House Session 2011-09-21 (13:01:20-14:06:18)

House Session 2011-09-21 (13:01:20-14:06:18)

October 10, 2019 0 By Luis Garrison


I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION
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AND I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME. SPOY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY, MS. HART SELL.
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THE — HARTS EL. GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. I’M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS. THIS IS SUCH A FITTING TRIBUTE A — THIS IS SUCH A FITTING TRIBUTE TO SOMEONE I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH. HE SERVED OVER 24 YEARS REPRESENTING OUR STATE HERE, VALIANTLY, IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND BEFORE HE CAME HERE TO THE SENATE, HE SERVED TWO TERMS AS GOVERNOR AND WAS ALSO STATE AUDDOR — AUDITOR. HE’S KNOWN FOR ACCOMPLISH MANAGE THINGS AND THERE’S NOT
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ENOUGH TIME TO SHARE ALL OF THEM. ONE THING HE’S NOTED FOR IS HE STARTED THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM THAN TAKEN IT STATEWIDE. THAT’S BENEFITED THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN MISSOURI AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND I PARTICIPATED WITH OUR DAUGHTER. IT’S A WONDERFUL PROGRAM. HE’S ALSO A GREAT SUPPORTER, FREE TRADE, HE HAD BEEN A CHAMPION OF BUILDING HIGHWAYS AND INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH HAS ENABLED VITAL INVESTMENTS IN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES IN MISSOURI. HE WAS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT — SENATE SELECT INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND HE WORKED FOR BIPARTISANSHIP RENEW THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT. HE’S A STRONG DEFENDER OF OUR MILITARY AND OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND AS PART OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, HE WORKED TO CONTINUE OPERATION OF BOEING’S F-15 PRODUCTION PLANT IN A PLANT NEXT TO THE AIRPORT. BEING FROM THE FARM IRK APPRECIATED SENATOR BOND’S SUPPORT OF AGRICULTURE. HE WAS CERTAINLY A LEADER IN MAKING MISSOURI A LEADER IN AGRICULTURE RESEARCH. HE IS A LEADER WHOSE SERVICE HAS IMPROVED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF MISSOURIANS, AN EXAMPLE OF PATRIOTISM THAT HAS INSPIRED FUTURE LEADERS TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. EVERY TIME, NOW THAT MISSOURIANS DRIVE BY THIS COURTHOUSE, THEY’LL BE INSPIRED TO SERVE THEIR FELLOW MAN. SERVICE ABOVE SELF. JUST LIKE HE HAS DONE ALL THESE YEARS. I WANT TO CLOSE WITH SOME WORDS THAT KIT SAID HIMSELF ABOUT HIS SERVICE. I THINK IT’S AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US IN MISSOURI AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY HE SAID SERVING
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MISSOURI HAS BEEN MY LIFE’S WORK. I HAVE WALKED THE LAND, FISHED ITS RIVERS AND BEEN HUMBLED BY THE HONESTY AND HARD WORK OF ITS PEOPLE. THE HIGHEST HONOR IS TO RECEIVE AND SAFE FORWARD THE PUBLIC TRUST. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I YIELD
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THE BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME. GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. I ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE HAS OTHER SPEAKERS.
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I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. SPROY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 846. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMTIVE — THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION? I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2943. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. H.R. 2943, A BILL TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM FOR BLOCK GRANTS TO STATES TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2011. 3UR SUNT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GET FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. WITHOUT OBJECTION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. I RISE TO OFFER H.R. 2943 TO EXTEND TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. IT’S BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT CUTTING WELFARE DEPENDENTS BY 50% THROUGH THE END OF LAST YEAR. MORE IMPORTANT, IT HELPED SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE CHILD POVERTY IN FEMALE-HEADED FAMILIES OVER TIME. EVEN AT TODAY’S ELEVATED UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, IT CONTINUES TO PROMOTE MORE WORK AND EARNINGS AND LESS POVERTY. DESPITE THIS, TANF CAN AND SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED TO DO MORE TO HELP THEMSELVES IN THE YEARS AHEAD TOO MANY PARENTS ARE EXEMPTED FROM WORK FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. GIVEN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION FOR ONLY A STRAIGHT ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF CURRENT LAW WHICH IS A VIEW SHARED BY THE OTHER BODY, THERE ARE LIMITED PROSPECTS FOR MAKING CHANGES BEFORE THE
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PROGRAM EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. THAT’S THE REASON FOR THE SHORT-TERM EXTENSION BEFORE US TODAY THIS THREE-MONTH EXTENSION WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGRESS, INCLUDING THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON DEFICIT REDUCTION, TO REVIEW IT ALONGSIDE OTHER ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THIS FALL. IMPORTANT QUESTIONS NEEDS TO BE ASKED INCLUDING THE PROPER FUNDING LEVEL FOR THESE PROGRAMS AND HOW CAN THEY BEST BE FOCUSED ON ENGAGING MORE PARENTS ON WORK SO MORE CAN SUPPORT THEMSELVES IN THE LONG RUN. ANOTHER THING THIS ADDITIONAL TIME WILL LET US DO IS ALLOW US TO CLOSE WHAT SOME CALL A STRIP CLUB LOOPHOLE. IT ALLOWS THOSE ON WELFARE TO SPEND MONEY ON LIQUOR, DRUGS AND EVEN STRIP CLUBS. AUDITS HAVE REVEALED TOO MUCH HAS BEEN SPENT ON LIQUOR, DRUGS AND EVEN CRUISE SHIPS. THEY WANT TO BLOCK ACCESS TO E.B.T. CARDS AT SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS. THERE’S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE ALL STATES TO DO THAT AND THAT’S OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO OUR COLLEAGUE, SENATOR COBURN. I SHARE HIS COMMITMENT TO GETTING THIS DONE THIS FALL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ACTION TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE TIME FOR A CLOSER
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ISSUES. REVIEW OF AND ACTION ON THESE IT DOES NOT ADD TO OUR DEFICITS SINCE IT CONTINUES CURRENT FUNDING FOR THREE MONTHS. IT’S A FIXED BLOCK GRANT NOT AD JUSTED FOR INFLATION. I WISH WE WERE DEBAITED — DEBATING LEGISLATION THAT IMPROVED TANF BUT THIS OFFERS THE BEST CHANCE TO DO THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I MURGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH I FULLY SUPPORT BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS BILL DOES AND WHAT IT DOES NOT DO. IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND UPON WHICH PROVISIONS WE AGREE AND WHICH ONES WE ACCEPT AS ONLY BEING BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE OF ALLOWING THIS IMPORTANT LAW AND ALL THOSE WHO COUNT ON IT TO EXPIRE NEXT WEEK. LAST WEEK, THE CENSUS BUREAU REPORTED THAT MORE AMERICANS WERE POOR IN 2010 THAN AT ANY TIME ON RECORD. REGRETTABLY, MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS WAS LEADING THE WAY. WITH ONE OF THE HIGHEST POVERTY RATES ANYWHERE IN AMERICA. THE TEXAS CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES A NONPARTISAN GROUP, RECENTLY REPORTED THAT, QUOTE, THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM IS AT RISK IN TEXAS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GENERATIONS, THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE FALLING OUT OF THE
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MIDDLE CLASS THAN JOINING ITS RANKS. AND WHAT A STRUGGLE IT IS FOR THOSE FAMILIES TRYING TO HOLD ON. IN A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO, ANDREW RAMOS AND HIS WIFE NINA ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE AND THEIR 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. ANDREW LOST HIS JOB AND NINA WORKS AT A LOCAL PIZZA PARLOR
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WEEK. WHERE SHE MAKES ABOUT $200 A THERE ARE SO MANY FAMILIES LIKE THIS, ALMOST ONE IN FIVE IN POVERTY IN BEXAR COUNTY. AS JOHN TURNER AT THE CAP 208 AREA FOOD BANK CONCLUDES, HUNGER IS A RESULT OF A LACK OF INCOME AND LIVABLE WAGE. IT AFFECT TAOS MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS, HE SAYS, UNDER THE CURRENT TEXAS ECONOMIC MODEL. THE DEMANDS ON OUR FOOD BANKS WHICH SERVE AS EFFECTIVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, ARE IMMENSE. THE CAPITOL AREA FOOD BANK THIS YEAR IS DELIVER 50G% MORE FOOD TO POOR PEOPLE THAN IT DID THREE YEARS AGO. BUT I DON’T REALLY HEAR ANYONE FACING UP TO THIS HARSH REALITY. NOT OUR GOVERNOR IN TEXAS, NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND CERTAINLY NOT THE LEADERSHIP HERE IN THE HOUSE. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN LITTLE INTEREST AND ALMOST NO GUIDANCE IN REFORMING THIS LEGISLATION. RATHER THAN RESPOND TO RISING DEPRIVATION AND DECLINING OPPORTUNITY, THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER THREE MONTHS THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES ACT. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT TODAY PROVIDES DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO ONLY ONE IN EVERY FIVE CHILDREN LIVING IN AMERICA. THAT ARE IN POVERTY. THAT’S THE LOWEST LEVEL OF POOR CHILDREN RECEIVING DIRECT ASSISTANCE SINCE 1965. AND OF COURSE IN TEXAS, IT’S MUCH WORSE. ONLY ONE IN EVERY 20 POOR CHILDREN RECEIVE DIRECT ASSISTANCE FROM TANF. THE BILL BEFORE US ALSO DOES NOT ADDRESS A PROBLEM AGREED TO ORIGINALLY WHEN THE WELFARE REFORM ACT WAS ENACTED, A BILL THAT I VOTED FOR, THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE PARTICULAR NEEDS OF HIGH POVERTY STATES LIKE TEXAS MANY IN THE SOUTH WITH WHAT ARE CALLED TANF SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS, REALLY A MISNOMER BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT A SUPPLEMENT, THEY’RE [email protected] OF STATES THAT HAVE A HIGHER POVERTY RATE. EVER SINCE THE TIME OF THE WELFARE REFORM ACT, TEXAS AND STATES HAVE DEPENDED ON SUPPLEMENTAL TANF. IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TODAY’S LEGISLATION, THAT MEANS THAT TEXAS WILL LOSE ABOUT $50 MILLION EVERY YEAR THAT IT RELIES ON TO WORK WITH CHILD CARE, WITH PREVENTING PREGNANCY, WITH OTHER ISSUES LIKE SCHOOL DROPOUTS THAT IT RELIES ON THESE FUNDS TODAY. ALLOWING THESE GRANTS TO EXPIRE IS IN SHARP CONTRAST TO WHAT HAPPENED IN 2001 WHEN GOVERNOR RICK PERRY WROTE THEN-LEADER WHIP TOM DELAY URGING THE EXTENSION OF TANF SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS SAYING THEY HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HELPING HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN TEXAS ACHIEVE INDEPENDENCE FROM PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. CONGRESS DESIGNED THE SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL PROGRAM NEEDS OF THE STATES. THOSE WERE WORDS OF GOVERNOR RICK PERRY, WHO IS VIOLENT ON THIS MATTER TODAY ABOUT HOW WE ENABLED MORE TEXANS TO MOVE FROM WELFARE TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT ALLOW THE FUNDING FOR TANF TO EXPIRE NEXT WEEK AND SO I JOIN WHOLE HEARTEDLY WITH THIS RENEWAL LEGISLATION. BUT WE ALSO NEED TO MOVE PAST DOING THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO AND START RESPONDING TO THE MOUNTING CHALLENGES THAT FAMILIES NOT JUST IN TEXAS BUT ACROSS OUR COUNTRY FACE. TANF HAS NOT BEEN ADEQUATELY RESPONSIVE TO THE INCREASED LEVEL OF NEED IN THESE BAD ECONOMIC TIMES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF ONE MORE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. I THINK ALSO OF THE WORDS OF CLAUDIA HARRINGTON LATINO FAMILIES, WHO WRITES, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM I BELIEVE IN. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM MY FATHER BELIEVED IN WHEN HE
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1960’S. IMMIGRATED FROM CUBA IN THE I KNOW OUR COUNTRY IS BETTER THAN THAT REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION. AND I KNOW THAT INVESTMENT IN OUR PEOPLE AND THEIR ABILITY TO EARN A DECENT LIVING IS A
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. WORTHWHILE POLICY. WE NEED A POLICY THAT IS MORE SAFETY NET THAN WHOLE AND I HOPE EVENTUALLY WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THAT. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I BELIEVE THIS SHOULD BE AMENDED FOR THE TANF SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS PROGRAMS. IT EXPIRED IN 2011. THE DEMOCRATS CRAFTED LOUISIANA YEAR THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW. EXTENDING THEM WOULD BE MONEY TO REVIVE THE PROGRAM WHICH IS BEYOND THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY AND INCLUDE ONLY CURRENT TANF PROGRAMS. SINCE IT WAS PAID BY $4 BILLION IN EXTRA TANF FUNDS PAID OUT ONLY TO MINORITY STATES. AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO ASK WHEN SUCH SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING SHOULD COME TO AN END. THE LAST CONGRESS LED BY DEMOCRATIC JORTS SAID THE END SHOULD COME THIS PAST JUNE. I RESPECT THAT JUDGMENT. THE COMMITTEE IS OBVIOUSLY AWARE OF MR. DOGGETT’S BILL TO EXTEND THESE PAYMENTS YET AGAIN BUT WE DON’T KNOW HOW HE WOULD PAY FOR THAT SINCE THE BILL HE INTRODUCED INCLUDES NO PAY-FORS. ALL STATES RECEIVE A SHARE OF $5 BILLION IN SPECIAL WELFARE
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BILL. FUNDS IN THE 2009 STIMULUS THAT WAS ON TOP OF ALMOST $17 BILLION IN TANF BLOCK GRANT PAYMENTS ALL STATES RECEIVE EACH YEAR INCLUDING THE SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS. THE STATES COLLECTED SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS IN ONE-TIME FUNDS OR THE EQUIVALENT OF
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PAYMENTS. THREE YEARS OF SUPPLEMENTAL I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN’S ARGUMENT FOR EXTENDING THESE PAYMENTS BY REVIVING THE NOW
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ENDED SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS PROGRAM.
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NOT DO THAT. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US DOES IT EXTENDS CURRENT PROGRAMS. BUT I KNOW HE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE FRUITFUL DISCUSSIONS AND WORK WITH TANF FUNDING AND RELATED ISSUES.
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I APPRECIATE HIS CONTINUED INPUT AND EFFORT. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I’D
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UNDER — YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO SAY THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.
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UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP WE EXTENDED THE SUPPLEMENTAL TANF PROGRAM THAT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY WAS SO PROUD ABOUT IN
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2001, WE EXTENDED IT FOUR TIMES. THE ONLY REASON IT EXISTED IN THE SPRING OF THIS YEAR WAS BECAUSE OF OUR EXTENSIONS. IT SHOULD BE EXTENDED ONCE AGAIN. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED.
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I HOPE WE CAN DO THAT. I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL. THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. I COME TO THE FLOOR ON THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL BILL AND AS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO SHOW THE CONGRESS AND THE COUNTRY THAT WE ARE CONCERNED MORE ABOUT THAN JUST TAXES. I WANT TO THANK MR. DAVIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA AND ESPECIALLY MY FRIEND, MR. DOGGETT, WHO HAVE STUCK WITH THE COMMITTEE IN TRYING TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE IMPROVE THE LIFE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SO VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. TO THINK THAT ONE OUT OF FIVE CHILDREN IN AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS LIVING IN POVERTY, TO RECOGNIZE THAT 46 MILLION PEOPLE, A FAMILY OF FOUR MAKES LESS THAN $22,000, IS CERTAINLY NOT WHAT HAS INSPIRED SO MANY PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF POVERTY AND MOVE INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS WHICH IS THE HEART OF AMERICA AND THE HEART OF OUR ECONOMY. THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. IT COMES TO US, GIVE AUTHORITY TO THE STATES TO SEE WHAT WORKS, TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO STAY ON WELFARE, THAT THEY CAN HAVE A GOAL OF BEING FULLY EMPLOYED AND IT TAKES AWAY THE IMAGE THAT WE HAVE AS A COUNTRY THAT WE APPLAUD PEOPLE BEING EXECUTED, THAT WE APPLAUD THOSE PEOPLE THAT DON’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. NO, AMERICA IS MORE THAN THAT, AND DURING THESE HARD TIMES WE HAVE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE DO AS THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE, CLASSIC EXAMPLE IS MR. DOGGETT, IS MR. DAVIS, BOTH ON A HARDWORKING COMMITTEE BUT CARE ENOUGH ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY TO SHOW THAT THIS IS BIPARTISAN AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE POOR, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN NEED, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WITHOUT HOMES AND WITHOUT HOPE ARE NOT DEMOCRATS, THEY’RE NOT REPUBLICANS. THEY ARE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY AND WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO
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GOVERNMENT. SHOW THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR THERE IS A NEED FOR CARING, AND I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE MEMBER OF THIS CONGRESS TO SHOW THAT’S WHAT OUR COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. — MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE TO INQUIRE FROM THE GENTLEMAN IF HE’S PREPARED TO CLOSE. I BELIEVE I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,
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— MR. LEVIN, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS GOT THE TIME.
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MR. SPEAKER, I’LL RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, FORMER CHAIR OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. MCDERMOTT. THE
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GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO SAY JUST A FEW WORDS. OBVIOUSLY I SUPPORT THE EXTENSION OF THE TANF, BUT I THINK THAT THERE IS REALLY — WE’VE BEEN EXTENDING IT ONE YEAR AT A TIME, ONE YEAR AT A TIME, ONE YEAR AT A TIME FOR SOMETIME. THERE REALLY IS A NEED TO RELOOK AT THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF WHAT THIS — THIS SAFETY NET REALLY NEEDS TO BE. WE WIPED OUT WELFARE AS WE KNOW IT AS WAS THE PHRASE IN 1996 AT A TIME WHEN THE ECONOMY IN THIS COUNTRY WAS GOING STRAIGHT UP. ANYBODY COULD FIND A JOB IF THEY LOOKED FOR ONE, AND IT WAS VERY CLEAR THAT THERE WAS EFFORTS IN THAT BILL TO PUSH PEOPLE OFF THE ROLLS AND OUT INTO THE WORK MARKET. NOW, IT WAS POSSIBLE TO DO THAT. TODAY, HOWEVER, YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THERE ARE FOUR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR EVERY JOB THAT’S OUT THERE. YOU HAVE MANY MIDDLE-CLASS WHO HAVE EXHAUSTED 99 WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND HAVE NOTHING IN THIS COUNTRY EXCEPT FOOD STAMPS. NOW, IT SORT OF DEPENDS ON WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY, WHEN WE HAVE A DOWNTURN LIKE THIS AND WE DECIDE WHETHER WE’RE GOING TO DECIDE TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS TO MAKE IT. WE HAVE FORECLOSURES THAT WON’T QUIT, AND WE’VE HAD NO PROPOSALS OUT OF THE HOUSE TO
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DO ANYTHING ABOUT FORECLOSURE PREVENTION. SO YOU HAVE MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY WHO’VE LOST THEIR JOB, THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT IS GONE, THEY ARE NOW HAVING THEIR HOUSE FORECLOSURED AND THEY LOOK TO THEIR GOVERNMENT FOR A SAFETY NET AND FIND NOTHING BUT FOOD STAMPS. AND IN MY BELIEF THERE IS A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY BE ABLE TO GO THROUGH WHAT MAY BE OR TWO. WE’RE NOT QUITE SURE HOW LONG IT WILL BE. BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE THAT THERE IS NO PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO HELP MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON VERY DIFFICULT TIMES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I’M PREPARED TO CLOSE.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE SHOULD APPROVE THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TODAY. TO FAIL TO APPROVE THIS MODEST EXTENSION WOULD CAUSE MORE PEOPLE TO SUFFER WITH THE EXPIRATION OF THESE PROGRAMS NEXT WEEK. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT MAY NOT BE ENVOGUE TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS OF POOR PEOPLE IN AMERICA TODAY, BUT WE NEED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT IT IN THIS HOUSE. WE NEED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT IT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. CERTAINLY WE WANT TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE THE MIDDLE CLASS
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IN AMERICA. VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. BUT WE NEED TO CREATE MORE
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MIDDLE CLASS. OPPORTUNITY TO BROADEN THAT FOR THE MANY PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE AND HOPE THAT LIVES WILL BE BETTER FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND THAT THEY WILL FACE LESS OBSTACLE THAN THEIR PARENTS HAVE FACED, WE NEED TO PROVIDE THAT TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES. THE CURRENT PROGRAM LEAVES OUT TOO MANY AND FORGETS TOO MANY OF THOSE FAMILIES IN THEIR STRUGGLE. THE OMISSION OF WHAT IS INCLUDED AS SUPPLEMENTAL TANF THAT WE RENEWED FOUR TIMES IN THE LAST TWO CONGRESSES, NOT BEING RENEWED HERE MEANS THAT IN TEXAS AND SO MANY HIGH-POVERTY STATES WE WILL NOT HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT GOVERNOR RICK PERRY ONCE CALLED FOR. WE WILL HAVE A BROADENED GAP AND LACK OF SERVICES. MANY OF THE PROGRAMS WE HAVE RECEIVED IN TEXAS HAVE GONE INTO CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES TO PROTECT ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN.
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ASSISTANCE. THEY NO LONGER HAVE THAT I HOPE IN THE COURSE OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS OF THE RENEWAL OF THIS LEGISLATION WE MIGHT EVENTUALLY GET THAT INTO THE BILL. TODAY WE SEE SO MANY WHO ARE LOSING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IN THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE AT LEAST A MINIMAL LEVEL OF SUPPORT TO THEM. WE SHOULD DO THAT BUT WE SHOULD COMMIT OURSELVES TO DOING EVEN MORE, AND I YIELD BACK. THE
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GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 2943 TEMPORARY THE SHORT-TERM CONTINUATION OF WELFARE TO WORK PROGRAMS THAT HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CUT WELFARE DEPENDANS AND WORK. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND WORK TOWARD A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT FIXES FLAWS IN THE SYSTEM, ALLOWS AGENCIES TO COMMUNICATE AT A MORE HHOLISTIC WAY TO REDUCE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND DEVELOP A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT
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FROM WELFARE. PROMOTES WORK AND INDEPENDENCE WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE
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2943. SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2883. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE — DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP THE BILL AMENDED? YES, MR. SPEAKER. THE CLERBLING WILL REPORT. — THE CLERK WILL REPORT. EXTEND THE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM THROUGH THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON
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CONSIDERATION. THE SUBJECT IN THE BILL UNDER WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD
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CONSUME. MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES IMPROVEMENT AND INNOVATION ACT, A BILL THAT CONTINUES THE BIPARTISAN IN CRAFTING CHILD WELFARE
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LEGISLATION. THE BILL WE’RE CONSIDERING TODAY RE-AUTHORIZES TWO IMPORTANT CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS INCORPORATING A SERIES OF IMPROVEMENTS DEVELOPMENT DURING THE HEARINGS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. IN ADDITION TO CONTINUING AND MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TWO CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS, IT RENEWS AUTHORITY FOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO APPROVE CHILD WELFARE WAIVERS DURING THE NEXT TWO YEARS. IT WILL TEST NEW AND BETTER WAYS OF CHILD WHO ARE ABUSED AND WHO ARE NEGLECTED. THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED LEGISLATION RENEWING THIS AUTHORITY BUT THE SENATE HAS NOT FOLLOWED SUIT. THIS BILL WHICH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE ALSO SUPPORT AND WHICH WAS FAVORABLY REPORTED BY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY WILL ALLOW INNOVATION TO CONTINUE AND MAY YIELD INFORMATION TO IMPROVE CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS IN THE FUTURE. THE BILL WILL ALSO ESTABLISH A PROCESS TO CREATE NEEDED DATA
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PROGRAMS. STANDARDS IN CHILD WELFARE THIS LANGUAGE IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS IMPROVING COLLABORATION BETWEEN SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS. WE’VE OFTEN HEARD IN HEARINGS THAT STATES AND PROGRAMS WITHIN STATES HAVE DIFFICULTY COORDINATING SERVICES BECAUSE OF DIFFICULTY SHARING DATA AND THAT THIS LACK OF COORDINATION INCREASES COST AND DECREASES EFFECTIVENESS. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF H.H.S. TO WORK WITH THE STATES TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL DATA STANDARDS SO THAT ALLSTATE CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS ARE SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE. TO SHOW THE WIDE SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT LETTERS OF SUPPORT INTO THE RECORD FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS — NATIONAL CONVERSATION OF STATE
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LEGISLATURES, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HUMAN SERVICES LEGISLATION, THE CONFERENCE OF CHIEF JUSTICES AND THE CONFERENCE OF STATE COURT ADMINISTRATORS, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF C.P.A.’S, THE AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION, THE NORTH AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ADOPTABLE CHILDREN, VOICE FOR ADOPTION, THE ASSOCIATION ON INDIAN AFFAIRS, THE NATIONAL INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION, YOUTH VILLAGES, FIRST FOCUS CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN, THE ZERO TO 3, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TODDLERS AND INFANTS, THE CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL POLICY AND PUBLIC CHILDREN SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF OHIO. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DOGGETT OF TEXAS, FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR HIS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HOW WE SERVE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FINALLY, I WANT TO NOTE THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT ADD TO THE DEFICIT SINCE IT SIMPLY EXTENDS CURRENT FUNDING LEVELS
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EXTENDED. OF THE PROGRAM THAT ARE I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.
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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIRMAN, MR. DAVIS IS CORRECT. WE HAVE WORKED ON THIS TOGETHER, PARTICIPATED IN HEARINGS, LEARNEDING TO AND COOPERATED ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT, TO WHICH WE MAY BRING DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES BUT A COMMON GOAL OF WANTING TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF AMERICA’S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. I BELIEVE THAT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT I DO FULLY SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT, HOWEVER, IN OUR DISCUSSION TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE SUPPORT AND WHERE WE HAVE DIFFERENCES. WHAT THIS LEGISLATION ACCOMPLISHES AND WHAT IT FAILS TO ACCOMPLISH. IT’S PREFERABLE TO ALLOWING TWO VERY IMPORTANT LAWS TO EXPIRE NEXT WEEK. EACH YEAR, OVER 700,000 CHILDREN HERE IN AMERICA BECOME VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT, PERPETRATED BY THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO LOVE AND CARE FOR THEM. I THINK TO MOST AMERICANS, AS TO MY WIFE LIBBY AND I, WHEN WE’RE BACK HOME IN TEXAS, SURROUNDED BY CLARA AND ZALA AND ELLA, OUR THREE GRANDDAUGHTERS, IT’S UNTHINKABLE THAT A PATIENT COULD CAUSE HARM TO A MEMBER OF YET THAT’S THE REALITY TOO MANY CHILDREN FACE. ONE EXPERT CAME TO OUR HEARING AND SUGGESTED THAT ONCE EVERY SIX HOURS, EVERY DAY, A CHILD TIES IN AMERICA AS A RESULT OF ABUSE. I AGREE THAT BOTH THE CHILD WELFARE SERVICES AND THE PROMOTING SAFE AND STABLE FAMILIES LAWS SHOULD BE RENEWED FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS. I DISAGREE THAT THESE PROGRAMS SHOULD BE CONTINUED AT THEIR CURRENT BASELINE FUNDING LEVELS SINCE WITH NEED GROWING AND FUNDING LIMITED, TOO MANY OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN CANNOT ACCESS THE SERVICES THAT THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. THESE ARE THE CHILDREN WHOSE NEGLECT NOT ONLY PRODUCES PROBLEMS FOR THEM, BUT WILL PRODUCE MORE PROBLEMS FOR ALL OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN THE FUTURE. THEY ARE THE CHILDREN WE SHOULD BE HELPING TODAY SO THAT WE ARE NOT INCARS ATING THEM AFTER THEY HAVE DONE HARM TO SOMEONE TOMORROW. LESS THAN HALF OF THE CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE IN AMERICA TODAY RECEIVE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP WITH THE ROOM AND BOARD. TODAY, 40% OF CHILDREN WHO ARE FOUND TO BE VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT DO NOT RECEIVE FOLLOW-UP OR INTERVENTION AT ALL. THAT’S A VERY BIG GAP THAT WILL LIKELY ONLY GROW OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WITH THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE RENEWING. IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, THE PROMOTING SAFE AND STABLE FAMILIES ACT ACCOUNTS FOR A VERY SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF
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FUNDING TO HELP OUR YOUNGEST TEXANS. ACCORDING TO ONE OF OUR WITNESSES IN COMMITTEE, DR. JANE BURSEIN OF THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICIES IN AUSTIN, FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR $2 OF EVERY $3 SUPPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION LAST YEAR. IN SAN ANTONIO, FOR EXAMPLE, THESE PROGRAMS PROVIDE IMPORTANT RESOURCES TO HELP VULNERABLE FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE — THROUGH THE USE OF THE BEXAR COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD THIS BILL ALSO GRANTS STATES SUPPORT FOR PARENTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS. MY FRIEND DARLENE BURN, A DISTRICT JUDGE IN TEXAS, HELPED START THE DRUG CORPS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY THIS. SHE WRITES, NEW BABIES ARE NOT DRUG POSITIVE, FAMILIES AND THOSE LOOKING TO GET THEIR
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G.E.D. ARE THOSE THIS IS LOOKING TO HELP. SHE WRITES IT’S HELPED TRANSFORM LIFES AN HELPED STOP THE VIOLENCE IN TEXAS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO BENEFIT DIRECTLY AND ALL OF US WHO HAVE A STAKE IN HAVING FOLKS PARTICIPATE TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL AND NOT POSE DANGERS TO THE REST OF OUR SOCIETY. TODAY’S LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES, AS MR. DAVIS INDICATED, SOME MODEST POLICY CHANGES THAT STRENGTHEN THE STATE’S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO AT-RISK CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL I BELIEVE, HOWEVER, LEAVE TAOS MANY PROBLEMS UNRESOLVED. I THINK, THOUGH, IN THIS CURRENT CLIMATE THAT RENEWAL OF THE LEGISLATION AS IT’S PROPOSED IS THE BEST WE CAN DO FOR OUR AT-RISK CHILDREN THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES HELP TO AT LEAST SOME CHILDREN WHO BECOME VICTIMS OF MALTREATMENT AND PROVIDES FAMILY SUPPORT ACTIVITIES TO SOME VULNERABLE FAMILIES AND PROMOTES ADOPTION SERVICES FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO CANNOT SAFELY RETURN TO THEIR BIOLOGICAL PARENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD TO THE FORMER CHAIR OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. MCDERMOTT, FOUR MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO RENEW THE NATION’S WILD WELFARE PROGRAMS. I’M GLAD TO SEE IT’S HAPPENING AS IT HAS IN THE PAST BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT AND IT’S IMPORTANT NOT JUST TO KEEP THE PROGRAMS FUNDED AND RENEWED, WITH MORE THAN ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN IN THE COUNTRY LIVING IN POVERTY WORK SO MANY ODDS STACKED AGAINST FOSTER KIDS, WE NEED TO DO MORE AN MAKE PROGRESS. THAT’S WHY I’M SO SUPPORTIVE OF THIS BILL BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST AN EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM, IT
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HAS SOME IMPORTANT AND TARGETED INNOVATIONS. SOME STATES, ESPECIALLY MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, WHICH HAS SOME TRULY NEW IDEAS ABOUT HOW THEY CAN DO MORE TO PREVENT PUTTING INTO FOSTER CARE EVEN IN TOUGH TIMES. ONE OF THE REAL INNOVATIONS OF THIS BILL IS TO GIVE STATES WAIVERS FOR GOVERNMENTAL FUNDING RESTRICTIONS SO THAT THEY CAN TEST THESE INNOVATIVE INTERVENTIONS IN THEIR CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS. IF THE STATE CAN MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENT QUALITY AND THE INNOVATIONS THEY WANT TO TRY MEET SOLID CRITERIA, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE A
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PARTNER IN MAKING REAL PROGRESS. THAT’S WHAT THESE NEW WAIVERS DO. WASHINGTON STATE IS ONE OF THE LEADERS IN INNOVATING CHILD WELFARE POLICY AND THEY HAVE THINGS THEY HAVE BEEN EAGER TO TRY OUT. RIGHT NOW, THE LAW DOESN’T ALLOW THIS KIND OF EXPERIMENTATION, BUT THIS BILL GIVES STATES A WAY TO BEGIN. WASHINGTON STATE IS NOT ALONE. THERE’S ROOM FOR 10 STATES TO HAVE THESE KINDS OF PROGRAMS. THERE ARE SOME STATES ALREADY READY TO MAKE THESE MOVES. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ALLOWED THIS KIND OF THING IN THE PAST AND
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IT WAS ALLOWED TO LAPSE. THIS IS AN EXTENSION OF SOMETHING WE HAD BEFORE H.R.H.S. WAS ALLOWED TO GIVE OUT WAIVERS IN THE PAST AND SOME PROGRESS WAS MADE IN A NUMBER OF STATES. THIS BILL RESTORES THAT LIMITED WAIVER AUTHORITY AND SETS OUT CRITERIA TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY AND LEVEL OF EFFORT THEY NEED TO HAVE. THEY NEED TO ALLOW THESE STATES TO DO IT. IN ADDITION TO EXTENDING THE PROGRAM, THE BILL DOES SOMETHING ELSE THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. THEY PASSED THE FOSTERING CONNECTIONS. THIS FOSTERING CONNECTIONS LAW DID A LOT OF GOOD IN HELPING FOSTER KIDS HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF TRULY MAKING IT IN THE COUNTRY. AMONG OTHER THINGS, IT ADDRESSED THE HEALTH CONCERNS OF FOSTER CHILDREN WHO MOVE FROM HOME TO HOME AND FROM HEALTH CARE SETTING TO HEALTH CARE SETTING AND IT REQUIRED STATES TO DEVELOP HEALTH COORDINATION PLANS FOR THESE KIDS SO THAT THEY HAD SOME CONTINUITY OF CARE. THESE PLANS INCLUDE OVERSIGHT OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS INCLUDING PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS. AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO WORKED WITH CHILD WELFARE AND THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM I’M CONCERNED ABOUT THE JUICE OF
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CHILDREN. PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS WITH FAR LONG TIME IT’S BOTHERED ME AND IN THE FOSTER CARE POPULATION, IT’S A VULNERABLE GROUP TPWHIFES QUESTION OF CONTINUITY OF CARE. YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO BE MONITORING WHAT’S HAPPENING AS THEY MOVE FROM HOME TO HOME TO HOME. WE NEED TO DO MORE. WE NEED TO GET A CLEARER PICTURE OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THESE KINDS OF MEDICATIONS IN THE FOSTER KIDS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE BEING USED
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PRESCRIBED. PROPERLY AND NOT OVERLY ONE OF THE PARTS ABOUT THIS WHOLE LAW THAT’S CRAZY IS WHEN A KID GETS TO 18, THEY COULD BE ON MEDICATION, WHEN THEY HIT 18, THEY’RE DONE. THEIR MEDICAID ENDS, THEY HAVE NO CONTINUITY OF THE DRUGS. THEY GO OFF COLD TURKEY. THERE’S REAL QUESTIONS WE NEED TO ANSWER HERE. THIS BILL MAKES THE 2008 REQUIREMENTS, TAKES THEM ANOTHER STEP FORWARD AND IT REQUIRES STATES TO ADOPT PROTOCOLS FOR USING AND MONITORING PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS AMONG FOSTER CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, I SPEAK STRONGLY IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SAY YEA.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THE LEADERS ON THE SUBJECT OF FOSTER CHILDREN WHO CAME AND TESTIFIED TO OUR COMMITTEE BASED ON HER LONG EXPERIENCE WORKING IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN THE ASSEMBLY ON THIS SUBJECT IS MS. BASS, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND I YIELD HER TWO MINUTES AT THIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR MINUTES. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE FAMILY SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT. AS PART OF THE BIPARTISAN CAUCUS ON FOSTER CARE, I’M PROUD TO STAND WITH COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. YOUTH IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM FIGHT FOR WHAT SO MANY
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FAMILY. OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED, A IN MY HOME STATE, THE NATION’S LARGEST FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, AS MANY AS 100,000 CHILDREN CAN BE
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CARE. PLACED IN TEMPORARY OUT OF HOME FOSTER PARENTS AND RELATIVES ARE THE FRONT LINE CARE GIVERS FOR CHILDREN WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEM. A POOL OF DEDICATED LOVING FOSTER PARENTS IS CRITICAL FOR OUR NATION’S FOSTER YOUTH AS THEY WAIT TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS OR ACHIEVE PERMANENCY WITH A RELATIVE CAREGIVER OR ADOPTIVE FAMILY. HOWEVER, THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT SHORTAGE OF FOSTER PARENTS. IN MAY, I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION CALLING FOR A STUDY TO FIND OUT HOW HOWE TO BEST RECRUIT AND RETAIN FOSTER PARENTS. THIS WAS INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL HOUSE BILL RE-AUTHORIZING TITLE 4-B CHILD
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AUGUST. WELFARE PROGRAMS INTRODUCED IN I’M PLEASED THAT THE MODIFIED BILL BEFORE US TODAY INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT ENCOURAGES STATES TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO IMPROVE THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF
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HIGH QUALITY FOSTER FAMILY HOMES. H.R. 2883 BUILDS ON SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES THAT WERE SHARED WITH ME AS I TRAVELED TO CALIFORNIA HEARING FROM YOUTH,
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CHILD WELFARE WORKERS AND PARENTS. THE BILL ALSO APPROPRIATED — APPROPRIATELY ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM BY REQUIRING STATES TO ADDRESS A EMOTIONAL TRAUMA IN FOSTER CHILDREN AND ADOPT PROTOCOLS FOR USING AND MONITORING PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS. I’M PLEASED WITH THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE MR. MCDERMOTT WHO TALKED ABOUT THE USE OF PSYCHOTROPICS AND I WOULD ADD IN TOO MANY CASES, CHILDREN ARE PRESCRIBED MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS WITH A NUMBER OF YOUTH UP AND DOWN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MANY YOUTH SAID TO ME WAS, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME GET OFF THE MEDICATION? I’D LAKE TO THANK WAYS AND MEANS CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER CAMP AND LEVIN AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIR DAVIS AND RANKING MEMBER DOGGETT. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.
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I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. PLOIP THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR COLLEAGUE FROM RHODE ISLAND FOR TWO MINUTES, HE’S BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN A FOSTER CARE FINANCIAL SECURITY ACT, MR. LANGEVIN FOR TWO MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS
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CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WITHOUT OBJECTION. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG AND FAMILY SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT AND INNOVATION ACT. THIS BILL INCLUDES A PROVISION FROM THE FOSTER YOUTH FINANCIAL SECURITY ACT I INTRODUCED WITH MY COLLEAGUES MR. STARK WHO ADDRESSED HIGH RATES OF IDENTITY THEFT AMONG FOSTER YOUTH. I WAS OUTRAGED TO FIND THAT FOSTER CHILDREN ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT SINCE THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION PASSES THROUGH SO MANY HANDS. AS I SAW FIRST HAND WHEN MY PARENTS WELCOMED FOSTER YOUTH INTO OUR HOME OVER MANY YEARS, THEY ALREADY FACE TREMENDOUS OBSTACLES WITHOUT THE INCREASED THREAT OF HAVING THEIR IDENTITY TAKEN AND CREDIT RUINED, WHICH PREVENTS THEM FROM FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, ACCESSING CREDIT ON THEIR OWN OR OBTAINING OTHER BASE EXNEEDS. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT EACH FOSTER YOUTH OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE RECEIVES FREE CREDIT CHECKS BEFORE LEAVING THE SYSTEM AND ASSISTANCE ON CLEARING ANY INACCURACIES THAT MAY HAVE COME TO LIGHT. REPORTS HAVE SHOWN IF DONE
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EFFECTIVE WILL, THE COST IS MINIMAL. I WANT TO THANK, MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE AND THE MANY ADVOCATES WHO HAVE CHAMPIONED THIS CAUSE. THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP IN PROVIDING FOSTER YOUTH WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED AND DESERVE TO SUCCEED AND I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK TOGETHER ON THIS. AS I POINTED OUT SO MANY TIMES THE KIDS IN FOSTER CARE ALREADY FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES OF THEIR OWN OF A PERSONAL NATURE. IT’S A SHAME THAT THEIR IDENTITY IS STOLEN AND THEY ARE FURTHER VICTIMIZED. THIS BILL WOULD IDENTIFY PROBLEMS EARLY ON AND CLEAR UP INACCURACIES SO THEY CAN START THEIR ADULT LIFE WITH A FRESH START WITH THEIR CREDIT INTACT. I THANK BOTH GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF THIS PROVISION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I
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CONSUME. YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.
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THE PROGRAMS EMBODIED IN THIS LEGISLATION AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT OPENS OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FROM PELL GRANTS TO TITLE 1 FUNDING FOR EDUCATION TO THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM TO HEAD START THAT ALL OF THESE ARE WELFARE AND SHOULD BE CUT. FORTUNATELY THAT APPROACH IS NOT BEING TAKEN HERE TODAY. WE ARE RE-AUTHORIZING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY THESE TWO VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THAT WOULD EXPIRE NEXT YEAR. EXPIRE NEXT WEEK AS WELL AS NEXT YEAR. HOWEVER, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MUCH LIKE SOMEBODY MIGHT FLATLINED THAT WE ARE FLAT
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FUNDING THE RENEWAL OF THESE PROGRAMS. MEANING THAT IN FIVE YEARS WE ARE AUTHORIZING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THESE PROGRAMS IF IT CAN BE APPROPRIATED THAT EXISTED LAST YEAR. THAT MEANS THAT THERE ARE MANY NEEDS IN OUR COUNTRY THAT WILL NOT BE FULLY ADDRESSED IN THIS LEGISLATION. IT MEANS THAT LAST YEAR IF LESS THAN HALF OF THOSE IN FOSTER CARE RECEIVE SUPPORT FOR FOOD AND BOARD THEY WILL BE IN THE SAME SITUATION OVER THE COURSE OF THIS LEGISLATION. IT MEANS THAT THE 40% OF CHILDREN WHO ARE SUBJECT TO ABUSE AND NEGLECT ARE UNLIKELY TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS SERVICES AS THEY WERE LAST YEAR. BUT RENEWING THIS LEGISLATION REMAINS DESPITE THOSE DEFISHES AN IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE — DEFICIENCY AN IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENT. AS MR. DAVIS NOTED AS WELL AS OTHER SPEAKERS, WE HAVE MADE MODEST IMPROVEMENTS. A NUMBER OF THOSE NOT TOUCHED ON YET IS THE WORK IN OUR LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE CAN STAY IN THE SCHOOLS THAT THEY STARTED IN EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE MOVED BETWEEN FAMILIES. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF ADDING A LITTLE CERTAINTY TO THE LIFE OF A CHILD WHO’S BEEN ABUSED OR NEGLECTED AND FINDS THEMSELVES WITH A GREAT DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY. IT IS FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THIS ACT AND THE RECOGNITION OF WHAT HARM WOULD BE DONE IF THIS ACT WERE NOT ADOPTED HERE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY THAT SO MANY CHILD ADVOCACY GROUPS HAVE JOINED IN SUPPORTING IT. THE CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, FIRST FOCUS, ZERO TO 3 AS WELL AS THOSE ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN ADMINISTERING SOME OF THESE FUNDS, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HUMAN SERVICES ASSOCIATION AND THE CONFERENCE OF STATE COURT ADMINISTRATORS.
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I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT. IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET IT ADOPTED PROMPTLY. I HOPE THE SENATE WILL RESPOND
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TO OUR BIPARTISAN APPROVAL TODAY. AS MR. DAVIS HAS SUGGESTED, THEY’VE ALREADY BEGUN TO DO IN THE COMMITTEE PROCESS AND MOVE FORWARD TO SEE IT FULLY ADOPTED BY NEXT WEEK. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I’M GRATEFUL TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT, FOR WORKING WITH ME TO BRING THIS MEASURE TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND THANK HIM AND THANK BOTH THE MINORITY AND MAJORITY STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS EFFORT. H.R. 2883 IS A BICAMERAL NO COST EFFORT TO MAKE MODEST ADJUSTMENTS TO PROGRAMS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WELL-BEING AND SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN. WE NEED TO DO MORE TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN REMAIN SAFELY IN THEIR HOMES. ALSO, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BE ENTERED IN THE RECORD. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2883, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE — MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.
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I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS
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YES. AND NAYS? THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE — FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE? MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 305 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. THE
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CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION. HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 73, HOUSE RESOLUTION 405. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER’S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 2608, TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF PROGRAMS UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT AND THE SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT ACT OF 1958, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, A MOTION OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT WITH THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON
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RESOLUTION. RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2, HOUSE RESOLUTION 399 IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I’D LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. AND, MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 305 PROVIDES FOR A CLOSED RULE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2608. IT’S A TEMPORARY CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WILL FUND THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT THROUGH NOVEMBER 18 OF THIS YEAR. IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE FUNDING LEVELS IN THIS C.R. ARE VERY SAME FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE LEVELS THAT THIS CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA APPROVED IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT JUST ONE MONTH AGO. THIS IS NOT A DEPARTURE FROM OUR PATH OF RESTORING FISCAL SANITY, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE COMMITTED TO CONTINUING ON THAT PATH BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE ACTIONS OF THE OTHER BODY LEAVE US NO CHOICE BUT TO CONSIDER THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TODAY. I TAKE NO PRIDE, MR. SPEAKER, IN SHARING WITH YOU — ACTUALLY, THAT’S NOT TRUE. THAT’S NOT TRUE AT ALL. I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN SHARING WITH YOU WHAT THE HOUSE HAS DONE OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS, SEVEN MONTHS, EIGHT MONTHS, BUT I TAKE NO PRIDE AT ALL IN POINTING OUT WHAT HAS NOT HAPPENED AT THE OTHER END OF THIS CAPITOL TO DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. CONSTITUTIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, WE’RE REQUIRED TO FUND THE OPERATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT. JUNE 2 OF THIS YEAR, THE HOUSE PASSED THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. TO DATE, THE SENATE HAS NOT. ON JUNE 14 OF THIS YEAR, THE HOUSE PASSED THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS BILL. THIS IS THE ONE BILL THAT OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE HAVE PASSED AS WELL. JUNE 16, THE HOUSE PASSED THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. TO DATE, THE SENATE HAS TAKEN NO ACTION AT ALL. JULY 15, THE HOUSE PASSED THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. TO DATE THE SENATE HAS NOT. JULY 22, THE HOUSE PASSES THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. TO DATE THE SENATE HAS NOT. MR. SPEAKER, I DID NOT RUN FOR CONGRESS LAST NOVEMBER. I DID NOT SHOW UP HERE AS A FRESHMAN TO CONTINUE BUSINESS AS USUAL, PASSING CONTINUING RESOLUTION AFTER CONTINUING
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RESOLUTION AFTER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND I KNOW MY FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE BELIEVE PROCESS THAT HAS LONG SINCE EXCEEDED ITS USEFULNESS. I AM SO PROUD AS A BODY WE HAVE BEGUN TO PASS THOSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ONE BY ONE BY ONE. WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN BECAUSE OF THAT, MR. SPEAKER? WE’VE GOTTEN OVERSIGHT. WE’VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS LINE BY LINE BY LINE WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES AS A HOUSE. NOW, THOSE PRIORITIES DIFFER FROM TIME TO TIME FROM MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE, MY FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE, BUT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AT LEAST DISCUSS THOSE PRIORITIES. WHEN THE OTHER BODY FAILS TO PASS THOSE APPROPRIATIONS
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BILLS, WHAT CHOICES DO WE HAVE LEFT? WHAT CHOICE DO WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO ME AS A NEW MEMBER OF THE HOUSE?
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I COULD CHOOSE TO ADVOCATE RESPONSIBILITY. I COULD CHOOSE TO ADVOCATE, NO, NO, WE ARE GOING TO WAIT AND IF THE SENATE FAILS TO ACT THEN SO BE IT AND LET THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY. THAT’S NOT THE KIND OF OPERATION I WANT TO RUN. THAT’S NOT WHY I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. I CAME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BECAUSE THIS IS THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE. THIS IS WHERE THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION OF THE PEOPLE’S PRIORITIES TAKES PLACE. WHAT BRINGS ME TO THE FLOOR TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS TO CONSIDER THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FOR JUST REALLY 1 1/2 SHORT MONTHS THROUGH NOVEMBER 18 WILL EXTEND THE OPERATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE THAT THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION THAT I KNOW SO MANY OF THE MEMBERS HERE CAME FOR. AND WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDER THIS RULE TODAY, THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDER THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.
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MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND
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CONSUME. YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE
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FAILED. REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAVE THEY FAILED IN THE MOST BASIC RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS INSTITUTION, AS MY COLLEAGUE HAS MENTIONED, TO PASS REGULAR AND ROUTINE BILLS TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT’S DOORS OPEN, TO KEEP THE RETIREMENT CHECKS IN THE MAIL AND VITAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN A FEW DAYS THE FISCAL YEAR WILL END AND WITHOUT A STOPGAP MEASURE, FUNDING TORII SENTION GOVERNMENT SERVICES WILL RUN OUT. DESPITE NINE MONTHS OF CLAIMS FROM THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT CHANGES WILL CHANGE AND DESPITE A PLEDGE TO AMERICA A DIFFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, NOT A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS BEEN ENACTED FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR WHICH BEGINS OCTOBER 1. THROUGHOUT THIS FAILED PROCESS, THE MAJORITY HAS BLAMED EVERYONE BUT THEMSELVES. THEY POINTED FINGERS AT PRESIDENT OBAMA, COMPLAINED ABOUT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, BLAMED WASHINGTON’S STATUS QUO TO SAY THEY CAN’T CONTROL. THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS THE ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE THEY WON’T LAY RESPONSIBILITY WITH IS THEMSELVES. AFTER NINE MONTHS WITH NOT A SINGLE BILL SUCCESSFULLY MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH CONGRESS, WRINGS HOLLOW. NOT ONLY IS ONE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEEN ENACTED BUT HALF OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HAVE NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. THE MAJORITY CONTROLS THE BODY AND HAS USED THE POWER OF THE PURSE TO DANGEROUS GAMES OF DEFAULT, BUT THEY CAN’T SCHEDULE A VOTE FOR THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PIECES OF
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EVERY YEAR. LEGISLATION THAT WE CONSIDER AS I STAND HERE TODAY TO VOTE ON A BILLION DOLLAR BAND-AID THAT WILL WILL ALLOW US TO SCRAPE THROUGH NOVEMBER, THEY HAVE FAILED TO DO A JOB. BY THE TIME WE ARE ELECTED TO CONGRESS, HOWEVER, WE KNOW OUR WORK MUST BE HANDED IN ON TIME. SADLY TODAY’S LEGISLATION ISN’T EVEN THE BIGGEST FAILURE THAT WE’RE FACING IN THE HOUSE. IF PRESS REPORTS ARE ACCURATE, WE MAY BE HEADING TO A BIGGER FAILURE IN NOVEMBER. IN RECENT DAYS, REPORTS HAVE SURFACED THAT THE MAJORITY PLANS TO FUND THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH ONE MASSIVE TRILLION DOLLAR OMNIBUS BILL. THIS BILL WOULD EXPLICITLY BREAK THE PROMISE AS THE
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AMERICAN PEOPLE. REPUBLICAN MAJORITY MADE TO THE IN THE PLEDGE TO AMERICA THE LEADERSHIP INCLUDED A GOAL ENTITLED, QUOTE, ADVANCED LEGISLATIVE ISSUES ONE AT A
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. TIME, END QUOTE. INSTEAD, WE WILL ADVANCE MAJOR LEGISLATION ONE ISSUE AT A TIME, END QUOTE. DURING THE SPEECH AT THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE IN 2010, SPEAKER BOEHNER AFFIRMED THE NEED TO CONSIDER
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APPROPRIATIONS LEGISLATION ONE BILL AT A TIME. SAYING HE WANTED TO DO AWAY WITH THE CONCEPT OF COMPREHENSIVE SPENDING BILLS. ON THE EVE ASSUMING THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE, SPEAKER BOEHNER ELABORATED SAYING I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT HAVING 2,000-PAGE BILLS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR SERVES ANYONE’S BEST INTEREST. THE HOUSE, NOT THE MEMBERS, AND NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, END QUOTE. BUT IF PRESS REPORTS ARE CORRECT, A 2,000-PAGE BILL OR NOR MORE IS WHAT WE WILL GET. LET’S BE CLEAR, THIS PROSPECT OF OMNIBUS FUND SOMETHING HAPPENING FOR TWO SIMPLE REASONS. FIRST, THE COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL NOT WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. THERE ARE NO DEMOCRAT FINGERPRINTS ON ANY BILLS THAT COME TO THE FLOOR, AND TO MAKE THE COMPROMISE YESTERDAY TO REACH CONSENSUS. THEY CONTINUE TO PASS LEGISLATION FILLED WITH SPECIAL INTEREST FAVORS, AND IDEOLOGICAL PURSUITS THAT THE AMERICAN
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PEOPLE NEVER ASKED FOR AND DON’T WANT. AS A RESULT, THE LEGISLATION IS BUILT TO FAIL AND FAIL IT DOES OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SECONDLY, INSTEAD OF DOING THE TOUGH UNGLAMOROUS WORK OF THE HOUSE, WE HAVE SPENT MOST OF THE TIME ON IDEOLOGICAL QUEST AND POLITICAL GAMES. INSTEAD OF FULFILLING THE PLEDGE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, THE MAJORITY HAS WORKED TO FULFILL CAMPAIGN PLEDGES TO GROVER NORQUIST AND THE FAR RIGHT. INSTEAD OF CREATING JOBS OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE SPENT MONTHS ON END PUSHING A PARTISAN AGENDA THAT HAS COVERED EVERYTHING FROM THE TRIVIAL TO THE VERY REAL DANGERS OF DEFAULT. INSTEAD OF FUNDING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE MAJORITY HAS TRIED TO MICROMANAGE OUR LIGHT BULBS. INSTEAD OF FUNDING THE NATION’S SCHOOLS, THEY TRIED TO ELIMINATE BIG BIRD. INSTEAD OF FUNDING THE E.P.A., THEY TRIED TO SELL THE LAND SURROUNDING THE GRAND CANYON TO THE STATE-OWNED MINING COMPANIES OF RUSSIA AND SOUTH KOREA. INSTEAD OF FUNDING CANCER RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, THEY HAVE TRIED REPEATEDLY TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE REFORM. INSTEAD OF SETTING RESPONSIBILITY BUDGETS FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, THEY BROUGHT OR ECONOMY TO THE BRINK OF DEFAULT AND LED TO THE FIRST EVER DOWNGRADE OF OUR NATION’S CREDIT. EVEN TODAY OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE INJECTING POLITICS INTO THE STOPGAP C.R. TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WILL ONLY PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF TO HURRICANE VICTIMS IF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE TAKEN FROM AWK SESSFUL ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROGRAM THAT HAS CREATED 39,000 JOBS TO DATE. AND IS POISED TO CREATE 60,000 MORE. WE WERE TOLD IN THE RULES COMMITTEE THIS IS MONEY SIMPLY LYING THERE. IN EFFECT, THE AMERICAN — THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT CONGRESS WILL EITHER HELP REBUILD SHATTERED COMMUNITIES OR CONGRESS WILL CREATE NEW GREEN JOBS, BUT WE REFUSE TO DO BOTH. THE MORAL APPROACH REFLECTS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ VOID
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OF RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP FROM THOSE IN CHARGE. TODAY I’LL DO THE LITTLE BIT THAT I CAN TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP
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CHARGE. SORELY LACKING FROM THOSE IN MR. SPEAKER, IF WE CAN DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, AT THE END OF THIS DEBATE, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO
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ASSURE DISASTER VICTIMS GET THE HELP THEY NEED. MY AMENDMENT WILL ALLOW REPRESENTATIVE DINGELL TO OFFER A MOTION TO STRIKE THE HOUSE LANGUAGE THAT SAYS ALL DISASTER AID MUST BE OFFSET, AND SUBSTITUTE THE BIPARTISAN SENATE APPROACH. SINCE 2004, AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HAVE SPENT OVER $3.4 BILLION ON INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFGHANISTAN AND EVEN MORE IN IRAQ. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE $3.4 BILLION WAS HELD HOSTAGE OR OFFSET BY ANY PROGRAM IN OUR BUDGET. BUT NOW AS MANY AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING TO REBUILD AND GET THEIR LIVES BACK TO NORMAL, A MAJORITY REFUSES TO HELP UNLESS THEY ARE ALLOWED TO DEFUND A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM THEY HAPPEN TO DISLIKE. REMEMBER WHAT THIS SAYS IS THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS FINANCING THE RESTRUCTURE — FINANCING THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WITH TAXPAYER MONEY, BUT TAXPAYER MONEY WITHOUT AN OFFSET WILL NOT BE USED TO HELP THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. THAT TAKES A LOT OF EXPLAINING. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY DECIDED THAT PURSUING A PARTISAN AGENDA WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MEETING THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY, WE FACE THE PROSPECT OF $1 TRILLION, $1,000-PAGE BILL TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING BECAUSE THE OTHER SIDE WILL NOT STOP PLAYING POLITICS AND START GOVERNING AS WE ARE ALL EXPECTED TO DO. THIS FAILURE IS A DISSERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ABDICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS LEGISLATORS, AND A SHAME TO THE EXPECTATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND DUTIES OF THE HOUSE. THE MAJORITY RODE INTO WASHINGTON VOWING TO CHANGE THE WAYS OF THE PAST. BUT OVER THE LAST NINE MONTHS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE WITNESSED A CASE STUDY IN ABANDONED RESPONSIBILITIES AND MISGUIDED PRIORITIES. UNTIL THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BEGINS TO GOVERN, I FEAR THIS CONGRESS WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE UP TO THE LOW REGARD OUR NATION HAS FOR IT, WHICH BRINGS SHAME ON US ALL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO STOP SERVING THEIR POLITICAL INTEREST, START DOING BIPARTISAN BILLS, START SERVING OUR COUNTRY. IN CLOSING, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON TODAY’S RULE, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I’M PROUD TO YIELD