House Session 2011-02-16 (00:33:21-01:13:23)

House Session 2011-02-16 (00:33:21-01:13:23)


METHODS OF CLOSING LOOPHOLES FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. I’M IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. ANY FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THIS SECTION? HEARING NONE, THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE TO READ. PAGE 217, LINE 4, SECTION 1435, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, ELECTRICITY DELIVERY AND ENERGY RELIABILITY SHALL BE $139 MILLION. SECTION 1436, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, NUCLEAR ENERGY SHALL BE $661,100,000. SECTION 1437, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, SHALL BE $5886,600,000. SECTION 1438, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE, SHALL BE $138,900,000. SECTION 1439, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, ENERGY INFORMATION
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$95,600,000. ADMINISTRATION SHALL BE SECTION 1440, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, NONDEFENSE,
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$225,200,000. ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP SHALL BE SECTION 1441, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, URANIUM ENRICHMENT DECONTAMINATION AND
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$513,900,000. DECOMMISSIONING FUNDS SHALL BE SECTION 1442, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, SCIENCE, SHALL BE $4, 017,700,000. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES — MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 224, LINE 21, BE CONSIDERED AS READ, PRINTED IN THE RECORD, AND OPEN TO AMENDMENT AT ANY POINT. IS THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED. ARE THERE ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE PORTION OF THE BILL CONSIDERED AS READ? IF NOT, THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE TO READ. TITLE 5, FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT, SECTION 1501, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES,
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$299,888,000. SALARIES AND EXPENSES SHALL BE SECTION 1502, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES, DEPARTMENTWIDE SYSTEMS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMS SHOULD BE $4 MILLION. SECTION 1503, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, SALARIES
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$29,403,000. AND EXPENSES, SHALL BE SECTION 1504, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES, SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM,
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$36,300,000. SALARIES AND EXPENSES SHALL BE SECTION 1505, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, FINANCIAL CRIMES ENFORCEMENT NETWORK, SALARIES AND EXPENSES, SHALL BE $108,927,000. SECTION 1506, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE,
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$232,838,000. SALARIES AND EXPENSES, SHALL BE SECTION 1507, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC DEBT, ADMINISTERING THE PUBLIC DEBT, SHALL BE $184,658,000. SECTION 1508, UNOBLIGATED BALANCES AVAILABLE UNDER THE HEADING DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, TREASURY FORFEITURE FUND, $400 MILLION IS RESCINDED. SECTION 1509, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, SALARIES AND EXPENSES, SHALL BE $99,831,000. SECTION 1510, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT SHALL BE $50 MILLION. SECTION 1511, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,
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$2,187,836,000. TAXPAYER SERVICES, SHALL BE FOR WHAT PURPOSE
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DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE? MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 243, LINE 5 BE CONSIDERED AS READ, PRINTED IN THE RECORD AND OPEN
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ARE THERE ANY TO AMENDMENT AT ANY POINT. OBJECTIONS? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED. ARE THERE ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE SECTION CONSIDERED AS READ? SECTION 1588. DOES THE GENTLEMAN OFFER AMENDMENT NUMBER 98? THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. AND THE CLERK WILL READ. SECTION 1588, THE LEVEL FOR INDEPENDENT AGENCIES, SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEMS,
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$24,032,000. SALARIES AND EXPENSES, SHALL BE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON RISE? TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN OFFER HIS AMENDMENT? I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT 98, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. I HAD OPENED — HOPED TO BE JOINED BY DR. PAUL WHO IS CO-AUTHOR OF THIS AMENDMENT, ALTHOUGH GIVEN THE VERY LATE HOUR, I’M UNCERTAIN HE’LL MAKE IT. HOWEVER, WE’RE TALKING TONIGHT ABOUT MAKING CUTS, AND WE HEARD IN THE EARLIER DEBATE OF PROGRAMS THAT ACTUALLY SERVE AMERICANS, THE COPS PROGRAM WHICH PUTS OFFICERS ON THE BEAT AND HELPS WITH DRUG INTERDICTION, DRUG PREVENTION, THE LIHEAP PROGRAM PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO HEAT THEIR HOMES. YOU KNOW, THE LIST IS LONG. BUT THERE ARE A FEW PROGRAMS IN THE GOVERNMENT WHICH HAVE NO CONSTITUENCY AND NO PURPOSE. AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM. AND SOMEHOW IT ESCAPED THE KNIFE, WHICH I ASSUME WAS JUST AN OVERSIGHT. SO I’M HOPING TO PERSUADE THE COMMITTEE TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT. THIS IS THE EXPENDITURES FOR THE SELECTIVE SERVICES — SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, I.E., THE DRAFT BOARDS. THAT IS, IF WE BELIEVE THAT AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS GOING TO REIMPOSE THE DRAFT, THEN ONE MIGHT WANT TO MAINTAIN THIS BUREAUCRACY IN DEEP STAND BY. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT MIGHT NOT. BECAUSE THE FEW TIMES THIS AGENCY HAS ATTEMPTED TO TEST ITS CAPABILITIES WITH ITS OBSOLETE COMPUTER SYSTEMS WHICH COULD BE SURPASSED BY ANYTHING AVAILABLE PUBLICLY ON THE INTERNET, THEY HAVE SHOWN THEY COULDN’T HAVE CONDUCTED A LEGAL DRAFT. AND EVEN IF THEY COULD HAVE CONDUCTED A LEGAL DRAFT, WE NO LONGER HAVE A SURGE CAPACITY AT OUR TRAINING BASES SO WE WOULD BE DRAFTING PEOPLE FOR NO PURPOSE. AND BEYOND THAT, I DON’T THINK THERE ARE MANY IN THIS HOUSE WHO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO HAVING A DRAFT. THE PENTAGON DOESN’T WANT TO GO BACK TO A DRAFT. THE PENTAGON HAS SAID TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN THEY BELIEVE IN AN ALL-VOLUNTEER MILITARY. THE ALL-VOLUNTEER MILITARY IS SUPERIOR TO FORCE ENLISTMENT, AS IN THE YEARS OF THE DRAFT, WE’RE HIGHER QUALITY, WE’RE USING SIGNIFICANT INCENTIVES TO GET PEOPLE TO ENLIST IN THE MILITARY. AND WE HAVE THE BEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD AS A RESULT.
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BUREAUCRACY? SO WHY WOULD WE MAINTAIN THIS WELL, HERE’S WHAT THEY SPENT $25 MILLION ON, OR INTEND TO THIS YEAR. IT WILL BE USED FOR EXPENSES OF ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS. FOR PURCHASE OF UNIFORMS. NOW, BEYOND ME, I’M NOT CERTAIN WHAT THE UNIFORMS ARE. I SERVED, ACTUALLY, ON A DRAFT
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BOARD ONCE AND WE DIDN’T HAVE UNIFORMS. I DON’T KNOW, I GUESS NOW WE’VE GOT UNIFORMS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO GO SIT SOMEWHERE AND HEAR CLAIMS IF WE EVER REIMPOSE THE DRAFT. I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHO THEY’RE PURCHASING UNIFORMS FOR OR WHAT THE PURPOSE MIGHT BE OR WHAT A SELECTIVE SERVICES MEMBERS UNIFORM MAY LOOK LIKE. THEY ALSO WILL HIRE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLES AND FOR OFFICIAL RECEPTION AND REPRESENTATION EXPENSES. ALL FOR A DEAD BUREAUCRACY THAT DOES NOTHING AND NEVER WILL DO ANYTHING. NOW, COLLEAGUES, TRULY, IF WE ARE SERIOUS, IF WE ARE SERIOUS HERE, IF WE ARE IN A CRISIS AND ARE GOING TO CUT PROGRAMS THAT ACTUALLY HAVE LARGE CONSTITUENCIES, MY PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING OFF THE HOOK ABOUT PUBLIC BROADCASTING, OTHER PEOPLE ARE HEARING ABOUT OTHER PROGRAMS. HERE’S ONE WHERE YOU WON’T GET A SINGLE CALL EXCEPT MAYBE A THANK YOU IF YOU ELIMINATE THIS USELESS BUREAUCRACY THAT WILL NEVER BE ACTIVATED FOR ANY PURPOSE FORESEEABLE IN THE FUTURE. SO, COLLEAGUES, WE HAVE TWICE ACTUALLY IN THE HOUSE VOTED TO END THE SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM IN 1993 WHEN THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN CONTROL, AND IN 1999 WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CONTROL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE TERMINATION OF THE PROGRAM NEVER BECAME LAW. NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE TIME. I’M JUST DEDICATING THE MONEY TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. IT COULD BE USED TO RESTORE SOME MERITORIOUS SPENDING ELSEWHERE WITHIN THIS TITLE BY SOMEBODY ELSE. SO WITH THAT, I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO END THIS USELESS BUREAUCRACY. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE? I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. WHILE MOST WOULD HOPE WE NEVER NEED TO USE THIS DRAFT AGAIN, I THINK THIS AGENCY IS AN IMPORTANT INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST UNFORESEEN THREATS. IF IT WE ELIMINATED SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM, IT WOULD TAKE US OVER A YEAR TO DRAFT MEN INTO MILITARY SERVICE, WHEREAS
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. NOW IT WOULD TAKE 90-120 DAYS. ANY KIND OF EMERGENCY WARTIME
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DISASTROUS. SITUATION, THIS COULD BE WE ARE SIX MONTHS INTO THE BUDGET YEAR AND THE SELECTIVE SERVICE HAS SPENT MONEY ON SALARIES AND EXPENSES AND WE CAN’T TAKE THEIR MONEY AWAY. THIS IS A SMALL AGENCY WITH A POTENTIAL TO AVERT A CRISIS SHOULD THE DRAFT EVER BE REINSTATED. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE? I RISE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THE SELECTIVE SERVICE IS A READINESS ISSUE. IF WE DON’T HAVE THE PROCESS ALL SET UP, IT WOULD TAKE TWO YEARS TO RESTORE IT. AND IF — WE ARE IN A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. THAT’S WHY WE PUT IT IN PLACE BECAUSE IF WE WERE IN A UNTIL EMERGENCY AND HAD TO GET MORE PEOPLE AND DIDN’T GET IT THROUGH THE ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE, WE HAVE TO HAVE A WAY TO DO IT. SO WE PUT THIS IN PLACE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
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IT WAS VERY BIPARTISAN AT THE TIME. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN’S SKEPTICISM BUT THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE HEARD OF THIS. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR THE COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT THIS AND MAYBE HAVE A HEARING ON THIS AND THEN WE CAN ADDRESS IT AGAIN IN THE 2012 BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOS HAVE IT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ. PAGE 243, LINE 8, SECTION 1589, THE LEVEL FOR INDEPENDENT AGENCIES, UNITED STATES TAX COURT, SALARIES AND EXPENSES SHALL BE $52,093,000. SECTION 1590, SECTION 814 OF DIVISION C OF PUBLIC LAW 111-117 SHALL BE APPLIED TO FUNDS BY STRIKING FEDERAL. SECTION 1591, NONE OF THE FUNDS CONTAINED IN THIS DIVISION MAY BE USED FOR ANY PROGRAM OF DISTRIBUTING STERILE NEEDLES FOR HYPER DETERMINEIC INJECTION. TITLE 6, HOMELAND SECURITY, SECTION 1601, WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF ENACTMENT OF THIS DIVISION, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL SUBMIT TO THE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE AN EXPENDITURE PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011. SIX 1602, THE DEPARTMENT OF LEVEL FOR HOMELAND SECURITY, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY AND
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$136,818,000. EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT SHALL BE SECTION 1603, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT DELSH $239,933,000. SECTION 1604, LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER SHALL BE 333,933,000. SECTION 1605, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL COORDINATOR FOR GULF COAST REBUILDING SHALL BE ZERO DOLLARS. SECTION 1606, DEPARTMENT FOR LEVEL OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION,
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$8,202,626,000. SALARIES AND EXPENSES SHALL BE SECTION 1607, THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER SECURITY
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$341,575,000. OFFICE OF MODERNIZATION, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE? I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL 253, LINE 12 BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND OPEN TO AMENDMENT AT ANY POINT. ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED.
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ARE THERE ANY AMENDMENTS IN THIS SECTION?
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RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? BRING UP AMENDMENT 223, I BELIEVE. CONCERNING THE FIRE GRANTS. THE CLERK WILL READ SECTION 1629. SECTION 1629 THE LEVEL FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANCE GRANTS FOR PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED BY THE FEDERAL FIRE AND PREVENTION CONTROL ACT OF 1974 SHALL BE $300 MILLION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES
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RISE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY MR. CHAIRMAN, TO STRIKE THE PROPER WORDS ON AMENDMENT 223. DOES THE GENTLEMAN OFFER THE AMENDMENT? OFFER THE AMENDMENT. THE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. AMENDMENT NUMBER 223, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. AS A FORMER MAYOR, I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT OUR NATION’S FIRST RESPONDERS CONSTITUTE OUR FIRST AND LAST
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LINE OF DEFENSE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION
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BEFORE US TODAY FAILS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. REGRETTABLY WE’RE TREATING THESE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS AS BEING NONSECURITY DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND HAVE SUBJECTED THEM TO DRASTIC CUTS. WE AT HOMELAND SECURITY STARTS ON OUR STREETS. WE ALL REMEMBER ON 9/11 WHEN WE WERE ATTACKED ON OUR OWN SOIL. IT WAS OUR BRAVE COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO RAN INTO THE BURNING BUILDINGS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS NOT THERE. TO SAY THAT FUNDING OUR COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS IS NOT NATIONAL SECURITY SPENDING IS LUDICROUS. ALL BRAVE LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO PROTECT OUR STREETS DAY AND NIGHT ARE THE VERY ESSENCE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. EARLIER IN THE PROCESS, WE DEBATED THE COPS PROGRAM. AMENDMENT TODAY, TONIGHT RESTORES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR ITS COUNTERPART.
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PROGRAMS. THE FIRE ACT AND THE SAFER GRANT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES FUNDING FOR THE FIRE GRANT AND ELIMINATES ALL FUNDING FOR SAFER, OVER $510 MILLION IN CUTS IN TOTAL. THIS WOULD ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATE — IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PROFESSIONALS WHO RELY ON THIS FUNDING FOR EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL THEY NEED TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. THE FIRE AND SAFER GRANTS HELP LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS EQUIP, TRAIN AND MAINTAIN THEIR PERSONNEL PREPARING THEM TO RESPOND TO ALL FORMS OF AN EMERGENCY AND THINGS CHANGED, DIDN’T THEY, AFTER 9/11? AN INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE FIRE PROGRAM PUBLISHED BY THE U.S. FIRE ADMINISTRATION CONCLUDED THAT IT WAS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN IMPROVING THE READINESS AND CAPABILITY OF FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE NATION. I MAY ADD, MR. CHAIRMAN — MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE FIRE PROGRAMS AND THE COPS PROGRAMS ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS RUN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MONEY GOES DIRECTLY TO THE COMMUNITIES SO STATES CAN’T SKIM OFF THE TOP. AND THEY ARE EFFECTIVE AND THEY ARE COMPETITIVE. AND NO ONE HAS CHALLENGED THAT IN 10 YEARS. SAFER HAS BEEN CRITICAL TO MANY LOCAL DEPARTMENTS WHO AS A RESULT OF RECENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS, HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CUT PERSONNEL AND SERVICES. WHAT EFFECT WOULD CUTS TO THESE PROGRAMS HAVE? LET’S GO TO THE REAL WORLD, NOT THE VIDEO. BETHESDA FIRE DEPARTMENT IN COLE MAN, ALABAMA, THEY USE TO PURCHASE FIRE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO ENTER A BURNING STRUCTURE TO SEARCH FOR VICTIMS AND PUT OUT THE FIRES. PREVIOUSLY, THE DEPARTMENT DID NOT HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT TO DO THIS. TODAY, THEY HAVE DEBATELY REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF TOTAL LOST STRUCTURES IN THEIR REGION. NORTH COUNTY FIRE PREVENTION DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. THEY WERE ABLE TO EMERGENCY BACKUP POWER GENERATORS. DURING THE 2007 SAN DIEGO FIRE STORMS, POWER FAILED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY EARLY ON THE FIRST DAY. IT WAS NOT COMPLETELY RESTORED IN THE COMMUNITY FOR TWO WEEKS. THE EMERGENCY POWER GENERATORS THEY PURCHASED WITH THE FIRE GRANT ALLOWED THEM TO KEEP THE FACILITIES FULLY FUNCTIONAL. BEFORE THE BELL CHASE VOL UNTIRE DEPARTMENT IN LOUISIANA RECEIVED A SAFER GRANT IN 2008, THE DEPARTMENT COULD NOT COMPLY WITH THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION STANDARDS. THERE IS SUCH A THING BEFORE WE CUT SOMETHING, WE SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE ALTERNATIVES ARE. IT’S — ITS INITIAL ASSIGNMENT ALARM CAPABILITY WAS ONLY 20% IN THAT TOWN. THAT INSUFFICIENT LEVEL OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITIES AND THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WERE AT CONSIDERABLE RISK OF INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE. THE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO HIRE 45 FIREFIGHTERS. INCREASE THE RATE OF COMPLIANCE. AND NOW ESTIMATED THAT THE COMPLIANCE IS NOW 90% AND INCREASED ITS INITIAL ALARM DISPATCH WITH THREE MORE ENGINE COMPANIES. TOGETHER, FIRE AND SAFER, THOSE TWO BILLS — THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. CAN I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ONE MORE MINUTE?
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ANY OBJECTION? HEARING NONE — THEY HAVE PROVIDED OVER $7 BILLION IN FIREFIGHTER JOBS, EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING FOR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS. SERIOUS BUSINESS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LIFE, LIMB AND PROPERTY HERE. TO ME, CUTTING THESE CRITICAL PROGRAMS ESPECIALLY WHEN LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS’ BUDGETS ARE STRAINED, WE ARE FACING IT IN
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ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS, YOU KNOW THAT. MY AMENDMENT RESTORES THE FUNDING TO FIRE AND SAFER TO THEIR 2010 LEVELS. $290 MILLION FOR FIRE AND $420 MILLION FOR SAFER. WE ARE FORCED TO TAKE IT FROM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. IF THIS AMENDMENT PASSES, I HOPE TO RESTORE SOME OF THE FUNDING DURING CONFERENCE AND I HOPE BOTH SIDES WILL COME TOGETHER. IT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR FIREFIGHTERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE? THIS STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN THE PROGRAMS AND KEEPING OUR DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN CHECK. LET ME JUST SAY 300 MILLION IS INCLUDED IN THIS C.R. FOR FIRE EQUIPMENT AND THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THE SAFER GRANTS. AS HAS BEEN STATED THERE ARE NO FUNDS IN THE BILL FOR SAFER GRANTS. FIVE YEARS AGO, THIS PROGRAM WAS FUNDED AT $65 MILLION. LAST YEAR IT BALOONED TO $420 MILL AND AND INCLUDED A WAIVER. 2009, CONGRESS PROVIDED $210 MILLION FOR THE SAFER GANTS SUPPORTING 1,236 JOBS AT THE HIGH COST OF $170,000 PER JOB. IN THE JUST-RELEASED REQUEST, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PLANS TO CREATE OR RETAIN 225,000 FIREFIGHTERS AT A COST OF $190,000 PER JOB. THIS SEEMS UNREALISTIC WHEN OUR NATION FACES SERIOUS FISCAL CONSTRAINTS. WHILE WE ALL KNOW LOCAL BUDGETS ARE UNDER FISCAL PRESSURES, THE HIRING OF LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AT A COST OF $190,000 PER JOB SHOULD NOT BE BORNE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THESE CUTS WILL NOT BE EASY, BUT THEY ARE LONG OVERSUE AND NECESSARY .AND IGNORES THE FACT THAT THIS C.R. HAS CUT THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FUNDING. THIS ENORMOUS REDUCTION TO A BUDGET THAT BARELY AMOUNTS TO $1 BILLION WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING. S. AND T. IS A SINGLE ORGANIZATION THAT PERFORMS RESEARCH AND STIMULUS AND FUNDS AND INITIATIVES WITHIN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, TO INCLUDE WORK UNDER WAY AT A LABORATORY IN NEW JERSEY AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY. THE PROJECTS THAT FUNDING SUPPORTS IS CRUCIAL TO HOMELAND MISSION AND THIS CUT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY SLOW OR END THEIR PROGRESS. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES.
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. AND I YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE
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CAROLINA RISE? DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. I THE BILL BEFORE US ELIMINATES THE FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM KNOWN AS SAFER AND REDUCES FUNDING FOR GRANTS TO PURCHASE FIRE EQUIPMENT BY 23%. IF ADOPTED, THESE CUTS WILL RESULT IN OVER 2,400 FIREFIGHTERS BEING LAID OFF IN 2011 AND PREVENT FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM PURCHASING EQUIPMENT, BREATHING APPARATUS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS DEPEND ON DURING A TIME OF ENERGY. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE. DURING MY TENURE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITIES COMMITTEE WE ENSURED NOT ONLY WAS FUNDING PROVIDED FOR THESE CRITICAL FIREFIGHTER PROGRAMS BUT THESE DOLLARS COULD BE USED FLEXIBLY IN THIS TIME OF ECONOMIC STRESS. TO RETAIN FIREFIGHTERS THAT MIGHT LOSE THEIR JOBS, TO REHIRE FIREFIGHTERS THAT HAVE BEEN LAID OFF DUE TO ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, AS WELL AS TO HIRE NEW FIREFIGHTERS. REPEATEDLY, I HEAR FROM COMMUNITIES THAT WERE ABLE TO USE FUNDS FOR THESE PURPOSES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN CLEMENS PARISH IN LOUISIANA, SAFER FUNDING WAS USED TO RETAIN AND HIRE 73 FIREFIGHTERS, ENSURING SEVEN DEPARTMENTS HAD SALARIED FIREFIGHTERS AND THE 12 PARISH FIRE STATIONS COULD BE MANNED
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24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. THE NORTH LAS VEGAS FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO HIRE 50 NEW FIREFIGHTERS WITH THE SAFER GRANT, PERMITTING THEM TO OPEN AN EIGHTH FIRE STATION, THEREBY REDUCING RESPONSE TIMES AND ENHANCING THE LEVEL OF PROTECTION FOR CITY RESIDENTS AS WELL AS THE MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO LAS VEGAS. SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, RECENTLY RECEIVED A SAFER GRANT THAT ALLOWED THEM TO RETAIN THEIR WHOLE ROSTER OF FIREFIGHTERS INSTEAD OF LETTING SOME GO. IN COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS, RECEIVED A RECENT GRANT ALLOWING THEM TO RETAIN FIVE FIGHTERS WHO — FIVE FIREFIGHTERS WHO OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE BEEN LAID OFF. RETAINING THIS FUNDING ENSURES GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CRITICAL TO OUR SAFETY. THE C.R. EXACERBATES THE LAYOFFS WE’RE ALREADY SEEING WITH PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP KEEP THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTERS ON THE JOB. MR. CHAIRMAN, I MUST EXPRESS SOME RESERVATIONS ABOUT HOW THE INCREASE IN FIREFIGHTER GRANTS IS PAID FOR IN THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT DRASTICALLY REDUCES FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. IT’S NOT DESIRABLE OR WISE TO CUT THE DEPARTMENT’S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BUDGET SO MUCH. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THE MAJORITY HAS PREVENTED US FROM PAYING FOR THESE AMENDMENTS FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE BILL AND THE OVERALL ALLOCATION FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE REST OF THE DOMESTIC AGENCIES IS COMPLETELY INADEQUATE. SO I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. BUT I WILL WORK DILIGENTLY TO RESTORE THESE FUNDING CUTS AS THE BILL PROGRESSES AND WE GET DOWN TO RESPONSIBLE BUDGETING AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE, SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS OR VOTE NO AND SEE A DECLINE IN CRITICAL FIRST RESPONDER PERSONNEL IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO HARD-PRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.
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FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM KENTUCKY RISE? TO STRIKE STRIKE.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. AND I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. LET ME SAY I REALIZE THAT THE IMPORTANCE THAT THESE GRANTS DO CONTRIBUTE AND THE BOTTOM LINE RIGHT NOW IS WE SIMPLY CAN’T AFFORD IT IN THE POSITION WE ARE RIGHT NOW. AS WE MOVE FORWARD FOR THE F.Y. 2012 BUDGET, I’LL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO TRY TO WORK ON THIS. WE CAN’T AFFORD IT AT THIS POINT BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH BOTH OF THEM AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN F.Y. 2012. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, ON THE AMENDMENT TODAY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT WE HAVE BEFORE US. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. IS THERE AN OBJECTION? MR. SPEAKER — THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. TO ZERO OUT ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT PROGRAMS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND ALL OBJECTIVE OBSERVERS HAVE COME TO THAT CONCLUSION, AND YES, WE DO HAVE TO CUT, THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO CUT WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE, WHEN WE KNOW WHAT THE RESULTS OF THIS LEGISLATION HAS BROUGHT. I’VE BEEN ON HOMELAND SECURITIES FROM DAY ONE. I THINK I KNOW IT. BUT THAT’S BESIDE THE POINT. TODAY WE KNOW WHAT THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN OF THIS LEGISLATION. BUT FOR THE 2,400 FIREFIGHTERS RIGHT OFF THE BAT THAT WOULD BE LAID OFF, BECAUSE THIS IS A THREE-YEAR PLAN, THERE ARE CERTAIN MATCHES THAT HAVE TO GO INTO IT, THOSE MATCHES HAVE BEEN REDUCED SO OTHER LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN GET INVOLVED. WHEN WE SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH MANY FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT GO THROUGH STATES AND NEVER WIND UP TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO, THIS STANDS OUT ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO PAT FIREFIGHTERS ON THE BACK, TO BRING OUR GRANDKIDS TO GET UP ON THE FIRE ENGINES WHEN WE ARE PULLING THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER THEM. WHEN THIS PASSED 10 YEARS AGO, THERE WERE FIRE COMPANIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES THAT HAD TO PUSH THEIR EQUIPMENT TO THE FIRE. AND WE ARE HERE UNTIL 1:00 IN THE MORNING QUESTIONING THIS IS NOT A PRIORITY OF OURS AND WE CAN’T AFFORD THIS RIGHT NOW, I CAN TELL YOU WHAT WE CAN’T AFFORD. WE CAN’T AFFORD OTHER THINGS IN OTHER PLACES BUT WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. IF WE MEANT WHAT WE SAID ON 9/12/01, THEN WE NEED TO DO
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SOMETHING RIGHT NOW TO PROTECT THEM. THIS IS A VISCERAL SUBJECT, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. I’VE NOT HEARD ONE ARGUMENT WHERE THIS LEGISLATION HAS LET US DOWN ONE IOTA. IN FACT, IT HAS DELIVERED WHAT IT SAID IT WAS GOING TO DELIVER. WHETHER YOU BE VOLUNTEERS OR CAREER FIREFIGHTERS, YOU ARE ASSISTED BY THE SAFER BILL. AND WE MAKE IT THAT WAY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FIRE ACT ITSELF, THAT ACT WENT TO ALL DEPARTMENTS, SMALL DEPARTMENTS — IN FACT, WE SKEWED IT, THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE PROGRAM WAS TO GO TO SMALLER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, NOT TO BIG CITIES. AND WE FOLLOWED THROUGH ON THAT. DO YOU KNOW HOW THESE APPLICATIONS ARE EVALUATED? THEY’RE EVALUATED BY PEERS. AND IT COSTS US VERY LITTLE TO DO IT. THAT’S WHY IT’S AN EFFICIENT AS WELL AS EFFECTIVE PROGRAM. WE SHOULD ALL BELONG TO THE POLICE CAUCUS AND THE FIRE CAUCUS.
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BACK. THEY DON’T NEED OUR PATS ON THE THEY DON’T NEED OUR WORDS OF INSPIRATION. WHAT THEY NEED IS SOME HELP TO PUT ENOUGH PEOPLE OUT THERE. THESE ARE PEOPLE’S LIVES WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. HOW DARE WE EVEN CONSIDER, WE KNOW THE CONDITION — NO, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO, CONDITIONS OF OUR MUNICIPALITIES ARE QUITE
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AGO. DIFFERENT NOW THAN SIX YEARS THEY’RE LAYING OFF COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS. SOMEONE MENTIONED WHEN WE WERE DISCUSSING THE COPS PROGRAM EARLIER THIS EVENING, LAST NIGHT, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY 3 — NEW JERSEY. THEY’RE LAYING OFF HALF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, HALF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. DON’T WE HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS? AND BY THE WAY, THAT PART OF HOMELAND SECURITY WHICH PROTECTS THE NATION AND PROTECTS THEM THROUGH OUR FIRST RESPONDERS SINCE THEY’RE THE FIRST PEOPLE THERE, GOD KNOWS WHEN A CATASTROPHE OCCURS, WHAT, ARE WE PUTTING THE BRAKES ON THEM? ARE WE GOING OUT ON RECESS? THESE ARE THE LINES BETWEEN US AND PERHAPS DISASTER. WE CANNOT — MUCH OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS BOUGHT IN THE FIRE ACT, COMPETITIVE BIDDING, MUCH OF THAT EQUIPMENT SAVED LIVES ALREADY. MOST OF THE FIREFIGHTERS, ALL OF THE FIREFIGHTERS THAT WERE HIRED, BECAUSE WE WANTED TO GIVE SOME IN EVERY TOWN AN EDGE WHEN THEY WERE DOWN BELOW THE
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LIVES. RANKS, THOSE FIREFIGHTERS SAVED WE NEED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON THIS AMENDMENT. IT’S GOOD FOR AMERICA AND IT WORKS. NO ONE HAS QUESTIONED THAT THIS EVENING. THANK YOU.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? I YIELD BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS — I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RISE? I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 263, LINE 9, BE CONSIDERED AS READ, PRINTED IN THE RECORD, AND OPEN TO AMENDMENT AT ANY POINT. IS THERE AN OBJECTION? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RISE? MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE MESSENGER: THE COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THERE ON. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THROP. — THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE? I MOVE THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN. THE
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ADJOURN. QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 1507B8G TODAY

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