies that stood together to oppose the communist aggression of june, 1950. the first country that's listed
5:22 pm
is türkiye. it's just an ever-present reminder of our appreciation and then our recognition of the success in creating a democracy in the middle east. over and over again, there's such a great affection and the significance of the turkish american community and the syrian american community what they meant as entrepreneurs across our country so positive. and i now reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. keating: mr. speaker, i have no our requests for time and i am prepared to close if the other side is prepared as well. mr. wilson: reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i, again, want to thank congressman joe wilson as chair of the house foreign affairs subcommittee on the middle east, north africa, central asia, for
5:23 pm
all his work on this resolution. it's important to recognize that the u.s. is joining the whole international community, again, at a time of need. it is in our self-interest to move in this request, too. there's countless aftereffects as well as aftershocks that will result as a result of this earthquake and we'll see time and time again swift action, humanitarian action, action for support will really come back in a very cost-effective and humanitarian way to provide dividends moving forward in the future. that being said, too, our nato ally, türkiye, is suffering a great deal. and we want to demonstrate not just through nato and other alliances that we have that we're there for the turkish people as well. we've often -- who've often come to our aid in areas of critical security needs. the people of türkiye and syria have suffered tremendously as a
5:24 pm
result of these earthquakes and thousands of the aftershocks. i support this resolution to signal globally that the united states stands with the people of türkiye and syria and the united states will support any humanitarian efforts to bring aid and assistance to the victims of these disastrous -- i hope, mr. speaker, all our colleagues join together in this bipartisan effort to support this important resolution. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yeelgdz. the gentleman from -- the gentleman from massachusetts yields. the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing, mr. speaker, i want to thank the broad coalition of members on both sides of the aisle with the leadership of congressman bill keating who have come together to support this critical resolution. i especially want to thank speaker kevin mccarthy and leader steve scalise for their accelerating the scheduling of this today. it's so important for the people of türkiye and syria to know of our affection to them.
5:25 pm
the people of the united states stand with the suffering people of türkiye and syria and who have been so impacted by this terrible natural disaster. house resolution 132 is an important statement of human solidarity and deserves our unanimous support. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 132. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. wilson: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
5:26 pm
5:27 pm
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1108. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their rem remarks -- the clerk: h.r. 1108, a bill to amend the communications act of 1984 to extend the authority of the federal communications commission to grant a license or connection permit through a system of competitive bidding. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. and insert extraneous material
5:28 pm
in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it's important today that we consider h.r. 1108. this bill would extend the federal communications commission's general authority to auction spectrum and provide license for the use of radio spectrum. in this piece of legislation is sponsored by the gentlelady from washington, the chairman of the energy and commerce committee, and also by the ranking member, the gentleman from new jersey of the energy and commerce committee. without congressional action, the partly cloudy's authority -- the fcc authority to issue spectrum licenses ends this
5:29 pm
year. this bill will also ensure that fcc has the authority it needs to continue issuing licenses to provide coverage and wireless speeds across the united states. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1108, to extend the authority of the federal communications commission to auction commercial spectrum. our nation's air waves are one of our country's most important natural resources. indeed, radio waves are a critical component in building next generation wireless networks and delivering high-speed services to american consumers. as such, radio waves and the networks they support can make a meaningful difference in americans' lives by expanding the reach of telehealth services, extending learning beyond the classroom, and
5:30 pm
providing critical communications for public safety activities. but to achieve these notable goals, we must continue to expand the ability of commercial users to access our airwaves. so h.r. 1108 provides a short-term extension of the fcc's auction authority for roughly two months from its expiration date this coming march. it's essential that we extend this authority. congress has never allowed this spectrum authority to lapse and to maintain our nation's global leadership in wireless innovation, we must ensure that consistent management and oversight of spectrum remains intact which includes spectrum auctions. for years, these auctions have efficiently made our airwaves available for commercial use. importantly, though, even with the passage of this legislation, our work will not be done. we must spend these next few months working with our senate colleagues to pass a bipartisan spectrum agreement that can get to the president's desk before the fcc's auction authority expires again. . working in a
5:31 pm
bipartisan fashion on key telecommunication matters and i commend chairwoman rodgers. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill in a bipartisan manner and hope the senate will soon follow. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from washington state, the chair of the energy and commerce committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i rise in support of h.r. 1108 legislation i introduced with ranking member pallone to extend the general auction authority. for the last year i worked with the energy and commerce leaders to develop 308 shy to promote our national security. order for the u.s. to maintain its global competitive edge we must get it right and not creed
5:32 pm
our leadership to china. the if f.c.c.'s authority to issue spectrum licenses expires on march 9. this bill will ensure that the f.c.c. has the authority it needs to continue issuing license is to provide better coverage and wireless speeds across the united states. this extension will give us enough time to work out a broader deal on spectrum policy to ensure that the united states continues to lead the world in 5g and technological innovation and beats china. i look forward to work on a long-term auction spectrum extension. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i have no additional speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio. mr. latta: i yield two minutes
5:33 pm
to the gentleman from florida. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1108, a bill to extend the f.c.c. spectrum auction authority through may 19, 2023. from internet connectivity to telephone services spectrum services are important. the f.c.c.'s authority to use competitive bidding enables our commercial providers the spectrum they need to continue operating and innovating. in less than two weeks the authority is set to expire. it is the duty of congress to extend this authority, which has never been allowed to expire to date. the expiration of the authority would put priors at a competitive global disadvantage leaving users across the united
5:34 pm
states in dire straits. this provides a solution that works for everyone and i yield back. mr. latta: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i have no additional speakers and am prepared to close. this is an important piece of legislation to extend this spectrum auction authority and i urge my colleagues to support it in a bipartisan manner. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i urge support of h.r. 1108. the report that just came out from the congressional budget office for the budget outlook from 2023 to 2033 on page 13, it cites that the f.c.c. conducted several auctions in 2021 which boosted net receipts to 104
5:35 pm
billion and it is essential this piece of legislation is passed and i urge my colleagues to support 1108. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 11808. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. opinion in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
5:36 pm
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 538. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 538 a bill to require the disclosure of camera or recording capability of certain interconnected devices. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone,
5:37 pm
each will control 20 minutes. mr. bilirakis: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials on the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bilirakis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i rise in support of h.r. 538 the informing consumer about smart devices act. this is a relatively straight-forward bill. it requires the manufacturer of devices to clearly disclose with a device contains a camera or microphone. internet-connected devices are becoming increasingly present in our lives and it is important for people to understand what they are buying. this legislation would allow the f.t.c. to go after bad actors and provide compliance guidance
5:38 pm
to manufacturers of covered devices. not being recorded or monitored without permission is a basic tenet of privacy that we will have to come to expect. again, we have to get notarization. given senate commerce leadership has followed suit with a compromised bill. i'm hopeful this wets the appetite of bipartisan and bicameral action on action for all americans. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise to speak in support of h.r. 538 informing consumers about smart devices act. the internet has ushered a new
5:39 pm
age of convenience and efficiency for the american public. smart thermo stats can report and track home energy use and adjusting temperatures. smart refrigerators can provide recipe suggestions. smart ovens can scan food to optimize the cooking process and brew a fresh coffee as you are getting out of bed. the american consumer is embracing these technologies. americans have 11 devices. over a quarter have one automation device and these are technologies that interconnect and control their devices from one platform. congress should embrace these technologies but the i.o.t. revolution does not come at the expense of consumers' privacy.
5:40 pm
some i.o.t. devices may record images or audio without the user's awareness. they may accident tale users 19 times a day collecting 43 seconds of audio each time. a robot vacuums have taken images of unsuspecting consumers which ended up online. we must combat these threats to peoples' right to privacy. i support this legislation that will require manufacturers of i.o.t. devices to alert devices if it contains a camera or microphone. last congress, this bill was reported out of the energy and commerce committee and passed the house with broad bipartisan support. i thank representative moulton
5:41 pm
and i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill. while this bill addresses privacy concerns, we have to recommit to adopting a privacy framework that protects all americans and provides heightened protections for our children. the american data privacy and protection act which i authored last congress would do that and ensure consumers will have fenceful control over their personal information and children will have heightened privacy connections and provides rules of the road on privacy and data to entrepreneurs and small tech companies. we are advancing this legislation on a bipartisan basis and this legislation is important but i look forward to working with chairwoman rodgers to pass the data protection act in this congress as well.
5:42 pm
and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from utah the sponsor of the bill, mr. curtis. mr. curtis: i rise to address my bill before us on the floor, the informing consumers about smart devices act. this commonsense and bipartisan bill would require the creation of reasonable disclosure guidelines for products that have have audio or visual recording components that are not available. this emerging smart technology will provide conveniencees to modern life but we need to update transparency for consumers. my bill balances protecting american consumers with continuing to foster innovation. by working with a broad veining of stakeholders, this will
5:43 pm
ensure they are aware of products they are putting in their homes in places like my district of silicon slopes. i would like to thank my colleagues, representative moulton, senator cantwell and senator cruz for their bipartisan and bicameral. and yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i would like to yield such time as he may consume to the democratic sponsor of this legislation, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. moulton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. moulton: i want to thank my colleague from new jersey. our lives are dominated by smart devices, not just smart cars, smartphones and smart watches, but dryers, refrigerators, even
5:44 pm
toasters. these make our lives easier. but most americans don't know that their refrigerator has the ability to listen or to watch. despite the fact that well over 60 million homes are using these smart devices are laws have lagged. big tech has moved the privacy goal post with impunity. it is past time for privacy digital laws. i put forward the informing consumers with smart devices act with mr. curtis of utah and mr. bilirakis of florida. this will would establish guidelines for properly disclosing the audio or visual recording capabilities of smart devices. there is widespread from consumer advocacy groups to the tech companies themselves. americans deserve the chance to
5:45 pm
make informed decisions about the electronic evesdroppers we allow into our homes. let's pass this bill so our consumers know when big the tech is listening. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i have no other speakers. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognize dollars. mr. pallone: i have no additional speakers and i do think this is an important bill for consumers and i thank the sponsors and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: again, this is a commonsense bill and necessary bill and impacts our constituents and need full disclosure. not too much to ask for. thank you very much. and i urge my colleagues to unanimously support this for the
5:46 pm
second year in a row. and let's get across the finish line, get it to the president's desk as soon as possible and i thank the sponsors of the bill. and i yield back. . . . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 538. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman -- for what purpose -- mr. bilirakis: yeah. i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
5:47 pm
for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. bilirakis: mr. speaker, i -- mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1059. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1059, a bill to authorize notaries public to perform, and to establish minimum standards for, electronic notarizations and remote notarizations that occur in or affect interstate commerce, to require any federal court to recognize notarizations performed by a notarial officer of any state, to require any state to recognize note arizations performed by a notarial officer of any other state when the notarization was performed under or relates to a public act, record, or judicial proceeding of the notarial officer's state or when the
5:48 pm
notarization occurs in or affects interstate commerce, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials on the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bilirakis: thank you. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1059, the secure note arization act -- notarization act, when the signing parties are not physically present, this would help. the process of remote notar notarization has a use of multifactor verification of identification, audio, video recording of the event, and
5:49 pm
tamper detection technology. it's actually safer. i did a lot of this work prior to -- in my other life when i was in the private sector. by recording the notarization as it happens, remote notarizations can provide law enforcement with evidence if a fraud is determined to have occurred. this is much more secure, as i said before, than a traditional paper-only notarization. where once the transaction has occurred, there's very little evidence left behind. preventing fraud and abuse is critical to a well-functioning legal system. and it's more practical, let's face it. this legislation passed the house last congress, and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, once again, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume.
5:50 pm
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in support of h.r. 1059, the secure notarization act. today, thanks to modern technology, we can oftentimes cash a check, book a flight, and lock and unlock our doors all from the convenience of our smartphone. but that same convenience does not exist for getting something note arized in many states. people are often required to go through the process, the process of authenticating a signature for wills, mortgagings -- mortgages and today many states will require many to physically appear before a notary public in order to complete this process. during the height of the covid pandemic, in-person notarizations were not only inconvenient, it posed a health risk. it forced far too many consumers to choose between potentially exposing themselves to covid-19 and purchasing a house or updating their wills. so to protect consumers and commerce, dozens of states enacted laws or took emergency
5:51 pm
actions to permit electronic and remote online notarizations. these notarizations allow the consumer and the notary to execute notarizations through secure audio-visual communications. it has become apparent that they are a valuable tool for facilitating commerce and making these services more accessible. such are important for the elderly, underserved communities, and others with mobility issues or lacking access to reliable and inexpensive transportation. but state action alone cannot ensure universal access to electronic and remote online notarizations that meet robust security standards and consumer protections. our nation lacks the universal standard for electronic and remote online notarizations. as a result, there is no standard that permits nationwide use of electronic and remote online notarizations. there's no standard that creates
5:52 pm
robust security requirements and there is no standard that ensures electronic and remote online notarizations are valid nationwide. so that's why i'm proud to support the secure notarization act. this legislation will transition notarization to the 21st century without sacrificing security, making the process more convenient and safer for the american public. now, last congress, this bill was unanimously reported out of the energy and commerce committee and passed the house with broad bipartisan support. i commend representative dean for her leadership on this bipartisan legislation and strongly urge my colleagues to support the bill. and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the vice chairman of the full energy and commerce committee, the gentleman from north dakota, mr. armstrong. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. armstrong: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 3962, the secure notarization act, is a bipartisan bill that would authorize the nationwide use of
5:53 pm
remote online notarizations performed in interstate commerce. this is simply an electronic notarization where the party and the notary are in different locations. society has widely adopted remote meetings, events and even social activities. requirements for signer to be physically before a notary is sometimes impossible, such as with military deployment or travel limitations. this bill increases the use of notarizations and allows individuals to conduct crucial businesses, particularly if both parties are not able to be present before a notary. it will allow them to execute documents using two-way audio-visual communications while protecting consumers. the bill would not alter state control over the practice of law or commonly notarized legal
5:54 pm
paperwork like estate documents. this is only for interstate commerce. it does not alter the regulation of notaries nor does it require the use of remote -- remote online notaries. it would simply provide for the recognition of remote notarization performed in interstate commerce. it would also ensure that the federal and state courts recognize such remote notarizations. this is similar to the full faith and credit clause implementing statutes that ensure the recognition of official activities or judicial proceedings in another state. in the 117th congress, this passed -- this bill passed the house by voice vote after earning 123 co-sponsors and passing the energy and commerce committee with a 56-0 vote. it also has the support of 20 organizations like the american land title association, the national association of federally ensured credit unions and mortgage action alliance. all of these groups supporting the bill utilize notary publics on a daily basis. i would like to say a special
5:55 pm
thank you to my friend, representative dean, for working on this important legislation over the last two congresses and i ask my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i would like to yield such time as she may consume to the democratic sponsor of this bill, the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. dean. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. dean: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1059, the secure notarization act, which i have had the pleasure to work on with representative mr. armstrong from north dakota. the secure notarization act would authorize nationwide use of remote online notarization and would include key consumer protections such as multifactor authentication and the use of ta tamper evident technology. the bill would also ensure interstate recognition of remote online notarization. importantly, the secure
5:56 pm
notarization act sets a floor for the use of remote online notarization and states will be able to regulate further protections as they decide. the pandemic taught us both the necessity and the benefits of new technologies used to streamline services for consumers across industries. remote online notarization has been and should continue to be a time-saving, convenient and safe way for consumers to execute important documents. notarizations are used extensively as we all know in real estate transactions and other key areas, including affidavits, powers of attorney and living trusts. remote online notarizations allow the notary and the parties to be in different locations using two-way audio-visual communication to securely note arize documents. this -- note arize -- notarize documents. this is the key, remote online notarization allows for flexibility for people who are
5:57 pm
chronically ill or immobile, for parents who can't get away from work or taking care of children, for service members abroad seeking to buy a home or correct their wills. i know the impact this could have for notary publics across the country. when i served as a state representative, most members of our team were notaries, and our office served as a notary hub for the local community and we learned firsthand how many people struggled to find time for appointments often because of childcare, transportation, or because of poor health. remote online notarization would have allowed us to streamline our performance and better provide service to our community. last congress, as has been stated, this bill was co-sponsored by more than 120 members and passed the house by a vote of 336-90. it is supported by a coalition of 20 industry partners. simply, it is a commonsense piece of legislation. mr. speaker, i thank chair
5:58 pm
mcmorris rodgers and ranking member pallone for their support for this bill and for bringing it to the floor. finally, i would like to thank the lead on this legislation, congressman kelly armstrong, for all your hard work and your good humor as we worked to get this bill across the finish line and the work of your staffs in helping make this a strong piece of bipartisan legislation. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers, and i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i would urge support for this bill. once again, it did pass the last time in the congress. we hope we can get it to the senate. it is important to have a nationwide standard for notarization. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: yeah, mr. speaker, again, this is commonsense legislation.
5:59 pm
efficiency and i'm telling you, i have some experience in this area. mr. armstrong does, too. ms. dean as well. it is safe for the public. and we need a national standard. so with that, i urge my colleagues to support this particular bill, and i'll 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. 1059. 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. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately 6:30 p.m. today.
6:00 pm

23 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on