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  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 131, I call up 
the conference report on the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 31) making 
further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes, and ask for its 
immediate consideration.
  The Clerk read the title of the joint resolution.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Butterfield). Pursuant to House 
Resolution 131, the conference report is considered read.
  (For conference report and statement, see Book II of the proceedings 
of the House of February 13, 2019, at page H1589.)
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentlewoman from New York (Mrs. Lowey) 
and the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. Granger) each will control 30 
  The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from New York.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
  Mr. Speaker, the bill before us would prevent another government 
shutdown by completing the remaining appropriation bills for fiscal 
year 2019. It represents what is possible in a strong democratic 
process when we work hard to reach agreement that puts politics aside 
and puts the American people first.
  This bipartisan compromise rejects the President's irresponsible 
budget cuts and, instead, invests in priorities that will strengthen 
our families, communities, and economy.
  Additionally, it does not contain poison pill riders that threaten 
the environment, public health, and consumer protections in the House 
Republican versions of these bills.
  Among the bill's vital increases are $80 million for State and local 
law enforcement to keep communities safe, $1 billion for the Census 
Bureau, $308 million for research and development at the National 
Science Foundation, $25 million for the Environmental Protection 
Agency, $293 million for port infrastructure, and $123 million for 
grants to combat homelessness.
  Strong international affairs funding will help stabilize the world's 
economy, meet unprecedented humanitarian needs, and continue our fight 
against radical extremism and terrorism.
  Federal workers will receive a 1.9 percent pay raise that the 
President attempted to deny hardworking families.
  The Homeland Security division of this bill upholds Democratic values 
and funds smart and effective border security, including construction 
and screening technology at ports of entry, where most drugs illegally 
enter the country.
  The $1.375 billion it provides for border barriers is 76 percent less 

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what the President demanded for a concrete wall, and critical 
protections are put in place for environmentally sensitive areas.
  Neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted.
  Every Democrat and nearly every Republican who served on the 
conference committee to write this bill has signed it in support. I 
thank the conferees for their hard work and commitment to this process, 
which we couldn't have completed without our excellent, dedicated 
staff, both majority and minority.
  My friends, I urge a ``yes'' vote.
  Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
  I rise today in support of H.J. Res. 31, a bipartisan plan to fund 
the Department of Homeland Security and the remaining appropriations 
bills for fiscal year 2019.
  Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to travel to the southern 
border to see firsthand the situation we face and hear from experts on 
the ground about the best way to address the crisis there. The 
President is correct; this is a crisis that must be addressed, both for 
the safety and security of the American people and for the well-being 
of those who are coming here.
  We have a responsibility to come together and support what experts on 
the border say they need to address the security and humanitarian 
  While this bill falls short of what I would like to see, it will 
provide our Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement agents the tools necessary to continue combating the threat 
we face.
  In particular, the bill provides $1.375 billion for 55 new miles of 
wall or physical barriers, as well as additional technology to combat 
human and drug trafficking. It is a good downpayment that will allow us 
to build new barriers in the areas that the Border Patrol says it is 
needed most.
  The bill also supports Immigration and Customs Enforcement priorities 
by funding detention beds at a higher level than the amount enacted 
last year. This will allow agents the flexibility to address surges in 
illegal immigration and apprehensions.
  It also does not include any limits on ICE enforcement actions that 
could cause dangerous criminals to be released into our country.

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  The agreement prevents another unnecessary shutdown by including 
funding for the remaining unfunded appropriations bills: Agriculture; 
Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; 
Interior; State and Foreign Operations; and Transportation, Housing and 
Urban Development.
  By voting for these bills today and funding these vital areas of the 
Federal Government, we will secure America and our allies, promote 
economic prosperity, protect human life, promote the health and safety 
of all Americans, and make vital investments in our Nation's 
  Mr. Speaker, it would take hours to go through all the bipartisan 
provisions included in this bill, so let me take a few minutes to 
discuss some of the highlights.
  They increase funding for Federal law enforcement to combat 
terrorism, espionage, drug traffickers, gangs, and violent criminals; 
combat the financing of terrorism and terrorist groups; and strengthen 
the development and enforcement of sanctions against Iran, North Korea, 
Russia, and Cuba by providing increased funding for the Office of 
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
  We keep our commitment to Israel's security by fully funding the new 
memorandum of understanding.
  We encourage economic development and job creation in rural 
communities across the country.
  We boost growth and development of America's small businesses by 
providing the opportunity to obtain capital through various Small 
Business Administration loan programs.
  We provide funding necessary to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 
of 2017. This will ensure that American families are keeping more of 
their hard-earned dollars, our small businesses are empowered to grow 
and expand, and investments are flowing to communities that need it 
  We maintain all pro-life language included in the various bills 
enacted during the 115th Congress under the Republican majority.
  We advance drug treatment and recovery initiatives and improve 
prevention and enforcement by investing in Justice grant programs that 
support things like prescription drug monitoring and at-risk youth 
  We increase and focus funding on medical product safety, including 
funding to fight opioid abuse. We advance drug and biological product 
manufacturing within the United States and approve rare disease 
medications. We modernize generic drug development.
  We provide increased funding for the Department of the Interior and 
U.S. Forest Service to fight devastating wildfires that threaten our 
  And we ensure rural areas have the same access to basic utilities 
that urban areas do by investing in critical infrastructure.
  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague and friend, Chairwoman Lowey, for 
all her hard work in these negotiations. As always, she has been an 
honest broker and a tough negotiator throughout the process. I look 
forward to continuing to work with her in this Congress.
  Mr. Speaker, I also thank our partners on the other side of the 
Capitol, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Shelby and Vice 
Chairman Leahy, for their hard work, and all the members of the 
conference committee, especially the House Republicans, Congressmen 
Fleischmann, Palazzo, and Graves.
  Finally, Mr. Speaker, I thank the hardworking staff of the 
Appropriations Committee for their tireless work, over the last 3 weeks 
in particular.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on this measure, 
and I reserve the balance of my time.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 4 minutes to the gentlewoman from 
California (Ms. Roybal-Allard), the hardworking chairwoman of the 
Homeland Security Subcommittee.
  Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD. Mr. Speaker, let me begin by thanking the ranking 
member of the subcommittee, Chuck Fleischmann, for the courteous way in 
which he represented and fought for the minority's priorities.
  The negotiations on the DH funding bill were among the hardest I have 
experienced to date. Although we did not win every battle, we won many.
  We prevented new funding for immigration enforcement field personnel. 
We secured funding to increase detention facility inspections from once 
every 3 years to twice a year.
  We won funding to increase detention facility compliance with the 
Prison Rape Elimination Act to provide more victim assistance 
specialists and to expand the Alternatives to Detention program, 
including $30.5 million for family case management.
  We held firm on a provision to prevent ICE from using information 
from the Office of Refugee Resettlement to detain and remove sponsors 
of unaccompanied children.
  We improved transparency by requiring ICE to make information public 
about the numbers and categories of people in its custody.
  While I am not happy with the outcome on border fencing, we did limit 
funding for border fencing to only $1.375 billion, no higher than last 
year. We also won protections for several ecologically sensitive areas 
in Texas. And we secured hundreds of millions of dollars for 
humanitarian efforts to ensure migrants who spend time in CBP custody 
are appropriately cared for.
  Our bill also has large investments in equipment to detect drugs and 
other contraband at our ports of entry, where the real threat lies.
  The bill funds 600 new Customs officers to help facilitate commerce 
and reduce wait times at the ports.
  The bill also includes funds for the Coast Guard's first heavy 
icebreaker in 40 years and provides robust support for FEMA 
preparedness and disaster response grants.
  Compared to the current detention bed level, we significantly reduced 
the funding available for ICE detention beds for the rest of this 
fiscal year.
  Unfortunately, we were unable to reach agreement on how to prevent 
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detention beds during continuing resolutions, and we were unable to 
effectively prevent DHS' abuse of its transfer authority to increase 
detention beds. That transfer authority is intended to address 
unforeseen changes in circumstances. It is not to be used as a tool for 
routinely defying congressional intent on spending.

  As chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I will 
demand the Department honor the intent of Congress and fully justify 
any use of its transfer authority. I will hold public hearings to 
ensure the American people know when that authority is being abused 
and, if not corrected, redouble my efforts to ensure that authority is 
taken away.
  While not a perfect bill, the only alternative to this negotiated 
bill is a yearlong CR, which would not only include DHS but all the 
civilian departments and agencies for which the bill before us has 
significant new funding initiatives important to Democrats and 
Republicans alike.
  The fact is, Federal agencies need full-year funding bills if we 
expect them to carry out their missions effectively, especially after 
the trauma of the longest partial government shutdown.
  It is time to put fiscal year 2019 behind us so we can start in 
earnest on fiscal year 2020 and the oversight opportunities it 
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote for the bill.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 4 minutes to the gentleman from 
Kentucky (Mr. Rogers).
  Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this 
legislation, but first, I want to congratulate our committee's 
distinguished chair and ranking member on their masterful work in 
shepherding this compromise to the floor. This is a historic dynamic 
duo that we have in charge of our committee, and they have produced the 
historic product that we have before us tonight.
  Mr. Speaker, we have a crisis at our southern border, period. There 
is no denying that our Nation's security is threatened by the seemingly 
unending flow of drugs that find their way into nearly every American 
community, as well as the violence of the brutal cartels that profit 
from this trade.
  Where does it take place? On that border. So we do have a problem. It 
is an emergency. President Trump is absolutely correct that we can't 
allow this ruthless criminality to continue unchecked.
  This bill takes important steps to secure this country: $1.3 billion 
for further construction at the border for a wall and additional 
resources for DHS to hire more personnel and deploy advanced technology 
in the region.
  In addition to the security crisis, there is also a very real 
humanitarian crisis that we simply can't ignore. Thousands of 
vulnerable women and children are seeking a better, safer life in the 
confines of this country. It is not the American way to turn our backs 
on these people, and that is precisely why we have processes under 
Federal law to facilitate legal entry into our country.
  This bill also takes important steps to enforce our current 
immigration laws. The bill funds an expansion of the Alternatives to 
Detention program. It also increases attorney and courtroom staffing to 
reduce the backlog of currently pending immigration cases.
  While the challenges at our border have rightly grabbed headlines, 
the bill also funds a number of other important Federal agencies 
through the end of the fiscal year. Importantly, it ensures that our 
dedicated public servants can continue to show up to work without fear 
of losing another paycheck.
  In my Kentucky district, for example, hundreds of Federal prison 
employees showed up to a dangerous, difficult, often thankless job for 
over a month, not knowing when the next paycheck would come, if at all. 
I thank them, and I am pleased to support this bill that will continue 
to support the Bureau of Prisons.
  Also for Kentucky, this bill continues our momentum in combating the 
opioid epidemic by fully supporting community prevention efforts and 
drug courts to get people into treatment.
  This bill also provides $115 million for the abandoned mine lands 
pilot program, which helps create economic development in Appalachian 
coal communities.
  Finally, Mr. Speaker, as the ranking member of the State, Foreign 
Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, I am especially pleased 
that this bill includes significant funding to secure our diplomatic 
posts and to support critical allies like Israel, Jordan, Egypt, 
Georgia, Ukraine, and others.
  The bill also continues vigorous oversight of U.S. assistance 
programs, prohibits funding for the Green Climate Fund, and respects 
the sanctity of life around the world.
  Mr. Speaker, this bill is not perfect. It is not everything we 
wanted, but it is a true product of compromise. I urge my colleagues to 
support it.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from 
Texas (Mr. Cuellar), a member of the Appropriations Committee and a 
distinguished conferee.
  Mr. CUELLAR. Mr. Speaker, I certainly thank Chairwoman Lowey for her 
leadership and the staff on both the Republican side and the Democratic 
side for working so hard.
  Mr. Speaker, I thank Speaker Pelosi, Chairwoman Roybal-Allard, 
Ranking Member Kay Granger, and, of course, all the members, the 
conferees, who worked so hard to come up with this bipartisan, 
bicameral spending package. The conferees worked together to make sure 
that we seek an acceptable funding solution for the different sides we 
  Now, what do we have here? It is a matter of vision. There are some 
people who see the border as a crisis, and I respectfully disagree with 
them. There are some of us who live on the border who see the border as 
a place of community, opportunity, where we raise our families, where 
we send our kids to school, and where we have trade and tourism.
  In that place called the border, I will tell you that if you look at 
crime rates, the border crime rate is lower than the national crime 
rate. I am not going to pick any selective cities, but I can tell you 
that I can pick any city, and the crime rate in the cities of some of 
my colleagues are higher than the border crime rate that we have.

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  We came up with a balance between what those two visions were. What 
we did is we found a way to provide technology at ports of entry, found 
a way to balance border security, but, at the same time, provide 
  On the border, we don't believe in open borders. We want to see smart 
border security, and I think that is what this bill does. We were able 
to get together. It is a bill that provides funding not only for border 
security, but, keep in mind, there are six other bills that provide 
money for agriculture, transportation, education, and healthcare.
  For that reason, Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to vote ``yes'' on 
this conference report.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from 
Florida (Mr. Diaz-Balart).
  Mr. DIAZ-BALART. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of this 
  This bill shows that, despite our disagreements, when we work through 
our differences to find common ground, we can break the gridlock.
  I thank, by the way, Chairman Price for his leadership and his 
partnership. We have worked together now for over 4 years, and I have 
gained a special appreciation for his dedication to public service and, 
frankly, for his deep understanding of the programs under our 
jurisdiction. I look forward to continue working with him and continue 
developing our friendship.
  I would like to say a quick word about Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking 
Member Granger and the role that they have played in pulling this 
funding bill together. I have had the privilege, Mr. Speaker, of 
knowing these two leaders for a number of years now. What all of us saw 
them achieve in just the last few days is no surprise to any of us in 
this body who know them well. They only achieved this through hard 
work, tough compromise, and grit, and they deserve our thanks.
  Mr. Speaker, let me turn a minute to the transportation and housing 
investments included in this bill. This bill doubles down our 
infrastructure investments from the 2018 T-HUD bill. Frankly, again, it 
is a second historic downpayment to rebuild our Nation.

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  With this bill, we provide a total of $20 billion in new funding over 
2 years for roads, for bridges, for rails, and for ports. That is a big 
number. As I said before, the T-HUD bill is the infrastructure bill and 
maybe the only one that we will get a chance to vote on.
  This bill will create jobs and improve the quality of life for 
countless Americans.
  I am also particularly proud that this bill makes a new investment in 
port infrastructure with a focus on seaports at high volume locations. 
This port program, coupled with other transportation investments in the 
bill, will create opportunities for American manufacturers and 
  Mr. Speaker, I am also proud of the housing portion of this bill. 
This meets our commitments to help the most vulnerable among us with 
decent, affordable housing.
  This is a good bill, Mr. Speaker, particularly if you care about our 
veterans, our disabled, and our elderly.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield an additional 1 minute to the 
gentleman from Florida.
  Mr. DIAZ-BALART. This bill also includes funding to rebuild urban, 
suburban, and rural communities with block grant funding that goes 
directly to the local decisionmakers and to the local communities.
  Again, this is a good bill, Mr. Speaker. I thank, again, the leaders 
for putting this together.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge a ``yes'' vote on what I believe is a bill that 
will create jobs, rebuild our communities, secure our future, and, yes, 
stop the gridlock.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to yield 2 minutes to the 
gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. Price), the distinguished chairman 
of the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related 
Agencies Subcommittee.
  Mr. PRICE of North Carolina. Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for 
  Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this conference agreement--
bipartisan and bicameral--averting a second reckless Trump shutdown.
  This legislation represents the best possible deal to responsibly 
fund our government and secure our border, while holding true to our 
values as Americans.
  This agreement denies the President billions of dollars for an 
unnecessary wall. It includes a number of provisions to hold the 
administration accountable. And it boosts funding for humanitarian 
support for migrants, alternatives to detention, and family case 
  The bipartisan agreement also includes six additional appropriations 
bills beyond Homeland Security. For example, the Transportation-HUD 
bill, on which Chairman Diaz-Balart and I worked cooperatively for many 
months, is included in this package.
  It increases the Trump budget for infrastructure by $23 billion, and 
it includes investments that were totally eliminated in the Trump 
budget: community development block grants, the HOME program, New 
Starts for transit, and the BUILD program. All these are made whole, 
having been, of course, eliminated in that earlier Trump budget.
  These six bills were all caught up in the Trump shutdown. They are 
now salvaged by this agreement. The deal is not perfect. We know that. 
But it represents the best way to reject the President's outrageous 
border demand, keep our government open, and address our pressing 
national needs.
  Mr. Speaker, let's send this bill to the President's desk. Then let's 
fight to overturn this phony ``national emergency.''
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from 
Idaho (Mr. Simpson), my friend.
  Mr. SIMPSON. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.
  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support this conference report and 
commend Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Granger and their staffs 
for the hard work that goes into this. Not many people understand the 
important and long time that is spent by the staff in trying to put 
these bills together.
  I could sit here until the cows come home, which might be shorter 
than we think if we run out of cows and get rid of those. But anyway, I 
could talk about the provisions in this bill that are important to 
Idaho, whether it is the PILT payment, the sage-grouse listing, or 
other provisions, but this is an important bill.
  What I would like to bring to my colleagues' attention is a very 
important section of this conference agreement, section 7. It is with 
sadness that this section is included. It honors the late Stephen Sepp.
  Sepp, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, spent the last 8 
years as a senior adviser to the House Appropriations Committee. He was 
instrumental in the enactment of division O of the 2018 Consolidated 
Appropriations Act. I know this division well because it was the fire 
borrowing and forest management reforms I advocated and worked on for 
several years.
  Sepp steadfastly worked with Members, the committees, the 
administration, and staff over several years to resolve the problems 
that fire borrowing caused for the Forest Service and the Department of 
the Interior. More than that, he helped solve a problem that threatens 
the lives and property of people in the West and, in fact, all over the 
  His strength, his courage, his sense of humor, and his vast knowledge 
of the Federal budget law and rules made him indispensable, especially 
to his colleagues. Without Sepp, division O would never have passed.
  Along with my fellow colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, the 
chairwoman, and the ranking member--and I know our former colleague had 
a hand in this, Rodney Frelinghuysen--we would all like to express our 
gratitude to his wife, Diem, and children, Ashley and Matthew, for 
allowing him the many, many hours he spent with us making Congress and 
the Nation better.
  Our thoughts are with him today as we pass this.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this bill. Let's put the 
2019 appropriations behind us so that we can move on to 2020.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to yield 2 minutes to the 
distinguished gentlewoman from California (Ms. Lee), a senior member of 
the committee and a conferee who worked so hard to put this bill 
  Ms. LEE of California. Mr. Speaker, first of all, let me thank 
Chairwoman Lowey for yielding. Also, I must thank her for her tireless 
work, day and night, on behalf of the American people.
  Also, let me thank our Homeland Security chairwoman, Lucille Roybal-
Allard, for her brilliance and her hard work. She pushed hard for a 
bill that reflects our American values, and I appreciate her 
  The phenomenal work of Chairwoman Lowey, Chairwoman Roybal-Allard, 
all the members of the conference committee, and all the Appropriations 
chairs and ranking members has just been amazing. I really do salute 
them for that. This has been a very, very difficult negotiation, but 
they all did it.
  This legislation, of course, Mr. Speaker, is not perfect. It is not 
the bill that I would have written or chosen. And, yes, I have serious 
concerns with several of the provisions, which I will discuss.
  But let me tell you, this bill will keep the government open. It will 
prevent another shutdown, which caused so much misery for Federal 
workers and their families. And it provides funding for humanitarian 
assistance, which is desperately needed at the border.
  Once more, the package of bills includes funding increases for six 
other spending bills, including housing for people living with AIDS, 
transportation grants for low-income communities, increased funding for 
homelessness, and Section 8 vouchers.
  As a member of the Department of Homeland Security Conference 
Committee, I was proud to fight for many of our priorities in this 
bill, which really reflect our American values.
  Being born and raised in the beautiful border town, as I have said 
before, of El Paso, Texas, I understand what it means to live in a 
border community and why these issues are so important. They speak to 
our sense of morality and who we are as a country and, yes, as well as 
our security.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.

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  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield an additional 30 seconds to the 
gentlewoman from California.
  Ms. LEE of California. With this bill, Democrats held the line, Mr. 
Speaker, in denying the President $5.7 billion in funding for an 
unnecessary concrete wall. Instead, it includes $1.3 billion in border 
fencing only. And it includes strong language to protect sensitive 
  Last year, I traveled to Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, where I saw 
the horrors of the Trump administration's family detention jails. I saw 
children sleeping on concrete floors. It was cruel and inhumane.
  Not only did we secure $415 million in this bill for humanitarian 
relief, including for enhanced medical support, transportation, and 
food at our border, but we got many, many programs and funding for 
alternatives to detention.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has again 
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield an additional 10 seconds to the 
gentlewoman from California.
  Ms. LEE of California. Finally, Mr. Speaker, let me just say it is 
the first step. It is far from perfect, but it does lay the groundwork 
that really addresses many of the issues that myself and my colleagues 
on the conference committee have fought so hard for.
  Mr. Speaker, I support this bill, and I ask for an ``aye'' vote.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 5 minutes to the gentleman from 
Tennessee (Mr. Fleischmann).
  Mr. FLEISCHMANN. Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight in support of this joint 
  Earlier today, our colleagues in the United States Senate 
overwhelmingly passed this bill. I believe it was 83-16.
  At this point in time, I would like to begin by thanking my 
colleagues in the House: Mrs. Lowey, the chairman of the committee; Ms. 
Roybal-Allard, the distinguished subcommittee chairman; and Ms. 
Granger, the ranking member. And I have been privileged to serve, Mr. 
Speaker, as the ranking member, the highest Republican, on the House 
Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.
  Where were we? From time to time, in our great Republic, we hit a 
blip; we have a problem; we run into a difficulty. We did that in this 
shutdown. This was a very odd situation. We had actually passed five 
appropriations bills, and seven were left remaining.
  Mr. Speaker, that put us in a very awkward situation where there was 
a partial government shutdown. I heard the rhetoric on both sides of 
the aisle, and I know it was sincere, but it hurt. It hurt our country, 
and it hurt workers. But we reopened the government.
  In the interim, Members of the House from both parties and Members of 
the Senate from both parties came together and convened. There was a 
wide, wide difference of opinion on that first day. I heard it. I was 
in that room. Everyone was acting in good faith, strong-held 
  A lot of naysayers and skeptics and cynics said we weren't going to 
get there, but we owed it to the American people to get there. And, Mr. 
Speaker, we got there.
  We didn't get there with a bill that I would have drawn. My bill, 
candidly, would look more like the bill that President Trump would have 
wanted: more money for border security and more money for ICE. But we 
came up with an agreement that the vast majority of Americans could 
support and the vast majority of Members in both Houses could support.

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  And that is what I think the American people need to look to: Where 
did we agree?
  We agreed in this great bill for increased funding for our beloved 
ally in the Middle East, Israel.
  Just in this Chamber the other day, Members of both parties condemned 
anti-Semitism, as we must. We backed that commitment up with our full 
support and unprecedented funding for our ally, Israel. We can all be 
proud of that.
  We, Mr. Speaker, came together with a compromise bill that will have 
some new border wall--not as much as I would have wanted. We will have 
more ICE beds--not as many as I would have wanted.
  But, Mr. Speaker, I have been in this Chamber for 8 years. I saw us 
come together and work together. My colleagues on both sides of the 
aisle, sometimes our differences are bipartisan, sometimes our 
differences are bicameral. Today, we are going to come together as 
Americans and pass this bill.
  It is not a great bill, but it is a good bill. It represents 
compromise, and it will, I believe, restore the faith of the American 
people, not only in our institutions, but in our great Republic.
  We can be proud that we came together when they said ``can't'' and we 
said ``can.''
  So I will vow to continue, as we work forward, to work with Ms. 
Roybal-Allard, a very fine lady. We view the world sometimes 
differently; sometimes we view it in a very similar light. But as we go 
into 2020 and we fall under the draconian Budget Control Act, the 
dreaded sequester, we will have to address that. We will have a debt 
ceiling vote.
  The American people need to know our work will not be easier; it will 
be harder. But let our resolve be to do the work of the American 
people, as we have done today and we will do in the future.
  May God bless the United States of America.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the distinguished 
gentleman from California (Mr. Aguilar), a member of the Appropriations 
Committee and a very important conferee.
  Mr. AGUILAR. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the chairwoman for 
her leadership throughout this process.
  It has been 3 weeks, colleagues, since the end of the longest 
shutdown in American history--35 days--where we saw friends and 
neighbors who hurt, where this body didn't do enough to push back 
against a shutdown that hurt our communities and hurt individuals 
throughout this country.
  This is a compromise bill, and we are here today to reflect that good 
will and that good faith effort of Democrats and Republicans 
negotiating together to find compromise.
  But let's talk a little bit about what this bill would do.
  This bill protects our national security. This bill works to improve 
the only true crisis that we have at our southern border, which is the 
humanitarian crisis. This bill invests in technology and in ports of 
entry. This bill ensures that we have the resources to protect this 
  This bill also unlocks the other appropriations bills that will fund 
the Environmental Protection Agency, make investments in the Census, 
and make investments in transportation.
  What this bill will not do is this bill will not fund the President's 
wall from sea to shining sea, a wall that he said Mexico would pay for.
  So we tried another path. We tried a bipartisan path of working 
together to iron out our differences and to come to an agreement, to 
keep government open, to protect our national security. That was the 
focus of the conferees, and that is what we sought to accomplish.
  But we also did two important things in this document. We ensured 
that the congressional intent was there when it comes to topics that we 
don't always agree on; and we will ensure, this body will ensure, that 
we will hold the administration accountable, that we will provide 
oversight that hasn't been provided, and that we will ensure that 
national security is protected.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield an additional 30 seconds to the 
gentleman from California.
  Mr. AGUILAR. Mr. Speaker, I thank Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member 
Granger for their leadership throughout this process, for Chairwoman 
Roybal-Allard and for Ranking Member Fleischmann. And I would like to 
thank all of our staff members on both sides of the aisle who worked 
day and night to make sure that this document was in front of us in a 
timely manner and that ensured that we didn't have another shutdown.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this joint resolution.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from 
Pennsylvania (Mr. Perry).
  Mr. PERRY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman from Texas for the 

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  Mr. Speaker, this is bad policy following bad process--an 1100-plus-
page bill dropped at midnight last night, and we are acting like we 
can't walk and chew gum at the same time. We are acting like we can't 
keep our Federal Government open and fix our border situation.
  Let's talk about what is happening because that is the problem. At 
least, if nothing else, we should do no harm. Let's not make the 
situation worse.
  Mr. Speaker, this bill provides amnesty for anyone in a household of 
an unaccompanied minor, and it protects the people who have smuggled 
those children into the United States and encourages them to do that 
even more.
  And even more than that, once they are here, we cut $700 million out 
of ICE, and we reduced their bed space. So there are less people 
looking for those people who are here illegally.
  Then when we find the criminals, when they have committed some crime 
and we find them, we can't even keep them. We have to release them back 
into our communities. Mr. Speaker, city councils are now deciding where 
we secure our border.

  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the time and urge a ``no'' vote.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from New 
York (Mr. Serrano), the chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science 
  Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Speaker, this bill--Commerce, Justice, Science--
comes in at $71.5 billion, which is $1.6 billion above 2018.
  One of the highlights of the bill is that it restores many programs 
that had been zeroed out by the administration, including the Legal 
Services Corporation, which comes in at over $368 million.
  NOAA gets extra money for climate research, and we put in $368 
million for opioid epidemic issues. The President wanted $336 million; 
we came in at $368 million.
  To me, the greatest accomplishment in this particular part of the 
bill is $1 billion for the Census, to continue to work on the Census. 
This is a major victory, and we thank the other side for agreeing that 
this is something that has to be done and something that is important 
for all of us.
  So I am asking not only for you to applaud the CJS part of the bill 
but also to vote for the whole bill.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 4 minutes to the gentleman from 
Ohio (Mr. Joyce).
  Mr. JOYCE of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this 
bipartisan conference agreement, and I thank my ranking member for 
yielding time to highlight several items in the Interior, Environment, 
and Related Agencies division of this agreement.
  I also want to thank my colleague,    Ken Calvert, the former 
chairman of the subcommittee, for his leadership on this bill last 
  The highlights I am about to summarize are really a result of efforts 
to negotiate a reasonable compromise with the Senate and our mutual 
friend and current chair of the subcommittee, Betty McCollum.
  Division E of the conference agreement provides $35.6 billion for the 
Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest 
Service, the Indian Health Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and 
more than a dozen related agencies.
  This conference agreement enhances our Nation's economic prosperity 
in many ways:
  By cutting an additional $15 million from the EPA regulatory 
  By fully funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, which is 
critical to the counties with Federal lands; and
  By increasing America's investment in its own abundant energy 
  Additionally, this conference agreement promotes health and safety by 
providing targeted increases to accelerate the cleanup of America's 
most polluted lands, waters, and airsheds;
  By providing an additional $300 million for healthcare, law 
enforcement, and related programs to honor our country's sacred trust 
and treaty obligations to American Indians and Alaska Natives; and
  By providing $3.9 billion for the Department of the Interior and the 
U.S. Forest Service to fight devastating wildfires that threaten our 
communities, and to reduce the severity of future wildfires.
  Finally, this conference agreement continues to make critical 
investments in our Nation's infrastructure, including:
  $47 million to reduce the maintenance backlogs at our Nation's 
national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands;
  $2.9 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving 
Loan Funds; and
  $68 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act 
program, which will be leveraged with private investments to finance 
more than $7 billion in water infrastructure projects, nationwide.
  Personally, I have a vested interest in the resources provided in 
this bipartisan package. Having grown up in northeast Ohio, I cherish 
my memories of fishing and swimming in Lake Erie with my family and 
friends. My wife, Kelly, and I have been proud to share the importance 
of protecting this precious resource with our children.
  The Great Lakes are one of the greatest natural resources and 
economic powerhouses in the United States. They constitute the largest 
group of freshwater lakes on Earth and hold 95 percent of the United 
States' surface freshwater. The lakes also support over 1.5 million 
jobs and provide $62 billion in wages, annually.
  Protecting the Great Lakes is not a red issue or a blue issue. Many 
Members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle understand 
the important role the lakes play in our lives and understand the 
importance of protecting them.
  My colleague Betty McCollum has been a great partner to work with in 
my fight to protect the Great Lakes, and I am happy to report that the 
conference agreement provides full funding for the Great Lakes 
Restoration Initiative, which helps us address invasive species like 
Asian carp, reduce phosphorus runoff that causes harmful algal blooms, 
and protect and preserve the Great Lakes for future generations.
  In closing, I want to sincerely thank the staff on both sides of the 
aisle for their hard work, their professionalism, and their ability to 
work together under extremely difficult circumstances in order to get 
an annual appropriation bill over the finish line once again.
  I also want to thank the many thousands of Federal employees who 
carry out the programs funded in this conference agreement. Your 
dedication to serving your fellow Americans in spite of the sacrifices 
asked of you by your government--especially this year--is the glue that 
helps us bind together as one nation.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this conference 
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to yield 1 minute to the 
gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Bishop), the distinguished chairman of the 
Agriculture Subcommittee.

  Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, when I spoke on the floor about 
finishing the FY19 bills, we were in the midst of what turned out to be 
the longest government shutdown in our history. Thankfully, that is 
behind us. But to ensure it stays behind us, we need to pass this 
conference report.
  The bipartisan leadership and staff and the conferees have done an 
admirable job. This bill is good but not perfect. It makes significant 
investments in rural development; it includes language setting aside 
funding for persistent poverty counties; it has a modest increase for 
the Farm Production and Conservation mission area; and domestic 
nutrition programs are all well-funded.
  On the international side, the bill provides good funding for Food 
for Peace and the McGovern-Dole Program.
  Finally, FDA gets $3 billion, including significant investments to 
fight the opioid epidemic.
  But I must say, candidly, that I have some regrets. My strongest 
regret, however, is that we are not considering the disaster 
supplemental today.
  The House and Senate passed separate bills a month ago that would 
have provided desperately needed relief to our farmers, ranchers, and 
communities coast to coast, in Hawaii and the territories that were 
devastated by tragic disasters, but those bills must still be 
reconciled. The country must get this disaster bill passed, and get it 
passed soon.

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Beyer). The time of the gentleman has 
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield an additional 30 seconds to the 
gentleman from Georgia.
  Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, the conferees have done well; 
nevertheless, I urge my colleagues to support this bill. It is a good 
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from 
Florida (Mr. Rutherford).
  Mr. RUTHERFORD. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.
  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the compromise appropriations 
package that includes major wins for our national security and our 
economic success. In fact, this move tonight will authorize seven 
different appropriation bills that fund critical agencies and programs 
within our government.
  Now, this is not the bill that I would have written, and this is 
probably not the bill that any of my colleagues on the other side of 
the aisle would have written, but we have all finally found a 
compromise that Congress can pass and the President has indicated he 
will sign into law.

                              {time}  2030

  This is not a loss for the President, but a win for the Department of 
Homeland Security, and a significant step in the right direction for 
border security.
  Democrats called for no wall funding. Today we will approve $1.4 
billion for new barriers. Democrats called for pro-abortion policies, 
but today, we will approve and maintain multiple pro-life protections.
  Democrats called for less ICE detention beds. Today we will be 
approving funding for an estimated 45,000 beds and an additional $750 
million for 13,000 beds, if needed.
  We increased ICE funding by $500 million; increased CBP by almost $1 
billion; and fund the first Coast Guard icebreaker in over 40 years.
  This bill strengthens our national security and brings us one step 
closer to bringing our southern border under operational control.
  This bill also includes many priorities that are of significant 
importance to northeast Florida. There is $4 billion in additional 
funding to help FEMA respond to national disasters like Hurricane 
Michael and Hurricane Florence.
  There is $468 million to help local communities combat opioid 
trafficking, which has ravaged parts of northeast Florida.
  On the first anniversary of 17 lives murdered in Parkland, Florida, I 
am proud to vote in support of $100 million in grants authorized under 
my STOP School Violence Act which was signed into law last year. Since 
the passage of this bill, the STOP School Violence Act has yielded over 
$175 million in grants to help protect schools across the United 
  I understand this is not a perfect bill before us today, but we 
cannot afford another shutdown that puts almost 1 million people out of 
work. We cannot afford another CR that kicks the can down the road, 
causing uncertainty and increasing the cost of government.
  Let's end this stalemate, build the wall, and secure our southern 
border. I congratulate the committee, and I urge my colleagues to 
support this compromise package and send it to the President.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the distinguished 
gentlewoman from Minnesota (Ms. McCollum), the chairwoman of the 
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
  Ms. McCOLLUM. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this 
conference committee report. The Interior and Environment section 
provides $35.6 billion, which is $300 million more than fiscal year 
2018 enacted.
  We made critical investments in this legislation in Indian Country, 
environmental protection, public land management, and the arts. The 
Environmental Protection Agency is funded at $8.8 billion. This funding 
will enhance the EPA's ability to protect human health and the health 
of our environment.
  We continue to invest in land and water conservation funds, civil 
rights initiative programs, and historic preservation. We worked in a 
bipartisan way to increase funding for the National Endowment for the 
Arts and the Humanities.
  Finally, it is critically important that this Interior bill upholds 
the Federal Government's trust responsibilities to our Native American 
brothers and sisters.
  Funding for Indian Country is over $1 billion more than the 
President's budget, and we did it in our committee's nonpartisan way. 
Programs in the Interior bill impact all of us, from preserving our 
natural and cultural resources, to protecting our health and safety.
  Mr. Speaker, I support this bill, and I encourage my colleagues to 
vote for it as well.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the distinguished 
gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Wasserman Schultz), chairwoman of the 
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
  Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for 
  Mr. Speaker, I rise to support this bipartisan agreement which, while 
not perfect, keeps our government open and funds many essential, 
crucial needs. It also passes sound policy, like one preventing our 
government from using asylum-seeking children to be used as bait to 
arrest immigrants seeking to sponsor them.
  I urge all Members to vote for this important compromise.
  However, I cannot stay silent on the President's threat to declare a 
national emergency to pay for his boondoggle of a border wall. This 
lawless end-run around Congress is a craven act built on lies and 
  The President would steal funds we use to support our brave young 
soldiers just to pay for an ancient monument to waste. Rather than own 
up to his lie that Mexico would pay for it, Trump would degrade our 
national security to try to steal his way to his totem to vanity and 
  Will Trump ever look our soldiers and veterans in the eye and tell 
them that it is they who will pay for the wall of waste? Of course not.
  If this President wants to compromise our military with this tin-pot 
authoritarian tactic, he is going to have to come through this Congress 
to do it.
  I urge my colleagues to vote for this agreement and reject Trump's 
big national emergency lie.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Members are reminded to refrain from 
engaging in personalities toward the President.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, I support this conference agreement before 
us today, and I urge a ``yes'' vote.
  I yield back the balance of my time.

                             General Leave

  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members 
have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on the 
conference report to accompany H.J. Res. 31.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the 
gentlewoman from New York?
  There was no objection.
  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself the remainder of my time to 
  Mr. Speaker, I would like to once again thank my fellow conferees. In 
a divided government, none of us will get everything we want, but I am 
proud that 16 of us, all appropriators, could work through a series of 
difficult decisions and sign a bipartisan agreement.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my friends on both sides of the aisle to vote 
``yes,'' and I yield back the balance of my time.
  Ms. TLAIB. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the Conference 
Report to Accompany H.J. Res. 31.
  Our country used to celebrate being a nation of immigrants, one that 
protected the most vulnerable and those fleeing from violence and 
persecution. We are, after all, home to the American Dream. 
Increasingly, though, this country's policies have become a nightmare 
for immigrant families, adults, and children.
  People, including children, have died under our custody, and 
immigrants and refugees are being targeted, detained and deported with 
little oversight or accountability, and with no regard for keeping 
families together. DHS, specifically it's enforcement methods and 
immigration policy is out of alignment with our American values, and 
instead of increasing its funding to separate families and cage 
children, we must step back and conduct an audit of DHS funding and 
policies, with an eye towards decreasing its budget and ending the 
militarization of our immigration system. More importantly, we need an 
audit of our morality as

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a country. Our true test is how we treat the most vulnerable amongst 
us, including our neighbors seeking a better life.
  Since the creation of DHS in 2003, both CBP and ICE's budgets have 
more than doubled, to a total of nearly $24 billion today. Moreover, 
transfer and reprogramming authority allow ICE and CBP to siphon money 
from other departments to support their activities, leaving their true 
budgets largely unaccountable and often illusory. ICE, for instance, 
has redirected appropriations to grow its detention camps and 
enforcement operations, spending beyond what Congress appropriated. 
This deal does nothing to restrict this transfer authority and will see 
an increase in immigration detention of more than 11 percent, or 5,000 
additional detentions every day, and representing a 25 percent increase 
total over Obama Administration levels.
  It is unconscionable that our federal budget would be spent on 
private detention centers, like those run by Core Civic and GEO Groups, 
who hold hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts from DHS for 
private detention camps. These for-profit camps are violating human 
rights by not providing hot water, serving spoiled food and denying 
medical care. Not coincidentally, each of Core Civic and GEO Group gave 
$250,000 to President Trump's inaugural committee. Our budget is not a 
tool for rewarding campaign supporters, and it cannot be used to 
perpetuate human rights abuses or make a profit on the backs of 
children and our immigrant neighbors.
  The Conference Report also provides $1.375 billion for wall 
construction, a complete waste of resources that makes us no safer but 
perpetuates environmental degradation and dehumanizes border 
communities. It expands CBP's short term custody without any 
safeguards, increases funding for Homeland Security Investigation ICE 
agents who conduct militarized raids and abuse rights and their 
authority, and funds border security technology despite a long history 
of DHS abuses.
  Once we voted to reopen the government, albeit short-term, a few of 
my colleagues and I released a letter declaring that we would not vote 
for an increase in funding for the harmful, hateful, and inhumane 
actions of some agencies within DHS. We asked that the conference 
committee work to cut DHS funding, get rid of transfer authority for 
funds so the Trump Administration can no longer use the DHS as a slush 
fund, and implement stronger accountability measures beyond just 
reporting. It is unfortunate that this DHS funding bill includes none 
of this. Instead, it includes money for a wall, an increase in DHS 
funding, and lacks necessary accountability measures. We should be 
fighting for a just border and a comprehensive immigration system. We 
must demand change. We owe it to the American people and those coming 
to this country for a better life. A presidency built on 
misinformation, fearmongering, and division should not be rewarded for 
its threats of shutdowns and instituting national emergencies.
  My Democratic colleagues in the conference have negotiated in good 
faith with the President and Republican leadership, and even despite 
this, Republicans have confirmed that once again President Trump will 
ignore the principles that the Constitution has set forth and declare a 
National Emergency. Both sides should be alarmed at this continuous 
degradation of the rule of law, separation of powers, and disregard for 
our Constitution.
  I cannot in good conscious vote for this DHS funding bill. On behalf 
of my immigrant neighbors, I must reject hateful policies and rhetoric 
by the Trump Administration. I am committed to working toward a just 
border, a welcoming country, and a comprehensive immigration system 
that respects the humanity and dignity of people while inspiring people 
to live up to the best of our country's ideals.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. All time for debate has expired.
  Pursuant to House Resolution 131, the previous question is ordered.
  The question is on adoption of the conference report.
  The question was taken; and the Speaker pro tempore announced that 
the ayes appeared to have it.
  Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.
  The yeas and nays were ordered.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XX, this 15-
minute vote on adoption of the conference report will be followed by a 
5-minute vote on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal, if 
  The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--yeas 300, 
nays 128, not voting 4, as follows:

                             [Roll No. 87]


     Bishop (GA)
     Bishop (UT)
     Blunt Rochester
     Boyle, Brendan F.
     Brooks (IN)
     Brown (MD)
     Brownley (CA)
     Carson (IN)
     Carter (TX)
     Casten (IL)
     Castor (FL)
     Chu, Judy
     Clark (MA)
     Collins (NY)
     Cox (CA)
     Davids (KS)
     Davis (CA)
     Davis, Danny K.
     Davis, Rodney
     Doyle, Michael F.
     Foxx (NC)
     Gonzalez (OH)
     Green (TX)
     Harder (CA)
     Herrera Beutler
     Higgins (NY)
     Hill (AR)
     Hill (CA)
     Horn, Kendra S.
     Hurd (TX)
     Jackson Lee
     Johnson (GA)
     Johnson (OH)
     Johnson (SD)
     Johnson (TX)
     Joyce (OH)
     Kelly (IL)
     King (NY)
     Kuster (NH)
     Kustoff (TN)
     Larsen (WA)
     Larson (CT)
     Lawson (FL)
     Lee (CA)
     Lee (NV)
     Levin (CA)
     Levin (MI)
     Lieu, Ted
     Maloney, Carolyn B.
     Maloney, Sean
     Price (NC)
     Rice (NY)
     Rodgers (WA)
     Roe, David P.
     Rogers (KY)
     Rose (NY)
     Scott (VA)
     Scott, David
     Sewell (AL)
     Smith (NJ)
     Smith (WA)
     Swalwell (CA)
     Thompson (CA)
     Thompson (MS)
     Thompson (PA)
     Torres (CA)
     Torres Small (NM)
     Van Drew
     Wasserman Schultz
     Watson Coleman
     Wilson (FL)


     Brooks (AL)
     Carter (GA)
     Castro (TX)
     Clarke (NY)
     Collins (GA)
     Davidson (OH)
     Garcia (IL)
     Garcia (TX)
     Gonzalez (TX)
     Graves (GA)
     Graves (LA)
     Graves (MO)
     Green (TN)
     Hern, Kevin
     Hice (GA)
     Higgins (LA)
     Johnson (LA)
     Joyce (PA)
     Kelly (MS)
     Kelly (PA)
     King (IA)
     Mooney (WV)
     Rice (SC)
     Rogers (AL)
     Rooney (FL)
     Rose, John W.
     Scott, Austin
     Smith (MO)
     Smith (NE)
     Weber (TX)
     Webster (FL)
     Wilson (SC)

                             NOT VOTING--4


                              {time}  2059

  Mrs. HARTZLER changed her vote from ``yea'' to ``nay.''

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  Mr. CLEAVER changed his vote from ``nay'' to ``yea.''
  So the conference report was agreed to.
  The result of the vote was announced as above recorded.
  A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

                          personal explanation

  Mr. ALLRED. Mr. Speaker, as I am back home in Dallas, Texas, on 
paternity leave with my family, I submit the following vote 
explanation. Had I been present, I would have voted ``yea'' on rollcall 
No. 85, ``yea'' on rollcall No. 86, and ``yea'' on rollcall No. 87.