(Extensions of Remarks - December 14, 2017)

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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 204 (Thursday, December 14, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1708]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                          HON. EARL BLUMENAUER

                               of oregon

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, December 14, 2017

  Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, had I been present for the vote today on 
the Democratic Motion to Recommit H.R. 2396 (Roll Call No. 681), I 
would have voted aye. The motion would require financial institutions 
found to have engaged in deceptive or fraudulent practices to continue 
to annually report their policies and practices regarding the 
disclosure of nonpublic, personal information.
  Additionally, had I been present for the vote on H.R. 2396 (Roll Call 
No. 682), I would have voted no. This bill would ease the annual 
privacy notice requirements for financial institutions that share 
consumers' non-public personal information with nonaffiliated third 
party companies, weakening important consumer protections.
  I'm deeply frustrated that the House has, yet again, decided to take 
up a measure intended to violate U.S. obligations under the Iran 
nuclear agreement. Though the nuclear agreement explicitly commits the 
United States to resuming the licensing of new commercial aircraft 
sales to Iran for civilian use, H.R. 4324 would impose additional 
certification requirements on the Treasury Department in order to carry 
out these current obligations.
  Given Trump's clear disdain for having to take affirmative action to 
keep the agreement intact, this attempt by Congressional Republicans to 
force his administration to act further on the sale of commercial 
aircraft is shameful. Thus, had I been present for the vote on the 
Motion to Recommit H.R. 4324 (Roll Call No. 683), I would have voted 
aye. Had I been present for the vote on final passage of H.R. 4324 
(Roll Call No. 684), I would have voted no.