tv U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Business CSPAN February 24, 2016 12:00pm-2:01pm EST
we are leaving as the u.s. house begins its legislative work this afternoon on a bill dealing with allowing federal officer and employees to carry pepper spray at medium and high security prisons. also bills expanding the korean war memorial. a national historic science in georgia among others. starting debate on a measure dealing with fraudulent lawsuits. live coverage of the house on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, bishop perry thompson, freedom chapel international christian center, washington, d.c.,. >> let us pray. emmanuel, the god of creation, presence and power, we honor you the true and only wise god as christ and lord and decree and declare your principles and patterns to be the common thread through these walls and this august assembly of
representatives. we declare this day that the lord has made, a day of excellence and cooperation and decree it to be like no other day. we remorse of all sin and shortcomings and ack whiches to the glory of the most high. deliver us from our enemies, for hide us.n to thee to nd thou art our god. thy spirit is good. we declare these blessings in the name of the lord and savior. amen in jesus' name. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal and announces his approval there. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from
california, ms. hahn. ms. hahn: 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 iberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from illinois, mr. rush, is recognized for one inute. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i rise thompson, ank bishop of richmond, virginia, for offering the opening prayer. devry te of devie -- institute of technology and norfolk state university, bishop thompson is senior pastor of the freedom chapel international christian center here in washington, d.c. and bishop thompson oversees
ministries abroad in brazil, ecuador, liberia, mexico, russia, and ukraine. mr. speaker, mr. thompson is the admissions and financial officer of the supreme court of the united states. the first vice president of administration for r.e.i. institute and serves on the executive board of the world christian fellowship. mr. speaker, bishop thompson is also the pastor of our beloved colleague, joyce hamelin, assistant sargedge at arms in charge of floor security. mr. speaker, again i thank bishop perry m. thompson for his excellent work and for his being here today. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my
time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, yesterday president obama announced his plan to close guantanamo. as a 29-year air force veteran and p.o.w., i speak from experience when i say that the president's decision is wrong and it will endanger our homeland. as a congressman who helped pass the law to protect american citizens by ensuring obama doesn't release terrorists from gtmo, i would like to remind the president that his decision goes against the will of the american
people. furthermore, it's illegal. radical islamic terrorists who are hellbent on election to destroy our democracy and way of life belong in only one place -- guantanamo. the president is clearly in denial about these terrorists, but americans can rest assured we will do everything in our power to keep our country safe. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. higgins: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, on the occasion of the great lakes day hundreds of advocates are in washington to support funding for the restoration of the great lakes. fortunately, after years of negligent, -- neglect, congress is starting to meet its responsibilities to protect and
restore this irreplaceable resource. in 196, the buffalo river, which drains into lake erie, was so contaminated it was declared biologically dead. today funded by the great lakes restoration initiative, federal government, local businesses, are working on a massive undertaking to clean up and restore the river. now we expect it will be fishable and swimmable within the next decade. in the coming weeks, congress will begin to devise spending plan for the year. i urge my colleagues to support the programs like the great lakes restoration initiative which support local economies, natural habitats, and public health throughout the region. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, yesterday the president announced a dangerous proposal -- to close guantanamo and bring terrorists to america. one of the proposed locations is near charleston, south
carolina, creating a risk of attacks to adjacent schools, churches, neighborhoods, and ports. i have visited guantanamo twice. this is the right location to house terrorists who are obsessed to kill american families. the 2016 national defense authorization act signed by the president bars the closure of guantanamo. congress voted that remote guantanamo is the safest location for mass murderers of american families. which discouraging further attacks. no one wants to be in communist cuba. i appreciate speaker paul davis ryan, senators tim scott, and lindsey graham, senator -- governor nicki haley, attorney general wilson, and the south carolina house delegation for their efforts to prevent the closure of guantanamo to protect american families. in conclusion, god bless our troops and mate president by his actions never forget september 11 and the global war object terrorism. -- on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition?
>> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute. >> mr. speaker, raul of us were sad jendened in the last two weeks in the loss of one of the longest serving or the longest serving jurists, justice scalia. ms. jackson lee: there is no doubt he loved the law and he loved that court. with that in mind, mr. speaker, i think it is important that as justice scalia in his recognition of the love of the law and that court, that we honor his memory by fulfilling the constitutional duty that the other body has to. and the constitutional duty that the president has to. which is to advise and consent on a nomination made by the president -- or not consent made by the president of a supreme court justice. the claim that this is an 80-year precedent that has not been broken based upon the time
that the president is now serving, 332 days, there is no such term as a lame duck in the united states congress is indirect. for it was recently done in 1988. president reagan with justice kennedy when he was nominated by a democratic-controlled senate, 97-0. so it is important that we express to the american people that we are willing to do our duty. i would adhere to the latin term in english, the last expression of the people prevails. the president of the united states was duel he leekted in 2012. his term has not ended. and i applaud the president for doing his constitutional duty. i think it is important for us to do our constitutional duty. the congress of the united states and address the question of making sure the court is full to do its duty. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> 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. brooks: last week the world lost a literary giant and
alabama lost a legend. a native of alabama's first congressional district, neal harper lee was born in and died in monroeville, alabama, the city served as i.n.s. firation for her ledgendary move "to kill a mockingbird." she received many honors, including being inducted into the alabama academy of honor, and being awarded the national medal of arts. mr. byrne: she was known as a private woman, but her writings inspired generations. promoted acceptance. and taught us all important life lessons. sadly, she passed away in monroeville, on february 19 at the age of 89. one of the best lessons was about tolerance as she wrote in "to kill a mockingbird" you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. may we all take time to reflect on the life of nell harper lee and continue out her lesson of tolerance each and every day.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, on the evening of february 9, this little precious angel, 1-year-old autumn johnson, was in her crib when a gunman approached her family's compton home and opened fire on the converted garage where they lived. autumn was struck by a single bullet to her head. two sheriff's deputies on the scene didn't think they could wait for the paramedics and rushed little autumn in her father's arms to the hospital in their squad car. she was declared dead at the hospital. yesterday sheriffs arrested her suspected killer, mowive is still unknown, but law enforcement suspect gang
involvement. i hope that justice is served, but i know that nothing can make up for what autumn's parents have lovements i atnded her funeral on saturday and my heart broke into a million piece when is i saw autumn in her little lavender casket. before she was buried, her young father put her bink teddy bear in beside her. when is the breaking point? when will decide our communities have seen enough blood shed? when will we get serious about investing in our young people and giving them better opportunities than gangs? and when will we in congress finally do our part to prevent within -- gun violence? autumn's life mattered, and it's time we started acting like it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from indiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. walorski: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize and pay tribute to a champion of
higher education in my district. for the last 12 years, dr. carol mooney, has honorably served as president of st. mary's college in notre dame, indiana. she's beloved by her peers and praised for strengthening the fiscal and academic standings. her work has directly impacted the lives of students on campus, proa viding them with the highest quality -- providing them with the highest quality education possible. as the first lay alumna president, she spearheaded st. mary's most successful campaign. raising over $105 million in gibb gifts and pledges. she saw the expansion of numerous undergraduate and graduate programs. clearly her dedication to and passion for education has been felt far and wide. on behalf of the people of indiana's second congressional district, i thank president mooney for her commitment to improving the state of our community and society at large and wish her all the best as she retires later this year. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new hampshire seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to honor a group of men who played a crucial and unique role in the allied victory in world war ii. the army's 23rd headquarter special troops, also known as the ghost army, used tactical deception to divert enemy troops. recruited from art schools and ad agencies, these men created false radio transmissions, along with decoy tanks, planes, and other vehicles to deceive german soldiers while concealing the true movement of our allied troops. the unit's members included celebrated artists like bill blass, and ellsworth kelly, and men like the late mickey mccain who lived in my district. he was recruited from the pratt
institute and put his expertise in architectural design to good use in the battlefields of europe. the activities were classified until 1996, which meant that for years their heroic went unrecognized. last year my colleague, peter king, and i introduced legislation to collectively award a congressional gold medal to the unit. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and give the ghost army the recognition it deserves. and i hope you will join me tomorrow night on the hill where i will be hosting a screening of an acclaimed 2013 pbs documentary, "the ghost army." as the proud daughter and doubter-in-law of world war ii veterans, i'm honored to advocate for those who sacrificed so much for our victory. i urge my colleagues to join me in these efforts. i yield back. . for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire
seek recognition? mr. guinta: i rise in recognition ofla cone yeah, new hampshire police department. in communities like this in our lakes region, heroin abuse is affecting everyone from kids to adults. it is taking a new approach. in addition to locking up drug dealers, the police department named former undercover officer, eric adams the coordinator. in his job, he builds relationships with heroin users often at their most vulnerable moments. sometimes the cell phone rings in the middle of the night, a desperate caller pleading for help. e arrives, he helped granite staters seek treatment. they are working to direct more resources to innovative resources. it is providing a model for
others in saving lives. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. mr. speaker, last weekend, six people were murdered by a gunman on the streets of call ma zoo, michigan. we have had 1,800 people die. 30 mass shootings and congress has done nothing in the face of this continued bloodshed. what will it take for us to act. i will introduce hate crimes prevention act that closes the hate crimes loophole and preventing them from purchasing a game. a bill to end the purchase of firearms by dangerous individuals. to close the fire sale loophole. my colleagues have introduced other bills. it's important that we take up this legislation, that we vote on these bills and let our constituents know where we stand
in this fight to reduce gun violence in our country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. capps: i honor to honor the life of ray west who passed away last week. was a u.s. navy veteran who served during world war ii and went on to have a successful career as a sound engineer. they were married in 1950. the two honey mooned in yosemite national park and celebrated each anniversary by returning there. then ray became i will. and the dream foundation stepped in. now the dream foundation is a wish granting organization for terminally ill adults which is
based in california and ensured that ray and jean would be able to visit yosemite for their 55th wedding anniversary. last september i had the privilege of meeting ray and his son david when they traveled here for the launch of the dream foundation's dreams for veterans program. i was honored to be able to recognize him for his outstanding military service and his extraordinary life. so today, my thoughts are with ray's family. i pray they find comfort as they celebrate the life of this remarkable man. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. >> i rise to highlight the intercollegiate athletic association. it is our first black athletic conference and one of our country's oldest athletic
conference. it is being held in north carolina. as co-chair of the congressional caucus i'm proud of the mission encouraging educational advancement, promoting competitive sportsmanship. the queen city has hosted this conference for more than 10 years and it has had a positive impact on charlotte's economy. generating more than $325 million and continues to generate $55 million. sponsors have provided $1.5 million annually in scholarship program. thank you for being such a positive force in the charlotte area for students, for our families and supporters. i wish the best to all of the male and female athletes
competing for titles this week. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii seek recognition? without objection. the gentlelady is recognized. mr. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker, in recognition of national invasive species awareness week, this is the opportunity to call 4,300 invasive speaks hees that harm our agriculture, local land owners and communities throughout the united states. what is that? in my home state we have the others that have cost our local economy millions and threaten our ecosystem, our agriculture and waterways and food supply and public health. there is no one solution to combat the species that are present across the country. i encourage my colleagues to co-sponsor and pass h.r. 3893, i
bill i sponsored. it would bring local stakeholders together with researchers and other key players in order to find sustainable, cost-effective and comprehensive solutions that will better help all of us to manage the spread of these rmful pests and invasive species. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. last week, the obama administration failed to meet a deadline to submit a strategy to combat islamic terrorism. to comply with the 2016 national defense authorization act, president obama was required to submit to congress a comprehensive strategy to defeat isis by monday, february 15,
2016. that was over a week ago. we still have not received his strategy. confronting this threat is of utmost importance of the safety and security of the united states and our allies. while there is an absence of leadership from our commander in chief, the house has taken several steps to keep america safe from terrorism. we passed the waiver improvement and terrorist travel prevention act to prevent foreign terrorists from entering the united states. we passed the american security against foreign enemies act, a bill to pause the government syrian refugee program. just yesterday, the house passed two additional measures to ensure our federal agencies are working to disrupt the travel of terrorists and those seeking help from terrorists. the house alone cannot keep america safe. we need action from this administration. and submitting an incomplete plan to move dangerous terrorists to the united states
from guantanamo bay doesn't count. it just threatens our security more. isis is a very grave threat that is clearly not contained. today, i urge the president to comply with the national defense authorization act and submit a plan to congress. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. mr. paulsen: hard working families in minnesota want more flexibility and choice when it comes to their own health care. instead of a top-down approach patients should work with their doctors to determine what is best. one of the best tools to provide more flexibility are health sare savings accounts. h.s.a.'s are a great way to save for future medical expenses. however, due to certain loopholes in current law,
employers are discouraged from contributing to their employee' accounts. i have introduced legislation that would remove this loophole and encourage companies to contribute directly. the bill would bring in seniors and active duty military personnel by allowing chiropractics to be made to those accounts under medicare and tricare. it makes commonsense fixes to the current rules. for instance patients now will be able to purchase over the counter medication such as aspirin or allergy medicine without getting a prescription from their doctor first. let's give the american people more choice, more flexibility and let's pass the health savings act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house an enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 4437, an act to
extend the deadline for the submital of the final report required by the commission on care. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postponefurther proceedings on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the the yeas and nays are ordered or which the vote incurs objection under clause 6, rule 20. recorded votes on postponed questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the rules the eric williams correctional officer protection act of 2015. the clerk: senate 238, an act to amend title 18 united states code to authorize the director of the bureau of prisons to issue spray to the bureau of prisons. ifment the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte and the gentlelady from texas, ms.
jackson lee, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: i ask unanimous consent that all members many may have five days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on s. 238 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. s. y i rise in support of 238. eric williams was born on august 24, 1978 in pennsylvania. he was the son of donald and jean williams. eric spent most of his life in pennsylvania where he attended the public school systems and graduated from the area high school in 1996. he was an avid soccer player and was a member of the high school team and continued playing in adult leagues. n addition, eric was an avid
sportseman. he graduated with a criminal justice degree in pennsylvania and was a graduate of the local police program. he became a security specialist and a police officer with jefferson township, pennsylvania. in september of 2011, eric began his career as a corrections officer at the u.s. prison in canaan and visited jails, talking to inmates about health and spiritual issues. on the night of february 25, 2013, three years ago tomorrow, eric was supervising more than 100 high-security inmates at the u.s. prison. while making his rounds for nightly lockdown just before 10:00 p.m., inmate and gang member, launched an unprovoked
brutal and cowardly attack against senior officer williams. the prisoner knocked eric down a staircase flowering his skull and proceeded to stab eric more than 200 times with a homemade prison shank. he had only a set of keys, a pair of handcuffs and a hand held radio on him not enough to defend himself against a brutal attack. he was 34 years old when he was murdered. the eric williams correctional officer protection act of 2015 will ensure our correctional officers have the necessary equipment to properly defend themselves from this type of attack in the future. s. 238 requires the director of the bureau of prisons to issue pepper spray to any bureau prison's officer or employee who may have to respond to an
emergency situation to reduce acts of violence committed by prisoners. this is a much needed piece of legislation to ensure the safety and security of bureau of prince employees. this bill passed the senate two months ago and if passed today will be presented to the president. i want to thank congressman marino who represents the district where eric lived and who has been a staunch advocate for making pepper spray to bureau of prison employees. join me in supporting this important piece of legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. . mr. kelly: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: as a sitting member of the house judiciary committee, ranking member of the scombheet on crime, terrorism, homeland security, and investigations, and a
representative of houston, i am privileged to be able to support this legislation. legislation that i'm very glad to say had been included in our draft prison bill, bipartisan bill, but because of the urgency of this matter, i'm very glad to be on the floor of he house with the co-sponsors, sponsors, and chairman of the full committee, mr. goodlatte. and the ranking member of the full committee, mr. conyers, as well, joins us -- joins in the importance of this effort. my heartaches for eric williams' family. and it aches for the circumstance that caused him to lose his life. obviously this young man was committed to public safety. the criminal justice city. and the rehabilitation of those who were incarcerated. even in high-risk circumstances. i rise to support s. 238, the eric williams correctional office protection act of 2015, to make sure that this
provision, providing a tool of safety for these brave corrections officers, does not go out of existence. i want to extend my thanks again to judiciary chairman goodlatte and ranking member conyers, as i indicated, for their ongoing bipartisan leadership. but again let me refer back to eric williams, the namesake of this legislation and the tragedy of his death. i want to offer my sympathy to the family members and to again say that this death did not have to happen. as i discussed the bill, i want to make the point that we should not shortchange the resources needed for the men and women who are on the frontlines of protecting us and securing a criminal justice system to make it work. in this instance that's what happened. a death that had occurred earlier, but the pilot program cannot -- did not reach to
eric's facility. that's inexcusable, but rtunately this permanent adding or expanding of this bill will make sure that every high-risk facility under the bureau of prisons will have this pepper spray. the judiciary committee unanimously passed a groundbreaking prison reform bill two weeks ago. this measure was included. s. 238 codifies a pilot program that has increased prison safety nationwide. it's crucial. however it's set to expire in a few days. and i look forward to my colleagues bringing forth the criminal justice bills. it is important to move this bill now. tomorrow marks three years since the death of correctional officer eric williams, who was stabbed by an inmate at high security facility. he was working alone, as i said, with 100 inmates, high risk, armed with only radio, keys, handcuffs. he was unable to defend himself against the aggressive attack. if officer williams was equipped with pepper pray
spray, he might still be with us today passing s. 238 would honor him. the provisions of this bill requires b.o.p. to issue the pepper spray to certain staff at a higher security prisons. this requirement is truly common sense and does not apply to minimum or low security facilities. it only applies to staff that may respond to an emergency situation in the prison. s. 238 includes critical safeguards to ensure pepper spray is used appropriately and only necessary to prevent acts of violence. it is determined that pepper spray is not dangerous. only in limited circumstances. the legislation requires the officer employed to complete a pepper spray training course before being issued the spray and an uely thereafter. establishes perimeters for using the spray it may only be used to prevent acts of violence. in doing so s. 238 makes it clear that pepper spray may not be used to punish or coerce inmates or in an inappropriate
fashion. finally let me say it is with sadness but with pleasure that we provide this legislation and move it quickly so that we can provide that permanent armor, if you will, to protect these officers who are dealing with high-risk inmates. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation. with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. marino, a member of the judiciary committee, and a subcommittee chairman, who has been an advocate on this issue and whose district was directly impacted by the murder of eric williams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for three minutes. mr. marino: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman goodlatte, for bringing this legislation to the floor and thank mr. conyers for supporting this as well. i rise today in support of the eric williams correctional officer protection act.
i was not fortunate enough to know eric williams while he lived, but as i have met and worked with his parents, his co-workers, and friends i have come to grasp the depth of this loss to them all. as the chairman stated before me, on the night he was brutally murdered, eric was alone and outnumbered over 100-1 in a high security federal penitentiary. where eric was murdered is one of three of such high security institutions in my congressional district. i moot add that congressman goodlatte and i toured the facilities at lewisburg and allenwood several months ago and saw firsthand what takes place there. in each of them correction officers and other prison staff are constantly outnumbered while they work among the most violent criminals in the federal prison system. until the b.o.p. implemented its o.c. spray pilot program,
each of these correctional officers was also completely unarmed. inmates on the other hand, constantly find ingenious ways to fabricate weapons for use against b.o.p. employees and other inmates. but as i have visited and met , i corrections officer have heard firsthand accounts why o.c. spray is a necessary tool of their job. it is a sign of why this proven pilot program must be permanently authorized. i want to thank chairman goodlatte for his support and assistance on this critical piece of legislation and my colleague sitting with me here today and on the other side of the aisle. over many months now he and his staff have worked with mine to ensure that we bring this to the floor. i also want to thank my colleagues from pennsylvania,
senator toomey, for his efforts to push the bill through the senate while straightforward and short, the bill means life and/or death for corrections officers. and b.o.p. employees across the nation. the loss of eric williams and two other federal correction officers in recent years is tragic and absolutely preventable. tomorrow, february 25, marks three years since eric's death. to honor his service and his memory, i urge my colleagues to do right for those who protect us and support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, at this time it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. barletta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for three minutes. mr. barletta: 2457ing you. i rise in support of the eric
williams correctional officer protection act. first let me explain the title of the bill. eric williams was a constituent senior from nacoce, a protection officer at the u.s. prison just outside of my district. on february 25, 2013, that's three years ago tomorrow, eric williams was working in the prison when he was suddenly attacked by an inmate. the inmate knocked officer williams down a flight of steps. he then stabbed him more than 200 times with a homemade shank. that inmate is now charged with first degree murder. first degree murder of a united states correction officer. and possession -- possessing contraband in prison. prosecutors are seeking death penalty. needless to say at the time of the attack officer williams was unarmed. now, it makes sense that
officers don't carry firearms into areas where inmates could gain access to them, but this bill tells the bureau of prisons to supply pepper spray to prison officers or other employees who could be involved in emergency situations with inmates. if officer williams had been equipped with pepper spray three years ago, he might have been able to defend himself against that cowardly, ambush-style attack. and perhaps he would be alive today. this will give correctional officers that fighting chance that officer williams did not have. i have had the privilege of meeting with eric williams' parents, don and jean. they are now part of an organization called voices of joe. the letters of joe sand for jose rivera, oswaldo, and eric williams. they were killed because of their jobs in the correctional system. for them, mr. speaker, and all
of our correctional officers who risk their lives every day, i urge support of the bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, it's now my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley, who is the chief sponsor of the house version of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia is recognized for three minutes. mr. mckinley: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to support of senate bill 238. the eric williams correctional officer protection act and urge its immediate adoption. two years ago, our office met with the family of eric williams. we heard the tragic story of how he was brutally murdered in the line of duty at the penitentiary.
in coordination with senator toomey's office, we then introduced the bill in concert with congressman barletta and marino. the companion bill in the house. we reintroduced it again this past year as we are thrilled that the toomey bill has passed the senate and has come before the house today. this bill will permanently authorize federal correction officers to routinely carry, to routinely carry pepper spray in medium, high, and maximum security prisons. think about what we heard a minute ago. at the time of his death, officer williams only was equipped with a radio, a set of eys, and some handcuffs. any worker should feel safe and secure when they go to work. but that's not the case in our federal correctional institutions. these men and women have no line of defense against
conflicts within the prison walls. this bill will go far in providing for federal correctional workers, a much needed tool so they may defend themselves and others if attacked by violent prison inmates. i thank the judiciary committee and leadership for their quick action in bringing this issue to the floor and urge all my colleagues to honor the memory of officer eric williams by voting yes and sending this bill to the president's desk. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers except myself. we are prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i will prepare to close. thank you very much, mr. chairman. let me state the obvious. all of us are appalled and saddened by the loss of this
corrections officer and we express, again, our sadness and sympathy to his family. although three years later. eric williams did not deserve to die. in our federal prisons and across america, they are dangerously overcrowded. such conditions can frequently lead or at least contribute to unnecessary violence. high and medium-security level if a stilts make up 42% of the total of prisons' population. in f.y. 2013, these facilities were operating 52% and 45% over capacity respectively. officers in these facilities must be equipped to protect themselves. in 2010, there are almost 1,700 assaults on b.o.p. staff and about 49 per 5,000 inmates. b.o.p. requires officers on regular duty to carry a radio, body alarm, and keys. outside the pilot program and aside from emergency
situations, and special teams, officers do not carry pepper spray or batons. officers must rely on communication skills and training to de-escalate confrontations. sometimes that's not enough. these are important skills. we know that well trained federal correction officers are generally able to use these skills to avoid violence but not all the time. we must not have one single time where we have an officer in the -- risk losing their life and they have no protection. in some instances, however, these skills may not be enough, these officers must not be defenseless. the issuance of pepper spray alongside proper training will go a long way to assist these officers. we ask a loft federal correction officers in the comments made about mr. williams that he was engaged in counseling and rehabilitation discusses -- discussion, we support these officers with training and skills. we do expect for them toint act. when faced with acts of violence against themselves and others, they must be well positioned to cut that violence
short. i ask my colleagues to join in passing s. 238. i thank the author of the bill who persisted in introducing it on many occasion. my colleagues on the judiciary committee, including mr. marino, and others, our chairman and ranking member and i urge my colleagues to join me, the national association of police organizations, federal law enforcement officers association, american federation of government employees, and the council of prison locals in supporting the eric williams correctional officer protection act of 2015. with that i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: joosm virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: i yield to myself to close. very simply, a few weeks ago, i had the opportunity to meet mr. and mrs. williams, eric's parents. they came to the house judiciary committee on the day that we marked up our prison reform legislation and included matters
related to protecting security officers in that legislation. they came after eric had been brutally murdered, so they knew nothing they did there that day would save him. he had already been lost, but they came for one important reason, they don't want to see that happen to any other federal prison security guard anywhere any time and they strongly support this legislation. i ask my colleagues to pass this legislation in eric williams' name and out of respect for the concern his parents have, that officers who serve their country in our federal prisons are kept safe. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 238. 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. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee of rules i call up house resolution 618. the speaker pro tempore: clerk the report the house resolution.
the clerk:resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 3624 to amend title 28, united states code, to prevent fraudulent joinder. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. i it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary now printed in the bill. the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived.
no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. collins: for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. all time that is yielded is for the purpose of debate only the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on the bill currently under consideration. i am pleased to bring forward this rule on behalf of the rules committee. it is a structured rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the chair and ranking minority member. in addition to the consideration of h.r. 3624, the house will debate and vote on two amendments on the house floor. the rules committee received
testimony from the sponsor of the bill and a minority representative from the judiciary committee. subcommittee hearings were held and it was marked up and reported. this bill went through regular order and enjoyed meaningful order. h.r. 3264 is supported by the national federation businesses because of the significance of this issues to small businesses in northeast georgia and across the nation. this legislation will protect innocent local parties often small business owners being dragged into expensive lawsuits. first, the bill empowers judges to exercise debater discretion to free an innocent local party from a case where the judge finds there is no plausible case against that party. it applies the same standards the supreme court has said it should be used to dismiss pleadings. and we believe the same standards shall apply to release innocent parties from lawsuits. second, the bill also -- allows squdges to look at evidence that
trial lawyers aren't acting in good faith by adding local defendants. this is a standard some lower courts use to determine whether the trial lawyers intends to pursue claims or using them as part of the forum shopping strategy. it is important to emphasize congress has the authority to regulate the jurisdiction of the lower federal courts. it is poorly defined and subject to inconsistent interpretation and application and the consequences are significant and real. it is consistent with the views of our founding fathers and the principles enshrined of the judiciary act of 1789. i thank the chairman and their staffs in bringing forward this important litigation. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: i thank the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and
i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i rise in strong opposition to this rule and in strong opposition to the underlying legislation. in short, this is a lousy bill. at the end of last year, republicans and democrats came together to pass four major pieces of legislation that were sent to president obama's desk and enacted into law. we passed a bipartisan budget agreement, a multi year tax package, a highway bill and legislation to re-authorize the elementary and secondary education act that had all been stalled for years. that's how congress is supposed to work, mr. speaker. and quite frankly i thought at the end of last year that maybe these successes would be contagious and would become the norm to actually work together in a bipartisan way and to pass meaningful legislation that would actually become law. but this republican leadership, i'm sad to say, has returned
from the holiday break with more of the same tired ideas and partisan legislation that is going nowhere. we are wasting time with this legislation today, which is going nowhere. we are wasting taxpayer dollars spending our time dealing with legislation that is going nowhere. instead of considering legislation to create jobs, boost our economy or lift struggling americans out of poverty, this republican leadership is once again bringing to the floor a completely unnecessary bill that puts the interests of large corporations ahead of the rights of the american people to pursue justice through our court system. and it's not even the first time this week republicans have played politics with our judicial system. just yesterday, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and republicans on the senate judiciary committee confirmed that senate republicans will not hold hearings or any votes on
any nominee by president obama to fill the current vacancy on the u.s. supreme court, leaving a vacancy on our highest court for at least a year or more. mr. speaker, i for the life of me, can't understand where my republican friends have spent so much time during the last seven years doing everything they can to try on obstruct this president's agenda and every idea that this president has had. the contempt that republicans have demon stated for this president from day one when the senate majofert leader made clear they wanted to make president obama a one-term president, that the republicans were going to do everything they could to stop every piece of legislation that he proposed because they wanted him to have no success stories. but that contempt, i think, illustrates why this place has become the congress of dysfunction. we need to do better. we need to understand that in
washington, d.c. our job is to get things done and not put roadblocks in the way. to score political rights sets a dangerous precedent. and the bill we are set to consider is one more attempt to unbalance the scales of justice. h.r. 3624, the so-called fraudulent joinder prevention act works to create a wild west environment for big corporations by making it harder for ordinary citizens to hold them accountable for their actions. it is another republican handout to big business. it is an attempt to create a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. the issue of determining whether a local party has improperly joined a case is already dealt with. there is no real evidence that the current system is failing to address. this creates red tape and bureaucracy, something i'm hearing my republican friends
complain about all to make our courts friendlier to big business. it looks to move judicial cases that are supposed to be handled in state courts up to the federal courts which takes longer and more expensive. this makes it harder for an individual who has been injured by a corporation to take them to court and to be able to receive the compensation that they may be entitled to and deserve. the costs are higher for those seeking justice considering that this change would force individuals to travel long distances. this is just unjust and unfair. and it may please a certain group of contributors but not in the interests of the average american system. cases that should be handled in state courts is not in the best interests. congress should not be taking away the power of the courts to
determine where a case should be heard. americans would be outraged to learn that we are even considering a bill that would tilt the scales even more in the direction of big corporations. this is the people's house, we are supposed to be on the side of the people and not on the side of big corporations. i urge my colleagues to reject this rule and reject this underlying bill and to get on the side of the american people. you know, if we want to do something constructive, maybe what we ought to do is allow the american people to sue the congress for malpractice. because that's what this is about. this really is malpractice and we are wasting our time on a bill that is a giveaway to big corporations. with that, i urge my colleagues to oppose this and i reserve. mr. collins: reserve.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i'm going to urge we defeat the previous question and if we do defeat the previous question i'm going to offer an amendment to the rule to by up a resolution that would row wire the republican majority to stop its partisan games and finally hold hearings on the president's budget proposal. i don't know why this is so controversial. we ought to have a hearing and talk about various ideas on how to deal with our budget. the president of the united states is entitled to have a hearing up here in the house of representatives and i would urge my colleagues not to follow suit of the senate which is again blocking hearings on a new supreme court nominee. i would ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question and to discuss this proposal, i'm proud to yield three minutes to the distinguished the gentleman from
kentucky, mr. yarmuth. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. . mr. yarmuth: this is my eighth year in service on the house budget committee. for the last seven years, every year, the director of office of management and budget, has come to the house committee and presented the budget of the president of the united states. the president of the united states who has been duly elected by the people of this country for two terms. now the house budget committee decides it wants to break 40 years of tradition and not allow the administration to present the president's budget to not just the committee but also to the country. this isn't just unprecedented. this is disrespectful to the members of the committee and the members of this house. it's certainly disrespectful to our president and the office of the presidency. and above all, it's
disrespectful to the american people who expect their elected leaders to at least review the budget of the president they elected. as i said before, the american people have elected president obama twice. they did it for a reason. one of the reasons was that we were facing one of the greatest financial crises in the history of this contry. the record since president obama has taken office is pretty good. during his time in office, he's overseen one of the most monumental recoveries in our nation's history. consider some of the things that have happened over the past two terms of the obama administration. over the last six years, 14 million new jobs have been created. unemployment is now down to 5%. our budget deficit is at the smallest it's been in eight years. down $1 trillion from the year president obama took office. corporate profits are up more than 165%.
the dow jones average has doubled, the s&p 500 as more than doubled, up 140%. the nasdaq has tripled. rising 220%. more than 16 million americans now have health coverage who previously didn't. and new business formations are running at their highest rate in 17 years. with that record of economic leadership, you would think that not just the american people but certainly the house budget committee members would want to hear what this president has to say about his vision for the economy going forward. and for the budget of this government. no, once again for the first time in 40 years we don't have time or apparently interest in listening to what the president has to say. i shouldn't say we. this is the republicans on the udget committee. budgets are the way we prioritize our values and preferences for future action.
i know why the republicans don't want to hear the president's budget because they don't want the american people to compare what the president would like to do with what their own budget will do. now, we don't know exactly what that republican budget's going to look like this year, but we do know it will resemble -- another minute. mr. mcgovern: yield another one minute. mr. yarmurt: -- mr. yarmuth: we dough no that the budget will resemble the paul ryan budget of 2012, 2011, that budget was so distasteful to the american people, his running mate in 2012, mr. romney, was forced to disavow t we can make our own judgments. we can't make our own judgments if we can't see and let the american people see the administration discuss their priorities versus the republican priorities. this really is an insult to the american people. that they -- republicans are too scared of the contrast that
will be presented to even allow the president's budget, the actually elected president of the united states, to have his budget discussed in front of the american people. it's shameful and i urge my colleagues to reject the previous question. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert in the record an editorial that appeared in the "new york times" entitled republican budget tantrum. and the editorial concludes with this paragraph saying, the president's budget request is a detailed and worthy entry in the contest of ideas. its aim is to move the nation forward. if republicans have compelling ideas and a similar commitment to progress, they would engage with the proposals in the budget. but they don't. so they won't. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i would say, mr. speaker, we are reading in the
press that the chairman of the budget committee, the republican chairman of the budget committee, is now punting on the republican budget because apparently there's not enough red meat in there to satisfy the tea party or the freedom caucus or whatever they call themselves this particular week, which is very, very disturbing. but i think it's important that the republicans do their job, just like the president did his job. and while you're waiting to do your job, i think you should maybe have a hearing with -- on the president's budget so that maybe some of these ideas, my friends might be able to react to, and maybe even find some agreement. but having said that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for two minutes. mr. pascrell: mr. speaker, the refusal of my friends on the other side of the aisle to hold a hearing on the president's budget is an unprecedented show
of disrespect. the lack of respect i have seen for this president is abominable. it is disgraceful and it does not represent the american character. chairman price of the budget committee, mr. speaker, recently remarked, he wanted to quote, save the president the embarrassment, unquote, of having his budget director come testify before the congress. save him the embarrassment? he should be embarrassed. this is the first time, mr. speaker, since 1975, that the budget committee has not given the basic courtesy of reviewing the president's budget regardless of politics. regardless of whether we had a democratic president or
republican president. whether we had a democratic congress or we had a republican congress. since 1975. this crass display of partisanship diminishes the ability of congress to do its job. it doesn't certainly help us reaching across the aisle. or maybe i'm missing something. had the committee held a hearing on the president's budget, you would know that it creates opportunity for all not just those at the top. it invests in growing the economy, ensuring the united states is competitive in the 21st century. look, we set the parameters in ecember just a few months ago. and now what you want to do, politically, is tell us you can't live within those parameters. that's what you're telling the american people. we agreed to that. we voted on it.
now the majority has punted, to use a term. its responsibility and postpone releasing a budget as it tries to -- by the way, we were going to be marking up that budget -- mr. mcgovern: i yield an additional one minute. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. speaker. we were going to be marking up that budget this week. am i correct? i'll stand corrected, mr. speaker, if i'm wrong. we were supposed to be marking up that budget. now, we got to ask why aren't we marking up that budget? we call on you to use this extra time during this delay to do your job and hold a hearing on the president's budget. it's the right thing to do. it's the moral thing to do. key guy, what does that mean? -- gee, what does that me? i ask you, if you want to work in a bipartisan way, this would be a demonstration of how to do that. i thank you and i yield back
the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair will remind members to direct their comments to the chair. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i would inquire of my friend from massachusetts if he has any other speakers. mr. mcgovern: we don't have any other speakers. do you have any more speakers on your side? mr. collins: we are ready to close. mr. mcgovern: i think we are ready, too. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself all the remaining time we have on our side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, let me close by saying again to my colleagues that they should defeat this rule, which is a restrictive rule. they should vote against the previous question so we can actually bring forward the resolution that would allow for there to be a hearing on the president's budget proposal. and we should defeat the underlying bill.
we should defeat the underlying bill because it is a give away to big corporations. and big special interests. it is a bill that seems like it was written in the republican congressional campaign committee to make big contributors happy. it does nothing to protect the well-being and the interests of average americans, of small businesses, of people who do not have a lot of wealth. so for those reasons we ought to reject the underlying bill. we ought to have a debate on the president's budget proposal. we ought to have a debate on whatever the republicans come up with on their budget proposal. but speaker ryan said that this would be the year of ideas. but it seems like any idea that isn't the idea of a small group of very, very right wing republicans is not welcomed to be talked about. never mind deliberated on in this congress. we need to listen to all ideas.
and that includes what the president has proposed. by the way, this is a president who, notwithstanding all the attempts by my republican friends to try to frustrate all of his legislative efforts, has a record of accomplishment nonetheless. and one that i think we democrats are very, very proud of. but the fact of the matter is he is the president. he was elected not once but twice. the american people leekted him twice. and he's -- elected him twice. and he's our president for another year whether our friends like it or not. and he ought to be given the respect -- not just him, but the presidency ought to be given the respect to not play these political games when it comes to the budget. so i hope that we can -- i hope that the previous question will be defeated so we can bring this amendment to the floor for a vote.
and again i urge my colleagues, we have a lot to do. let's stop bringing press releases to the floor for votes. let's start doing business that will actually help the american people. this has become a place where trivial issues get debated passionately, but important ones not at all. we need to change that. there is a reason why congress is so low in the public opinion poll. what is happening today is the example of that. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate that. it has been interesting. again, i want to just remind everyone, mr. speaker, as were you listening this is a rule debate about a bill coming forward to discuss fraudulent joinder which is something that impacts our communities and legalcies tefment and just reminder, i ask that you vote for the rule and underlying h.r. 3624, which will have plenty of debate forthcoming. it has been an interesting thing in the last few minutes
to discuss my colleagues across the aisle and talk about real ideas and press releases. well, it is interesting it has always been the prerogative of congress and committee chairmen to invite who they want to and how they run their committees. that's continuing in that tradition. it's interesting that as the time has announced no hearing on the president's budget was needed. we had reason to believe the president's budget will balance or show any real interest -- you want to talk press release, go look what happened a few weeks ago in the president's budget. it had a picture after mountain on front. it was a great symbolism. it symbolized this is a budget of debt. no hope, no promise, never will balance. you want to talk about real ideas? it reminds me i was raising my children when they were smaller, we come to the town it's time to eat. daddy we want it candy. you have to eat real food. real ideas in this country we take them seriously. it means a budget that can actually balance. when you have military leaders, business leaders, community
leaders saying that the combatest -- greatest threat to america right now is the debt situation, and yet the president in his own prerelease, if you would, large budget, says we are never going to balance. we don't hope to balance. i don't understand the disconnect from the kitchen table to the white house kitchen table. but undoubtedly there is a disconnect because when you put forth an idea that's not serious, when you're not putting forth an idea that alances, it's compelling ideas , it's compelling ideas that make us move forward. the budget debate the congress is having is one the commern people are demanding and about how we do in advance of budget that balances. it addresses fiscal challenges so we can have a healthy economy, retirement. the president's it doesn't do anything that we have talked about. back in the district as many of us were last week, the realities
of many things we tr hearing in this election season is the realities that there is a disconnect from main street to inside this beltway. ideas ong as their's down a avenue, we are going to put a budget up that has no hope in helping the country in the situation, we are not dealing in reality or real ideas but dealing in the fantasy that one day it will be better. i would like to remind our democrat friends that are adamant about bringing the budget into the mix, they are ready to offer it up when a vote comes. the last time the president's budget hit the floor, it got all of two votes. with that, i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the
ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen having risen. the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. . pursuant to clause 9, rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the question on adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 237. the nays are 180. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. for what ion -- purpose does the gentleman from -- mr. mcgovern: object that i ask a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this nays the yeas are 238, the are 180, the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that my name be removed as co-sponsor of h.res. 571. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the constitution and laws of the united states, including section 1 of title 2 of public law 65-24 chapter 30, june 15, 1917 as amended by 50 u.s.c. 191,
sections 201, 202 and 301 of the national emergencies act 1501 and section 301 of title 3 united states code, i report that i have issued a proclamation to modify the continued national emergency declared in proclamation 687 and 7757. the proclamation recognizes that certain declarations of the emergency set forth and 7757 no longer reflect the international relations of the united states relating to cuba. further, the proclamation recognizes the re-establishment of democratic relations between the united states and cuba and that the united states continues to pursue the progressive normalization of relations while aspiring to a peaceful process and democratic cuba. the proclamation declares the national emergency related to cuba and provides the following
statements related to u.s. national security and foreign policy. it is u.s. policy that a mass migration with cuba would endangerer the security of the united states by posing a disturbance or threatened disturbance of the international relations of the united states. the unauthorized of vessels into the jurisdiction of united states into cuba territorial waters is in violation of u.s. law and contrary to u.s. policy. the unauthorized entry of u.s. registered vessels into cuban territorial waters is detrimental and counter to the purpose of executive order 138 07, which is to ensure among other things the safe, orderly and legal migration, the possibility of large-scale unauthorized entry with u.s. registered vessels and facilitating a possible mass migration of cuban nationals. i have directed the director of
homeland security to make and issue such rules and regular layings that the secretary may find appropriate to regulate the anchorage and movement of vessels. and authorize and approve the secretary'sishance of such rules and regulations as authorized by its act of june 15, 1917. i'm enclosing a copy of a proclamation i have signed. signed bram the white house, february -- barack obama, the white house, february 23, 1916. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will postponefurther proceedings on on to suspend the rules on which the recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. any recorded votes on postponed questions will be taken later.
the house will be in order. will members please remove their conversations from the house floor. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3004. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. e clerk: a bill to amend the gullah/geechee agricultural act to extend the corridor commission. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mclynn tock and the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. strong aswill -- tsongas will control
20 minutes. lynn lynn i ask that -- mr. mckinley: i ask that all members sri five legislative days to include extraneous materials. this amends the gullah/geechee cultural heritage act by extending the corridor commission. the corridor exists to preserve and foster the unique cultural communities formed by americans of december epent and existed in many generations. during those yeerings the distinct and culture evolved, a culture that is gradually slipping from us. although the heritage corridor was authorized, the commission as only authorized without any
legislative change it wirl have to be managed by another entity. i urge passage and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. strong strong this bill extends the -- ms. tsongas: this extends the commission from 10 to 15 years. they delegated it in 2006 to promote and interpret the story of african-americans who settled along the coast of north carolina, south carolina, georgia and florida. the enabling legislation for the corridor while providing a 15-year authority only gave the identified local than earn at this time a 10-year authorization. this bill matches up the two authorities so the commission can continue its work.
i thank congressman clyburn for bringing this issue to our attention and all of his work on behalf of the heritage corridor. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves and the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today in support of h.r. 3004 which would extend authorization for the gullah/geechee corridor heritage commission through 2021. the low country in our southeastern states including the first congressional district of georgia are home to some of our nation's most treasured cultures. one of the most unique are the gullah/geechee people. they have developed and preserved their own distinct language and culture that retains many of their african
traditions. the corridor was created to recognize the cultural contributions and to assist in preserving and interpreting their history, language, folklore, art and music. the heritage cultural commissions communicates with communities to honor and preserve the commission for years to come. h.r. 300 would extend the commission's authorization for an additional five years so they may continue their mission of preserving the valuable commissions of the gullah/geechee culture. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: i yield to my distinguished colleague from south carolina, congressman clyburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is
recognized. mr. clyburn: i thank the gentlelady for yielding me the time. i rise in support of h.r. 3004, a bill that makes a technical change to the gullah/geechee cultural heritage act. is a blend of african and european language, culture and traditions found along the coasts and sea islands of north carolina, south carolina, georgia and florida, where former slaves began their freedom in isolated and remove communities and nurtured unique cultural traditions. the gullah/geechee cultural heritage act signed into law in 2006 created the gullah/geechee heritage corridor to preserve and protect the remaining living culture which has been threatened by developments in these coastal communities.
called gullah in the carolinas and geachey in carolinas and florida, they provide a significant link to african-american hertages. as a former history teachers and aspired preservation advocate, the establishment of the heritage corridor is one of my proudest acheefments in congress. this bill before us corrects a technical issue by extending the authorization of the commission created by the original legislation to coincide with the heritage corridor which runs to 2021. without this change, the heritage corridor would continue to exist, but would need to be managed by a new entity eroding the progress the current commission has made towards implementing its management
plan. enacting this legislation will ensure continuity in the management of the corridor so its mission is carried out as efficiently and as effectively as possible. i want to thank the chairman and ranking members of the committee on natural resources as subcommittee on federal lands for their support of this bill and for bringing it to the house floor today for consideration. i urge all my colleagues to support its passage. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. and the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. rice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rice: i thank the distinguished gentleman for yielding. the culture is infused throughout the low country of south carolina. it's a big part of what makes
the low country of south carolina so unique. from the southern end to little river neck on the northern end, at culture permeates gee oggray and our people. -- my father's family and grandfather's family and my brother and myself were raised in the midst of the gullah/geechee culture. and from all of our cities from north to south, charleston and myrtle beach and georgetown, you can see those traditions infused throughout those communities. the traditions of the gullah/geechee arts, music and others have made a distinctive impact on the coastal carolina culture. growing up on the coast i have fond memories of the people and their way of life.