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that confederate monument looming over them as they walked to the courthouse to seek justice. so i am proud that that has occurred in my district. host: we will have to end it there. cumbersome and hank johnson, democrat from georgia, we appreciate your time. to thetake our viewers house floor for gavel-to-gavel coverage. the honorable donald s. beyer jr. to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: almighty god, thank you for giving us another day. have mercy upon us, o god, as the ravages of the coronavirus are spreading still in many states nationwide.
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bless and comfort those who suffer from this disease. give them healing. bless and comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones in he wake of covid-19. inspire those professionals whose life's work is health care. those who care for the sick and those who labor to find treatments and cures to diseases as they emerge and begin their own effort to survive. help us to love you and one another for we know that you work all things together for good for those who do so. in our communities throughout the country, fin toe -- continue to bless government, citizens, and police with a spirit of respect and cooperation. may peace descend upon all that
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mabes and those in service to them can look forward together to a more prosperous future. bless the people's house and may all that is done be for your greater honor and glory. amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 4-a of house resolution 967, the journal of the last day's proceeding is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. mr. thompson: 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: the chair will enterhe tain up to five-minute requests -- speeches on each side of the aisle. >> i ask unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate a dear friend and community member, zach, on receiving the riverside spirit award. zach was a long time educator and marine veteran who saw combat in vietnam. despite the health challenges he has faced, he continues to serve actively in our community by working with local volunteers, advocating for local students, and volunteering with the boy scouts. he has inspired so many people, including me, with his positive attitude and his will to make our community a better place for all. zach has dedicated his life to service and act activism and we are lucky to have him in riverside.
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he is deserving of this award and i'm glad that riverside city council is recognizing such an outstanding citizen. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> mr. speaker, it is my honor to stand here today and congratulate major general john jensen of the minnesota national guard on his recent nomination to become the next director of the army national guard, major general jensen is a proven leader with an extraordinary record of service to the great state of minnesota and our nation. currently major general jensen serves as the adjutant general of the national guard meaning he's the highest ranking guardsman in our state. he's held leadership positions
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in his 37 years with the national guard. throughout his career he has served with the highest level of dedication. he serves -- his service has earned him the respect of the public, countless government official, and most importantly his fellow guardsmen. on behalf of the entire united states of america i thank him for his service and congratulate him on this well deserved nomination. his rich experience makes him the perfect fit for the position and i look forward to seeing him confirmed by the united states senate soon. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today because our nation is screaming out. greefing for those killed by police brutality and racial
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injustice. i rise today because for eight minutes and 46 seconds a police officer pressed his knee on george floyd's meck. ms. meng: slowly killing him. but we there are countless more who will forever remain faceless and nameless because their stories were never recorded. i rise today because black lives matter. last night i proudly voted to pass this historic transformative bill the justice in policing act. this bill would finally put in place unprecedented and bold reforms to curb police brutality and racial profiling and combat the epidemic of racial injustice. mr. speaker, we cannot turn our backs on the cries for justice. we cannot go back to a system that would look the other way when faced with police brutality. the senate must follow the house's lead and immediately pass this bill.
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because this moment of national anguish demands nothing less. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to remember and honor the life of mr. roger boatwright of alma, georgia, who passed away on may 8. roger was remarkable man of great courage, leadership, and i had the monor and privilege of knowing hill well. he required from the -- retired from the georgia state patrol and faithful member to his church and numerous community organizations such as a banking county exchange club, and the georgia municipal association in which he served as president. when roger was elected as a councilmember for the city in 1986, this paved the course of his life of service to his community. a few years later he was elected mayor where he faithfully served 14 years.
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in 2009, he was elected chairman of the banking county board of commissioners and later returned to serving as a councilmember for the city of alma. while tremendously improving his city as mayor, he was appointed to the board of georgia department of community affairs before he became chair of this statewide board. roger was truly a pillar in his community which is why he was rightfully rewarded various accolades. although he has a passion for service and loved his community deeply, he loved his family more than anything. i'm thankful for the lasting impact roger had on so many, including myself. and i know his legacy and influence will remain for years to come. my thoughts and prayers are with all who work with him, knew him, and loved him. southeast georgia has lost a great man. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: on monday, the house will vote on the patient
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protection affordable care enhancement. a bill that will lower health care costs and prescription drug costs, protect patients with pre-existing conditions, expands medicaid, and lower prescription drug costs. democrats have been committed since the day we arrived here to strengthening access to quality health care. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are trying to rip away health care from 20 million americans and we can -- weaken protection for americans with pre-existing conditions. they have been trying to do this for 10 years. they are obsessed with the very idea. yesterday, president trump joined 18 republican governors and attorneys general in filing a brief in the united states supreme court to have the entire affordable care act declared unconstitutional. in the middle of a global health pandemic. more than 40 million americans have filed for unemployment. 120,000 americans have died. and more than 2.5 million have been infected with this virus. there has never been a more important time to protect access to quality affordable health care than right now. that's why democrats will move
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forward with another bill that will further strengthen access to high quality affordable health care. it's important that we continue this fight to protect the american people and their access to health care. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one min. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the korean war. on june 25, 1950, at 4:00 a.m., the north korean army mercilessly crossed the 38th parallel with 135,000 troops to begin the invasion of the south. this anniversary is an opportunity to especially americans at 326,863 who rved in the 36,574 died to successfully stop communistic imperialialism. i'm grateful president donald trump and first lady melania
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trump provided a wreath on the korean memorial mall yesterday in washington. there is no greater contrast between the blessings of democratic capitalism with south korea being one of the world's wealthiest nations as north korean's totalitarian regime is mass poverty. korea's well represented washington by the ambassador and korean americans are valued citizens. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom new york seek recognition? >> request consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today with an incredibly heavy heart. to honor the life of my dear friend, reverend maggie howard, a woman whose kind soul is impossible to describe in just this one minute that i have. mr. rose: from her stapleton
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uame church on tompkins avenue on staten island, reverend howard led a ministry of service that was impossible to miss. through her soup kitchen and pantry, she not only opened the doors of her church, she opened her heart and soul to anyone in need. when others might see someone homeless or suffering and look the other way, no, maggie would offer them a meal or even a job. that love for her community earned her the nickname, stapleton's mother teresa, and it was her fierce spirit that allowed her to overcome so many challenges in her life, including fighting through her own health struggles. i know that all of stat yield back the balance of my time identify -- staten island is feeling the pain of losing reverend howard this young. but i want to close out with words of optimism that were near and dear to her heart. no matter what happened yesterday, tomorrow can be better if we start today.
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today staten islanders are going to come together to honor and celebrate her life and we will never forget her memory. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize june as national ptsd awareness month. this saturday june 27 as ptsd awareness day. we need to do more to defy the stigma surrounding mental health. ptsd treatment is a crucial tool that helps many individuals, particularly our nation's veterans process, cope, and treat emotional and mental trauma. sadly many of the men and women who have served in the united states military return home with injuries and scars, sometimes it's the invisible scars that hurt the most. many struggle privately with
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posttraumatic syndrome and feel there is no outlit. ptsd awareness month is not only an opportunity to raise awareness about this, it is also an opportunity to raise awareness about treatment options. the department of veterans affairs offers a variety of resources to help those suffering from posttraumatic stress disease. those seeking treatment should know that telemedicine may be an option as well. ensuring our veterans receive timely health care no matter where they live. in closing, i'd like to thank our nation's veterans for their service, encourage those struggling with posttraumatic stress disease to pursue treatment. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? >> 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 ne minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise in support of the george floyd justice and
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placing act. this measure, the measures in this bill are long overdue and step forward ensuring people, especially black folks in our country, do not experience police violence. we can't stop here. i think about a young girl in detroit who had been graduate interesting high school this year. ms. talib: if she was not murdered by police when they raided her home, the wrong home, while she was sleeping in 2010. . we must continue to push policies, reimagine public afety, invest more in education, health care, mental health, jobs, transportation, us safe and our communities thriving. be here, george breonna should be here. thank you, mr. speaker. i continue to work toward all of us. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman recognition?eek >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. where aker pro tempore: do you reside, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> leaders everywhere should the violent crowds us.ling our statue -- statues. equality, morere justice, more liberty and more any its of happiness than other system throughout history. now, we haven't always lived up of our system but monupon the ld ccomplishmentses of forefathers. we should follow the laws, not break them. support our police, not ambushing them. watkins: mr. speaker, i yield my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the washington, rom seek congresswoman norton, neck recognition? speaker, : mr. pursuant to house resolution h.r. 51, the p washington, d.c. admission act, immediate its consideration in the house.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of bill. the clerk: h.r. 51, a bill to for the admission of union.ton, d.c. into the the speaker pro tempore: ursuant to house resolution 1051, consisting of rules modified in nt, house report shall be modified. shall be controlled by the chair and ranking minority oversight and reform.nt the gentlewoman, mr. norton, and he gentleman, mr. heist, will each control -- mr. hice, will minutes.rol 30 the gentlewoman from washington,
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d.c. is recognized. mr. speaker, i ask revise and nsent to exte extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: the united states only democratic country that denies both voting rights legislature and local autonomy to the residence its nation's capital. we approach jewuly 4 it's long to apply the national's taxation gan, no without representation, and of the governed to district of columbia residence. so. 51 would do and congress has both the moral obligation and the to passtional authority the bill. state ofould admit the
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washington douglas commonwealth nto the union and reduce the size of the federal district. 66 ofate would consist of the 8 square miles of present day federal district. the reduced federal district would retainngress pleneray thority -- authority would have two square miles. district would have washington, visitors to the capitol capitol, the supreme and the principal federal monuments. both the facts and the constitution on its side. not onstitution does establish any prerequisite for any new state. congress has considered admission.rs in resources and population,
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and rt for statehood, commitment to democracy. pays more federal state er capita than any and pays more federal taxes than 22 states of the union. district's population of larger than those of and the new ermont state would be a new state under million. -- $2.5 billion is more than most states. the triple-a bond rating is states.han those of 35 t per capita higher personal income and gross any state.oduct than
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of d.c. residents voted in 2016.of statehood in in fact, d.c. residents have fighting for voting rights in congress and local autonomy 219 years. the constitution's admission gives congress the authority to admit new states have been new states admitted by an act of congress. constitution's district clause, which gives congress federal over the district sets a maximum size of of 100 ral district square miles. size.s not set a minimum congress has previously changed the federal district ncluding reducing it 30% in
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1846. ver the last few months, the nation and even the world has witnessed the discriminatory and treatment of the district. was deprived of oronavirus fiscal relief by treating the district as a state.ry rather than a the heroes act would restore funds. this month, federal police and ut-of-secretary of state national -- out-of-state ational guard troops responded to largely peaceful protests. occupation of the city, there had been much more looting and property destruction other cities but the federal overnment did not occupy those cities. the federal occupation of d.c.
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occurred because the president away with could get it. he was wrong. deeply .r. 51 is personal. my great grandfather, richard who escaped as a slave plantation a on a made it as far as d.c., a walk to equal but not citizenship. for three generations my family rights othered the granted. take for congress has two choices. t can continue to exercise un-democratic authority over the american citizens who reside in our nation's capital, reating them in the words of frederick douglass as aliens and americans as subject but to live up to our nation's ideals 51.h.r. i would like to thank nancy
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elosi, majority leader steny oyer, majority whip james maloney -- in carolyn maloney, and the late elij elijah cummings. this historics to day. i urge all of my colleagues to ote on h.r. 51 and, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves.n the gentleman from georgia is recognized. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you. rise in opposition to h.r. 51, the washington, d.c. admission act. is a lot more to statehood city. vibrant our nation's fathers thought it state. a they thought about it, debated
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it, rejected it. fact, in those early days lexander hamilton himself proposed an amendment to allow a voting member in the house and that proposal bass rejecteds. rejected. if the majority wants to go that's the founders their prerogative. they could not ignore the behind d.c.'s current status. simply does not allow city governments to become all the rights and responsibilities of full states. mr. hice: the debate about the of washington, d.c., is not a new debate but it is a settled one. my friends on the other side of aisle may protest and outrage at the suggestion that is all about is an
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two more get democratic senators. but that's what this is really all about. on other our side -- but on our side, the constitution clearly establishes a federation states.eign in representation here in washington, d.c., comes from those states. states.ration of those this city, this district is a unique entity. was set apart to not be state but to in itself be governed by those the various es of states who are here. our founders did not want this our -- the eet of seat of our federal government, to be inflewsed by any other by any otheruenced state, but that's what this bill would do. madison said in
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federalist 43, in the nation's was situated within state, it could be subject to undo influence of the state. hat's not the intent of our federal government. that's not the intent of our aside.t that's been set and that's what would happen under this bill. y colleagues across the aisle believes excluding a federal nclave from this new state would nullify the need for a constitutional amendment. true.at's simply not the original text of the constitution is clear. congress has the power to create sources -- a o erritory or an existing state that agrees succeed as territory to become a state. d.c., is neither of those. federal nation's only district and it is set aside for a specific purpose. have the oes not authority to take this district
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out of it.a state at least one constitutional amendment would be required for to happen. during the markup of this bill, personally raised these constitutional concerns and offered an amendment to provide expedited procedure to deal with the constitutional amendment. oversight committee, democrats, opposed that amendment. in fact, all ed, of our amendments that were put forth. a surprise that this rejectedposal has been by the american people. gallup poll last year, 64% of americans rejected state.a of d.c. being a only 29% approved it. ranting d.c. statehood goes against not only against the desires but zens' more importantly the
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and the framers' intent. i urge my colleagues to oppose the washington, d.c., admissions act and i reserve the balance of time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. he gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i ask unanimous waivers into ert this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. yield three i minutes to the gentlelady from new york, chairwoman of the ande committee on oversight reform, carolyn maloney, and i the way she conducted hearings on h.r. 51. the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. maloney: i thank the gentlewoman from the district of columbia and my good friend, eleanor holmes norton, for her years of bill.ship on this she's not only the author of
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this historic or day of democracy. for the first time in a will vote the house on whether hundreds of thousands of american citizens will voices have their counted in congress. we will vote to honor the no taxation without representation and consent of the governed. i can think of no more honorable or patriotic endeavor than taking up this legislation today to give the people of the district the same rights enjoyed by hundreds of millions of other americans across our country. the united states is a democracy, but its capital is not. the united states is the only democratic country that denies both voting rights in the national legislature and local self-government to the people
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of the capital. that is wrong and violates everything we stand for as americans. the district pays more in federal taxes than 22 states. and more per capita than any state. think about that. it pays more than nearly half the states in this country, yet d.c. residents have no vote in congress, and that is wrong. the people of the district have been fighting for equal rights for more than 200 years. of 016, an overwhelming 86% d.c. residents voted for statehood. president trump's recent decision to deploy thousands of federal law enforcement officers in d.c. against residents, peacefully exercising their actually protected right to protest, and
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without the consent of the district's elected officials, demonstrated the urgent need for full local government and congressional representation. unfortunately, so far republicans have opposed our effort and the president made clear exactly why. they would rather deny voting rights for hundreds of thousands of american citizens than even consider the possibility that representatives from the new state could be democrats. now, think about that argument. they are willing to violate the core principles of our democracy merely because they may be from a different political party. this argument is anti-democratic and un-american. the question for republicans are these. may i have an additional minute. ms. norton: i yield my good friend 30 additional seconds.
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mrs. maloney: do they truly believe in the taxation without representation? do you truly believe in states' rights? do you truly believe the federal government should stay out of local affairs? if you do, then join us, and act on these beliefs today. this bill should be bipartisan. i strongly urge every member to vote on h.r. 51 for the soon-to-be 51st state of our great country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i would just remind the chairwoman that the entire court system of washington, d.c., is supported by the federal government. there's representation. this district has three electoral votes. no other city in the country has that. there's a representative here. it's just an amazing thing,
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too, this whole bill does not even allow elections for the new governor that's proposed here. the very thing they are arguing they reject and deny from the residents. with that, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to my good friend from north carolina, dr. murfifment the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise in opposition to house resolution 51. voting against this legislation is not an economic, racial, or social injustice as my colleagues across the aisle may unfinkenauerly claim. i have no doubt my democratic friends just like republicans want the citizens of washington to have political rights like every other american. however, let's talk about what's honest here. let's just be honest. the true goal here is to have two virtually guaranteed new democratic seats so that d.c. can become a state. that's what it comes down . to that's the goal y do i say that? because there is a much simpler alternative that i'm baffled that the democrats do not want anything to do with. i offered an amendment to this bill that would retroseed the
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district of columbia back to mare. congress creded the west side of the potomac back to virginia in 1847. so there is plenty of historical precedent for this action. unfortunately, despite making total sense, my amendment was sadly blocked. if d.c. were ceded back to maryland citizens can vote for members of the house of representatives and senate in maryland. they'd have congressional representation in both chambers, with the exact effect of statehood. the move is simply unnecessary when ceding d.c. back to maryland is a viable, cost-effective, and common sense option. to further nullify this debate, the district of columbia requires a constitutional amendment to change. the framers of the constitution as have been said before were very clear about this. the supreme court reaffirmed this in 1949. so why are we trying to overturn the supreme court? one answer, politics. pure and simple. even setting aside the obvious
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need for a constitutional amendment, my colleagues across the aisle know that this legislation has no chance of becoming law. it's just a majority's attempt, again, to message bills to satisfy the base. let me be clear, republicans want no -- do not want to attempt to stifle voices or suppress representation. if the d.c. citizens want to have representation, then ceding the land back to maryland because i have demonstrated it is a more hands down, more practical solution. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: it's interesting to note the gentleman's amendment to cede the district of columbia back to maryland did not have the consent of maryland. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, my good friend, congressman gerry connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my good friend, eleanor olmes norton, who's managing
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today's bill to right a wrong. unfortunately because d.c. does not have a vote here in the congress, she won't be able to cast a vote on final passage of her own bill. today we are being asked to right a wrong. and you hear the contortions on the other side of the aisle to continue to justify a fundamental right being denied 700,000 fellow americans. who pay taxes. who fight our wars. serve in government. who have families. who are americans but have no votes in the united states congress. they are bigger than five states. they hide behind the constitution. the constitution was written before we even knew where the capital of the united states would be. before a blade of grass was touched to construct washington, d.c. no one at that time could have envisioned the metropolis of
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700,000 americans, let alone that they would be denied their fundamental american right. let's cede it to maryland. two problems. maryland doesn't want d.c. and d.c. doesn't want to be in maryland. the consent of the governed is a fundamental part of the american architecture which you conveniently overlook. and then there is the right to be represented. another fundamental right. denied d.c. my friend said partisan politics, yes it is. theirs. they want to deny 700,000 people their right to representation in this body and in the other body because of their politics or likely politics. when have we ever done that as americans? we haven't looked at how people would vote before we decide to incorporate them into the union as a state. we understood the right of
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people to petition to become a state. and congress has that power. let's right a wrong, especially in the post george floyd world and give people their rightful representation in the people's body and in the senate. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i yield two minutes to my good friend and great member of the oversight committee, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. comer: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia for his great leadership on this issue. at a time when speaker pelosi is keeping congress largely on the sidelines, it's unfortunate that we are spending precious work time debating blatantly unconstitutional legislation. not only is this measure unconstitutional, and dead on arrival in the senate, but it should not be a priority for this body right now.
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our nation is facing a serious need for action. we need police reform that focuses on transparency and accountability. we need to support american workers as states safely reopen their communities and economies. and we need to ensure that money we have spent to fight the coronavirus is effectively guarded against waste, fraud, and abuse. passing this measure today would signal a stunning lack of respect for the constitution. making washington, d.c., a state would specifically violate the intentions of our founding fathers who wanted the national seat of government to belong to no state. in fact, the constitution specifically calls for congress, not any state government, to have authority over the district, serving as a seat of federal government. granting statehood for washington, d.c., requires a constitutional amendment. just as granting the district three electoral college votes required the ratification of the 23rd amendment. it's time for congress to get
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back to full-time work and take up the pressing issues facing our country, not play unconstitutional games. i yield can back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to my good friend and neighbor, the gentleman from maryland, congressman jamie raskin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: thank you. mr. speaker, when in the course of human events a relationship stops working and one party experience as long train of abuses and indignities at the hands of the other, you scrap the old relationship and start anew. it's nothing personal but i wish our g.o.p. colleagues in the house and senate could recognize that this just isn't working out anymore for the people of washington. the relationship you have taken for granted for so long with the local population is dysfunctional and frankly abusive. plainly put, the people of washington want out. it's not just the pepper spray
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anti-tear gas anti-rubber bullets, it's not just crashing their churches and desecrating their religion with your photo-ops, it's not just the use of their sons and daughters in the national guard to put down protests by their sons and daughters in the streets, it's not just the threats to federalize their local police or decision to overturn their adoption laws, and health funding choices or your control of their judges and prosecutors or the consequence he tent presidential insults against their leaders. it's not the g.o.p. members who claim to be the attentive partners of the district, never listen to the people here, never go to the local meetings, don't know the mayor or city council. it's not even the $750 million they just cheated the people of washington ott out in the middle of this plague. it's something deeper. it's not just something you did. the people of washington have found someone and something else. they have voted to break up this dysfunctional relationship with congress to start a healthy and respectful
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relationship with america. in america, states make their own local policy and budget decisions without constant tampering and interference by other people's representatives. in america, every political community stands on equal footing through statehood. each one sends two senators to the u.s. senate and voting representatives to the house. delegations that guarantee no one will push their people around. when you are a state, you help decide things like whether your country goes to war, who will be your judges and supreme court justices, how will your federal tax dollars get spent, and what should be the laws of the nation. the only question now is whether congress is mature enough, man enough to deal with the fact that washington no longer wants to be under our thumb. a mature and faithful congress that wants the best for all of its people is not afraid of statehood. we celebrate it. we delight in it.
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america started its 13th states but we have exercised our powers under article 4, section 3, 37 separate times to admit 37 new states. all of them by simple legislative acts. none of them by constitutional amendment. and each one was controversial in its own way. i heard the gentleman say that you've got to be either a territory or formerly part of another state to be admitted to a state. not true. i have a one word answer to that, texas. it was its own independent country. it was republican. people said that was unconstitutional and congress said, no, we are going to favor the trajectory of democratic inclusion and political equality. . ms. norton: i yield the seconds. 30 additional mr. raskin: thank you. so every state has faced objections.'s hey state new mexico is too mormon and arizona was too
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catholic. exists now trict 8, r article 1, section clause 17 but the gentlelady from district of columbia shrink the district owners back then slave wanted it back. we can modify the boundaries it we can modify it in the 21st entury to grant statehood and equal rights to the people of washington, d.c. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the recommends the people comments to the chair. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. r. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. i remind my good friend, we share the concern the people are not working but the reality is if it's not working in our system m to deal with it and in that case
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it's called a constitutional amendment. the democrats are not proposing a constitutional with the to deal problem is beyond me. it is what it is. minutes to yield two my good friend to the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona is recognized. r. gosar: i rise in strong opposition to this bill and it's affront to the constitution. founding fathers did not district to be a state. provided congress the specific ause for reasons. notably the fact that the operation of the seat of the whose laws affect notmillion americans should be impeded by local ordinances, taxation. of the constitution had good reason for this
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concern. witnessed police isorderly disconduct by protesters in june, 1743, members to flight to neighboring states. throughout the streets in washington, d.c. passage of this vote today in twos the constitution different ways. granting congretrol of the federal government. ignoring the constitutional framers made too change our charter. my erday i testified on amendment to the rules committee of -- reenhanced the home rule act. did not accept this amendment which was crafted in the spirit of the constitution. and thethis legislation legal thought behind it even founding ay from our
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tradition. unrest few months had including right inside itself.on, d.c. t is irresponsible for this body to take action against our constitution. he democratic and legal wisdom of our founders is unprecedented and calls for a legal charter preserved ed and gover governance stand true today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ask my colleagues to vote against the bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, the of the house of pelosi.tatives, nancy the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker: thank you very speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and her tremendous eadership over time to remove obstacles of participation to our democracy.
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rights act voting for all or whether it's observing the 100th anniversary right to aving the vote and whether it is about ourng full participation in democracy to the district of columbia. in wearingo join her this mask, 51st. why this legislation, statehood..c. i'll talk about now. but congresswoman eleanor holmes been brilliant, relentless, precystent, about the lackrsistent about of full participation in her work in congress. so i salute her. the patron state and guiding star of the d.c. statehood even congress but e to since she came to congress and he has worked tirelessly and relentlessly to build historic
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support for this bill and you honor of e articipating in this historic vote. in the house of representatives, for the first time, we'll vote for district. d.c. statehood, mr. speaker, is official and personal priority for me. say lleagues have heard me this but i'll say it again. hen i was born my father was a member of congress from baltimore, maryland. appropriations committee and he served as chair of the d.c. appropriations subcommittee. time, they tell me, that person would be regarded as the of -- unofficial mayor of washington because that appropriations committee made decisions, so many decisions for the district of columbia. a big supporter of home rule. perspective the
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unfairness of it all, a big of home rule. his job event, he did in a way to try to make a path. path, later home rule and later a mayor and the rest and now.o where we are so yesterday someone said, can you find middle ground? ground.middle the status quo. we have to go forward. privilege ofad the serving on the appropriations committee, on the district of subcommittee, and i saw rule that es to home some in our congress would put diminishing, diminishing the self-determination that the the district of columbia should have. statehood for the district is for our wing respect democracy. it's not just about the district. democracy.our for the american people and for
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constitution. the constitution begins with our we the l preamble, people, setting out our a governmention of of, by, and for the people of the united states. except for the district of columbia. yet, for more than two residents of washington, d.c., have been denied their full right to fully democracy. in our instead, they have been dealt he injustice of paying taxes, serving in the military, and contributing to the economic of our nation while being enfranchisement that is their right. in the military. ighting, risking their lives for our democracy. isdamental to that democracy representative government.
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lives for risk their a principle, for a value, for while they live that full enied opportunity. oday, by passing h.r. 51, washington, d.c. admissions act, state of he washington, douglas of onwealth, state commonwealthouglas to the union, frederick ouglass, from maryland, who lived in district of columbia, a suffragist. he was in seneca falls at the women, so much bout our democracy and voting for all americans. in doing so today, we will bring closer to the
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founding ideals that all are and all deserve a say in our democracy. urge a bipartisan ere a strong vote in the house for this very important legislation, legislation our democracy, to our constitution. salute ank, again, and eleanor holmes norton for her eadership, working with our distinguished leader, mr. hoyer, brought this as a priority. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. he speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. how much time do we have remaining? 1/2 peaker pro tempore: 18 minutes. mr. hice: how much? the speaker pro tempore: the 18.leman from georgia has mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. would say again our constitution has representation
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here in our capital from the of the states and this district was set apart not o be a state nor to be influenced by one. and with that i would like to good two minutes to my friend, the gentleman from kentucky, great member of the committee, mr. massie. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky. mr. massie: i thank the georgia.n from mr. speaker, if there is a constitutional way to turn d.c. is not tate, this bill it. this bill is an exercise in egislative virtue signaling because it contains a fatal constitutional flaw. et's talk about what this bill doesn't do. this bill doesn't magically convert all of d.c. into a state. doesn't create a new state containing a city called d.c. these clearly violate the constitution. ome overly clever legislative artists think they found a new loophole, a way to create a violating c. without the constitution.
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what this bill does is it city of d.c. into a ti tiny city and then creates a a territory that's left over. the problem about that, the 23rd constitution he that gives the city of d.c. electoral votes. the bill itself acknowledges the constitutional flaw within because it contains an expedited to vote on repeal of the 23rd amendment in this ber.er and the senate chat the bill -- chamber. the bill keeps plowing forward if the 23rd amendment is not repealed. farcecal es the situation the few residents, the at 1600 pennsylvania venue, they would have three electoral votes. that's crazy. i urge my colleagues to vote for vote nstitution today and against h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. norton: mr. speaker, the last thing we have to be whether or out is not the 23rd amendment will be repealed. bill, h.r. 51, contains that.edited procedure for i'm pleased to yield one minute from maryland, my good neighbor and good friend, the majority leader of representatives, steny hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman maryland. mr. hoyer: i'm going to leave my on. not because it's not safe for me but for you. it represents e the best of america. from maryland.
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aryland was a slave-holding state. i represent the district that probably had the most slaves, from the my friend first congressional district. were many ere sympathizers for the southern had that would have maryland join the confederacy. were, of course, wrong. but i want to tell my friends states who withdrew to whose states tried destroy the union that they to remember that this without ok them back condition, with full citizenship to vote.ight the same for do fellow citizens. mr. speaker, i rise in strong
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of this bill and i thank delegate eleanor holmes norton her extraordinary quest, the prize to e on ake sure that the citizens she represents have full citizenship. . i'm proud to stand with her in supporting statehood for the people of the district of columbia. on this mask there is a drawing of the outlines of the district of columbia. hat is maryland. before the 1789 and subsequent actions. that was maryland. i dare say there is not a marylander who voted on that secession of that land for the capital of the united states
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who thought to themselves they were disenfranchising those who ived in that district. i want to thank mayor bowser with whom i have been proud to work to move this issue forward with the leadership of delegate holmes norton. i made clear when we announced that the house would consider this bill today the people who call our nation's capital home have been disenfan chiesed and shortchanged -- disenfranchised and shortchanged for too long. martin luther king said how long? too long. not overwhelm have the residents of one of america's most historically african-american cities, let me repeat that, historically one of our largest african-american cities, it is not exclusive, it
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is a diverse city. and very frankly, it does not make a decision that if you don't vote for us, we will not allow you to vote. hear me. if you don't vote for us, we will not allow you to vote. but president trump says, my friends on the other side of the aisle, mr. speaker, would be foolish to vote for this bill. why? because we are too democratic. and we wouldn't vote for you. what do you think the north would have done with the 11 states that tried to destroy the union if we had said you are not going to vote for us and you can't come back. at least you can't come back with voting rights. we will keep you as subjects not as citizens. i hope every one of you that represents one of those states thinks about that proposition.
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706,000 e to exclude of your fellow citizens from full participation in our democrattry. -- democratcy. not only have the residents of one of america's great cities been prevented from having full citizenship, but they have also been shortchanged in the money we give them. just creeptly, covid-19 -- just recently, covid-19, we gave them 40% of what we gave wyoming, an entity 200,000 people smaller than the istrict of columbia. i see no head shaking on the other side of the aisle, mr. speaker. see no agreement on that. should we say, wyoming's too small. that we ought to exclude wyoming? not big enough to be a state.
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et wyoming, more than 10 times smaller than the state of maryland, and as opposed to 40 million people in california, 500,000, 1/80th of the size have two united states senators. stand up if you think wyoming at not -- ought not to have a vote. i see no one standing. and this constitutional argument is a don can hoe at this -- quixote windmill argument. this is 706,000 american citizens. same time their elected leaders can be overruled by congress anti-president when it comes to local issues as we saw when president trump ordered federal law enforcement and the national guard to suppress peaceful age legitimate protests against the killing of
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black men and women it encounters with the police and with others. george zimmerman comes to mind. trayvon martin. this is about human rights. this is about democracy. this is about our nation being better than that. i see my colleague from maryland shaking his head. we disagree. the people of d.c. deserve not only real self-government but also full representation in the congress of the united states. are these 700,000 people less than the 500,000 people in wyoming? if we ask somebody to come to the district of columbia and work for our government, is the condition that they lose their citizenship? that they lose their full voting rights? is that the condition we put on them? if so, i respectfully disagree. with my colleagues who believe
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that's what america is about. that's what this historic legislation would do. admit washington, d.c., as the 51st state. that would provide residents of the district of columbia with a voting house member and two enators. as every other group of americans that lives in a jurisdiction called a state has the right to have. it would right historical wrong to ensure our founders' vision of representative government would be enacted for all americans no longer excluding the 70 ,000 in the district of columbia. the house will -- 70 ,000 in the district of columbia. the house will make action today to make the district of columbia a statement it is an historic day. be on the right side of history. so many voted against the civil rights act of the 1960's and years thereafter. they were on the wrong side of history.
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do not have -- you're absolutely right. somebody mentioned there was democrats. e were a segregationist party. and guess what? we said we do not want to be hat kind of party. and hubert humphrey got up in 1948 in new york at a democratic convention said we need to come out of the dark shadows of slavery and segregation into the bright sunlight of justice and equality. yes, i understand. that was our party. and we said to them, we do not want to be that party. don't you be that party. don't you have lincoln turn over in his grave and said that's not our party. yes, i heard you over there. sadly in denial, in the denial of democracy, republican-led senate has indicated, mr. speaker, it will not act.
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just as it has not acted on 275 bipartisan bills that we have sent to the united states senate. they will not act. a senate is elected by 18% of the american people, the majority of the senate. that is unfortunate, mr. speaker, because this is more than just a local issue for the district of columbia. it is a civil rights issue for our country as yesterday was a civil rights issue for our country. it is something that ought to concern all americans because when some americans are denied the full rights and representation of citizenship, it diminishes the meaning of citizenship for all. statehood is not merely a status. it is a recognition by the rest of the states of the sovereign equality of the people who live there.
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that they are part of the main. not simply an island. as the poet reflected. and that they cannot be treated as lesser by their fellow citizens, by admitting washington, d.c., as a state we will admit what we already know to be true. that its people are fellow americans. equal in their pursuit of happiness and enjoyment of the full rights and privileges of the american citizenship. including representation in the congress of the united states. our patriot forebearers in the 18th century used to cry out, no taxation without representation. the citizens of boston stole some tea, a criminal act, and they threw it into the boston harbor. why? because they said we will not be taxed without representation. that king george cannot tell us
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what to do without consulting us. be on the right side of history. washington residents correctly still use that battle cry in the 21st century. let us make it ring true at last. let us make our union of states a more perfect one by adding to 37 times, as we have consistent with the onstitution. i urge, mr. speaker, my colleagues, to stand up for america. stand up for democracy, stand up for the premise of america that every person counts. vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman from district of columbia reserves. members are reminded to address the chairs, please. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. i feel like the arguments on the other side of the aisle are so weak that they respond by yelling louder. we just heard a great passionate speech about something that is totally irrelevant. the point was highlighted that the condition for statehood is not population. otherwise we would not have states like wyoming or alaska or other states that were ever admitted. that is not the issue. the issue is washington, d.c., was set apart as a seat of government. not to be the same as the federation of states that our constitution grants us. with that i'd like to yield three minutes to my good friend and great leader, mr. roy from texas.
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mr. hoyer: is the gentleman aware that the district of lumbia was reduced in size historically a while back? . that the land was reduced this is what's happening here. there is clear precedent for doing this. i thank the gentleman for ielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roy: i thank the gentleman from georgia. appreciate the opportunity to address this important issue. the question the gentleman from maryland just asked, i hear the question. their district bound dri lines have changed in the past. what the majority wants to do today is fundamentally alter, fundamentally alter what washington, d.c., is. that's what's at stake here. i'd love to hear the gentleman from maryland expound on his support and belief in our electoral college since suddenly my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have found newfound respect for the
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power of states and the importance of states. i'd love to hear them expound on that. i'd love to hear my colleagues on the other side of the aisle talk about what is critical about community and about respecting the ability of people to live differently. in order for us to agree to disagree. to allow texas to be texas. california to be california. i'd love to hear my colleagues on the other side of the aisle expound on these principles. this is about power. that's what this is about. let's make no mistake about it. d.c., do i not believe, should become a state. and i use that word importantly. should not become a state. we can talk about the constitutional infirmities with what the majority is trying to do. my colleagues are doing that. they have laid that out. the constitution speaks to creating the federal city in washington, d.c. the founders wanted to do that for a reason. we wanted this seat to be completely unintertwined, separated from other states. we wanted it to be special and
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unique and not subject to the powers and struggles that go on about the people in a certain state. that's what's at stake here. i would note that my friend, mr. raskin, mr. connolly, mr. hoyer, mr. beyer, they are the first to rattle, the very first to rattle if we dare go down the road of potential shutdown. if we dare go down the road of limiting the size and scope of the federal government. why? because the jurisdictions they represent are wholly and heavily dependent on this federal government. i'm a proud texan dating back to 1850's, i grew up in loudoun county, virginia, and went to the university of virginia . when i grew number loudoun county, it was 80% dirt roads. one stoplight in my entire school district. it was a rural county. fully separated from washington, d.c. now it is the richest per capita county in the united states of america. because leviathan grows. because it separates from the real americans out there, the people throughout the entire
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country who are not being represented by this body. if we want to talk about representation, let's talk about this body doing its job to represent the people, the forgotten man, the american people are tired of watching their country burning to the ground. statues being toppled. people getting killed in the streets. and we are spending time here today on an unconstitutional effort to create a state out of a federal city that the constitution contemplated being separated so that it could be unique and be the power seat of this great country. . that's what this is about and i yield back to the gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves.from georgia the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. to norton: i'm pleased yield two minutes to my good from , the gentleman state, that ceded land
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person perpetuity which was formed, congressman sarbanes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. sarbanes: our colleague talked about the district of columbia being special. about nothing second being second class which is what has happened to the residents of district. for two centuries, the people of the district of columbia have disenfranchised, denied fair representation, excluded democratic at experiment. residents, who, just like my constituents, and pay constituents work hard, their taxes, and contribute every day to the betterment of society. yet, they do not have an equal voice in this chamber. to remedy this great injustice. norton should have the same opportunity that
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every one of our members does -- to see her name on that board for every vote. walk into the well and committees her yea or nay on ehalf of the constituents she represents. congresswoman norton, we thank you for your service and for tireless fight to bring dignity to the residents of d.c.ngton, house democrats committed to this moment when this body h.r. year ago.n a we observe then and we reiterate today, there are no constitutional, historical, or economic reasons why the 700,000 americans who in the district of columbia should not be granted statehood. when americans of all political stripes are demanding greater voice and participation in the political town square, the residents of being forcibly kept out of the town square by this
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indefensible inbe aing rowmism. enough is declaring enough. it's time to give a voice and a vote to the residents of the columbia.f i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 51. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. r. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. to somehow paint a picture that second class city is absolute absurdity. ithout question this the most influential city in this country, braperhaps in the worl. with that i yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman. mr. grothman: first, a little comment, maybe clearing things up. to everybody in the room, the phrase to the stands is r which it in the pledge and i think we all memorable comment of benjamin franklin at a time
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the constitution about he d, he talked was giving us a republic if we can keep it. ow, at the time the constitution was drafted, our a efathers did include district which would be the for the country. theforefathers put together united states and reached a ompromise between the 13 states. they realized at the time it would be ridiculous to break and give it two senators like all of the other states. it is , that is because so different and such a different than the states. the 50 he states, states, to a variety of degree, amount of ee agriculture. there's virtually no agriculture, maybe somewhere greenhouse or
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something in the district of columbia. there is no manufacturing. mining or logging or tiny we can so barely see it. it's a unique city because it's on government jobs and tourist jobs coming to visiting buildings.nment it's not like any other state out there. state, re to become a its representatives would have spent all of their time almost getting more money for the city and already the federal government puts a great deal of money into the city. you couldn't complain that they do not have enough funds for city.schools or their i believe their schools are somewhere in the top, if you consider it a state, somewhere top three or four in the ountry as far as funding per person. it would make no sense, say for wisconsin, to break off and give senators to milwaukee and two senators to the state. state.ee is not a thank you.
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yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. i am pleased to the gentlewoman from kelly.s, ms. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. kelly: many of those serve he great nation have been denied the right to self-government. that's a founding principle of our great nation. d.c. is home to more than 700,000 americans and yet they have no voting members of no voice in the senate. establishing washington douglas would not create our nation's smallest state per reliant on the federal government to survive. are many states that are far more dependent on federal assistance. more in total income tax than the residents of
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d.c. is continually treated as a territory. calculations starve the local government. no taxation r, without representation. well, d.c. pays its faxes. de -- well, d.c. pays its taxes. et's be clear who is playing politics. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield two leader from t texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. gohmert: thank you. to hear people that have been trained in the onstitution disregard it so, but we're taught at law school he ability to rationalize absolutely anything. but the fact is article 1, 8, there is no one of
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have been es that brought in by congress that is the constitution like this district is. says, specifically, to xercise -- this the right of congress -- exercise exclusive legislation in all cases over such district, not exceeding 10 miles square, as made by one, succession by particular states of congress tance become the seat of government for the united states. if you go aboback and you look the federalist paper 43, you debate at the time, they understood, we had the capital in new york city, we had in philadelphia, and that is dangerous. because it means if you're by a state and the evof that state or in the middle, surrounded by the
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tate, then pressure can be brought to bear that would be so to the rest of the country. look at the debate. that's why it's in there, to protect that. one of the things that we is wrong to hat it make people, the residents of of the district of columbia pay income tax. bill since ling a 2008, i think it was, that would tax.nate the federal none of the territories who also don't have full voting members congress pay federal income tax. either.uldn't that's a legislative fix we can do. nd i look forward to stopping the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired, please. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. time can -- much can i inquire how much time we
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have, please? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has nine minutes. mr. hice: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: and the has 10 minutes. ms. norton: i say to the the eman, everything about desire of citizens of to be equal .c., that we're pleased to continue to pay federal income taxes. would be number one. and i appreciate his amendment. his amendment d because we want to be full citizens. share.ans paying our i'm pleased to yield to my good the virgin islands minutes, congresswoman stacey plaskett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the virgin recognized. ms. plaskett: as a member representing the territories, i'd rather pay taxes than have treatment that this body gives to those that live in the territories. i believe it's the greatest scam and an okie doke that you've
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llowed us not to pay taxes and hold that against us to ask for our equal treatment. so keep paying those taxes and your statehood one day. the united states territories not on epresent is also equal footing with the rest of the nation. there's no representation in the u.s. senate. voting representation in the house of representatives. vote for ., we cannot president. we know what it's like to be part of the greatest country in he world but not a full participant. and it feels incomplete. s americans, we strive to be productive citizens and asset to the nation. d.c. is a matter of fairness that's been slow in coming. his city, built by african-americans with use of forced labor, contributes more taxes per person basis than many states. a punishment to americans living those capital, including working in policy or public service for the good of the disenfranchised when they establish a home in
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the district. changed the boundaries slave 1800's to ensure owners could keep their slaves. we have changed the boundaries to allow for ee the federal city to still exists and the residents of d.c. to a state. it's been done by this body before. don't make it seem like it's omething that can't happen again. at this very moment, citizens nation are clamoring for change, equality and justice. we can deliver that for the people of d.c. it is time to do what's right this low the people of city to feel whole, to feel omplete, to feel like they matter. support h.r. 51. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. it certainly can happen. ust requires a constitutional amendment. i'd like to yield two minutes to my good friend from maryland, dr. harris. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is
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recognized. mr. harris: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. you very much, speaker. i hope america is watching going on the floor today and they're paying careful attention to this debate. after speaker from the other side of the aisle say things like -- it's been before. the majority leader, clear press precedent. yeah, there's clear precedent. we know the person who was in the chair before comes from the that was the clear precedent. when retrosession occurred. colleagues on the other side of the aisle say this isn't politics. his is about getting voting rights. this is about things like this. suggest that perhaps the people watching go to wikipedia history is the about the support for
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back to maryland. mr. speaker, this is not land.ss' this is maryland's land. united gave it to the states for the sole purpose of a permanent federal enclave. of hundreds of my colleagues on the other side of he aisle thinking it's their land. it's maryland's land. and if you want voting rights, simple. do exactly what occurred in 1847 nd give the land back to maryland. whoa. wait a minute. hat's not what this debate is about. because retrosession has been with no many times democrat supporters. in fact, the majority leader was congress when these bills were proposed. if what he really wants is rights, he should have co-sponsored the bill. ecause, mr. speaker, you know if retrosession occurs, every
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single resident, except those in house, because of the amendment to the constitution, they get three electoral votes proposed legislation, every single one of those residents would have epresentation in congress and, yes, eleanor holmes norton could sit in congress representing from the state of maryland. . this is a pure political employ. that's why -- ploy. that's why none of my colleagues will maryland will vote against this bill. that's why they haven't put in a recession bill. that's why my hundreds of colleagues across the aisle will pretend this is congress' land. this is not. the constitution is clear. if this land is given back to maryland -- the argument is, maryland doesn't want it back. that's interesting. i sat in the maryland legislature with my colleague who is sitting across the aisle right now. if marylanders are so concerned
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or our representatives from maryland are so concerned about getting voting rights, it's simple. go to their colleagues in the maryland general assembly, fully controlled by the democrats, and say, let's take it back. let's give those 700,000 people voting rights. mr. speaker, that's the correct approach. don't steal this land from maryland. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from the north carolina is recognized. ms. norton: important to note that maryland permanently ceded the land that now is part of the district of columbia. you can't get back what you permanently ceded. it's important to note that we have yet another, we have had several members from maryland speak and i am pleased to yield two minutes to yet another friend from maryland, the gentleman from maryland, congressman mfume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. mfume: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i want to thank the distinguished delegate, congressperson from washington, d.c., for her steadfast leadership on this. i had the opportunity to work with her predecessor back in the late 1980's in this chamber, delegate walter font the - fauntroy, who passed torch. delegate you have done a great job. it took 27 years to get this vote back on to the floor. i was there in 1993 when we came up short. today i'm hoping and praying that this bill passes. i want to congratulate you on that and to remind others that this is not going to go away. at the end of the day, this is really about taxation without representation. one of the original 27 colonial grievances filed against the king which was a major cause of the revolutionary war. so when people in boston had the tea party and threw tea in the bosston harbor in december
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of 1773, they were making a statement and setting an example for people across this nation to understand that we just can't tax people without allowing them to be represented. you have heard the great discussions, the cogent points about the fiscal side of this that d.c. residents pay more taxes per capita than any other state. that they pay more general taxes than 22 states. that they have a budget here larger than 11 states. and a bond rating better than almost 30 other states. i have heard this discussion when it comes to fiscal matters about the constitutional federation of states, the great words of hamilton and the federalists in the federalist papers. i understand that. but one thing we have to remember when we raise hamilton and we talk about the federalists is that their stated belief was the constitution was meant to
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evolve. that it was a living document. that's not my impression. that's the impression and opinion of the federalists. so if that were not true i could not be here as a deskendskendant of the slave without the 13 this, 14th, and 15th amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mfume: the distinguished woman couldn't be here. she would not have the right to vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mfume: when i were born -- i realize that, sir. would you, madam chair -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is no longer recognized. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: mr. speaker, the constitution can change by amendment only. with that i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. i will never vote
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to give washington, d.c., separate statehood status. washington, d.c., is a city not a state. its population is roughly 1/7 that of alabama. to add perspective, giving d.c. statehood is the equivalent of giving jefferson county, alabama, or the tennessee valley separate statehood status. that is nuts. history is in order. the district of columbia originally was 100 square miles. 10 miles square. part of d.c. was in maryland. part was in virginia. in 1847 the virginia part of the district of columbia was given back to virginia, leaving only the maryland portion of d.c. still in d.c. these former d.c. now virginia residents gained the right to vote on u.s. senators, once senators became elected, rather
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than appointed. if d.c. residents want to vote on u.s. senators, fine. that can be done by following historical precedence and giving the residential portion of d.c. back to maryland, giving the federal government portion, the capital, white house, monuments, the mall, federal buildings, and the like in d.c. but this option won't be offered by democrats because they don't care one twit about d.c. residents voting on u.s. senators. rather, their goal is to more guaranteed -- two more guaranteed left wing senators. if offered i will offer to turn portions to maryland giving them the power to vote on maryland's two u.s. senators. i will never vote to give a sidge middling size city the same political power as one of america's great 50 states. i will never support this sham that is motivated by crass partisan political power, not a desire to let citizens of the
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district of columbia vote on u.s. senators. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: may i inquire how much time does this side have. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 5 1/2 minutes. ms. norton: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, the chair of the financial services committee, my friend, congresswoman maxine waters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. waters: thank you so very much. i rise to support h.r. 51, the washington d.c. admission act, which would end centuries of taxation without representation and make washington, d.c., the 51st state. nobody's giving back anything. washington, d.c., is the home to more americans than two states. and more than 46% of the 700,000 residents are black. make no mistake. race underlies every argument against d.c. statehood, and denying its citizens equal
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participation and representation is a racial, democratic, and economic injustice we cannot tolerate. it must be acknowledged that the chance to right these wrongs with today's vote would not be possible without my good friend, eleanor holmes norton. we were both elected at the same time. she has been doinged and -- dogged and consistent every single year since then in her fight for this bill and d.c. statehood. i'm so pleased to join my friend in today's milestone vote and i'm hopeful that eleanor's long effort will finally give d.c. the rights they deserve. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to my friend the gentleman from north carolina, congressman g.k.
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butterfield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. butterfield: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to delegate eleanor holmes norton for your years of leadership on this issue. mr. speaker, from 1910 through 1970 thousands of african-americans from my district and from your district, mr. hice, migrated to washington, d.c., seeking employment and better opportunities than existed in the segregated south. they worked and worshipped and pay their taxes. they own and operate businesses here in d.c. they teach in the public schools. they are capitol police. they clean our offices. miss holmes norton, i know very well some of your ancestors originated in my congressional district. mr. speaker, d.c. residents pay the highest per capita federal income taxes in the country. they pay more federal taxes than residents of 22 states. it's a grave injustice that they don't have representation in this body. it is time to say to the
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citizens of this city that they, too, are american citizens and deserve to be part of this great union with full rights of citizenship. what they don't need to hear on this floor today is for members to say i will never vote for d.c. statehood. that is irresponsible. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from georgia, congressman hank johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. article 4, section 3.1 provides that new states may be admitted by congress into this union. there is absolutely no requirement for constitutional amendment. i was born and raised in washington, d.c., spending my formative years in this great domain and i grew up knowing that my parents paid taxes but had no voting representation in congress.
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it was paradoxical that i learned in school that the cries of patriots, no taxation without representation, did not apply to the people of this great domain. we obeyed the same laws and paid the same taxes as our fellow americans, but we had no hope in taking part in the governance of america. thank the delegate, holmes norton, for keeping hope alive. i'm here today to say it's time to stop the disenfranchisement. this vote is long overdue and i intend to vote in favor of d.c. statehood and i encourage my colleagues to vote yes. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i continue to reserve, mr. speaker. how much time do we have on our side, please? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has four minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized.
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ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from michigan, congresswoman haley stevens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from michigan is recognized. ms. stevens: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my esteemed and tireless colleague from the district of columbia, congresswoman holmes norton. in this very chamber we have throughout our nation's history long debated statehood for many lands and many people. and adding new states we have. in 1837 michigan statehood was passed by congress as the 26th state. and signed by president jackson, who proudly stated, michigan was, quote, admitted into the union on an equal footing with the original states in all respects. in 1959, as we added hawaii to the union, the secretary of the interior declared, quote, the great statehood of hawaii will be granted and prove to the world that we practice what we preach. and now as we add washington, d.c., and recognize the over
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700,000 people, hundreds of thousands of federal tax-paying people to this union, we reaffirm, we restore, and we continue to flourish our democracy that man fests to promote the general welfare. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman from reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. highs: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: how much time? joip 1 1/2 minutes. ms. norton: i yield po seconds -- 30 seconds to my good friend sheila jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i want to give all acknowledgement to the outstanding gentlelady, eleanor holmes norton. president washington stayed, the constitution is the god which i will never abandon. nothing in the constitution says that we cannot make the washington state the douglas
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commonwealth. frederick douglass said there is no power without struggle. the sons and daughters of washington, d.c., laid down their life for this country in world wars. they stand for this country in service to this government. why are we denying them their right. alaska has 700,000-plus people. there is no population requirement. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: make washington d.c. a state now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. hice: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: yield 30 seconds to mr. blumenauer of oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. miss blumenauer: thank you. i am intrigued listening to my colleagues waxes eloquent about the divine creation of the district of columbia. give me a break. it was old-fashioned horse trading between hamilton, madison, and jefferson like the declaration of enslaved people being 3/5 of a person.
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without being able to vote for themselves just simply power for white people. it's time to recognize the reality of what i think was a corrupt deal and give the district of columbia the statehood it deserves. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. georgia is n from recognized. mr. hice: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. hice: is the gentlewoman ready to close? sir.orton: i am, the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. r. hice: thank you, mr. speaker. despite the passionate arguments that we have heard today 51, the plain truth is that washington, d.c.'s of the s the capital united states is exactly as our founders intended. washington, d.c.,
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is a vibrant, special city, a unique position in our nation's federal system. not ation's capital does exist within one state and, herefore, it is free from the influence of any state. and that's exactly the intention our institution and our founders. constitution e proposal is going to be a constitution ur but practically speaking, d.c. financially and otherwise as a microstate. currently, washington, d.c. raises about half of its annual udget through local taxes despite the fact they have some of the highest taxes in the nation. of financial ack readiness for the responsibility statehood. congress' already dealt with this in the past in d.c.'s inancial situation, we bailed
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it out in the 1990's after 20 self-rule.roubled the majority's bill does not take into account how these shortfalls would be remedied or how the taxpayers relieved. statehood, first, the details majority's s the proposal. in seeking to gain an extra two in the senate, democrats would strip this great historic ity of its special status and make it a shell state. statehood ats' proposal would leave us a state n name only and a tiny remnant of a federal district. this is far from the intent of our founding fathers. a federation, a federation of states. no one who there's is a greater supporter of states' rights than i am. states' believe in rights, i cannot support this state.coming a
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d.c. is simply not equipped to statehood.f burden of if democrats were serious about granting representation to the d.c., they would retroseeding the land back to maryland. rejected roposed but over and over. if the d.c. residents would go maryland, they would go back senate representation which is what this bill is after but statehood proposal is about olitics, all dressed up in noble arguments about isenfranchising and taxation without representation. but it's just a big sham. the constitution is clear. a new state can be formed from or from erritories xisting states with their permission. but the current federal district is not an existing state.
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nor is it a territory. it is unique. and our framers specifically the constitution with a soimum size for the district as to prevent it from becoming a state. e've been over this time and again. but h.r. 51 changes the clear intentions of our founders. district a state, we are going exactly against the framers and the intentions of our constitution. he framers crafted our constitution with the direct intent that we would have a district, the seat of our federal government that is not influenced by a state. is what we have. and that's what we need to keep. 51 disregards the constitution and we cannot take this lightly. my colleagues to oppose this bill. the speaker and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: how much time is remaining? po the speaker pro tempore: 30 seconds. minori bill, we standis out as our only democracy which enies democracy to the residents of its own capital leadership. capital city. to leadership is bill until this ecognizes your capital city as equal in citizenship with the citizens of every member of the representatives. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. expired.for debate has pursuant to house resolution 017, the previous question is ordered on the bill, as amended. engrossment is on and third reading of the bill. aye. in favor say
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those opposed, no. have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to provide for state of to the washington, d.c. into the union. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the opposed to the bill? >> mr. speaker, i am opposed to the bill in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. keller of pennsylvania moves to recommit bill h.r. 51 to the committee on oversight and reform with instructions to to the he same back house forthwith with the following amendment -- page 3, before line 1 the following -- section 2, findings. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading. the speaker pro tempore: without reading is he dispensed with. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania is in gnized for five minutes
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support of his motion. mr. keller: mr. speaker, i rise talk about how for over 200 years lawmakers have come from union to work the and live in this district. the city was not meant to be a of conquest, like the europe.cities of it was not meant to be the hub of trade like the early american cities. above anything, it was meant to represent a center of the ederation created by our institution. the city is tied to the idea of the american republic. of collaboration. the star on the map representing the 50 stars on the flag. with the creation of a 51st of washington dug class commonwealth, the state of a county, that collaboration will be wrong. the majority believes it's a pay for two o senators. republicans need assurances that he interests of our
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constituents will be reflected in this new state that will have nation'sluence over the federal government. and so my motion contains to h.r. 51 dditions that will require the president o assure certain amendments to the state constitution are incorporated before granting statehood. reflect the ons entirety of the nation's views. not just those of cities democrats.by there is provision that prohibits the former capital becoming a sanctuary city. hese are provisions that prohibit taxpayer funds being used for political campaigns. to protect ovisions americans' second amendment rights. these are provisions that full funding for law enforcement, that prohibit the destruction of our national mon monuments, that prohibit autonomous zones. new the early entry of states into the union, congress has required that constitutions states reflect
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certain considerations before granting admission. west virginia were required to prohibit slavery. various western states were to prohibit polygamy. these requests do not violate court's equal footing doctrine. but the idea of the state of commonwealth glas containing wholly within it the entirety of the federal capital in fact violate this doctrine. a state with a controlling nfluence over the nation's federal government and capital is simply not on equal footing 50 states.her it is above them. a vote for the majority's design statehood is a vote for d.c. superiority. the ounders recognized status of washington, d.c. house republicans do not support deviation from their vision. however, if the democrats insist this new state, it is only fair that it be with ished as a state
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policy values that more closely reflect the rest of the country. vote in colleagues to favor of this motion to recommit. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the yields.n for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? urge that my colleagues oppose the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: does he gentleman rise in opposition? mr. raskin: i rise in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. to urge all i want of our colleagues to reject this weak and unconstitutional motion recommit. the motion proposes to condition admission of washington douglas commonwealth on either imposition of the whimsical olicy preferences of the minority or simply restatements that the state will follow law, which obviously it must do under the supremacy the constitution. all of the states must. the paradigm example here and on their rs to be
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mind, and i am glad we have at down to this t issue, is to make sure the new state doesn't come in without an people t written by the of washington, d.c. saying they will not charge people a fee for carrying a concealed weapon. now, that is not in the u.s. it's not a and matter of federal law obligating the states -- the 50 states to it. so you cannot selectively impose state of e new washington d.c. that is the -- washington, d.c. that's the equal footing which the supreme court has emphasized repeatedly throughout its history, that any state we granted admission 37since the original 13, all have entered on the same plane 13.he original so they want to impose their various policy preferences on linings thick the -- things like the conceal-carry weapon. that pass it for the
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entire country and it will apply within the new state as well. do it think you can constitutionally but that's a separate matter. or resign your seat from herever you happen to be from, if you're g, resign your -- if you're from georgia, resign your georgia. move to the new state. governor and get them to change their law. that's a matter of local policy. the greatd think that champions of federalism and state rights would want to allow every right to make a decision itself. mr. speaker, a number of things have been said that need to be corrected. friend from , my texas, mr. roy, said that we for the real te americans. and he's going to speak for the real americans, not the people who live in washington. hope he would reflect on that and issue an apology to the d.c.e of washington, but it seemed that the logic of the argument was that the only here are federal employees. and they're different from the rest of america. for a ink about that
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second. in the first place, the overwhelming majority of federal not live in washington, d.c. as far as i can tell, less than of federal employees live in washington, d.c., which means of them live in our states. in the rest of america. hould those people be disenfranchised? should people work for the post office lose their right to representation in congress? should members of the armed forces be disenfranchised? the supreme court already said carrington vs. rash. so check it out. he overwhelming majority of federal employees don't live in d.c., and the overwhelming in rity of people who live d.c. and are the constituents of representative norton are not federal employees. things.other yes, they are real americans, too. they are bus drivers. teachers.chool they are business people and entrepreneurs. on. get real. be serious. get out and meet the people in washington.
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he gentleman from georgia said washington, d.c., was set aside in the constitution as a federal district. former echoed by the judge from texas. but here our friends just unfamiliarity both with the constitution and with american history. fix onstitution does not the geographic site of the so-called seat of government, district that's set aside for the seat of government. the s why after constitution was adopted, the capital was in new york for a while. it was in philadelphia for a while. that it was in trenten, new jersey. it was in princeton. it was annapolis. a whole room in annapolis set aside for where congress met. that you can look up the constitution and see the boundaries or the map of just gton, d.c., is absurd. have the congress authority to modify the boundaries of the federal istrict as proposed by ms. norton? of course, it does. we voted to do it in 1846 at the couple hundred of
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slaveholders in virginia who ere afraid that this congress would follow the advice of representative lincoln from said, abolish the slave traffic in washington, d.c., and they were afraid it going to happen so fairfax a, arlington, was given back to virginia. there is no legal authority to in any way. if we can modify the boundaries to he federal district placate a couple hundred of owners, we can -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. raskin: for the people of washington, d.c. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not agreed to.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> i would like to request a recorded vote for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3 of house resolution 965, 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 pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3094, as
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amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 3 h.r. 349. h.r. 3094, a bill to designate the national pulse memorial located at 1912 south orange avenue, orlando, florida, 32806, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. soto, and the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. soto. mr. soto: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. soto: thank you, madam speaker. shot e 12, 2016, a gunman
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and killed 49 people, injured 53 others in the pulse nightclub shooting in orlando, florida. it was the single deadliest known violent attack on the lgbtq community and deadliest in america at that time. an attack on our latino community, african-american community, and so many others. after this tragedy, our city came together. doctors, first responders, and friends rushed to save the wounded. others donated funds, supply, even their blood. countless works of art, gifts, and letters were left at impromptu memorial sites paying tribute to the victims and survivors. we came together in candlelight vigils across the globe to grieve and remember. we became truly orlando strong in the face of adversity for the whole world to see. as we continue to honor 49 angels, we remind the world
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that love will always conquer hate in the end. the designation of the pulse nightclub as a national memorial honors the lives taken as well as the survivors, first responders, and entire central florida community. together we will open minds and hearts and make the pulse memorial a national symbol of hope, love, and change. i thank my orlando area colleagues, congresswoman val demings, and congresswoman stephanie murphy, for joining me in leading this important bipartisan legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcclintock: madam speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3094, offered by our colleague from florida, mr. soto. a little over four years ago on june 12, 2016, the pulse
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nightclub in orlando, florida, became the scene of the worst terrorist attack on american soil since september 11. of 2001. 49 americans died and 53 were injured that terrible night at the hands of an isis inspired coward who turned on the very country where his parents had sought refuge from the violence in afghanistan. instead of gratitude, he unleashed hatred and violence upon this country that had sheltered his family and made it possible for him to be born into a land of freedom and opportunity. the poisonous political ideology that infected and animated him and his attack in which he pledged allegiance just before the attack is a familiar nemesis to the founding principles of our country. this craven and wanton attack reminds us of the threats of islamic extreme imboth at home and abroad that they are real, that they are malignant, and
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that they are deadly. in the aftermath of this terrible attack on the patrons of the pulse nightclub, its owner established a nonprofit called the one pulse foundation to memorialize those who died in this mass murder known simply as the 49. the foundation worked quickly to establish an interim memorial in orlando, but recently began working with orlando's mayor to launch a design competition for a permanent memorial and museum slated to open in 2022. this bill would redesignate the puts memorial in orlando, florida, as the national pulse memorial. the bill makes clear this memorial will not be a unit of the national park service and the designation as a national memorial does not require any federal funds to be expended. the house's action on this bill day complements the united states senate's resolution passed on june 11 of this year honoring the victims this
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outrage, as well as the state of florida's investigation of june 12th as pulse remembrance day. i urge adoption of the measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: i thank the gentleman from california. and our friends across the aisle for their support. i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, my colleague, mrs. demings. mrs. demings: madam speaker, it is time to make the pulse nightclub a national memorial. nd the reason is that what pulse symbolizes to all americans. let me say this. orlando does not need congress in order to honor the 49 victims. nor the 53 who were wounded that night. we have honored them and will continue to do so for as long as their memories live on. but it is still the right thing
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to do that congress takes this action today. because by making pulse a national memorial, we honor not only the victims but what they stood for. what they represent. and what our country could be and should be. pulse is in my district. it was a sang two wearry. it was a place where orlando -- sanctuary. it was place where orlando's lgbtq residents could find safety and friendship. the people there that might were not in the wrong place at the wrong time. they were exactly where they were supposed to be among friends and loved ones taking joy together in what my bishop referred to as a late night fellship. isn't -- fellowship. isn't that worth celebrating? isn't that worth protecting for every american? could there be any right more
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basic? and that is why we are here to honor and remember them. we will continue to grieve for those we lost and to help those who survived. we will continue to gather and remember. we will continue to act on gun violence and civil rights for the survivors of pulse have called on us to honor those we lost with action. not just words. and today with this vote we say that pulse was a national tragedy. not only for what it was, but for what it meant. and it will be a national memorial not just to commemorate our past but to guide our future. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: madam speaker, i have no further speakers on
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our side. i'll reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. mr. cicilline: madam speaker, i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank you, madam speaker, who brought me to the site of this horrible tragedy and allowed me to say the warmth and beauty of your community in response to it. four years ago, 49 people were murdered in a violent, hate philed mass shooting at a gay nightclub in orlando. in the days that followed we saw and heard stories of courage, bravery, and resolve. but mostly it was unspeakable pain for those who lost someone in this attack. and although i pray that the passage of four years has brought some measure of relief,
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the truth is that their pain will never fully go away. it's critical we designate this memorial today so that will our country never forgets those who are lost. but it's also important to take action so this never happens again. of hate ls convicted crimes should never own a gfpble that's why i introduced the disarm hate act to do just that. if you commit a hate crime, you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun, period. we know that those who commit hate crimes become increasingly violent as time goes on. no american family should have to suffer because of this loophole. let's disarm hate once and for all. we will never forget the 49 young people who lost their lives at the pulse club in orlando. the extraordinary response of the first responders and the hospital facility that provided miraculous care that prevented so many other lives from being lost. let's do all that we can to
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prevent the next hate filled tragedy. again i salute orlando strong for the mavs and nurturing response to the entire community to this devastating attack on all of us. with that i thank the gentleman. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: >> madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. waserman schultz. - ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i take this opportunity to commend congressman soto, congresswoman demings, and the gentlelady from florida, congresswoman
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murphy, who is in the chair, on this incredibly important legislation. i traveled to attend a memorial service in the aftermath of the tragedy of orlando's pulse gay night club. to mourn with the stunned community, how the confluence of bigotry and weapons of war conspired to steal 49 innocent lives. i remember the feeling of numbness and agony. it was so hard to grasp that in 2016 visitors to pulse that night suffered a violence that far too often plagues lgbtq-plus communities of color. -- communities and communities of color. but this time on a mass scale. they were targeted for who they were. out for the evening, they assumed it was safe to be themselves. to live their truths. yet their precious lives were snuffed out. in this darkest of moments, floridians opened their arms to embrace and heal one another. they vocali denounced bigotry, whether it was aimed at our lgbtq-plus or hispanic communities, or too often both.
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they would not stay silent. even public figures who were not always clear lgbtq-plus allies stood up and made a commitment to equality. it was an encouraging moment of solidarity amid such tragedy. most floridians responded by drawing closer than ever before. two years later, my community endured similar heartache anding an when are 17 students and educators were killed at marnlry stoneman douglas highle scoo. days after that school shooting, i was in orlando and visited pulse where a spontaneous message of love and sadness were left behind. as i added my message to the thousands hanging on banners there, i saw pulse was not simply a site of tragedy and pain. it was a hallowed place to remember and honor all the individuals who were lost.
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now a public space affirming that equality, justice and love are worth rallying to and fighting for. making pulse a national memorial would most importantly properly honor those we lost way too soon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield the gentlelady from florida an additional one minute. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you so much. but it would also elevate that site so millions of americans might turn our collective pain into collective action. in passing this bill, i hope visitors the world over will be inspired by a community that emphatically declared that love and hope will always triumph over prejudice and violence. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. mr. soto: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the -- lelady from florida, florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. mucarsel-powell: thank you, madam speaker.
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i am proud to rise in support of h.r. 3094, a bill to designate the national pulse memorial. on june 12, 2016, a shooter hatefully took the lives of 49 people at the pulse night club in orlando, florida. those who died were sons and daughters, brothers and sisters , mothers, fathers and loving members of florida's communities. this tragedy brought grief and pain to all parts of the nation , to florida, including my very own district and to the lgbt community. at evening at the night club was darin wright. his parents, m.j. and fred, are part of our community in south florida. they described jerry as a wonderful, loving and caring son. he was there that evening, like any other evening, enjoying
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latin music with friends and from one minute to the next his life was cruelly taken from him. he was only 31 years old. we all know that jerry did not deserve this. his parents and family did not deserve this. i am very close friends now with the wright family and i know firsthand the anguish and the pain that they go through every single day. mother's day, father's day, that pain never goes away. and i know that personally, madam speaker. because i have also lost a loved one tragically to gun violence. so the pain that the families and the friends of 48 other people who lost their lives the same way is still present today. just over four years later, now, it is time that we designate the pulse night club as a national memorial. this memorial will honor the memory of those who died that evening. it will ensure that loved family members like jerry
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wright are never forgotten. it will reflect on the pain that their families are still suffering, but most importantly it will serve as a reminder that we as a country have to stop this violence and disarm hate. this memorial is a testament to those who died and it is a mandate that we -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mr. soto: madam speaker -- ms. mucarsel-powell: i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida. mr. soto: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: reserves his time. the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield the gentleman from california, mr. takano -- excuse me. i yield the gentlelady from florida, my neighbor in central florida, representative murphy, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for two minutes. mr. murphy: -- mrs. murphy: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you to my colleague. four long years have passed
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since a gunman walked into my community and took the lives of 49 innocent people at the pulse night club. at that time, the event marked the largest mass shooting in this country. and that day it remains one of the largest incidents of hate crime in our history. most of the victims were members of our lgbtq community in orlando. a community that created pulse to be a safe place to be themselves. a place where hate and violence could not reach them. it took one lone gunman to that ther shah reality. but it is up to us -- to shatter that reality. but it is up to us to take it back. we owe it to those we lost to honor their memories by dedicating a national memorial at pulse. a memorial that reflects the same love, acceptance and spirit of community that embodied the victims and that embodies the lgbtq community at large. a place of healing for the survivors and all those affected. a welcoming place for all those seeking inspiration to act, to create a better, safer and more
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inclusive nation. by taking this important step, america is telling the world that we will never let hate win. that we won't forget the victims. and that we will fight to ensure no community will ever go through something like this again. god bless the pulse victims and their families. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. mr. soto: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from california. en mr. mcclintock: is the gentleman ready to close? mr. soto: madam speaker, i have three more speakers. mr. mcclintock: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: ok. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. takano: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. four years ago during pride month, our country awoke to a devastating news about a shooting at a night club in orlando, florida. the pulse night club, a safe
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haven for the lgbtq-plus community in orlando, was a target of an act of hate. 49 lives were taken and 53 were wounded after a gunman opened fire. the victims and survivors were lgbtq-plus and members of the latinx community. this shoot was one of the deadliest attacks on the lgbtq-plus americans in our history. and it left our community hurting. fearful. and skeptical about the progress our nation had made toward acceptance, understanding and belonging for lgbtq-plus people. four years later, we are still grieving. we are still healing. and we are still demanding action to make equality the land -- the law of the land and to end the gun violence in america. and when i visited orlando to pay my respects to the victims and to honor their memories, what i saw at pulse during such a painful time gave me hope. i saw a community that had come together to condemn hate, to reject intolerance and to celebrate the lives of every single soul that was lost that
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night. our community's pride and the bravery exhibited when we choose to embrace our identity, even in the face of hate and homophobia, is proof of how resilient we are. designating pulse as a national memorial would honor the lives of those lost and would forever stand as a symbol of pride, hope and courage, which will always triumph over hate. as a co-chair of the lgbt equality caucus, i thank you, representative soto, for your leadership, also representative murphy and representative demings. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 3094. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. soto: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from massachusetts, ms. clark, the vice chair of our caucus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from massachusetts is recognized. ms. clark: thank you, madam
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speaker. almost four years ago today i joined with my colleagues and my friend, congressman john lewis, in leading a sit-in on this very floor after the pulse night club shooting in orlando, florida. we could not stand for another moment of silence. we could not stand for another day of inaction. we could not stand for another mass shooting in america. we sat in protest. the house democrats stopped the work of congress because congress had stopped working for the american people. now four years later, our commitment to ending gun violence and hate remains absolute. making the pulse night club a national memorial will honor the 49 lives lost in orlando and will declare that love is love. today during pride month, we celebrate these lives and we
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honor them. but we can't stop there. we need commonsense gun violence prevention measures now. within weeks of taking the majority, house democrats passed two bipartisan gun safety bills. to this day they remain stalled in the senate. covid-19 is not the only public health crisis in this country. we lose 40,000 americans a year to gun violence. we cannot waste another day. we ask the republicans in the senate to pass our legislation, end this sickening cycle of gun violence in our country. choose love. choose peace. recognize that gun violence is often the lethal partner of racism and bigotry. and with this national memorial we will have a physical manifestation of our commitment to end gun violence and to have
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equality for all. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i request how much time we have remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 4 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. soto: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the entlelady from texas, -- oh. to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: this is a
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somber moment. and i thank the gentleman from florida for not only his passion, but his recognition that america should never forget. and thank the speaker pro tempore for letting us remember all of the faces and families and loved ones that were impacted. 49 lives, i believe, taken in one moment, with an act of violence by a crazed gunman, we have been at trying to stand in the gap with background checks passed by the very first moment under the leadership of speaker pelosi. gun violence legislation that has no impact in the second amendment. but seeks to derail the kind of
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crazed gunman that was able to take these lives before first responders could come. i remember hearing the stories of families waiting outside of the pulse night club saying they heard from their loved one but they have not seen them, because they were making their last-minute cries for help. this memorial would say to america that we are not a ation of bigots, xenophobia, racism, hatred. we are a nation of respect and dignity. i know the families of those who died at the pulse nightclub are still in pain and will never forget. but it is the duty of the united states congress with our voices raised to say that the book that i have been holding on to over the last two days to fight for justice in policing, to talk about d.c. statehood, this book, this constitution, which george washington said,
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he would use it as a guide. that he would never aband bonn. every -- abandon. much has the right to process. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: for america never to forget those lives at the pulse nightclub. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to submit the names of the 49 victims we lost in the pulse nightclub shooting. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. soto: i yield one minute to our speak, ms. pelosi of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. speaker pelosi: i thank you and him for making this important emorial possible for us today.
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i rise to solemnly join my colleagues to honor the 49 beautiful souls murdered four years ago with hatred and blood shed at the pulse nightclub in orlando. thank you congressman soto, thank you, madam speaker, for giving us this opportunity of observing and for being a voice for peace and healing for all those affected. ulse -- peaceful haven our young lgbtq americans could enjoy music, dancing, celebration knowing they were in a sanctuary of safety and solidarity. pulse was a monument to joy, a tribute to resilience and pride born out of the grief that barbara experienced after losing her brother, john, to aids. that was her motivation for starting this. may the grief that we experience now at the loss of
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49 who were murdered move us to turn our pain into purpose. his poster is all of them, but sometime after the terrible tragedy we stood on the steps of the capitol holding individual -- their individual pictures. at that time we said we will never forget. and thank you for giving us the opportunity to keep that promise. to turn pain into purpose. shortly after the horrific act of hatred at pulse, i had the solemn privilege of traveling to orlando and meeting with survivors and families who had lost loved ones. their message to the congress was, to a person, that i met with there, was please, do something to stop gun violence.
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yet painfully since that tragic night the horror that we saw in orlando has been replicated in countless other communities across the country. and too many places the epidemic of gun violence has killed too many innocent people and left too many families suffering unimaginable pain and loss. as one of the first actions of our majority last year, the house took action to end the blood shed by passing h.r. 8 and h.r. 1112. h.r. 8 so designated because it had been eight years since the assault on the life of our colleague, gabby giffords. she survived. she is doing remarkable things in terms of trying to end gun violence. but other people died, including a 9-year-old child. and h.r. 8, it was eight years since, then h.r. 1112, mr. clyburn's legislation, to
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address what happened in south arolina. 85 days, nearly 500 days later we continue to urge the senate to take up this legislation. supported broadly, democrats and dependents, republicans, gun owners, hunters, many of whom have had to pass background checks in order to have their guns and to enjoy their sport and protect themselves. they are not against background checks. across the country this has broad support. nonpartisan support. and yet in the congress of the united states there is resistance to that safety of simply commonsense background checks. it isn't, it isn't as if we were starting something new. this is just an expansion of the background checks that already exist to include gun
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shows and online sales, etc. i remind my colleagues an average of 100 people die every day from gun violence. let me restate. it has been almost 500 days since the house passed those bills and the senate has failed to take them up. almost 500, sometimes 100 a day. you see the consequences. not that all of them would have been saved, but many would have. and many have been saved since the original background check legislation passed. four years later, four years after pulse, our grief remains raw but our resolve to end the deadly scourge of gun violence and hatred discrimination, remains unwavering. strengthened by the memories of those who are lost to gun violence, 49 souls here. so many others.
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inspired by the spirit of hope that we celebrate during pride month, especially this weekend, let us never end our mission to end the horror of gun violence once and for all and discrimination to anyone in your community. with that i again commend mr. soto, you madam speaker, and urge a yes vote. and yep. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: mr. mcclintock, we have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: thank you, madam speaker. i again want to commend mr. soto on this bill. in closing, it is important to note that the attack that we remember with this legislation was directed against all
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americans, not just the patrons of the nightclub that night. the killer made this abundantly and chillingly clear. he declared himself a quote, islamic soldier, and declared his allegiance and obedience to the terrorist leader, al-baghdadi. this was an attack motivated by hate. hatred against our country. hatred against all that our country stands for. i think we can take some solace in knowing that americans today retain their right to defend themselves against such attacks . that such terrorist attacks like this should remind us how important our second amendment rights remain today. and we can also take solace from the fact that al baghdadi, the inspiration for this terrorist attack, was hunted down and brought to justice in october of last year by american delta force commandos as he shielded himself with
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children whom he killed when he detonated his suicide vest rather than to be taken prisoner. madam speaker, in memory of the 49 americans killed by this terrorist attack, i ask an aye vote in this house today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: thank you, madam speaker. we all agree this was an attack motivated by hate. today we recognize the 49 angels we lost and the 53 who were injured during the pulse nightclub shooting. vigils occurred across this nation, across the political spectrum after this deadly shooting. and i can tell you on behalf of congresswoman demings, congresswoman murphy, myself, we want to thank everyone for doing that. we want to thank all our colleagues, both democrats and republicans, for coming together.
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chair grijalva, ranking member bishop, mr. mcclintock, miss gonzalez-colon. we appreciate all the work being done in the senate. today we recognize the memory of these 49 angels that have -- across our nation by making this the pulse national memorial w that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3094. as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is thravenlt -- is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of june 18, 2020rks the unfinished business is the further consideration of the veto message of the president on the joint resolution, house joint resolution 76, the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: house joint resolution 76. joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5 united states code of the rules submitted by the department of education relating to borrower defense institutional accountability. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house on reconsideration pass the joint resolution. the objections of the president to the contrary notwithstanding. the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, is recognized for one hour. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in support of overadding the president's
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veto, house joint resolution 76, bipartisan congressional review act resolution. that would stop the department of education's defense rule from going into effect and i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i first want to recognize the hard work of the gentlelady from the -- nevada, representative lee, for her retireless efforts in protecting students, particularly student veterans, from predatory schools. our defense is a valuable tool to provide relief to student borrowers who are defrauded by predatory institutions. unfortunately, instead of using the department's authority to make borrowers whole and give students a second chance at quality education, it has gone out of its way to prevent victims of fraud from getting relief. the department's rewrite of the borrow defense rule, set to go into effect on july 1, will mean that the vast majority of defrauded student borrowers will get virtually no relief.
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exactly -- even in cases where the schools clearly violate the law, defrauded victims can still be denied relief under the rule if they can't show that the school intentionally defrauded them or they can't file their claim fast enough, or they can't document according to the flawed department methodology exactly how much harm they suffered due to fraud. . even those student borrow areoers who receive -- borrowers who receive partial relief will receive less than before. the average discharge amount for approved borrowers has dropped from $11,000 to about $500. and for many students, zero relief will be available, even though they can prove massive fraud and class actions are not allowed under the rule. each student must bring an individual case, even though the school may have been found to have been guilty of egregious, systemic fraud.
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democrats and republicans came together earlier this year to pass a congressional review act resolution that rejects this rule and prevents the department of education from denige borrowers the relief they -- denying borrowers the relief they deserve. a broad coalition, including veterans and military groups, consumer advocates, student advocates and civil rights groups, called on the president to sign the congressional resolution and protect student borrowers from predatory schools. but while the president initially indicated support for the resolution, he ultimately chose to veto it. today the house has one final opportunity to ensure the defrauded students get the relief they deserve by overriding that veto. i urge my colleagues to vote to override the president's veto and reserve the balance of my ime. excuse me.
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i yield the customary 30 minutes to the ranking member, dr. foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague from virginia for yielding time. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition of h.j.res. 76, a resolution that will overturn the education department's efforts to assist students who have been defrauded by colleges, universities, while also taking necessary precautions to protect taxpayer interests. democrats have resorted to political finger pointing on this issue at every turn. first, education and labor committee held a hearing at the end of last year to hurl unfounded and personal attacks at secretary devos. then they passed h.j.res. 76 shortly after, to overturn the education department's borrower defense rules. and now after president trump has vetoed this resolution, the democrats still can't take no
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for an answer. and want to override the president -- presidential veto. as we sit here or stand here today, yet again, to watch the democrats' political games unfold, i'd like to begin by highlighting real priorities relating fall by the wayside as we waste time debating this partisan resolution. for starters, we should be working on bipartisan solutions to combat the devastating effects of the coronavirus. we should be addressing the concerns of small businesses, the backbone of our economy. and the workers whose livelihoods are being impacted by this crisis. or we could address labor union shortcummings, including the -- shortcomings, including the widespread and brazen corruption amongst united auto workers, u.a.w., union leadership. we know the u.a.w. senior union leaders engaged in money laundering, tax fraud, bribery and embezzlement. yet no action has been taken to examine this abuse of power by union bosses.
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unfortunately democrats have a long track record of pursuing ideological objectives at the expense of taxpayers, students and schools. today is no different. so i'd like to spend some time touching upon the advantages of the trump administration's new rule and providing context on the obama-era borrower defense rule and its many shortcomings. the borrower defense rule was first released by the education department in 1994. borrowers rarely used this process over the next 20 years. until 2015, when a large for-profit school closed. during the final stretch of his presidency, the obama administration used this school closure as an opportunity to issue new regulations on borrower defense. the caveat -- a potential $42 billion price tag to be footed by taxpayers that encouraged
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tens of thousands of borrowers, whether they were harmed or not, to apply to have their loans forgiven. in fact, claim filings for loan forgiveness went from 59 submitted in the first 20 years to roughly 300,000 claims submitted in the last five years. let me repeat that. for the first 20 years of the rule, there were 59 claims. then the obama administration begins encouraging frivolous appeals and the appeals jumped to 300,000 and climbing. this shouldn't come as a surprise. massive loan forgiveness has long been a democrat objective and the obama rule was a giant leap toward that goal. one that also ignored the high cost to taxpayers. furthermore, the obama
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administration's regulations were convoluted, blurring the line between fraud and inadvertent mistakes made by schools. the distinction between the two is important because if institutions are found to engage in fraud, the education department can call schools -- cause schools to close. despite no intentional wrongdoing, through significant financial penalties. but don't just take my word for it. colleges and universities, including historically black colleges and universities, hbcu's, voice concerns about the obama regulation. postsecondary education leaders believed that president obama's administration proposal could ruin those colleges and universities that did not have large endowments or significant revenue streams like the eye very league institutions. the obama -- ivy league institutions. the obama rule could shutter the very institutions designed
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and dedicated to serving low-income, minority and first-generation students. additionally, the wyoming posted -- pointed out -- "washington times" pointed out under obama rule, students who were forced to take makeshift zoom classes would have legitimate claims against their schools because the obama rule does not differential between willful misrepresentation and schools' variedy responses to the coronavirus. -- varied responses to the coronavirus. great for trial lawyers but bad for students and their schools. end quote. the obama regulations created more chaos than clarity and the trump administration recognized immediately the need to right these rongs. so working with the education -- wrongs. so working with the education department, president trump produced a rule with clearer standards for borrower defense and increased transparency for both students and institutions. the rule, first and foremost,
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holds all schools accountable. students have been lied to and suffered financial harm are entitled to relief and forgiveness. let me repeat that. the trump administration's borrower defense rule delivers relief to students, including veterans who have been lied to and suffered financial harm. in fact, the obama rule undermined the ability of veterans to earn relief if the institution was considered an elite liberal arts institution. in contrast, president trump's rule makes sure students have the last word, no matter what institution they attend. democrats will have you believe that the president and secretary devos want to intentionally harm students who have been defrauded by an institution of higher education. and that is simply not the case. while my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are willing to spend taxpayer money
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recklessly, president trump's rule actually reduces the cost of the 2016 obama-era regulation by $11 billion, because it helps students go to and complete their education rather than closing schools indiscriminately. this is an $11 billion savings for american taxpayers during a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. additionally, the trump borrower defense rule holds all institutions, not just for-profit colleges, accountable for misrepresentations, instead of picking winners and losers at considerable cost to taxpayers. it ensures due process for all parties. extends the look-back window to qualify for closed school loan discharges from $-- 120 to 180 days so, when schools close, more students are -- days, so when schools close, more students are eligible for givens and allows for arbitration, which could allow
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borrowers to recover resources, such as cash payments or other substances not provided by the education department. furthermore, this rule is the result of more than two years of deliberation. public hearings and negotiations with higher education stakeholders, as well as considering incorporating and responding to public comments on this issue. thanks to the -- this regulatory reset, all colleges and universities will be held accountable. defrauded students will see relief and taxpayer dollars will be better protected. republicans stand ready to provide relief to students who have been harmed by fraud and the borrower defense rule issued by the trump administration delivers on that front. i strongly urge a no vote on this resolution and i reserve he balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from nevada, the sponsor of the resolution, and a hardworking member of the
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committee on education and labor, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from nevada is recognized. mrs. lee: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise to urge my colleagues to join me in overriding the presidential veto of house resolution 76 of the last night we took a hiser to -- 76. last night we took a historic vote for racial justice. the justice in policing act. time and again congress takes votes. votes like this one. that will soon be forgotten in the media. but these are the votes that quietly perpetuate the systemic inequality and racism in our country. that's what this vote today is about. communities of color, minority and low-income students and veterans are prayed upon but predator -- preyed upon by predator, for-profit schools. they're manipulated, they're lied to, they're defrauded. because we, the federal government, did not do enough to prevent that fraud, we established the borrower defense rule as part of the higher education act. as a way to give those students
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a path to justice and relief. but the department of education not only rewrote that rule to make justice for our students virtually impossible, it's also failing to hold these predatory schools accountable for their actions. time and again we tell young students in this country, education is the answer. and they believe us. but that system failed them. the system failed my constituent, kendrick harrison, a brave iraqi war veteran, a father, a black american. kendrick and his family were left homeless after his for-profit school blew through his g.i. benefits and convinced him to take out $16,000 in debt right before shutting their doors. he's fighting to this day, working as hard as anyone, to get his life back on track. and i promise, this story is not an exception.
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there are over 350,000 students in recent years who were lied to, manipulated and defrauded by predatory schools. so i ask my colleagues, are you going to stand with these students? are you going to stand with the system that perpetuates inequality and holds down brave americans like kendrick? are you going to let these for-profit schools wreak havoc on the lives of these students and take advantage of american taxpayers? because it's us, american taxpayers, who foot these bills -- foot the bill for these bad actor schools, because the department of education refuses to hold them accountable. well, i'm ready to take a stand against this broken policy and i need you to stand with me. take a stand for the very communities who have been rising up in this country. you know, these protests over the last several weeks, they are about police brutality. but they're about so much more.
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they're about decisions that we make in this body that continue to perpetuate inequality and continue to stack the deck against black americans, student veterans, students in poverty, and working people who are just trying to better themselves. i urge my colleagues to vote to override the president's veto. it's time to take a stand. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. sorry, the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: i thank our education republican leader and thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the veto override of h.j.res. 76. the department of education first released borrower defense rules in 1994. which were rarely used over the next 20 years.
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after a large for-profit school closed in 2015, the obama administration used this opportunity to issue new regulations on borrower defense. these regulations could cost the american taxpayer more than 40 billion -- $40 billion, encourage tens of thousands of borrowers, whether they were harmed or not, to apply to have their loans forgiven. the 2016 obama regulations created more chaos than clarity, and set massive loan forgiveness as a goal, regardless of the cost to taxpayers. . it takes effect july 1. he new rule creates clear, consistent standards and procedures for borrowers who have suffered financial harm due misrepresentation by a school. specifically, the rule ensures for all parties. holds all institutions, not just for-profits, accountable for
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representations. it delivers relief to students, veterans, who've been lied to and suffered financial harm. choice, rves student including student veterans and institutions that best suit educational needs and it saves taxpayers $11 billion by finishvizing students to their education rather than ndiscriminately closing schools. h.j.re h.j.res. 76 would undermine and repeal the trump defense ation's borrow rule and go back to obama regulations that harm students and taxpayers. these reasons, i urge my colleagues to oppose this measure. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. ms. foxx: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. yield to the gentlewoman from california, the chair of the subcommittee on higher education mrs. rkforce investment, davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. speaker, there are 240,000
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waiting for dents relief.loan after doing nothing for students who have been defrauded by predatory colleges, the has come out with a new borrow's defense rule that worse.kes things in several ways. under the guise of protecting the taxpayer from footing the bill. we have to remember, our students have taxpayers, too. his new rule clearly gives reference to the very colleges causing the harm from the borrow's defense rule that it was intended to defense. closes before delivering on its promises to students, they should have automatic discharge to loans to institution. students who have spent years bettering themselves working to et into jobs, sacrificing in hope of improving financial conditions for their families, are being told they simply don't matter. colleges, on the other hand, can taking system to keep money and they don't have to
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deliver what they promise. deserve protection from predatory practices. the resolution before us today the first step for blocking borrower's ed from taking hold and i urge support. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield two minutes to the er great gentleman on committee from pennsylvania, mr. keller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. opposition to the attempted veto override of 76.res. when this legislation was advanced through this chamber in january, the majority sought to clock on borrower defense, leading to dangerous students, thoser repaying their loans, and the american taxpayer. rule, which the majority seeks to return us to, marked legislation, was by chaos, excessive punishments
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costs. bill was regardless to cost to taxpayers or merits of the borrower's case. most importantly, the obama will era regulations did not deliberate between fraud and unintentional errors made by schools. here can be penalties against cause a ons which can .chool to close estimates put the total cost of forgiveness n giveaway as high as $40 billion. that is why in 2019, the trump new istration issued the borrower defense institutional accountability rule. rule, which takes effect on july 1, provides regulatory process to ords due
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both students and institutions, rovides students relief relative to actual harm, holds all institutions accountable for misrepresentation, provides tudents with more options to more education should their schools close and allow faster allowing arbitration. the 2019 rule is estimated to from axpayers $11 billion the 2016 obama rule baseline. mr. speaker, we simply cannot to the outdated costly -- outdated, costly, and obama-era rule. i urge a no vote. congress should stay in its lane. was rump administration rightly using its authority to implement the laws promulgating borrower accountability rule. the substantial savings to taxpayers and holding actors accountable. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the virginia is m recognized.
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mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from connecticut, a the nguish member of committee on education and labor, mr. courtney. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. just a few weeks ago before president trump quietly e italy -- vetoed this bill. years, young veterans who sought an education after education, were sought after ripoff factories hat swallow up their g.i. benefits and pile on new student loans. stories abound about men and of n who wore the uniform this country left with crushing degrees.worthless although many today are entitled to loan forgiveness, the under ent of education, secretary betsy devos, has woefully made this process as possible. as we listen to the american of on, the vietnam veterans
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america, vote to override, and victims of fraud nd greed some semblance of solvency. if we don't override this voto, g.d.p. will drop to 3% and will betray thousands of americans who stepped up to to protect our nation. vote yes to override. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. it interesting that my colleague would say the quietly behind closed doors vetoed the bill. they issued a statement on it immediately. so it wasn't exactly quietly. a erally they have to veto bill on it a desk with people present. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from georgia is recognized. mr. allen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to voice my strong overriding o
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president trump's veto. we can all agree that no student be intentionally misled in schools engaging in misrepresentation, must be held accountable. but the obama-era borrower regulations lack clarity function. did not the 2016 regulations did not make the critical distinction fraud and unintentional mistakes made by schools. nder the rule, the education department can impose significant financial penalties on institutions found to engage fraud. but with no distinction. this can cause a school to have despite no intentional wrongdoing. hurting students on the path education.er that's why president trump took decisive action and created the borrower defense rule to clear this up. he trump administration's solutions delivers relief to students, including veterans, who have been lied to and financial harm. it would also save taxpayers $11
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billion by helping students their education rather than indiscriminately closing schools. rule will ensure due process for all parties. while also ensuring institutions in fraudulent misrepresentation are held accountable. when democrats originally brought forward a resolution to disapprove this new commonsense ule, i voted no, and i will vote no again today. i think president trump -- i hank president trump for rightfully using his veto authority because we cannot go obama-era regulations that hurt students and taxpayers. urge my colleagues to oppose this measure today and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from oregon, the of the subcommittee on civil rights and human services, ms. bonamici. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oregon is recognized. strong mici: i rise in support of the veto override.
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the obama administration wrote borrower defense rule to provide defrauded constitutes with the debt relief the are entitled to under higher education act. rather than protect students, devos rewrotetary the rule to make it nearly mpossible for students who are victimized by deceptive institutions to get the relief they deserve. justice.ot five months ago, i urged my colleagues to support the secretary to reverse devos's harmful new borrower defense rule. it passed by bipartisan support. we are here today because the chose to stand with secretary devos and unscrupulous nstitutions that cheated students. this is indefensible. we are in a challenging time for country, but this should not be hard. let's stand with the victims of deception. the students we represent across the country. not with unscrupulous institutions, not with secretary and not with donald trump.
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i urge my colleagues to join together and override this veto i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. minutestwo and one half to the gentleman from tennessee, dr. roe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. speaker.thank you, mr. i rise in opposition to the resolution. the nking member of committee on veterans' affairs, i heard a lot of misinformation bout the department of education's borrower defense and its effects on student veterans. here's the truth. the rule does not limit the provided to efits veterans in the g.i. bill or ervices who use the department of defense tep program. who is vice member defrauded by an institution and took out federal loans will have an opportunity to have that fairly adjudicated just like any other student would under the rule. of the as chairman
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veterans' affairs committee in 2017, i authored the forever g.i. bill to make more veterans to receive a g.i. bill benefit and make veterans ligible to receive this valuable benefit for life. army veteran,this when he left the army, used the g.i. bill. is, w how valuable it personally, it is, mr. speaker. it helped me and my family tremendously. to make's why we wanted this benefit a lifetime benefit. months ago this bills.s passed two veterans who were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. to ensurehas shown is veterans can receive a quality education, and a large part of ensuring that they receive the education they were romised and holding schools accountable for fraud. rule does just that, and it sets up a clear process for borrowers to have adjudicated and hold
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institutions of all types accountable. to borrowers.air it's fair to schools. taxpayers.o i support this rule. i support the president's veto. and i yield back the balance of time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. cott: thank you, speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, a member of the committee on and labor, but more importantly, chair of the full committee on veterans' affairs, so many veterans have been implicated by fraud on institutions. the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. takano: i thank the chairman for yielding. so when the trump administration approved its devos new borrower defense to repayment rule late last year, was clear that they had hosen to pander to the for-profit college industry and cheat thousands of borrowers out deserve.lief that they
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predatory for-profit institutions consistently put profits over students' education. they make false promises about prospects, drain federal resources, and leave millions of useless degrees debt.gh student loan yes, veterans are among that roup of people, and that's why major veteran services organizations have come out in of this veto override and upport of the original legislation. veterans, women, and minorities by aggressively recruited these institutions who always to their s a benefit bottom line. i.t.t. technical institute, and dream --leges, orentian colleges, and dream institution, turns students' dreams into a nightmare. were udent borrowers who
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defrauded by these schools are relief but seeking secretary devos is making that task nearly impossible, and that's why this year both chambers of h congress passed a bipartisan act essional review resolution that rejected rule.ary devos' harmful students, consumer advocates, and student veterans groups this out in favor of c.r.a. and urged president trump to sign it into law. refused to do nt chose to put additional borrowers. we must override the president's veto. again, stand with student loan borrowers and stop trump administration's attacks on american students and his attempts to rig the rule in devos' secretary cronies. more than 200,000 student orrowers are still waiting for relief. i yield back, mr. speaker.
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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, ma -- thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield two minutes to another wonderful gentleman on the committee from pennsylvania, mr. smucker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smucker: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you to the leading republican member of the committee. i rise today, mr. speaker, in strong opposition to today's attempt to override the president's veto. i think all of us agree that it is important to offer borrowers a process to discharge loans when they have been defrauded by a school. and that's what the rule, crafted with significant stakeholder input, offers. and that was the original intent of the borrower defense process when it was enacted in 1995. however, in 2016, as we've heard, the obama administration used this process to advance an ideological loan forgivens scheme and it worked -- forgiveness scheme.
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and it worked as they intended. we went from 60 claims over 20 years to 330,000 claims in four years, which would cost the hardworking taxpayers, if they had to pay this price, $40 billion. and they will have to pay that price. now, i don't need to go into reasons why that 2016 obama rule was flawed. instead, i'll highlight some of the improvements made under the new rule. this rule strengthens protections for borrowers from fraud and applies the same accountability metrics to all institutions across the board. the rule provides due process for students and institutions, but rightfully gives students the last word. the rule keeps the standard of evidence the same as the one used by the administration -- by the obama administration, by the way. and thanks to stakeholder feedback, the rule does not require borrowers to prove intent. another point, this new rule will only apply to new claims for loans taken out after july
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1. and i do want to thank secretary devos and all of the hardworking individuals at the department of education for working through the caseload under the obama standard. your hard work of processing more than 5,000 cases per week for boer -- for borrowers seeking relief has not gone unnoticed. a vote for this is a vote in favor of creating a system that is fairer for students and takes payers. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to oppose this resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from north carolina, the chair of the work force protection subcommittee, and also chair of the hbcu caucus, ms. adams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. adams: mr. speaker, i rise in support of this measure to override the president's veto and to stand up for our nation's 20 million college students. secretary devos' rule would
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harm tens of thousands of college students and would allow bad actors to contain some of the worst practices -- to continue some of the worst practices. such as forcing students to sign prearbitration agreements that limit their rights. we cannot allow predatory institutions to steal the dream of a college degree from any child. it's shameful that in his veto message president trump used historically black colleges and universities, hbcu's, as cover for his pro-fraud, anti-student agent -- agenda. now, let's be clear. no hbcu has ever been implicated in a borrower defense claim and no hbcu has voiced support for secretary devos' rule. that's fake news. it is time that president trump and secretary devos begin standing up for north carolinians seeking opportunity
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our tead of laying down to nation's worst institutions. and if they won't do it, congress will. it's a fundamental right, of all of the civil rights of which the world has fought and struggled for, the right to learn is the most fundamental. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. byrne. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: i thank the gentlewoman from north carolina for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition to overriding president trump's veto of h.j.res. 76. everyone in this chamber can agree that schools that commit fraud and take advantage of students must be held accountable. however, returning to the 2016 borrower defense rule put in place bethe obama administration is not -- by the obama administration is not the answer. put simply, the obama-era rule sends million of taxpayer dollars to those who were not
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harmed by their university. under the obama-era rule, the standard to define fraud was placed solely that the department of education saw about 300,000 relief applications in just five years. compare that to the just 59 applications in the previous 20 years the borrower defense process has been in placement understanding this problem, the trump administration -- place. understanding this problem, the trump administration updated this rule, to prevent fraud, ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, and cut the regulatory red tape that has made it difficult for students and educational institutions to understand the old rule. the new rule also ensures the due process, a founding principle of our nation, is in place for both students and institutions. the cost of allowing the obama rule to stand is great. over $40 billion, $40 billion taxpayer dollars. thankfully the changes made by the trump administration will save taxpayers billions, while
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still ensuring that students are protected from fraud. the trump administration rule applies relief where it is needed. unlike the overly broad obama-era rule. this should be something both parties can support. mr. speaker, there's no doubt that students who are defrauded by education institutions deserve debt relief. but the obama-era rule is not the answer. i urge my colleagues to vote no and sustain the president's veto and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from washington, distinguished member of the committee on education and labor, ms. jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. jay allen thank you, mr. speaker -- ms. jayapal: thank you, mr. speaker. the american people do not support betsy devos. we do not support her radical attempts to privatize education. we don't support her corrupt efforts to take coronavirus relief away from public schools so that it can be sent to private ones. we don't support her hateful transphobic agenda or attacks
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on survivors of sexual assault. and we do not support her putting predatory for-profit colleges over those who they cheated with the rule that would force the most vulnerable students who were robbed to repay 97% of what they borrowed. that's why congress passed h.j.res. 76, with bipartisan support. but just as vice president pence had to save betsy devos' senate confirmation, president trump is trying to save her dangerous rule against our bipartisan bill. so i urge my colleagues to override this veto and once again let's make clear that the people's house stands on the side of the people and not betsy devos. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from kansas, mr. watkins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized. mr. watkins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition to the
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costly resolution that would allow more fraud, waste and abuse. no one condones fraud. especially when it's perpetrated by an institute of higher learning. every student who is financially defrauded is entitled to relief and forgiveness. period. but we should make sure that we're helping those who have been defrauded. it's our job to do due diligence for the american taxpayer. the trump administration has made this a priority, unlike the obama administration. they used the rule to forgive as many student loans as they could. they'd even target institutions they didn't like as -- like. it's partisan, it's costly to the taxpayer and it's harmful to the student. that's why i support secretary devos and president trump. their borrowers defense rule takes taxpayers into account. after seeing the enormous price tag of $42 billion that the
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obama rule created, president trump and secretary devos acted swiftly to take that burden off of the back of the taxpayers. thank you, mr. president. thank you, madam secretary. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, distinguished member of the committee on education and labor, ms. wild. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of house joint resolution 76. students defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges can be left with crushing debt, useless degrees and none of the job opportunities they were promised. secretary devos could provide immediate relief to students who were defrauded. instead she has halted student loan relief and written a new rule under which defrauded
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borrowers could be denied debt relief even when predatory colleges clearly violated the law. earlier this year, bipartisan majorities in the house and the senate voted together to reject that rule. but president trump has vetoed our legislation, yet another of his actions that will hurt students and taxpayers. more than 7,000 pennsylvanians are suffering, while their applications for financial relief are sitting in limbo at the department of education. if congress does not override the president's veto, student borrowers will be harmed and predatory colleges will receive another giveaway. i am proud to stand with students and to vote to override the president's veto of house joint resolution 76. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. guthrie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized.
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mr. guthrie: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today yet again to urge my colleagues to vote no on today's vote to override the president's veto of house joint resolution 76. it is unconscionable that any institution of higher education would engage in fraudulent misrepresentation to prey on student loan borrowers. particularly veterans who are able to qualify for g.i. benefits to attend schools. president trump's commonsense rule would help students who were defrauded and suffer financial harm by any school to give them the opportunity to individually make their case, ensuring due process for all parties. it would also save taxpayers $11 billion, compared to president obama's last-minute one-size-fits-all rule that did not hold schools accountable. as a member of the education and labor committee and the former chairman of higher education subcommittee, i strongly urge my colleagues to vote no today. mr. speaker, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, distinguished member of the committee on education and labor, mr. harder. mr. harder: thank you, mr. chairman, and thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to encourage my colleagues to vote to protect my constituents who were scammed by for-profit colleges. both the house and the senate took bipartisan votes to protect these students, but the president overruled our vote, siding with secretary devos and her billionaire donors. this issue hits home for me. i met a woman who attended a corrupt college in my district. she studied to be a nurse and graduated with $40,000 in debt. but no one would hire her. she is still paying off that debt to this day. and it's not just her. thousands of students have similar stories. and if secretary devos' new plan isn't stopped, these student borrowers may never get the justice they deserve. that's not what we do in this country. if secretary devos is concerned
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about cost, she should talk to her billionaire friends and the -- in the corrupt college industry. the criminals should not be putting the financial burden on the victim of this fraud. i encourage everyone to vote to overturn the president's veto. thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. we'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, the chair of the committee on financial services, ms. waters. the speaker pro tempore: the chairwoman is recognized. very ers: thank you much, chairman scott, for yielding to me -- two minutes to me on this important issue. i rise to override the president's veto of h.j.res. 76. which undoes a secretary devos
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rule that would make it nearly impossible for veterans and student borrowers defrauded by their schools to obtain financial relief. congress voted on a bipartisan basis to reject secretary devos' borrower defense rule, which only cancels 3% of the student loans resulting from school misconduct, keeping 97% of our veterans and student borrowers drowning in debt they only incurred due to fraud from which they may never recover. secretary devos' efforts to prioritize profit over education are allowed to stand, then the for-profit industry will continue to do what it always has, exploit veterans, student borrowers and those trying to better their lives and support their families, by obtaining an education. this is a fight with which i am deeply familiar. this congress, the house financial services committee, held two hearings, examining the student loan crisis and
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approved three bills that will provide strong student and borrower protections, including for those harmed by for-profit colleges. and during the covid-19 crisis, i have fought to provide up to $10,000 of relief for private student loan borrowers and continue to fight to protect student loan borrowers who should not have to deal with debt collections, negative credit reportings, late fees and penalties while dealing with this panama. with -- pandemic. with over 200,000 pending borrower defense applications for loan relief, these students desperately need and deserve our help. so i urge my colleagues to support veterans and student borrowers by overriding the president's veto of h.j.res. 76. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. reserve.inue to the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. r. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the
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gentlewoman from connecticut, chair of the appropriations subcommittee on labor, health, delauro. services, ms. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. i delauro: mr. speaker, rise to support this override. predatory, for-profit colleges and taxpayers s out of millions of dollars. for-profit colleges account for 9% of students in education, but 33% of defaults. the departments, of education, under the obama administration, created a streamlined resolution process. under the borrower defense epayment provision of the higher education act. now, secretary devos is breaking the process. you what her goal is. it's to aid the perpetrators, to help the victims. under her new rule, borrowers outs. they -- lose out.
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they lose out if they cannot prove if the schools defrauded them. if they can't file their claim fast enough. their hey can't document exact financial harm. s a result, as little as 3% of eligible debt will be forgiven now. and what little relief there is likely be shouldered by taxpayers, not the schools fraud.ing the stopping the secretary, as we re pushing to do, has wide support. 20 state attorney generals, nearly 60 advocacy groups for civil rights and education. the american legion said, and i uote, deception against our veterans and service members has been a look are a tiff scam -- scam for unscrupulous actors. o i say to my republican colleagues who support the military, support this override. for those that want to fight for racial and economic justice, this override. to the we wrote secretary about how this rule
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could hurt students of color. students 5% of black attending a for-profit college took out student loans and a 75% of black students who did not complete their program defaulted. must act now for veterans, for students of color, for across this country. in connecticut, 1,100 defrauded waiting toe waiting, be made whole. they need this override. not that cruel policy. override, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: we'll continue to reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves.n the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: mr. speaker, before i yield to the gentleman from i just like to remind our colleagues that just yesterday, a federal court ruled that the department of education must provide full relief for 7,200 defrauded massachusetts tudent borrowers who attended corinthian college.
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unfortunately, there are borrowers around the country still waiting for relief. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from rhode island, a member of the house committee, mr. cicilline. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman for yielding. speaker, i rise in strong support of the resolution to override the president's veto. the obama administration issued the borrower defense rule in order to provide relief to students by predatoryrauded for-profit institutions, which promised an education and career als to pursue a only to find these credentials did not have the value they were promised. in the aftermath of collapses of i.t.t., n college and obama administration helped students left out in the cold. the borrower defense rule provided a path for those with ts who were left nothing but debt and few paths forward. sadly and predictably, the trump these tration ended protections and implemented a ulemaking it hard to get
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relief. iding for for-profit institutions. the number of students eligible to seek debt relief or loan forgiveness will dropped from 53% of borrowers to just 3% the trump rule. in a response, congress came in reject the way to
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ule change and reject to not leave students out in the cold. the president vetoed this relief. the ongress must stand on side of those who sought to get for them and their families. override.ption of the i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. to reserve.continue the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i yield minute to the gentlewoman from california, a member of the financial services and oversight committees, ms. porter. ms. porter: under the higher weretion act, students who defrauded by private predatory colleges are entitled to relief loans.r the prior administration created a streamline process to help borrowers access relief and move forward with their lives. ecretary devos tried to strip those protections away but we fought back. some of my republican colleagues n the house and senate voted with us to overturn secretary betsy devos' new rule. together to defend students and to stand up against abuse.waste, and but president trump vetoed this important resolution. instead of standing with taxpayers, president trump stood with corrupt private colleges and devos.ry so today, i ask my republican want to stand with our country's students, with the future of our workforce do you communities, or want to betray them to please the president? clear, and choice is i hope you do too.
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back.you and i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. he gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. could you advise how much time each side?g on the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia has nine minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from north carolina has seven minutes remaining. say seven?did you the speaker pro tempore: seven for the gentlewoman from north carolina. time i yield this to the gentlewoman from iowa, -- ms. finkenauer. ms. finkenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. those who alk about took advantage of the hopes and constituents. julie, a mother from iowa, was
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career, andoost her jeff, an army reservist and construction manager, was trying education. his they bought into i.t.t. tech's promise it's. hard for new career opportunities and took out loans to do it. their lives turned upside down when i.t.t. tech suddenly closed. federal rule gave loans -- forgave loans for folks like julie and jeff who are obviously -- were obviously of.n advantage unfortunately, this administration decided to roll ack the commonsense rule, weakening protections for borrowers. in our state, there are more 1,000 borrowers who were takeni akening advantage of and still waiting for their case to be resolved. we must stand with them and ofrride the president's veto this resolution. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina
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is recognized. ms. foxx: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves.n the gentleman from virginia is recognized. r. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the a tlelady from michigan, member of the financial services committee and oversight and ms. talib.ittee, the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. thank you so much, speaker. in january of this year, i stood here to speak against this administration's continued on our students. five months later, secretary devos, with the support of this continues to , work on behalf of predatory, for-profit institutions rather the students they lied to, that they scammed. instead of ensuring that out ofs who were cheated their future aboby these fraudut institutions, secretary devos is fighting to ensure that these nstitutions are never held
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accountable. both democratic and republican if you alike agreed that were defrauded by one of these olleges, then your federal student loan should be forgiven. we must stop this administration's relentless pockets o protect the of predatory corporations at the expense of our students. support this veto override. thank you and i yield back the my time. of the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. scott: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. close.pared to the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is prepared to close. the gentlewoman from north carolina. s. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. we're prepared to close also. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. to the ker, contrary democrats' claims we've heard administration and republicans in the house are committed to providing relief to
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truly s who have been harmed by fraudulent practices. he obama administration's borrower defense rule, though, as extremely difficult to administer. it left students and nstitutions confused, encouraged massive and unnecessary loan forgiveness, nd created a hefty bill for taxpayers. anyone who believes it was a process, i will show ou some swamp land in new mexico. president trump acted quickly to rotect borrowers and taxpayers better. he 2019 borrower defense rule clarified standards and made a efense -- a process more accessible. if democrats overturn the be ident's veto, we will left with the convoluted obama the rules nder associated with today's legislation, there can be no
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to improve de even or clarify the obama rule. schools to serve students well. in particular, we want veterans their education benefits protect rotected, and in this administration, they will be. mr. speaker, i worked hard all y life to help people get a good education and have a better life. i would not be supporting the this rule if that was not the direction in which we were going. department's borrower defense rule protects borrowers, including veterans, holds higher education accountable, and billion.payers $11 unfortunately, democrats will top at nothing to tear down meaningful reforms ushered in nder president trump's leadership. even if it comes at the expense
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students.ion's with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the peaker pro tempore: gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i consume. mr. speaker, we heard a lot about $11 billion. et me tell you exactly what that is. that's $11 billion that students defrauded will now have to pay if this resolution fails. to the flawed formula from the department of even those that can prove fraud can expect relief on from about 50% of their debt to down to 3% of many, because of that formula, will get absolutely nothing. the time r, now is that we have a choice. we can give relief to students, who have veterans, been defrauded by predatory olleges, or make them -- make them pay student loans even
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though they received a worthless educational experience. i urge my colleagues to side students and vote yes on this resolution. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous request is -- is ordered. the question is, will the house, on reconsideration, pass the joint resolution, the objections to the president contrary notwithstanding. under the constitution the vote must be by the yeas and nays. 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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spokesperson for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yea. as the member designated by mr. lieu of california, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. lieu will vote yea on the veto override
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for house joint resolution 76. as the member designated by ms. moore of wisconsin, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. moore will vote yea on the veto override -- ms. moore will vote yea on the veto override of house joint resolution 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from the great state of michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. lewis of georgia, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. lewis will vote aye on the veto override for h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. cooper: thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. lipinski, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr.ly pin he is -- lipinski will vote yea on the -- mr. lipinski will vote yea
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on the veto override for h.j.res. 76. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by ms. lofgren, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. lofgren will vote yea on the veto override f house h.j.res. 76. mr. boyle: as the member designated by mr. garamendi, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. garamendi will vote yes.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the state of new york seek recognition?
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>> as the member designated by mrs. lowey, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mrs. lowey will vote yea on the veto override for h.j.res. 76. ms. meng: as the member designated by mr. serrano, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. serrano will vote yea on the veto override for h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from the state of pennsylvania seek recognition? a member aker, as designated by mr. lawson of house , pursuant to resolution 965, i inform the will vote mr. lawson yea.
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for peaker pro tempore: what purpose does the gentleman from the state of arizona seek recognition? > as a member designated by representative kirkpatrick, pursuant to house resolution that inform the house representative kirkpatrick will for h.j. resolution 76. the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does gentlewoman from the great state of connecticut seek recognition? > as the member designated by ms. wilson, pursuant to h.res. ms. i inform the house that wilson of florida will vote yea on the veto override to h.j.res. 76. the speaker pro tempore: would the gentlewoman from state her -- request? mrs. hayes: as a member wilson, d by ms.
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pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform he house that ms. wilson of florida will vote aye on the h.r. res. 76.for -- h.j.res. 76. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the state of recognition?ek >> as a member designated by mr. desauliner of california, to h.res. 965, i inform he house that mr. desauliner will vote yea on the veto h.res. -- h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from the state of california recognition? >> as a member designated by mr. h.res. 965,suant to i inform the house that mr. aye on the l vote ve h.j.res. 95 of 76.res. as a member designated by mr. 965, i pursuant to h.r. inform the house that mr. khanna veto ote aye on the override of h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does gentlewoman from the state of new york seek recognition? as a member designated by mr. deutch, pursuant to house 965, i inform the ouse that mr. deutch will vote yea on the veto override of h.j.res. 76. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the state of n from the california seek recognition? by s the member designated ms. sanchez, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the sanchez will vote for n the veto override
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h.j. resolution 76. the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does of lewoman from the state new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: i inform the house will vote yea l on the veto override for 76.res. as the member designated by pingree, tive chellie i informto h.res. 965, the house that ms. pingree will override n the veto for h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the chair of the rules committee, the gentleman from the state of massachusetts, seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: as a member by mr. welsh of vermont, pursuant to h.res. 965, that mr.form the house elsh will vote aye on the veto override for h.j.res. 76. the speaker pro tempore: for hat purpose does the prestigious chair of the energy and commerce committee, the gentleman from the state of new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mrs.
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onnie watson coleman, pursuant to house resolution 965, i mrs. the house that watson coleman will vote aye on the veto override. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the state of pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. speier, ursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. the vetoll vote yea on override for h.j. resolution 76. the speaker pro tempore: for the gentleman es from the state of california seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. by member designated
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congress member grace napolitano, pursuant to house i inform the , house that congress member vote aye on the eto override of house resolution -- h.j.res. 76. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for does the gentleman from the state of massachusetts seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member by the honorable james langevin, the gentleman from rhode island, pursuant to 965, i inform n the house that mr. langevin will vote yes on overriding president trump's veto of house resolution 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the distinguished chairman of the house democratic caucus, the seek man from brooklyn, recognition? mr. jeffries: i thank the distinguished gentleman from colorado. designated by chairwoman eddie bernice 965,on, pursuant to h.res. i inform the house that ayerwoman johnson will vote
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on the veto override for h.j.res. 76. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from the state of maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. as a member designated by mrs. iowa, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the ouse that mrs. axne will vote aye on house resolution 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? wasserman schultz: as a member designated by mr. payne of new jersey, pursuant to house 965, i inform the ouse that mr. payne will vote
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aye on the veto override for h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: thank you. as the member designated by mr. engel, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. engel will vote yea on the veto override for h.j.res. 76.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 238, the nays are 173. 2/3 of those not responding in the affirmative -- 2/3 of those not responding in the affirmative, the veto of the president is sustained and the joint resolution is rejected. the veto message and the joint resolution are referred to the committee on education and labor. the clerk will notify the senate of the action of the house.
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he speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the h.r. 51 recommit on offered by the gentleman from keller, on , mr. which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. recommit onotion to h.r. 51 offered by mr. keller of pennsylvania. chaplain conroy: the question is on -- the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the motion to recommit. 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
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prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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ms. member designated by lofgren, pruursuant to house esolution 965, i inform the house that ms. lofgren will vote yea. designated by mr. garamendi, pursuant to house the ution 965, i inform house that mr. garamendi will vote no on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for the gentleman es from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by to h.res. pursuant 965, i inform the house that mr. will vote nay on the motion to recommit. by mr. ember designated cardenas, pursuant to h.res. house that mr.he cardenas will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman recognition? seek mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. as a member designated by mrs. iowa, i inform the house hat mrs. axne will be voting nay on the motion to recommit. she will be voting nay.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? designated by ms. moore, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the that ms. moore will vote nay on the motion to recommit. as a member designated by mr. lieu, pursuant to house inform the 65, i house that mr. lieu will vote nay on the motion to recommit. a member designated by mr.
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lowenthal, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the that mr. lowenthal will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for the gentleman es from tennessee rise? >> thank you, mr. speaker. cooper: as a member designated by mr. lipinski, i mr. m the house that lipinski will vote nay on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentlelady from connecticut seek recognition? as the member designated by to h.res. pursuant 965, i inform the house that ms. wilson of florida will vote no on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? designated by mrs. lowey, pursuant to h.res. house that m the
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mrs. lowey will vote nay on the motion to recommit. ms. meng: as a member designated by mr. serrano, pursuant to 965, i inform n the house that mr. is he serrano will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lofton of florida, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the mr. lawson votes nay. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition?
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>> as the member designated by ms. sanchez, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. sanchez will vote nay on the motion to ecommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: as the member designated by mr. langevin of rhode island, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. langevin will vote no on the motion to recommit of h.r. 51. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member grace napolitano, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform congress member napolitano will be voting nay on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lewis of georgia, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. lewis will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: as the member designated by mr. welch of vermont, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. welch will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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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 eddie bernice johnson, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that chairwoman johnson will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gallego: as the member designated by representative kirkpatrick, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that representative kirkpatrick will vote nay on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. matsui: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the desaulnier will
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vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. speier, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. speier will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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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 house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: as the member designated by mr. engel, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. engel will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: as the member designated by ms. frankel,
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pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. frankel will vote nay on the motion to recommit. as the member designated by representative pingree, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. pingree will vote nay on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. deutch of florida, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote nay on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. designated by mrs. bonnie watson coleman, pursuant 965, i resolution
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mrs. the house that watson coleman will vote no.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this 182, and the are nays are 227.
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the motion is not adopted. question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. no.se opposed, in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: ursuant to section 3 of house resolution 965, 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 maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: as a member mrs. axne of iowa, pursuant to house resolution house that m the aye, the will vote washington, d.c. admission act. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? as a member designated by mr. deutch of florida, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform that mr. deutch will vote yea on h.r. 61.
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-- 51. the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: as a member mr. representative lois frankel, pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the frankel will vote yea on h.r. 51. member designated by representative chellie pingree, to h.res. 965, i inform the house that ms. pingree will h.r. 51.on
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member of gnated by mr. lawson
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florida, pursuant to house inform the 65, i house that mr. lawson will vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, as a speier,esignated by ms. pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. on h.r. 51.vote yea the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by congressman grace napolitano, pursuant to house resolution 965 , i inform the house congressman napolitano will vote yea on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> good afternoon, mr. speaker, mr. lynch: as the member designated of representative language begin, i would like to inform the house that mr. langevin will vote yes on final passage of h.r. 51. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. bonnie watson coleman pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. watson coleman will vote aye. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: as the member designated by mr. lewis of georgia, pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house that mr. lewis will vote aye on h.r. 51. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by
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ms. sanchez pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that ms. sanchez will vote aye on h.r. 51. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated of representative lieu, i inform the house. as member designated by ms. moore of wisconsin pursuant to house resolution 965, ms. moore
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will vote aye. pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house mr. lowenthal will vote kwlea on h.r. 51. -- yea on h.r. 51. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: as the member designated by mr. payne of new jersey, pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house r. payne will vote yea on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated ursuant to house res. 965, fours that he will vote aye. pursuant to house res. 965, i khannathe house that mr. will vote aye on h.r. 51. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition?
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>> as the member designated by chairwoman eddie berne neice johnson, chairwoman johnson will vote aye on h.r. 51. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> as the member designated of mr. lipinski pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house that mr. lipinski will vote aye on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member i ignated by mr. desaulnier, inform the house that mr.
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desaulnier will vote yea on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? >> as the member designated by mrs. lowey, pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house mrs. lowey will vote yea. as member designated by mr. serrano pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house, bl serrano h.r. 51. yea on
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom new mexico rise? >> as the member designated -- arizona. >> pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house representative kirk patrick will vote aye on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> as the member designated by mrs. love green of california, pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house mrs. love green will vote yea on h.r. 51. as as the member designated by mr. garmeppedy pursuant to house resolution 965, i inform the house that mr. garamendi will vote yea on h.r. 51. >> as mr. mcgovern: as a member esignated by mr. welsh of mr. vermont, i inform the house that mr. welsh will vote aye on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for the purpose does gentlewoman from connecticut rise? >> as the member designated by wilson, pursuant to h.res. 965, i inform the house that ms. vote yea florida will on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada rise? ms. titus: as a member by mr. engel, pursuant to house resolution that mr.form the house engel will vote yes on h.r. 51.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are -- the speaker pro tempore: there being 232 votes in the 180 votes in the negative, the district of olumbia statehood bill, h.r. 51, is passed, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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he speaker pro tempore: forp the gentlewoman from california ize? >> i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table senate resolution 38 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 38 to establish a joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies for the president-elect and vice president-elect of the united tates on january 20, 2021. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consideration f the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider s laid on the table.
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pursuant to clause 12-a of rule mr. speaker, i ask s the revise and nsent to exte

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