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choices without taking into account the fact the schools are closed, nor example. -- for example. mrs. axne: i'm so glad to hare you bring up childcare. apparently more than $50 billion a year costs our country. do you think helping families find affordable childcare could help the economy and help us get back to full employment more quickly? chairman powell: i do think that's an area that's worth looking at. i don't want to comment -- don't know what's in your discussions -- >> continue watching this at c-span.org. we are leaving this to fulfill our long time commitment for live gavel to gavel house coverage. members are meeting to start work on adding lgbtq anti-discrimination protections to the civil rights act and increase federally protected willerness and scenic rivers in california, oregon, washington state. the little also blocks drilling or mining on federal land near the grand canyon. live to the house floor on
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c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. by your mercy o lord, we present ourselves to you this day bringing with us not just diverse attitudes and a range of passions, but deeply held opinions which we truly believe are offered in faith. we admit that it's our faith that confounds us as we dare to interpret your will and attempt to live within your intent, we find ourselves at odds with those whom you have called us to serve. renew our mind, individually and
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collectively, that we would not be conformed to the decisive patterns of this world but transforled by your grace. may we not think so highly of ourselves that we fail to be reasonable or use careful judgment. remind us that as members of this one body, we are called to live in peace to be thankful, to admonish and love. then together in faith enable us to discern your will to determine what really is good, pleasing, appropriate and for our country, for our community and for our congress. we offer ourselves our words and deeds praying in your most holy name, amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 5-a-1-a of house resolution 8, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved.
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the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from minnesota. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: resolved, that the following named member be -- mr. jefferies: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read. and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to. and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life and service of specialist derek omely. mrs. craig: a member of the minnesota national guard from savage, minnesota. derek was a husband, a brother, a friend, and guardsman whose service honored our community. tragically derek died by suicide last month. falling victim to the sometimes fatal disease of depression. like any element, no one is immune. depression can and does take the very best of us. addressing this epidemic is one of the nation's most urgent
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challenges. but in order to combat this disease, we must first destigmatize mental health treatment n order to give our neighbors and families the help they deserve, they need to feel safe and supported asking for treatment. we must begin treating mental health as the chronic illness they can be. for derek and for so many others who we have lost, thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. democrats won the house by the slimmest of margins in november. mr. mccarthy: in fact, it's the slimmest democrat majority since 1875. a mere five seats. 31,718 votes is what determines
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the majority. their victory in the other branches were also tight, 50-50 on the senate side. usually when one party has a tiny majority they recognize that governing requires compromise. not this majority. less than two months into controlling the house, despite promising to solve problems and restore democracy, democrats have proven that their primary goal is not governing but grievance. the politics of censorship, not common ground. in january, they eliminated motion to recommit. the last chance for the minority to improve legislation without a single republican vote. it will go down in history as the first time in the history of this body that a majority did that. deny the minority the millions
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of constituents their voice. already millions have lost their voice in congress due to the brazen -- what democrats are doing this week is even worse. today they'll hold a subcommittee hearing that will focus on broadcasters and cable news. devotion to journalistic integrity. this explanation should concern every american. it has never been congress' role to define and enforce journalistic standards. the first amendment expresses, prohibits the government from controlling what the press says. but democrats are trying to give themselves the power to dictate what you can read and watch in our own -- your own home. their assault on free speech goes beyond today's disgraceful hearing.
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on monday, representatives eshoo and mcnerney sent a letter to 12 cable streaming and satellite companies. essentially threatening them to remove fox news, news max, and one america news network from their airwaves. here's just a quick snapshot of the answers they are demanding from the carriers. mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the house will be in order. mr. mccarthy: here is just a quick snapshot of the answers they are demanding from the carriers. what moral or ethical principles do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel? what steps did you take to monitor, respond to, or reduce the spread of disinformation,
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including encouragement or incitement of violence by channels your company disseminates to millions of americans? then the other question, coming from congress in a majority of a committee, are you planning to continue to carry fox news, news max, one america news network both now and beyond any contract renewal date? if so, why? i'm not an attorney, but some people have asked me does that reach a ethical complaint against these members? by using undo influence? -- undue influence? i don't know, i guess the ethics committee would have to decide that. these are members of congress using their official position to coerce and control the information americans can watch and access in their own homes. they are demanding for censorship, more deplatforming, and more control of what
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americans can watch. in their letter, congresswoman eshoo and mcamericany suggest that censorship is necessary because conservative views are not only different but they are dangerous. this is not only false, it is the same script used in countries like china to cleanse speech they disagree with. democrats would bring those same socialist standards to america. yet those standards are dangerous, vague, and easily abused. they have no place here. democrats' action this week make it clear that the greatest threat to free speech today is not a law from congress, which is bound by the first amendment, the greatest threat is politicians who bully private companies to silence dissenting views. the sad part is, this isn't the on democrats who have done this.
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they sent a letter to a company of amazon created to sell books to tell them not to sell books. lastly, beyond these serious threats to free speech, the irony of democrats' action this week should not be lost on us. for the last four years we were told that the greater danger, that the greatest danger to free speech was president trump. to underscore this accusation, the liberal leg kwlacy newspaper in washington adopted its first official slogan, democracy dies in darkness. as usual, the heated rhetoric from the other side was off base, badly. the same party that is now worried about misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hod beds was comfortable with endorsing destructive and false narratives for four years. back in august, congresswoman
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eshoo herself basically alleged that the trump administration was intentionally attacking the u.s. postal service. she called it election theft and a campaign of sabotage. how about congressman adam schiff? for years he said he had more than circumstantial evidence of russian collusion. we all found that to be false. nevertheless, networks like msnbc continued to perpetuate the baseless accusation. i wonder if they sent a letter there? how about our own speaker pelosi who said in 2017, i quote, our election was hydrogened. there is -- hijacked. there is no question. mr. speaker, the american people are capable of making decisions about how best to live their lives. they deserve to decide how to take care of their families or open their businesses during a
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pandemic. and they deserve to decide to watch the news, judge the information they choose, and draw their own conclusion about its acuracy. they need us to trust them not to try to control them. if democrats accepted robust debate, they would find more people would trust washington. mr. speaker, this is a body that is using its power to try to determine what books can be printed, which shows can be seen, and what can be said. mr. speaker, we have debated on this floor the things that happen in china. and in china if you try to buy an airline ticket, you can have the money but they have an app there, first we have to check. they have people in their own press said i'm sorry you can't take the plane. why? we have said something that
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government doesn't like. you should apologize. the reporter apologized but the government thought it wasn't sincere enough. to me, it's something i would fight because i believe in free speech. i thought that was far-fetched in a far away land. i never thought it would be written on paper in the u.s. congress and the power, powerful members of a committee that oversees jurisdiction would threaten people of why they carry a network and will very carry that network in the future, and if so, why? i never thought i would see members of congress to use their power to threaten others to go against the first amendment. mr. speaker, we will not stand for it. nor will the american public. this is not a partisan issue. this is a constitutional issue. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to ask unanimous consent to deliver a speech for one minute, please. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to thank the citizen soldiers and airmen of our national guard for upholding their oath to the constitution. mrs. bustos: just one week after the attack on our capitol, the inauguration of president joe biden and vice president kamala harris was peaceful. that is thanks to the 26,700 national guardsmen and women who answered our nation's call to serve at this moment of need. their motto is always ready, always there. and during the past month their actions have fully embodied that motto. like lieutenant colonel john brick who juggles his commitment to our nation with his commitment to the students he serves in a school district in my home state of illinois. he's one of more than nearly 1,000 illinois guards men and
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women who have been deployed to washington. there are still 500 here right now. that was some of them this -- i met with some this morning. i'll meet with more tomorrow. illinois' sons and daughters who chose to serve and protect this government body and sacred building, we are stronger for their sacrifice. i thank them for their service. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from yields back. mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: this week, i'm reintroducing the national right to work act with 60 original co-sponsors. i along with 80% of the american people believe every worker should have the power to decide to negotiate for themselves with their employer. this bill would simply listen the the majority of american workers. south carolina has seen firsthand the job creation when
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we protect freedoms for american workers. i was present when michigan lynn tire corporation groundbreaking with governor edwards to develop their largest plant in the world. i was with the governor with the b.m.w. groundbreaking in depreer and governor haley to see the building of boeing aircraft in charleston. thank you for success in 27 states. in conclusion, god pleas our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today in support of the equality act. as the proud sister of a transbrother and gender none
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confirming sibling, the heart of san diego's lgbtq community, this bill is life changing for so many of my constituents. mr. speaker, the first version of this bill was filed in 1974. 15 years before i was even born. it had one co-sponsor and never got a vote. this week, i'm proud to say we are going to pass the aquament act co-sponsored by the entire democratic caucus. this was possible by those who raised their voices like san diego's larry bosa. larry demanded justice and equality and justice for all. i urge my colleagues to support the equality act. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition?
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>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today in in honor of joe burklitch who is celebrating 100 years today. he enlisted in the army and served in the pacific theater until the end of the war. in fact all of the brothers were proud to serve during our country's time of need. he married the love of his life margaret. he still lives in the family home where they raised four children, michael, danny, timmy and mary. joe's favorite memories are spending 4th of july on bear lake and spoiling his grandchildren on christmas eve. he worked for u.s. steel, the sherman mine a nmp intak.
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and became a foreman and worked with vendors of mining equipment. he has been an active member of his community serving from as a city counselor to the president of the crurling club. members of the greatest generation like joe are the pride of our communities. as the community gathers today for a drive-by past his house, i am proud to stand on the house floor to thank joe for his service and wish him the happiest of birthdays and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise in support of president biden's rescue plan in the race of vaccines against
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variants. we are helping to win this race. i visited franklin, massachusetts. producing packaging to transport and store vaccines. they package all of moderna's vaccines on the critical path of getting shots into arms. we must enact the american rescue plan and unlock research, development and manufacturing here in the united states. my district is exemplar of the innovation and jobs that are the fruits of the life sciences. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: woment the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: i rise today to recognize robby smeltzer. he is a nine years old city resident with a kind heart. he decided to help his neighbors
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in need by starting a donation drive. the help of his stepmother, robbie began to collect donations of snacks, hats and hand san iser, stuffing backpacks with those items. robbie's neighbors and elementary school. the backpacks were donated to the point. the point is a drop-in center promoting recovery and community awareness who struggle with mental health difficulties. the executive director said when robbie brought them in and pilled them up, it was amazing. i thank robbie for support of his community. acts of kindness like these make our world a better place. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. >> as we emerge from the darkest months of the covid-19 pandemic and pretty brutal weather i offer to good news and celebrate a development that is bringing jobs and economic development to my district along with renewed connection with the island of ireland. sips the founding of our country, the philadelphia country has been known for the best ports and shipyards in america and since that time our area has been home to one of the largest groups of native irish in north america. 20% of the people in my district claim irish heritage including myself. this community has had strong relationships with business institutions and the irish american business chamber and network. we celebrate the new weekly shipping group between the port
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of chester and quirk, ireland, which will expand our entryway to america. in addition to bringing medical, pharmaceutical and rue materials, the shipping route is supporting good paying jobs and renaissance in chester's riverfront economy which is an economic driver. i'm excited to work with my colleagues in the friends of ireland caucus and grow our economy and create good paying jobs. i yield become. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to commend the work of the under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, ted mckinney. he is the first person to hold this position and set a high bar
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for whoever succeeds him. he has shaped trade agreements and successful renegotiation of the nafta into the usmca. his drges to help american farmers get their products to new markets has not only helped our american farmers but helped feed the world. ted's passion for agriculture began at an early age. growing up on a farm in tipton, indiana and was with the future farmers organization and graduated from purdue university and served as the director of the indiana state department of agriculture. tank you for your work and devotion for our nation's farmers and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent
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to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> february is black history month as we able know. i recognize w.j.b.e. plaque owned radio station. it was founded by the godfather of soul james brown and it stood for james brown enterprises and reorganized in 2013 thanks to the efforts of my good friend and former colleague joe arm strng along with his partner and station manager. wjbe has grown into a home. they showcase their tall especially and promote their services and public officials share how the policies impact the people they represent. thanks to this station, the successes and stories of the local plaque community are heard year round. wjb emp is invaluable part of
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eastern tennessee's culture. thank you and i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from state of new york seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. tenney: i rise in honor of an inspiring woman in my community jesse clementey. she will be celebrating her 103rd birthday on thursday. born and raised in new york, jesse has been a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and spends time with her family and her five-month old great-granddaughter. jesse is incredibly proud of her
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great nevada knew david. the family has been a pillar of the utica community for many generations and own and operate clementey and supported her selves who is running the family. i wish her a happy birthday and safe and healthy happy. she is an inspiration to all of us. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> i call for a motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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the noes have it. the motion is not adopted. >> i ask for a roll call vote. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from new york seek recognition? mr. jefferies: as the member designated by chairwoman zo roffgren, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that chairwoman lofgren will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? as the member designated by mr. ruiz, pursuant to house resolution 8, mr. fer i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from kansas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. allred, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. allred will vote nay on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? as the member designated by mr. grijalva of arizona, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house mr. grijalva will vote no on the motion to adjourn. correction. no.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? is >> as the member designated by mr. carter of the great state of texas, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote yes on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. desaulnier will vote no on the motion to arourned -- to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: good afternoon, mr. speaker, as the member designated by by the honorable mr. james langevin of rhode island, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. langevin will vote no on the motion to adjourn. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? as the member designated by representative roybal-allard, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform
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the house that representative roybal-allard will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? mrs. wagner: as the member designated by mr. gosar of arizona, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gosar will vote aye on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by
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mr. larson of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. larson will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. neguse of colorado's 2nd cofpksal district, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house
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that mr. neguse will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to house
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resolution 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: as the member designated by ms. bonnie watson coleman pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. watson coleman will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by
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mr. deutch of florida, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition?
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mrs. steel: as the member designated by representative mccaul, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that representative mccaul will vote aye. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: -- mrs. trahan: as the member designated by congress member moulton, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member moulton will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition?
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mrs. hayes: as the member designated by ms. wilson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. joyce, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. joyce will vote yea on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: thank you, as the member designated by ms. porter, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. porter will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition?
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mr. gomez: as the member designated by mr. vicente gonzalez, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gonzalez will vote no on the motion to adjourn. as the member designated by mr. cardenas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. cardenas will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. underwood: as the member designated by mr. rush, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: as the member designated by mr. bowman, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. bowman will vote no on the motion to adjourn. as the member designated by ms. meng, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. meng will vote no on the motion to
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adjourn. as the member designated by ms. frankel, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. frankel will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. donalds: as the member designated by mr. buchanan, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. buchanan will vote yea on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. payne of new jersey, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote nay on the motion to adjourn. and, mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. hastings of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. hayesings will also vote nay on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. opinion agree, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house
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that ms. pingree will vote no on the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: as the member designated by ms. moore, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house ms. moore will vote no. as the member designated by ms. barragan, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. barragan will vote no. preponderance as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote no on the motion to adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 202, and the nays are 214 with no members voting present. the motion is not adopted. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam
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secretary. the secretary: i am directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 147 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 6, house resolution 147, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 803, to designate certain lands in the state of colorado as components of the national wilderness preservation system, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-2, modified by the amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted.
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the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources, two, the further amendments described in section 2 of this resolution, three, the amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution, and, four, one motion to recommit. section 2. after debate pursuant to the first section of this resolution, each further amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc pursuant to section 3 of this resolution shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read,
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shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. section 3. it shall be in order at any time after debate pursuant to the first section of this resolution for the chair of the committee on natural resources or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand
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for division of the question. section 4. all points of order against the further amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules or amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution are waived. section 5. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 5, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, 90 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary, and, two, one motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for one hour. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, for the purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman and my colleague from the commonwealth of pennsylvania, mr. reschenthaler, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, yesterday, the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 147, providing for consideration of h.r. 5, the equality act, under a closed rule. the rule provides 90 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on the judiciary and one motion to recommit. the rule also provides for consideration of h.r. 803, the protecting america's wilderness and public lands act under a
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structured rule. it provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on natural resources and self-executes a manager's amendment by chairman grijalva. it provides en bloc authority to chairman grijalva and provides one motion to recommit. mr. speaker, we're here today to debate the rule for two critical pieces of legislation. h.r. 5, the equality act, and h.r. 803, the protecting america's wilderness and public lands act. this is an historic day for congress and for equal rights. over 45 years ago, congresswoman bella asbug, provided the first equality act. this will help lgbtq people to extend the civil rights act to them and saying we must respect, defend, and celebrate those in our communities, including, and
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perhaps especially, those who are perceived as different or nonbinary. the version of the equality act we consider today is the result of years of careful legislative drafting and amends existing civil rights laws to provide protection in key areas of public life -- employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. additionally, the equality act updates the public spaces and services covered in current law, to include retail stores and services such as banks, legal services and transportation. these important updates will strengthen existing protections for everyone. the journey to this final version of the equality act was led by a dear colleague who is a history maker in his own right, co-chair of the lgbt equality act and my colleague on the judiciary committee, congressman david cicilline from rhode
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island. congressman cicilline worked with lawyers from advocates from the left and right, religious groups and a host of civil rights groups to make sure the language of the equality act achieves full legal equality while protecting existing civil rights for other marginalized groups. the resulting bill is supported by 130 of the largest organizations, labor organizations including the legal conference, naacp, the episcopal church, the united church of christ. and most importantly, it is supported by a clear and overwhelming majority of the american people. 71% of americans support this legislation, including majorities of democrats, independents, and republicans. the clear majority of both the house and the american people recognize that for too long lgbtq people have faced discrimination with no federal legal recourse.
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it's beyond dispute that lgbtq people, especially transgender people, and even more so transgender women of color, face discrimination across this country. to echo other speakers, this issue is deeply personal for me. it's been personal since my baby sister came out to me almost 40 years ago. for many people, all across this country and across this house, that is when this fight hits home. it gets personal when someone who you love says this is who i am. it gets personal when you know and value that person and you want to do whatever you can to make sure that your loved one can live their life to the fullest free from hate and discrimination. i'm sad to say that my home, pennsylvania, is one of the 30 states that defies the will of its people by not having legal protections for lgbtq people. the idea that my sister, someone who put her life on the line for our country when she served in our armed forces, could drive across state lines and lose
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protections, is heartbreaking. the equality act ends the patchwork of state laws and creates uniform nationwide protection. lgbtq people won't have to worry that being transferred to another state by the their employers or needing to move home to take care of ailing parents will cause them to lose civil rights protections. from sea to shining sea, lgbtq people will have the security and stability that comes from knowing that if they face discrimination, they have legal recourse. it's also important to note what the equality act does not do. the equality act does not impinge on religious freedom. religious liberty is the cornerstone value of our constitution and our country. religious organizations are currently able to prefer their own members and their version of morality in hiring for religious positions such as ministers and school teachers. the equality act does nothing to change that. the equality act does not force anyone to obtain abortions in
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violation of their religious beliefs and doesn't strip girls from their title 9 protections. it defines that religious freedom laws does not create an exemption to civil rights laws, just as someone can't refuse to sell a house to an interracial couple. under the equality act, lgbtq families will be protected from discrimination, regardless of its motivation. consider the stakes facing lgbtq people too often all across this country. a same-is couple -- a same-sex couple is hoping to have a relaxing night out. when they're seated and looking at the manager the -- menu, the manager comes over and tells them they have to leave. they are not welcome. this humiliation occurs every day across the nation. in 30 states the couple would have no legal recourse. often, humiliation is often the tip of the iceberg.
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same-sex couples are more likely tore fired from their jobs. -- fired from their jobs. and lgbtq young people face discrimination from school, which can deny them an education. these injuries compound and the impath is felt the hardest by women of color. the intersection of forms of discrimination is all too often deadly. the protections provided by the equality act give lgbtq people an equal chance at the american dream. and many are succeeding despite discrimination. we are talking about the civil rights of our friends, our family and public servants. in pennsylvania, dr. rachel levine served in the governor's cabinet as secretary of health and has been recently nominated
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to serve as assistant health secretary. and anita keating and pioneer for civil rights protections. sarah mcbride was sworn in as the first transgender senator in the state of delaware and peter buttigieg was sworn in as the u.s. secretary of transportation becoming the first openly gay cabinet member to be confirmed by the senate. they are trying to pit girls against transgender girls when this legislation is strengthening opportunities for women, women sports, single-sex colleges or homeless services, the equality act prohibits discrimination on gender entities. it simply ensures they are inclusive of all women and girls including transwomen and girls. support for this legislation is overwhelming and deserves a positive response from body.
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i encourage my colleagues to support the rule and underlying the legislation and asking the senate to swiftly pass this girl so we can provide firm protections to the lgbtq community. next is h.r. 803. this is a package of public bills from the natural resources committee that will designate more than 1.5 million acres as wilderness areas and 1200 river s. the bill would draw 1.2 million public lands from drill and mining. like the grand canyon and colorado's thompson died are permanently protected for future generations to enjoy. few things in the united states are as universally cherished by americans. our country is more than 111
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million acres of wilderness and provide for ecological diversity and recreational activities to americans. as we continue to endure the devastating effects of climate change, providing for additional acres of wilderness will allow these areas to serve and capture and mitigate carbon dioxide. a similar version of this version passed the house last congress but this includes critical piece of natural resources from the chairman. the grand canyon protection act. this bill would permanently ban new minimumming claims surrounding grand canyon national park. while helping to protect the clean water resources and protecting tribal communities. the grand canyon protection act was developed in close consultation with all of the relevant stakeholders in his
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district and serves to protect one fert of the most cherished places in the united states. you may hear my colleague from pennsylvania that this bill is nothing but a land grab and attempt to subvert private industry. this couldn't be farther from the truth. mining is subject to the whim of the free market. when demands are struck, mining companies are prepared to skip town without cleaning up their mess. this isn't part of if we want to ensure that and i recommend that we first start supporting effective regulations on existing and new plants. to ensure demand for a product is to ensure that its user won't decide it isn't worth pursuinging. the merits of nuclear energy aside, its use in this country is on the downswing. this isn't do to overregular you
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you lation but underregulation and incompetent oversight. the government has had one nuclear reactor in the past 20 years. and the u.s. has not yet proven we can operate a nuclear plant that from start to finish is safe and has the trust of the american people. public lands do not belong to those only in the congressional district in which they are located. they belong to all of us. wilderness areas in colorado belong to you and i. we all have a role to play in protecting these lands and seeking carveouts isn't the right way forward. i want to thank representative did he get for her work in getting this legislation to such a great place. i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: i thank the gentlewoman from my home state of pennsylvania for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: mr. speaker, the rule before us provides for the consideration of two pieces of legislation. let's look at both pieces one at a time. the first bill, h.r. 5, equality act provides for civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bi transgender and queer individuals. all people should be treated -- republicans believe all people should be treated equally under the law but the equality misses that mark. rather h.r. 5 represents a radical departure from existing civil rights protections that
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will have significant implications on every day life and eliminate laws ensuring women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys. take student athletics. h.r. 5 would redefine sex to include gender identity. a man who is born male but identifies as a woman could not be barred from participating in girls or women's athletics. further, i have concerns that due to lack of committee action, this bill has not been thought out and may be difficult if not impossible to actually implement in line the congressional intent. perhaps the most pressing example of this is the term quote, unquote, gender identity which is so vague that even the special interest groups backing this bill cannot agree on a single definition of that. lastly, i'm troubled that
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religious freedom restoration act is not applicable under this measure. without this vital protection, churcheseseses, synagogues, mosques and religiously- affiliated school which be held to stop offering certain services to the public. religious freedom was an issue that all americans regardless of political party strongly supported. it's incredibly disappointing to see my colleagues across the aisle abandon this principle in an effort to appease their far left radical progressive base. the second part of this rule provides for consideration of h.r. 803, the protecting america's wilderness and public lappeds act. this legislation consists of eight natural resources bills and will create 1.5 million acres of wilderness, establish
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the most restrictive land use classification as well as lock up rivers and other lands across four western states. like all my republican colleagues, i strongly support responsible preservation of our nation's natural resources. remember, it was republican teddy roosevelt who started this movement. however, my colleagues across the aisle have ignored this. they have gone way too far. this bill takes a partisan approach to public land protection and not a single republican has co-sponsored the underlying measures. further, some of the land affected by this legislation lie in congressional districts where members of congress do not support such actions. these members have not had the opportunity to share their opposition or their concerns as bills in h.r. 803 were not marked up by this congress.
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h.r. 803 ignores input from local communities who voiced concern that these measures will hurt local communities and rural jobs. as we recover from the covid-19 pandemic, the last thing we should be doing is eliminating good paying, family and sustaining jobs. further, this bill will actually increase catastrophic wildfires. as the new wilderness and scenic river designations prohibit scientific forest management. i'm concerned that this measure withdraws 1.2 million acres from mineral production including uranium, a necessary component for the u.s. nuclear reactor fleet. currently, our nation is relying on china for the vast majority of rare earth chemicals and materials which is from building a fighter jet to a cell phone.
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last week, we saw china threaten to cut off mineral supply to american defense contractors. we have watched china do this to japan. this bill will give the chinese communist party and other hostile regimes control over our energy and energy nds and putting our economic and national security at risk. we must not cut off access to the minerals and materials necessary for every day life and for the protection of our nation. i would urge my colleagues across the aisle to seek a bipartisan approach to these two bills, to this rule, not just today but also in the weeks and months ahead. with that, mr. speaker, i would urge opposition to the rule and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields -- reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from
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massachusetts, distinguished chairman of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for four minutes. mr. mcgovern: i thank the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, distinguished member of the rules committee for yielding me the time and i thank her for her opening. mr. speaker, we are just weeks away from the 53rd anniversary of martin luther king junior's speech at the national cathedral and uttered, the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. in many many ways those words are misconstrued as well known. if you just wait long enough, justice is inevitable. dr. king knew better, though. he knew that for the moral arc to bend, people needed to be courageous enough to actually bend it. six years after this line was
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spoken, members of this chamber showed the courage when they introduced the original equality act and did it in the stonewall riots when discussing lgbtq issues publicly were seen as many as taboo. these members recognized the fundamental unfairness and patch work of state laws to deny some americans fundamental rights like jobs and homes, just because of who they were or who they loved. they had the backbone to act, giving a voice in these hallowed halls to the many advocates nationwide fighting for equality from the outside. getting to this point has been a long, long, long road. and i'm a proud co-sponsor of the equality act that is before us today and i have pushed for
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this day for a long time. i know this hasn't been easy. so many people and so many organizations though, never waivered and along the way they changed hearts and minds on this issues. what may have been a radical idea then is not now. in fact, most people today not only support such protections for lgbtq americans, they incorrectly believe that they are already in place. that's how common sense this bill is, mr. speaker. this house made history when it passed the equality act for the first time last congress. and we did so in a bipartisan way. . . the prior republican president didn't support it. but now we have a new leadership in the senate and a president who has made passing this bill a
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top priority. this moment represents our best chance yet to finally make the equality act the law of the land. this moment, mr. speaker, is an opportunity to bend the moral arc toward justice, toward fairness, and toward equality. and i encourage all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to seize it. let's support this rule and the underlying bill and let's take a historic step forward to building a more fair and just society for all americans. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you. i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from arizona, mrs.
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lesko. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields to the gentlewoman from arizona, mrs. lesko. the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition to this rule. the underlying legislation we are considering in this rule is wrought with concerning provisions. one underlying bill, h.r. 803, is just another land grab that will kill jobs, make our nation hostage to hostile foreign powers, restrict public access and recreation opportunities on our public lands, and threaten our energy independence. specifically, in my home state of arizona, this bill has dangerous implications for our mining industry. these provisions also threaten our national security by making the united states reliant on foreign nations for critical minerals. the other bill in this rule, the so-called equality act, is
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anything but equal. in fact, it's a threat to women's privacy and safety. this bill effectively outlaws facilities reserved for biological females. this includes rest rooms, showers, and locker rooms. and outrageously, this also includes women's domestic violence shelters. as a survivor myself of domestic violence, i know the importance of these women shelters. they're critical for women who are trying to escape domestic violence and sometimes sexual assault. under this equality act, a man, a biological man, identifying as a woman, cannot legally be turned away from any of these facilities. women will lose all rights to bodily privacy, safety, and
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security. vulnerable women across america deserve better, mr. speaker. in addition, this bill will end the girls sports as we know it, by mandating to accept male into girl's sports. i am in opposition to both of these bills. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this rule, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: thank you. i would just note for the record that over 20 states already have versions of this law. the equality act. with respect to participation in sports. as do the olympics. and we have not seen the kind of behavior that's just been suggested. mr. speaker, at this point i'd like to yield three points to the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for three minutes.
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mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentlelady's courtesy and her careful, thoughtful support. i support the equality act, extending protections to all citizens. i've been honored to be a part of this process throughout my political career, dating back as a child legislator in the 1970's, in county government, in city government in oregon, and for the last 25 years here in congress. the arguments that we are hearing have been heard before. the same sort of hysterical concerns have proven not to be the case. wild claims have been proven wrong and especially, i think of marriage equality as perhaps the most compelling. each reform, each step of the way has been for progress and equality, it was positive, and ultimately supported by the public, as is the equality act. the wild claims have been proven
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groundless. at the end of the day, one of the reasons is that americans are biased in favor of fairness and equality. another important reason, as alluded to by my friend from pennsylvania, is personal experience. there was fear and misapprehension, but as people became experienced with a family member who married a -- married, a transgender child. when you deal with the reality of these people, what we found is they are people like everybody else. and we do not want their lives to be turned up-side down. i come from a state where by and large these protections are in place but they aren't in place for everybody everywhere and we have an opportunity to make additional progress. one of the reasons that we've seen this progress take place is the advocacy of those in the
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lgbtq community who have been tireless, thoughtful, articulate, strategic, moving the agenda forward, and bringing along often reluctant politicians. and last but not least, i would reference what happened with our young people. young people understand this. young people are not hysterical. young people express their concern and willingness to embrace others, regardless of sexual orientation. and that's why ultimately this cause will win. it's why so much progress has been made and why it will ultimately be successful. i deeply appreciate this being brought before us, an opportunity for us to prove it, move it on to the senate, and hopefully now with an administration committed to equality, we can enact it into law for the benefit of citizens all across the country. thank you very much.
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i will have 30 seconds. i listened to scientific forest management. i come from an area where we've seen scientific forest -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman yields an additional 30 seconds. ms. scanlon: a minute if he needs it. the speaker pro tempore: a minute. mr. blumenauer: where scientific management of forests have resulted in more wildfires, problems with water quality, problems with habitat. we're learning we need to make different changes, and one of the tools that we have is extending wilderness protection. it strengthens the environment, protects wildlife, water resources, and makes them more resilient, not less. it's not a matter of raking the forest, as donald trump said, but having an opportunity to allow the power of nature to provide those protections. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from oregon yields back. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for two minutes. mr. good: democrats are trying today with this terrible bill to make wholesale and damaging changes to our nation's civil rights laws with little to no debate or even discussion on how this legislation will affect the daily lives of americans and to institutions we hold dear. while the equality act purports to be inclusive piece of legislation, it's actually exclusive of those with a different viewpoint. it would ultimately put civil rights laws at odds with long-standing religious beliefs pertaining to sex, sexuality, and other moral issues. faith-based nonprofits such as a
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shelter for women, an adoption agency, or other affiliated providers of social services, could not minister in good conscience without suffering consequences under federal law. we have past history as a precedent, an ominous precedent as we saw the obama-biden administration seek to close down the little sisters of the poor and catholic nuns who care for the dying simply because they would not pay for their religious -- employees confrom a anticipations or drug inducing abortion. a vote for the equality act would solidify the biden-harris administration's efforts to enforce the same radical religious and moral litmus test who won't leave religious organizations to operate without dealing with the dogma of the left. it weaponizes civil rights laws against americans' fundamental liberties and we must reject this assault on our most precious of freedoms. i oppose this rule, and i urge my colleagues to do the same, and i yield back my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i would just restate that this act does not take away any of the religious freedoms that are already enshrined in multiple laws. it does not change those laws. and with that, i would reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from georgia, mrs. greene. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized for one minute. mrs. greene: thank you very much. mr. speaker, in the spirit of the debut for the rule, there -- debate for the rule, there seems to be disagreement over exactly what this bill says. for a per limitary question i would -- parliamentary question i would ask that the entire bill be read. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's request will not be entertained. mrs. greene: well, then, let's read some of the rules.
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you keep saying it doesn't violate religious freedoms when in fact it does. it says so directly here in the bill. in the sections. it's a shame that we aren't reading the exact text because it's the text that matters. it doesn't matter what you have to say or what i have to say. it's the actual wording. in section 1107, it actually talks about religious freedom, restoration act of 1993, shall not provide a claim concerning or defense to a claim under a covered title or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title. this bill in the text also specifically talks about with respect to gender identity, an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, a dressing room that is in accordance with the individual's gender and identity. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman's time has expired. mr. reschenthaler: mr. speaker, i yield my colleague an additional 15 seconds just to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for an additional 15 seconds. mrs. greene: thank you very much. in the wording in the text of the bill of the equality act, it also says with respect to sex, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions. as a parliamentary question, what does that mean? does that mean that anyone can demand an abortion? and it's discrimination to be refused medical service? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: thank you. with respect to the gentlelady's question, with respect to the language in question, it's long been held by our courts that the religious freedom restoration act does not apply to civil rights laws. the equality act looks to treat lgbtq individuals the same way or to tree discrimination
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against lgbtq -- treat discrimination against lgbtq individuals the same, including racial discrimination. these arguments, they just don't hold water. with that i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from the great state of texas, mr. pfluger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. pfluger: i rise in opposition to both bills. however, i'm here to talk about the partisan land grab package. last week, my home state of texas endured a harrowing winter storm that wiped out our electricity and water for millions of texans. it deaf state offed homes and businesses. -- devastated homes and businesses and caused irrepairable damage to livestock, crops across the state. tragically, some even lost their lives. our state was under an extreme emergency. living through that underscored the need for safe, affordable,
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reliable energy. we must absolutely have a reliable base load for our energy grids in a level playing field for all forms of energy. the federal government cannot pick favorites in energy. what happened in texas should shake our country into the realization that as our population grows and our energy needs expand, any move to limit production will have dire consequences on our safety and our national security. unfortunately, this bill is another step in the ven debtal to limit the -- vendetta to limit the american energy prodeclaration. the partisan 1.2 million acre land grab -- mr. reschenthaler: i yield an additional 15 seconds. mr. pfluger: is another democrat attempt to restrict our country's abundant natural resources that will kill jobs in the energy industry and put americans at risk. this is a matter of national security, and i urge my colleagues to vote against this
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bill and to vote for the safety and energy independence that this country so deserves. please join me in voting no for both bills and both rules. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: thank you. i would just note that what we saw in texas this past week was a truly astonishing, unusual the senator from. -- snowstorm. frigid cold. conditions that are not normal, as the speaker knows, in texas. and that happens because of climate change, because we haven't done enough to protect our wilderness, to protect our environment. we end up with extreme climate events like we just saw and this bill is a step towards redressing that imbalance. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania virginia tech. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, if we defeat the
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previous question i will offer an amendment to the rule to immediately consider h.r. 682, the reopen schools act. i will do this to ensure that the 54.3 billion -- $54.3 billion congress appropriated last month to help schools reopen is, in fact, prioritized to meet the expenses of actually being able to open up schools for in-person learning. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment into the record along with any extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. mr. speaker, here to explain the amendment is my dear colleague, representative hinson of iowa. i would yield my colleague from iowa four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. hinson: thank you, mr. speaker thanks to gentleman from for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today to oppose the previous question.
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this is the third time here today that republicans have called on this body to consider my bill, the reopen schools act. it's a commonsense solution to get students and teachers to return to the classroom and to do it safely. this legislation would condition a portion of state covid relief grants for education on schools actually reopening. my democrat colleagues already voted for these funds to be used specifically for schools to reopen safely back in december, $54 billion. the science on this is definitive. if certain safety precautions are taken, teachers and students can resume in-person learning safely. that's why congress sent the states this money back in december. but after nearly a year of this pandemic lockdown, millions of students are still learning exclusively from behind a screen. our children are struggling academically and they are falling behind. but the toll on mental health
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is what's most concerning to me. even after a year, many kids haven't seen their school friends. they haven't been out to play on a playground. they are isolated. disconnected, and they are lonely. from increased stress and anxiety, depression, even suicidal thoughts or attempts our youngest generation is facing a mental health crisis. hospitals have seen a staggering increase in mental health emergencies among young children. it's hard breaking. and the longer the goal posts continue to be moved on reopening schools, the worst this mental health crisis for our young people will become. my home state of iowa is leading the way to put students' education and mental health first. my two sons got on the school bus this morning in iowa. they are in class right now receiving hands on attention from their teachers. and they will play with their friends at recess today. as a parent, i am grateful that i had the ability to make the right choice for my children
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and send them back to class to learn in person. but millions of parents around the country have not been given this choice, with many school districts still only offering virtual learning. i have heard from so many families who are struggling as schools remain shuddered and -- shuttered and they have no timetable for lee opening. it is vulnerable families with at--risk children impacted the most by these decisions. let's think about the kids who don't have access to a computer or wi-fi to try to complete their lessons online. or talk about the kids who rely on school breakfast and lunch and they are going hungry without these vital nutrition programs. or, what about the victims of child abuse and negligent who are locked in potential abusers. or kids left at home all day because their parents have no choice but to go to work? we cannot allow children and families to continue to suffer right now. it's time for students to get back into the classroom and we can do it safely.
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with the reopen schools act, they will be able to do so safely. teachers will be back in the classroom safely. and we can get this country moving forward again. i hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in supporting our students by defeating the previous question. we need to get kids back to school. i urge a no vote. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, i would yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from massachusetts, the chairman of the rules committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. mcgovern: i have some good news for the gentlelady who just spoke is that the reconciliation bill that is coming to the floor hopefully on friday will have a whole bunch of resources in there to help states safely reopen schools. i hope we'll get a good bipartisan vote on that. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentleman from ohio, the good
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doctor, dr. wenstrup. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for three minutes. mr. wenstrup: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in opposition to the previous question. if the previous question is defeated, republicans will amend this rule to immediately consider h.r. 682, the reopen schools act. which i'm proud to co-sponsor. as the father of two small children, their overall health and women being is my top priority. not just my children, but all of america's children. as i have looked around this chamber, i see lots of members on both sides of the aisle who i know to be great parents and grandparents. and i know you want the best for your children, too. i'm also a doctor. and co-chair of our doctors caucus. throughout this pandemic we have heard calls from members and now from president joe biden that we need to trust the science. as a doctor i wholeheartedly agree and the science is clear. students and teachers can go back to in-person learning safely. i know this because my own children have been fortunate enough to go back to school in
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person all of this school year, safely. the american academy of pediatrics has stressed the importance of students returning to school for their overall health and well-being. and the c.d.c. research is clear that transmission in schools is extremely low. last week i joined congresswoman hinson, whip scalise, and ranking member foxx on a call with parents from all across the country who want their children to be able to go back to school. it was a bipartisan event. to them this wasn't a partisan issue. the parents on the call were from across the entire political spectrum, republicans, democrats, and independents. we heard heartbreaking stories from them about some of their children falling into depression, losing their reading comprehension, and struggling to focus. kids are attempting or committing suicide at an alarming rate. in one county in nevada, the suicide rate doubled from the previous year. hospitals across the country are seeing unprecedented increases in children's suicide
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attempts and mental health admissions. yeah, there is some risk to returning but nothing in life is zero risk. the consequences of staying closed are far too grave and our children are suffering both socially and academically because of it. mr. speaker, i rise today to support the reopen schools act because we have given schools the funding needed to reopen safely. however some schools seemingly under pressure from powerful teachers' unions refuse to return to in-person learning. congress has provided more than $54 billion in state covid relief grants for education to help reopen schools. we didn't, however, require the schools to actually reopen if they were to access the money, that was a mistake. congresswoman hinson's bill will address that issue by conditioning those funds on states producing a reopening plan to get students back to school as quickly as possible. there are at least three months left in most school years around the country. we can't just let schools put off returning to in-person learning until next fall or later. we need to do what's best for
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our students, our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews, we need to reopen the schools now. we can't, for example, expect sixth grade teachers to teach fourth graders. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting to defeat the previous question and thank congresswoman hinson for her leadership on this bill. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. miss scan lon: thank -- ms. scanlon: i would just note as a parent, former school board member, education advocate, of course we all want what's best for our students and schools. i was also suggest that a one-size-fits-all everybody has to go back in person to schools does not serve anybody well. we have seen around the country -- our schools in pennsylvania are not closed. they are open. some are virtual. some are hybrid. some are in person. each community is doing what it needs to do in response to the conditions that are present at this time.
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i agree with my colleague on the rules committee that we absolutely need to get our school districts, our state and local governments the money they need to safely reopen schools. we are looking forward to doing that with our reconciliation bill on friday. with that i would reserve. i just inquire whether the gentleman from pennsylvania is prepared to close. mr. reschenthaler: mr. speaker, i have no additional speakers. at this time i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, in closing, republicans believe everyone should be treated equally. under the law. but h.r. 5 is a radical approach. it will have serious unintended consequences for female athletes, victims of sexual violence, houses of worship, health care professionals, the list goes on and on. critically the bill undermines important religious freedoms freem protections.
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-- freedom protections. as for h.r. 803 call this what it is. it's a land grab. this is a land grab which will kill jobs in rural communities. it will leave us vulnerable to hostile nations for our energy and mineral needs t will restrict access and recreation opportunities for the american public. mr. speaker, for all these reasons i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and no on the underlying measure. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, today we are moving forward on two pieces of legislation whose timely consideration is long overdue. i would note that the h.r. 5 did pass last congress with a bipartisan majority. we are looking forward at long last to passing the equality act through both houses and removing the burden of discrimination that can move us closer to a country where members of the lgbtq community
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have an equal opportunity to achieve the american dream. the equality act isn't going tonight end of our long journey toward full lgbtq equality, but it will bring our laws into line, across the contry, with val ubse that our country was founded upon. we must continually take steps to make our country more perfect. acknowledging in law the challenges that actually face lgbtq people and taking concrete action to correct them brings us another step closer. we will pass the protecting america's willed ners and public lands act in order to ensure that the sacred lands that all americans share equally cannot be tarnished for the benefit of a few. we have a long way to go in addressing the myriad problems facing this country, but the two bills before us today are strong and necessary starts to helping our nation live up to its full potential. mr. speaker, i urge a yes vote on the rule and the previous question. i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is on ordering the
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previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. reschenthaler: on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman zoe lofgren, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that chairwoman lofgren will vote yea on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: as the member designated by the honorable mr. langevin from rhode island, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. langevin will vote yea on the previous question. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i inform the house that will desaulnier will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. carter from
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the great state of texas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. ruiz, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. buchanan will vote nay on the previous
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. rush, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. deutch of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote yes on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mrs. bonnie watson coleman, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mrs. watson coleman will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. chairman, as the member designated by mr. gates of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. gates will vote no on the previous question to h.res. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that miss further parliamentary inquiry cat trick will vote yes on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from kansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. all red, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. allred will vote aye on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. joyce, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. joyce will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. gosar of arizona, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. gosar will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. frankel, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. frankel will vote yes on ordering the previous question. as the member designated by mr. bowman, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. bowman will vote yes on ordering the previous question. and as the member designated by ms. meng, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. meng will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. grijalva, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yea on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by ms. porter, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. porter will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. perlmutter: thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. know guse of -- neguse of colorado, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. neguse will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. payne of new jersey, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote yea on ordering the previous question. and mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. hastings of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. hastings will also vote yea on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: mr. speaker, as the
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member designated by ms. pingree, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. pingree will vote yea on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek
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recognition? mrs. steel: as the member designated by representative michael mccaul, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that representative mike mccaul will vote no.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. cardenas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. cardenas will be voting aye on ordering the previous question. as the member designated by mr. gonzalez, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gonzalez will vote aye on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. moore, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. moore will vote yes on ordering the previous question. as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yes on ordering the previous question. as the member designated by mr. lieu, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lieu will vote yes on ordering the previous question. as the member designated by ms. barragan, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. barragan will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated by ms. wilson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will vote yes on ordering the previous question. mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member
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vargas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member vargas will also vote yes on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative roybal-allard, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that representative roybal-allard will vote aye on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: as the member designated by congressman moulton, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congressman moulton will vote yes on ordering the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 219. the nays are 211. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from pennsylvania. pursuant to section 3-f of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed.
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the speaker: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? the house will be in order. ms. johnson: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you. as being of the texas delegation, congressional delegation, i rise to express my condolences on the passage of congressman ron wright -- passing of congressman ron wrooith of articling -- wright of arlington.
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texas has lost a dedicated representative. and i have lost a dear friend. congressman wright was an energetic person in our delegation. he had a passion for service and was willing to work with anyone regardless of party or politics to get things done. he leaves behind a legacy that will inspire future generations of texans to commit themselves to public service. though his presence will certainly be missed, we will find confidence knowing that his memory will always be with us. i now yield to my colleague, congressman kevin brady, ranking member of the house ways and means committee for a minute. mr. brady: thank you, madam chair. today, we gather as a grieving delegation and as a proud nation
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to recognize the life and legacy of our colleague and friend, congressman ron wright. texas born and bred, ron worked with and for the people of texas in some way for the past 21 years. throughout his courageous battle with lung cancer, his good spirits never faltered, and he remained a steadfast champion of his conservative principles. to many of us, it seemed like ron never had a bad day. in fact, the last two bills he introduced in congress, protected the unborn and sanctity of life, something ron always passionately supported. think about that. as his life was waning, he was protecting the lives of the innocent unborn. the people of texas lost a real fighter and we lost a true friend. kathy and i and our entire texas delegation holds ron's wife, susan, close it our hearts and our deepest condolences go out
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to his children, grandchildren, and staff. good speed you, friend. you will be missed. i yield back. ms. johnson: i ask for a moment of silence. the speaker: the chair asks all members in the chamber to rise for a moment of silence.
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the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the adoption of house resolution 147 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 147, providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 803, to designate certain lands in the state of colorado as components of the national wilderness preservation purposes and for other purposes, and providing for h.r. 5, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. the speaker: the question is on the adoption of the resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device.
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[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: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> as the member designated by congressman moulton, pursuant to
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h.res. 8, i inform the house that congressman moulton will vote yes on h.res. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. hastings of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. hastings will vote yea on h.res. 147. and mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. payne of new jersey, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. payne will also vote yea on h.res. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. perlmutter: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. joe neguse of colorado, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. neguse will vote yes on h.res. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. garcia: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. grijalva, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yea on h.res. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yes on h.res. 147. as the member designated by mr. lieu, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lieu will vote yes on h.res. 147. as the member designated by ms. barragan, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. barragan will vote yes on h.res.
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147. as the member designated by ms. moore, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. moore will vote yes on h.res. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? steele mrs. steel: as the member designated by representative mccaul, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that representative mccaul will vote no. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative roybal-allard, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that representative roybal-allard will vote aye on h.res. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. gosar from arizona, pursuant to h.res. 8, i
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inform the house that mr. gosar will vote no on h.res. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman zoe lofgren, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that chairwoman lofgren will vote yea on h.res. 147.
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mr. lynch: good afternoon, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. langevin of rhode island, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. langevin will vote yes on house resolution 147
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, the rule providing for consideration of h.r. 5, the equality act, and h.r. 803, protecting america's wilderness and public lands act. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated by ms. wilson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on h.res. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. pingree, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. pingree will vote yea on h.res. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. underwood: as the member
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designated by mr. rush, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on h.res. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member vargas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member vargas will vote yes on
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h.res. 147. and, mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will vote yes on h.res. 147.
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