House Session 2011-11-04 (12:28:19-13:49:43)
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House Session 2011-11-04 (12:28:19-13:49:43)


PERSON TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY AND HELP PUT HIM OR HER ON A PATH TOWARD ACCOMPLISHING MUCH FOR
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THE NATION. THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND
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OF MY TIME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE THE GENTLEMAN
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RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE MR. THOMPSON — WHAT MR. THOMPSON IS ATTEMPTING TO DO HERE. I DON’T THINK THIS IS WORKABLE. I REMEMBER CONGRESS WOULD EVERY FOUR YEARS GET TO NOMINATE SOMEONE TO THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY. I SENT A NUMBER OF QUALIFIED
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EVERY YEAR. YOUNG PEOPLE IN THAT DIRECTION AND THE COAST GUARD STRONGLY OPPOSES THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD MR. COURTNEY SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO SALUTE THE AMAZING EFFORT BY REPRESENTATIVE CUMMINGS AND REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS TO REALLY I THINK PROFOUNDLY CHANGE BEHAVIOR AT THE ACADEMIES ADMISSIONS OFFICE IN WIDEN THE SCOPE FOR THEIR
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AMERICA. SEARCH OF STUDENTS ALL ACROSS IN THE INCOMING CLASS THIS YEAR WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO HAIL FROM 48 STATES, WE HAVE 31% FEMALE CADETS STARTING THIS YEAR AND 21% MINORITY. AND AS BOTH OF THE GENTLEMEN WHO ARE PROPONENTS OF THIS AMENDMENT KNOWS, THAT IS A STARK CONTRAST TO WHAT EXISTED A SHORT TIME AGO. I THINK, AGAIN, IT IS PARTLY DUE TO THEIR EXTERNAL PRESSURE BUT ALSO THE FACT THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY’S LEADERSHIP TOOK THE CHALLENGE AND HAS REALLY BEEN I THINK ACTIVELY RECRUITING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ACHIEVE WHAT AGAIN I THINK IS A GOAL THAT MR. THOMPSON HAS WELL-SPOKEN THAT WE CAN DRAW FROM A WIDEN POOL RATHER THAN JUST A BICOASTAL PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHAT I WOULD JUST SAY IS WHY I STAND TODAY IN OPPOSITION IS
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ALSO A SMALL CLASS. JUST THAT THE INCOMING CLASS IS IT’S 288 CADETS. IF YOU SORT OF JUST TRY AND DO THE MATH IN TERMS OF A BODY OF 435 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, 100 IN THE SENATE AND EVEN WITH THE 25% SAFEGUARD THAT WILL THOMPSON ADDED TO THIS AMENDMENT, I THINK IT WOULD BE A CUMBERSOME ADD-ON. ADMIRAL STOTES IS THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT AT THE ACADEMY, FIRST FEMALE SUPERINTENDENT AT THE ACADEMY IN HISTORY. I CAN ATTEST WITH THE FACT HAVING MET WITH HER ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS HAVING STARTED THIS PAST FALL, SHE IS FOCUSED LIKE A LASER BEAM IN MAKING SURE THAT THE GREAT WORK THAT WAS STARTED OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS OR SO IS GOING TO
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CONTINUE AND MEMBERS CAN BE PART OF THAT. WE CAN ALL, AGAIN, GO OUT AND TALK TO HIGH SCHOOLS, PUT IT ON OUR WEBSITES, HAVE COAST GUARD CADETS ACT AS INTERNS IN OUR OFFICE, DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS AMAZING INSTITUTION THAT, AGAIN, IS JUST PRODUCING GREAT LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY WILL DRAW, AGAIN, THE GREAT DIVERSITY OF OUR NATION, BOTH AGREE GRAPHICALLY — GEOGRAPHICALLY AND SOCIALLY. IT’S JUST THE MECHANICS THAT I
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OPPOSITION. WOULD RESPECTFULLY RISE IN AS SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS THE NEW LONDON DISTRICT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE PROPONENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE GOOD PROGRESS THAT’S BEEN MADE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS OR SO WILL CONTINUE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR.
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CUMMINGS, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, MR. TOMPSON, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND KIND WORDS. I’M AMAIDS WHAT THE COAST GUARD IS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE LIMITS OF ITS BUDGET BUT I REMAIN THEIR BIGGEST SUPPORTER. I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THEIR MOST CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIC. AMONG THE MANY AREAS WHERE I PUSHED THE COAST GUARD WAS IN DIVERSITY. DATA SHOWED THAT MINORITIES COMPRISED 12% — 20% OF THE — 12% OF THE CLASS OF 2012 AND 6% OF THE CLASS OF 2013. THE TREMENDOUS GAINS IN DIVERSITY ACHIEVED BY THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY SUGGESTED THAT THE COAST GUARD
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ACADEMY’S OUTREACH HAD BEEN TOO LIMBED. AS A RESULT MANY STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF COMMUNITIES AND BACKGROUNDS, WERE NOT MADE AWARE EITHER OF THE EDUCATION THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE FOR FREE AT THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY OR THE UNIQUE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THE COAST GUARD. I’M VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT THE COAST GUARD HAS BEGUN MAKING THAT EFFORT AND THEY ARE NOW BEGINNING TO REALIZE THE PROMISE THAT OUR NATION’S DIVERSITY REPRESENTS. AS A RESULT OF WHAT I KNOW HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS EFFORT, 34% OF THE COAST GUARD’S ACADEMY’S CLASS OF 2015 IS COMPRISED OF 20 STUDENTS. I BELIEVE IMPLEMENTING A NOMINATIONS PROCESS AT THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY, SOMETHING I POPOZZ — PROPOSED ALONG WITH MR. THOMPSON — THOMPSON, DURING OUR PREVIOUS CONSIDERATIONS, WOULD HEEP ACHIEVE THIS.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. I YIELD BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON AMENDMENT NUMBER SIX WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE. CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE OFFERED BY MR. PALAZZO OF MISSISSIPPI. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. PALAZZO, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE SECTION 303 OF THE BILL WHICH PLACES HARMFUL RESTRICTIONS ON THE UNITED
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SECURITY CUTTER. STATES COAST GUARD NATIONAL IT’S A MUCH-NEEDED AND EXTREMELY COST EFFECTIVE SHIP FOR THE COAST GUARD AND HAS ACTIVELY PROVEN ITS VALUE THROUGH COUNTERDRUG AND OTHER MISSIONS WHILE REPLACING AN AGING COAST GUARD FLEET. THIS IS A SHIP THE COAST GUARD DESPERATELY NEEDS AND REPLACES THE 370-FOOT ENDURANCE CUTTERS,
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MOST OF WHICH ARE 40 TO 50 YEARS OLD. JUST RECENTLY, THE COMMANDANT OF THE COAST GUARD TOLD THE PRESS, WE CAN’T GET THE REST OF THESE OUT SOON ENOUGH. ON AVERAGE, THE COAST GUARD’S LEGACY HIGH ENDURANCE CUTTERS ARE ABLE TO ACHIEVE APPROXIMATELY 140 OF THEIR PROGRAMMED 185 DAYS UNDER WAY A YEAR. MAINTENANCE COSTS CONTINUE TO ESCALATE AND FURTHER DELAY THE TRANSITION TO NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTERS WHILE ONLY — WILL ONLY EXASPERATE CHALLENGES WE ALREADY FACE IN MEETING FLEET
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READINESS REQUIREMENTS THIS SHIP REPRESENTS THE CENTER
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FLEET. PRIEST OF THE COAST GUARD THEY ENABLE THE COAST GUARD TO
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MEET A WIDE RANGE OF MISSIONS NOW. THE NATIONAL SECURITY HAVE NETTED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DRUG BUSTS. IN FACT THE STREET VALUE OF COCAINE SEIZED IN THE FIRST TWO DEPLOYMENTS ALONE EXCEEDS THE TOTAL COST OF BUILDING A NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER. IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT THIS SHIP IS AN EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS, H.R. 2838 WOULD PROHIBIT THE COAST GUARD FROM MOVING FORWARD ON N.S.C. 6 AND N.S.C. 7. THE $70 MILLION PENDING WOULD ALLOW TO CONTRACT FOR LONG LEAD TIME MATERIALS AND TRANSITION TO A PLANNED CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT IN 2013. THIS IS THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE METHOD OF PROCURING AND BUILDING ANY SHIP, WHETHER FOR
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MARINE CORPS. THE COAST GUARD, NAVY, OR AS YOU DELAY SHIPBUILDING CONTRACTS, LABOR COSTS AND MATERIAL COSTS GO UP AS A RESULT OF STANDARD INFLATION. AS THESE COSTS GO UP, THE COST TO TAXPAYERS GOES UP. SIMPLY PUT, BY CONTINUING TO STEADY PRODUCTION OF THIS SHIP, WE ARE SAFING THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AND CREATING A BETTER PRODUCT FOR THE COAST GUARD. THIS SHIP IS, DREAMLY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION’S INDUSTRIAL BASE WHICH FACES SERIOUS CHALLENGES IN A TIME OF TIGHT BUDGETS. NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 1,300 JOBS IN OVER 40 STATES THROUGHOUT THE INDUSTRIAL BASE. IN A TIME OF DEEP CUTS, THIS MEANS REAL AMERICAN JOBS. WE CAN’T AFFORD FOR AMERICA TO LOSE MORE IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY. THE CONTINUED UN– THE CONTINUED UNINTERRUPTED PRODUCTION COULD SAVE TAXPAYERS MILLIONS PER SHIP AND APPROXIMATELY 1,300 JOBS ACROSS AMERICA. ONE OF MY GREATEST CONCERNS REMAIN THE — REMAINS THE PURCHASE OF LONG LEAD TIME MATERIALS TO ENSURE WE DON’T
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DELAY DEVELOPMENT IN THE FUTURE. I SPOKE WITH MR. LOBIONDO TODAY AND I BELIEVE WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE BEFORE
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OR DURING THE CONFERENCE PROCESS. WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE COAST GUARD AND MY FREPPEDS ON THE COMMITTEE, I FEEL CONFIDENT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DELIVER THE BEST PRODUCT TO THE COAST GUARD AT THE PEST PRICE TO THE TAXPAYER. I AM WILLING TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. LOBIONDO. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND ASSURE HIM WE HAVE DISCUSSED AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARD A COMMON GOAL WE BOTH SHARE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER SIX PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE SQUOM FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION — RECOGNITION? I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER SIX PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-256, OFFERED BY MS. NS OF CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. OUR BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT GIVES UNITED STATES FLAGGED TUNA VESSELS IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN THE OPTION OF USING GUAM IN ADDITION TO AMERICAN SAMOA AS THEIR ANNUAL REQUIRED PORT OF CALL IN ORDER TO MEET U.S. MARITIME REGULATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SAVE U.S. TUNA INDUSTRY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THOUSANDS OF MAN HOURS THAT ARE NEEDLESSLY WASTED BY BEING FORCED BY THE U.S. MARITIME REGULATIONS TO TRAVEL 2,600 MILES OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE PORT VISITS. THE BACKGROUND IS THAT IN 2006, COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT ALLOWED U.S. FLAGGED TUNA VESSELS IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC TO USE INTERNATIONALLY LICENSED OFFICERS. THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICER PROVISION WAS CREATED BECAUSE MARITIME OFFICERS IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC ARE PRIMARILY FROM WESTERN PACIFIC NATIONS. U.S. MARITIME UNIONS WERE NOT OPPOSED TO THE PROVISION. IN ORDER TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT PROVISION, THE BILL HAS REQUIRED TUNA VESSELS TO MAKE AN ANNUAL PORT CALL IN AMERICAN SAMOA, SOME 2,000 MILES AWAY. IN 2006, THE TUNA FLEET IN THE REGION WAS VERY SMALL, AT 12 BOATS. AMERICAN SAMOA HAD A MARKET TO PROSE — TO PROCESS FISH FOR THOSE VOTES. SINCE 2006, THE TUNA FLEET HAS GROWN TO 38 VESSELS. MR. CHAIRMAN, APPROXIMATELY 25 OF THOSE VESSELS SUPPLY FISH TO WESTERN PACIFIC PROCESSORS AND THEN SHIP THEM — THE FISH PRODUCT TO CALIFORNIA TO GEORGIA, TO ILLINOIS, TO PUERTO RICO FOR CANNING. THESE CANNERIES PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF U.S. JOBS. THESE 25 VESSELS ARE STILL REQUIRED TO TRAVEL OVER RKS 600 MILES TO AMERICAN SAMOA AND WASTE SEVEN DAYS AT SEA THIS COSTS EACH BOAT MORE THAN HALF A MILLION TO MAKE THIS UNNECESSARY TRIP. THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO GIVE THESE TUNA BOATS THE OPTION OF STOPPING IN GUAM IN ORDER TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT OF VISITTING A U.S. PORT ONCE A YEARFUL WHILE RECEIVING MARINE INSPECTION BY THE LARGEST COAST GUARD SECTOR STATION IN THE REGION. AND OF COURSE GUAM IS VERY CLOSE TO THE TUNA FISHING GROUNDS. GUAM’S COAST GUARD INFRASTRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL ARE EXCELLENTLY EQUIPPED TO PROVIDE THESE TUNA VESSELS WITH PROPER MARINE INSPECTION ON A TIMELY BASIS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMON SENSE AMENDMENT WHICH WILL SAVE OUR U.S. TUNA
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INDUSTRY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ALREADY — IS
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ALREADY ON RECORD SUPPORTING THIS PROVISION. IT WAS PART OF THE COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION OF 2009 THAT
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HOUSE. OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THIS MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY TEEM
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— THE GENTLELADY’S TIME IS RESERVED. THE SECRET FROM WASHINGTON. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION AND YIELD THE TIME TO MR. FALEOMAVAEGA. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY RASHES. AND I RISE RESPECTFULLY TO IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLELADY’S PROPOSED AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS UNKNOWN TO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS MY LITTLE DISTRICT OF AMERICAN SAMOA HAS BEEN THE BACK BONE OF THE U.S. TUNA FISHING AND PROCESSING INDUSTRIES JUST LIKE PUERTO RICO OR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HAVE BEEN THE BACK BONE OF THE RUM INDUSTRY. TODAY, THE U.S. TUNA PROCESSING INDUSTRY INCLUDES THREE MAJOR BRANDS OF CANNED TUNA, BUMBLEBEE, CHICKEN OF THE SEA, AND AND STAR KIST. — AND STARKIST. BUMBLEBEE WAS OWNED BY A CANADIAN COMPANY, THEN PURCHASED BY U.S. INVESTORS AND NOW RESOLD TO A GROUP FROM GREAT BRITAIN. CHICK END OF THE SEA CONTINUES AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SUBSIDIARY COMPANY OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST PRODUCER OF CANNED TUNA. STARKIST WAS PART OF HEINZ FOOD THEN WAS SOLD TO DEL MONTE OUT OF SAN FRANCISCO AND IT WAS PURCHASED BY THE DON JUAN COMPANY OUT OF SOUTH KOREA. ALL THREE OF THESE MAJOR TUNA PROCESSOR COMPANIES HAVE CORPORATE OFFICERS — OFFICES IN PITTSBURGH AND IN SAN DIEGO. HOWEVER, THEIR METHS OF PROCESSING AND CANNING OF TUNA ARE QUITE DIFFERENT, ALONG WITH THE MAN FOR THE WHICH OUR U.S. TUNA FISHING FLEET HAS BEEN OPERATING, GIVEN THE TREMENDOUS CHANGE NOW TAKING PLACE IN THE ENTIRE GLOBAL TUNA INDUSTRY. I WANT TO SAY THAT I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, AND OUT OF PRINCIPLE, I JUST WANT TO RESPECTFULLY SAY THAT THERE’S SOME VERY UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SITUATION AND WHY I RESPECTFULLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. 80% OF THE ENTIRE ECONOMY OF MY DISTRICT DEPENDS ON THE TUNA INDUSTRY. AND IF SOMETHING HAPPENS IN TERMS OF THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE PROCESSORS AND OUR FISHING FLEET, THIS IS WHERE THE
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COME ABOUT. PROBLEM AND COMPLICATIONS HAVE TO THE EXTENT THAT THE SOUTH PACIFIC TUNA CORPORATION WHICH OWNS ABOUT 25 OF THE 30 OR 40 VESSELS THAT MAKE UP THE U.S. TUNA FISHING FLEET, THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM OF OUTSOURCING. WHERE TWO OF THESE COMPANIES, CHICKEN OF THE SEA AND BUMBLEBEE, DO NOT PROCESS THE WHOLE FISH. AS FAR AS TUNA IS CONCERNED. 90% OF THE VALUE OF THE TUNA
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COMES IN GUTTING AND PROCESSING. CANNING IS ONLY ABOUT 10%. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT CHICKEN OF THE SEA AND BUMBLEBEE HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO BUY THE WHOLE FISH, BUT TO SIMPLY BUY THE LOINS OF THE FISH THAT WAS CLEANED IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHERE WORKERS ARE PAID ONLY 60 CENTS AN HOUR. AS OPPOSED TO THE ONLY COMPANY THAT CURRENTLY BUYS THE WHOLE FISH, WHICH IS STARKIST, THEY BUY THE WHOLE FISH AND IT
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. PROVIDES JOBS FOR MY DISTRICT. AND BECAUSE OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECESSION THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED AND BECAUSE OF THE TERRIBLE TSUNAMI AND EARTHQUAKE THAT WAS SUBJECTED — HAS SUBJECTED MY PEOPLE TWO YEARS AGO, ONE OF THE PROCESSING COMPANIES, CHICKEN OF THE SEA, JUST TOOK OFF AFTER MAKING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF CANNED TUBA IN MY LITTLE DISTRICT, LEAVING THE ECONOMY OF MY TERRITORY A DISASTER. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THERE IS ANOTHER ADDED FEATURE OF THIS
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INDUSTRY. WHOLE PROBLEM OF THE TUNA WE HAVE WHAT IS NOW PENDING THE U.S. REGIONAL TUNA FISHING TREATY WITH 16 OTHER PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES. PART OF THE PROBLEM THAT CAME OUT OF THIS TREATY ARRANGEMENT WAS BECAUSE THE TUNA FISHING FLEET AT THE TIME FELT THAT BECAUSE TUNA WAS A HIGHLY MIGRATORY FISH THEY COULD FISH DESPITE WHAT THE ZONES ARE. WELL, THEY TRIED THAT IN LATIN AMERICA AND WE HAD OUR VESSELS COMPENSATED. WHAT HAPPENED IS THE TUNA FISHING FLEET MOVING TO THE WESTERN PACIFIC. ONE WAS CONFISCATED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THE WHOLE THING WENT UP IN AIR. IT WAS NECESSARY THAT THEN SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE NEGLECT REPONTE CAME — NEGRAPONTA CAME IN AND THIS WAS FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE TUNA FISHING INDUSTRY AND THIS IS WHAT WE DID TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS A CONSTANT SUPPLY OF TUNA THAT CAN BE BROUGHT IN THAT CAN BE PROCESSED WHOLE FISH BY THE TWO PROCESSING PLANTS THAT WE HAVE IN AMERICAN SAMOA. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE. I RESPECTFULLY ASK MY COLLEAGUES, VOTE DOWN THIS PROPOSED AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. BILBRAY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM
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CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I GOT TO SAY QUITE FRANKLY I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM
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AMERICAN SAMOA AND HIS POSITION. I MEAN, IF I REPRESENTED THAT ISLAND I WOULD BE WANTING TO DEFEND THE MONOPOLY THAT WAS ONCE HOUSED IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC TODAY, BUT THE FACT IS NATION WE HAVE TO LOOK AT NOT ONLY THE GREAT ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THIS MONOPOLY OF FORCING BOATS TO TRAVEL FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES TO GET BACK TO ONE CENTRALIZED LOCATION BECAUSE OF A POLITICAL DECISION HERE IN WASHINGTON BUT WE’VE ALSO GOT TO LOOK AT THIS FACT THAT THE LADY FROM CALIFORNIA HAS AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL ADDRESS NOT JUST THE ECONOMIC IMPACT BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL? AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, CONSIDER THE FACT THAT WE TALK ABOUT GREENHOUSE GAS AND EMISSIONS BUT AS A LAW WE ARE REQUIRING THE FISHING BOAT TO TRAVEL FOR SIX OR SEVEN DAYS OVER THOUSANDS OF MILES BECAUSE OF OUR LAWS HERE. IF WE TRULY WANT TO SAY WE WANT TO REDUCE EMISSIONS WE SHOULD REDUCE THE EMISSIONS BY SUPPORTING THE LADY’S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON’S EXPIRED. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT? THE GENTLELADY HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MS. BORDALLO. THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM IS RECOGNIZED. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY
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COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, GRACE NAPOLITANO. WHILE I AM SYMPATHETIC TOO AND RECOGNIZE THE CONCERNS OF MY FRIEND FROM AMERICAN SAMOA I HAVE RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT FROM MY CONSTITUENTS TO INCLUDE GUAM AS AN ELIGIBLE PORT OF CALL FOR ANNUAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS ONLY. TO THE U.S. DISTANT WATER TUNA FLEET. PERMITTING THE FLEET TO CALL ON GUAM IN ADDITION TO AMERICAN SAMOA WILL CREATE ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. THE FLEET CAN UTILIZE GUAM’S COAST GUARD SECTOR, OUR PORT, OUR SHIP REPAIR FACILITIES AND SERVICE THEIR HELICOPTERS. IT IS COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO ENFORCE THE SAFETY INSPECTION
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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE U.S. FLAG VESSELS. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT BETTER ASSURANCE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION, STAKEHOLDERS THAT THIS WILL NOT HARM THE
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SAMOA. TUNA INDUSTRY IN AMERICAN THAT INDUSTRY IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THEIR ECONOMY AND ITS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES MUST NOT BE UNDERMINED. I AM COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH MY FRIEND TO ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN SAMOA TUNA INDUSTRY REMAINS STRONG. IN FACT, I AM STAUNCHLY OPPOSED TO THE DISTANT WATER TUNA FLEET FISHING IN GUAM’S WATERS. THE FLEET IS IN FACT PROHIBITED FROM FISHING IN GUAM’S ECONOMIC ZONE, AND IF IT WERE TO DO SO IT WOULD THREATEN THE LIVELIHOODS OF OUR OWN LOCAL FISHERMEN. IF THIS AMENDMENT PASSES I WOULD STRONGLY URGE THE COAST GUARD, NATIONAL MARINE FISHERY SERVICE AND ALL RELEVANT AGENCIES TO AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE EXISTING REGULATIONS AND PREVENT ANY ILLEGAL
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IN GUAM’S WATERS. AGAIN, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.
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IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE
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THE CLERK WILL AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267 OFFERED BY MR. BISHOP OF NEW YORK. PRUPET TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 455, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. BISHOP, AND A MEMBER OWE POSE — OPPOSED, WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MY AMENDMENT AMENDS TITLE 7 TO RECOGNIZE BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE WATERS OF INDIVIDUAL STATES BY RETAINING A LIMITED SURGICAL ROLE FOR STATES TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OPERATIONAL LIMITATIONS TO PROTECT IMPORTANT STATE RESOURCE WATERS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF INVASIVE SPECIES AND OTHER POLLUTANTS. I AGREE IN CONCEPT WITH CHAIRMAN LOBIONDO THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A NATIONAL STANDARD FOR BALLAST WATER TREATMENTS. IT IS NECESSARY TO SET A HIGH STANDARD THAT IS TECHNOLOGICALLY REASONABLE. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADD OR CHANGE ANY TECHNOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE BILL. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADD OR CHANGE ANY TECHNOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE BILL. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE FOR INDUSTRY FOR UNDERSTANDABLE REASONS. NOR DOES IT GIVE STATES CARTE
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BLANCHE TO RELEASE BALLAST WATERS. IT HAS THE STATES TO PETITION THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER A OF CRITERIA THAT IDENTIFIES AND PROTECT HIGHLY SENSITIVE WATER RESOURCES WITHIN A STATE’S EXISTING JURISDICTION. MY AMENDMENT IS NOT WITHOUT PRECEDENT. IN 1996 CONGRESS AMENDED THE CLEAN WATER ACT TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO WORK WITH THE E.P.A. TO REGULATE BALLAST WATER FROM MILITARY VESSELS THROUGH THE UNIFORMED NATIONAL DISCHARGE STANDARD PROGRAM. IN PROVIDING FOR THESE UNIFORMED NATIONAL STANDARDS, THE THEN REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS ACKNOWLEDGED A DEEP RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF STATES INCLUDING A RESIDUAL AUTHORITY FOR STATES TO ESTABLISH NO DISCHARGE ZONES SIMILAR TO THOSE THAT WOULD BE ALLOWED UNDER MY AMENDMENT IF IT WERE TO PASS. SECTION 312 OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT, WHICH IS PROBABLY THE CLOSEST ANALOGY TO THE BALLAST WATER DISCHARGED FROM VESSELS ESTABLISHES UNIFORMED STANDARDS
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OF MARINE SANITATION DEVICES. SECTION 312 SPECIFICALLY RESERVES A ROLE FOR STATES TO CREATE NO DISCHARGE ZONES FOR IMPORTANT STATE WATERS PROVIDED THAT THOSE ZONES WILL NOT ADVERSELY IMPACT VESSELS FROM OPERATING WITHIN THE STATE. THE ISSUE REALLY BOILS DOWN TO THIS. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT STATES HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY, HOWEVER LIMITED IN DETERMINING IF SOME OF THEIR STATE WATERS DESERVE ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS WHILE MAINTAINING A UNIFORMED NATIONAL STANDARD,
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BISHOP AMENDMENT. THEN YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THE IF ON THE OTHER HAND YOU BELIEVE THAT STATES SHOULD ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO SAY WHATSOEVER IN PROTECTING PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE WATERS WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION, THEN YOU SHOULD OPPOSE THE BISHOP AMENDMENT. GIVEN WHAT WE’VE DONE THUS FAR IN THIS CONGRESS, I WOULD HOPE THAT MEMBERS WOULD CONTINUE TO ASSERT THAT STATES HAVE A ROLE. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE RULE WE PASSED, H.R. 2018, THE
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2011. COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM ACT OF THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE ANY FEDERAL ROLE IN SETTING BASELINE WATER QUALITY STANDARDS GIVING FULL DISCRETION TO THE STATES. THE BILL THAT IS BEFORE US FLIPS THAT PRECISELY. IT WOULD PROVIDE NO ROLE FOR THE STATES AND GIVE 100% OF THE ROLE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO I WOULD ASK THAT THE COMMITTEE — PARDON ME — THAT THE HOUSE CONTINUE TO RECOGNIZE THE ROLE OF STATES, THAT IN SETTING STANDARDS FOR WATER QUALITY IN WATERS THAT THEY CONTROL, AND SO I WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND BEFORE I CLOSE I DO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN LOBIONDO. WE WORKED VERY HARD OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS IN TRYING TO COME TO A RESOLUTION OF THIS MATTER. WE WERE UNABLE TO GET THERE BUT IT WAS NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING THIS MATTER TO A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION.
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I’M SORRY WE COULDN’T GET THERE. AS I SAY, IT WAS NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING.
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OF MY TIME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE THE GENTLEMAN
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RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.
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I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE WHAT MR. BISHOP IS ATTEMPTING TO DO AND WE DID GIVE IT A MIGHTY EFFORT TO TRY TO REACH AN AGREEMENT. IT’S ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE WE JUST HAVE A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, AND IT IS MY OPINION THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE THE CURRENT SITUATION EVEN WORSE BECAUSE IT WOULD ALLOW STATES TO COMPLETELY PROHIBIT THE DISCHARGE OF BALLAST WATER IF THEY CHOSE TO REGARDLESS OF WHAT TECHNOLOGY WAS INSTALLED ON A VESSEL. SO HERE’S THE SITUATION — YOU COULD HAVE A VESSEL OWNER COULD INSTALL TECHNOLOGY WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WOULD TREAT BALLAST WATER TO ONE MILLION TIMES THE STANDARD IN THE BILL AND YOU COULD STILL HAVE A STATE COME IN AND SAY, WE’RE GOING TO PROHIBIT THE VESSEL FROM DISCHARGING. IT COMPLETELY UNDERMINES THE UNIFORM STANDARDS THAT WERE ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH. THE AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO ALLOW STATES TO DICTATE HOW MUCH BALLAST WATER COULD BE DISCHARGED, THE DEPTH OF THE WATER WHERE THE DISCHARGE IS PERMITTED AND EVEN WHAT HOURS OF THE DAY. I THINK AND, AGAIN, MY OPINION IS THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD COMPLETELY UNDERMINE OUR EFFORTS TO PUT IN PLACE A SINGLE UNIFORMED NATIONAL BALLAST WATER STANDARD AND THAT IF THIS AMENDMENT WERE TO GO FORWARD IT WOULD ACTUALLY GUT THIS PORTION OF IT. SO I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.
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MIGHT I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT? THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME QUICKLY AND RESPECTFULLY I BELIEVE MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY HAS MISCHARACTERIZED PIECES OF THE AMENDMENT. LET ME BE CLEAR. THE AMENDMENT WOULD NOT ALLOW STATES TO REQUIRE THE INSULATION — I’M QUOTING FROM THE AMENDMENT. WOULD NOT ALLOW STATES TO REQUIRE THE INSULATION OF BALLAST WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY THAT IS DIFFERS FROM THE STANDARDS SPECIFIED UNDER SUBSECTION C. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT THE UNDERLYING BILL PROVIDES. AND THEY COULD NOT IMPOSE STANDARDS UNTIL THEY HAD APPLIED TO THE ADMINISTRATOR AND THE SECRETARY AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO DETERMINE THAT THE WATERS OF THE STATE REQUIRE
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GREATER ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. SO THIS WOULD BE A STATE REQUEST TO THE E.P.A., AND FINALLY, THE ADMINISTRATOR AND THE SECRETARY BY THE LANGUAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT COULD NOT APPROVE A STATE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT IF THAT REQUIREMENT, A, WOULD HAVE AN UNREASONABLE IMPACT ON THE USE OF TRADITIONAL SHIPPING LANES OR, B, WOULD PROHIBIT THE DISCHARGE OF BALLAST WATERS IN ALL WATERS OF THE STATE. THIS IS A VERY NARROWLY CRAFTED EFFORT TO PROVIDE AT LEAST SOME LAWS FOR THE STATES SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT? THE GENTLEMAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MR. BUCSHON. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. CURRENTLY EACH STATE IS ABLE TO CREATE ITS OWN RULES FOR BALLAST WATER DISCHARGE. THE STATE OF NEW YORK ENACTED RULES THAT IS 100 TIMES NOR STRINGENT THAN INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DETERMINED THAT THE TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT EXIST TO MEET THIS STANDARD. IF ALLOWED TO GO INTO EFFECT, THESE REGULATIONS WOULD COST INDIANA APPROXIMATELY 8,800 JOBS WHILE DOING LITTLE TO PROTECT THE GREAT LAKES ON INVASIVE SPECIES. GOVERNOR DANIELS OF INDIANA JOINED WISCONSIN GOVERNOR AND OHIO GOVERNOR OPPOSING THE NEW YORK’S EXTREME NEW BALLAST REQUIREMENTS. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THAT LETTER TO THE RECORD.
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WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. SO I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SAVE MARITIME JOBS NOT ONLY IN INDIANA BUT ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND VOTE AGAINST THESE TWO AMENDMENTS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. LATOURETTE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FROM OHIO. I THANK THE
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GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR RECOGNITION AND I RISE WITH GREAT AFFECTION FOR MY FRIENDS FROM NEW YORK, BOTH MR. BISHOP AND MS. SLAUGHTER, BUT I HAVE
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.
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IS ABOUT. TO SET THE TABLE ON WHAT THIS THE COAST GUARD HAS BEEN PROMULGATING A FEDERAL STANDARD IN LINE WITH OTHERS ABOUT BALLAST WATER. DESPITE WHAT PEOPLE SAY, NEW INVASIVE SPECIES COMES INTO THE LAKE EVERY 28 DAYS, THAT’S TRUE. BUT THEY DON’T COME IN THE SHIPS BECAUSE INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENTS, BOTH AMERICAN AND CANADIAN, AND THE STATES HAVE WORKED HARD TO SURE THAT DOES NOT OCCUR. BUT IN THE FACE OF THAT AN ORGANIZATION CALLED THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROPOSED REGULATIONS AS MR. BUCSHON SAID THAT WHEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED WOULD BE 1,000 MORE TIMES STRINGENT THAN THE I.M.O. STANDARDS. WHAT THAT EFFECTIVELY MEANS IS, WHEN WE TALK TO THESE FOLKS, WELL, THAT’S THE GREAT MOTHER OF INVENTION. IF WE PUT THESE STANDARDS OUT THERE, THE GREAT MOTHER OF INVENTION, THEY ARE GOING TO INVENT SOMETHING. SADLY FOR NEW YORK, THEIR VENDOR, THE ONE THEY WERE COUNTING ON FOR THIS TECHNOLOGY, SAID THEY ARE NOT EVEN WILLING TO HAVE IT BE TESTED BY A THIRD PARTY. SO THIS AMENDMENT AND THOSE PROPOSALS WOULD BASICALLY SHUT DOWN WATER BORNE COMMERCE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WOULD BE HAPPY TO FINISH. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. 2 1/2 MINUTES.
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CONSUME. HE YIELDED ME SUCH TIME AS I MAY I THOUGHT HE HAD 2 1/2 MINUTES LEFT. STAND CORRECTED. MAY CONTINUE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. BUT HERE’S THE SKINNY, NEW YORK, THEIR REGULATIONS ARE MORE OBNOXIOUS BECAUSE THEY COVER JUST PASSAGE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE A DIME OF BALLAST WATER IN OR A DROP. IF YOU ARE IN NEW YORK WATERS OR DISCHARGE A DROP. JUST THE MERE FACT OF SAILING THROUGH NEW YORK WATERS, WHICH YOU HAVE TO DO, IN THE GREAT LAKES, WOULD CAUSE THESE REGULATIONS TO COME INTO EFFECT. NOW, I HAD TO GO TO THE EXTRAORDINARY LENGTH OF OFFERING AN AMENDMENT IN THE I TEAROR APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT SAID IF NEW YORK CONTINUES ON THIS CRAZY COURSE, THAT THEY GET NO MONEY OUT OF THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THAT DOESN’T DESIGNED — WASN’T DESIGNED TO CHEAT OUR FRIENDS IN NEW YORK OF FUNDS. THAT WAS DESIGNED TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. WE HAVE THEIR ATTENTION. WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THIS AMENDMENT AND THE NEXT
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AMENDMENT ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. I’M HAPPY TO YIELD. I APPRECIATE THAT. I WANT TO BE CLEAR, WHAT MR. LATOURETTE IS DESCRIBING IS THE OF AFFAIRS. THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD CHANGE THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS AND THE AMENDMENT THAT I’M SEEKING TO THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD RENDER THE NEW YORK STATE STANDARDS MOOT BECAUSE IT WOULD ACCEPT THE TECHNOLOGICAL STANDARDS IMPOSED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. SO THE NEW YORK STANDARDS AS
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AMBITIOUS AS THEY ARE WOULD GO AWAY. WHAT THIS WOULD SIMPLY SAY IS THAT NEW YORK AND OTHER STATES THAT ARE INTERESTED, SUCH AS CALIFORNIA, SUCH AS MICHIGAN COULD ESTABLISH CERTAIN OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE E.P.A. THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE PROTECTION OF CERTAIN WATERS IN THE STATE.
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NOW MY TIME HAS EXPIRED?
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. I REALLY HAD SOMETHING PITHY TO SAY. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE T THE AMENDMENT IS NOT
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ON THAT I REQUEST AGREED TO. THE YEAS AND NAYS.
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PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. CHAIRMAN, AS THE DESIGNEE OF MR. DINGELL OF MICHIGAN I OFFER AN AMENDMENT.
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THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 8, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 112-267, OFFERED BY MS.
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PURSUANT TO HOUSE SLAUGHTER OF NEW YORK. RESOLUTION 455, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER,
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AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WITH MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. DINGELL, WHICH WOULD REMOVE A CONTROVERSIAL MEASURE THAT HAS BEEN INSERTED INTO THE UNDERLYING COAST GUARD RE-AUTHORIZATION. ADOPT A WEAK STANDARD. ALLOWING STATES TO RESPOND TO EMERGING INVASIVE SPECIES AND PROVIDES NO INCENTIVE FOR FUTURE INNOVATION AND CRITICAL BALLAST WATER TECHNOLOGY. EACH MINUTE, 40,000 GALLONS OF BALLAST WATER CONTAINING THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS OF FOREIGN BACTERIA AND PLANTS AND ANIMALS ARE DISCHARGED INTO U.S. WATERS. THAT’S 21 BILLION GALLONS OF BALLAST WATER ANNUALLY. ONCE INTRODUCED, INVASIVE SPECIES, SUCH AS THE ASIAN CARP, ARE DIFFICULT TO CONTROL AND OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE TO ERADICATE. HAVING NO NATURAL PREDATORS, AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES EASILY FEED ON THE NATIVE FISH AND OTHER WILDLIFE, THEY FOUL BEACHES, THEY DISRUPT THE FOOD CHAIN, AND CONTAMINATE OUR DRINKING WATER. AND WE SPEND MORE THAN $1 BILLION A YEAR SIMPLY TRYING TO RID OF ZEBRA MUSSELS WHICH TO DATE WE’LL HAVE SPENT $5 BILLION TRYING TO ERADICATE AND HAVE NOT COME CLOSE. BALLAST WATER IS A SERIOUS MATTER WITH FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR THIS NATION. WE SPEND BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS EVERY YEAR TO COMBAT AND CONTAIN INVASIVE SPECIES BROUGHT INTO OUR WATER BY FOREIGN SHIPPING VESSELS. MANY, AND MOST ALL, AROUND THE GREAT LAKES, OF OUR NATION’S COMMUNITIES RELY ON THESE BODIES OF WATER FOR RECREATION, TO DRINK, AS WELL AS THEIR LIVELIHOOD. THE GREAT LAKES WHICH FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES FROM INVASIVE SPECIES CONTAIN 20% OF THE FRESH WATER ON THE PLANET. AND I THINK THOSE OF US ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO LIVE ADJACENT TO THOSE LAKES HAVE ALWAYS FELT AN OBLIGATION TO TRY TO PROTECT THAT. AND WE MUST ALSO REMEMBER THAT THOSE ARE INTERNATIONAL WATERS CANADIAN FRIENDS ALSO HAVE A SAY HERE. UNFORTUNATELY THE BALLAST WATER PROVISIONS IN THIS MEASURE PROTECT THE FOREIGN SHIPPING MAG GNATS RATHER THAN THE GREAT LAKES AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. THE DINGELL-SLAUGHTER AMENDMENT STRIKES TITLE 7 FROM THIS MEASURE WHICH WOULD REMOVE THE DAMAGING LANGUAGE. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ALLOW US TO PASS THE IMPORTANT COAST GUARD RE-AUTHORIZATION WHILE GIVING CONGRESS AND OPPORTUNITY TO COME IN A RESPONSIBLE AND REASONABLE AGREEMENT WITH RESPECT TO BALLAST WATER STANDARDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE DINGELL-SLAUGHTER AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIR, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION? I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD MR. LATOURETTE SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.
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I THANK THE CHAIR. AGAIN I RISE WITH GREAT AFFECTION FOR BOTH MR. DINGELL AND MS. SLAUGHTER WHO ARE WONDERFUL COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS IN THIS HOUSE, BUT THIS AMENDMENT IS THE BISHOP AMENDMENT ON STEROIDS. SO THIS AMENDMENT UNLIKE THE BISHOP AMENDMENT WOULD GO BACK AND REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT’S IN THE BILL AND NEW YORK WOULD BE FREE TO GO ABOUT ITS BUSINESS AND SHUT DOWN WATER-BORNE COMMERCE IN THE GREAT LAKES. THE SAD THING FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AND I KNOW THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK THINK THAT THEY ARE PRETTY IMPORTANT AND RUN THE WHOLE PLACE, BUT THEY DON’T, AND SADLY WE HAVE FIVE GREAT LAKES THAT FLOW THROUGH AND TOUCH A NUMBER OF STATES, OHIO BEING INCLUSIVE OF THAT, AND JUST A COUPLE OF OBSERVATIONS. THIS ISN’T A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIKE THE GREAT LAKES VERSUS A BUNCH OF ENVIRONMENTALISTS THAT WANT TO PROTECT IT. THE VERY FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION I HAD SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT CLINTON, IT’S TOUGH TO GET A BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY A PRESIDENT OF THE OTHER PARTY, WAS THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES ACT, CO-AUTHORED BY JOHN GLENN IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. I KNOW INVASIVE SPECIES, I WANT TO TELL YOU BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT JOHN GLENN AND BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE, SINCE 1995, I CHALLENGE ANYBODY OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT TO COME UP WITH ONE INVASIVE HAS GOTTEN INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND THIS NOTION IT’S 28 DAYS — YEAH, THEY COME IN BOATS, PEOPLE’S BOOTS, LIKE SWIMMING FROM OTHER PLACES. THE BIGGEST THREAT WE GOT IS THE ASIAN CARP. IT’S NOT COMING IN BALLAST WATER IT’S SWIMMING UP THE MISSISSIPPI AND WE GOT TO FIGHT WITH THE PRESIDENT WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE AN ELECTRONIC BARRIER TO HAVE AN ELECTRIC FENCE. THE LONGSHOREMAN DON’T LIKE WHAT THEY ARE DOING. SO LABOR IS NOT ONBOARD WITH WHAT THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO. IN JULY OF 2011, FRESH OFF THE CHARTS, AN EVALUATION BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY DETERMINED THAT THE TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT EXIST, DOES NOT EXIST, EVEN IF THE SHIP OWNER HAD A BAZILLION DOLLARS AND WANTED TO BUY SOMETHING OFF THE SHELF, IT DOESN’T EXIST TO MEET THE WATER QUAL LEVELS STIMULATED BY NEW YORK. FOR THIS REASON THE MARITIME INDUSTRY TOGETHER WITH LABOR BELIEVES THAT THESE REGULATIONS ARE UNWORKABLE AND HAVE LEFT — IF LEFT UNCHANGED WILL CAUSE ECONOMIC HARM WHEN THEY COME INTO EFFECT RESULTING IN COMPLETE CESSATION OF COMMERCIAL
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MARITIME COMMERCE IN NEW YORK WATERS. NOW, AT A TIME WHEN EVERYBODY AROUND THE COUNTRY IS SCREAMING
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ABOUT JOBS, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? ALL THE LONGSHOREMAN, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK ANYMORE, THE GUYS THAT DRIVE THE BOATS, YOU DON’T NEED TO WORK ANYMORE. FOLKS THAT UNLOAD THE BOATS? NO, YOU DON’T NEED TO WORK. WHY? BECAUSE ONE STATE OUTTH EIGHT STATES THAT BORDER THE GREAT LAKES HAS DECIDED TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING NOT PASSED BY THEIR SLURKSE PASSED BY THIS NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL. IT’S CRAZY. AND WE AGAIN IN A GOOD BIPARTISAN WAY NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. LET’S FIND THE RIGHT WAY TO KEEP THE ZEBRA MUSSEL AND THE SEE LAM PRI AND ASIAN CARP OUT OF THE GREAT LAKES. BUT TO ALLOW NEW YORK TO GO OUT OF — DOWN THIS PATH WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS
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DESTRUCTIVE TO JOBS IN THE GREAT LAKES AND I HOPE IT IS DEFEATED. I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MR. CHAIR, I’M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE DEAN OF THE HOUSE, CO-SPONSOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MR. DINGELL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM
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MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS
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CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.
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WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION. THE GREAT LAKES ARE 20% OF THE WORLD’S FRESH WATER SUPPLY. IT IS ENCANINGERED AND THE FISH — ENDANGERED AND THE FISH AND WILDLIFE IN THE WHOLE ECOSYSTEM ARE ENDANGERED BY THE CONSTANT ENTRY OF IMPORTED SPECIES THAT COME IN IN THE BALLAST WATER OF SHIPS ENTERING THE GREAT LAKES. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS PROTECTING SOMETHING OF ENORMOUS VALUE THAT HAS BEEN HERE SINCE GEOLOGICAL TIMES AND WHICH HAS PROVIDED ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR PEOPLE. FOOD AND ALL MANNER OF THINGS INCLUDING RECREATION, TRANSPORTATION, FISH, AND WILDLIFE. THIS PROCESS OF TRYING TO GIFFLE A FEW BONES TO A BUNCH OF IMPORTERS WHO ARE BRINGING THESE THINGS IN FROM THE BLACK SEA AND OTHER PLACES IN EUROPE, IS A SHAMEFUL THING IF PERMITTED. THE UNITED STATES AND THE CONGRESS HAVE NOT DONE THE JOB WE SHOULD HAVE DONE TO PROTECT OUR GREAT LAKES. AND ALREADY WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF THINGS, INCLUDING SOME NASTY DISEASES LIKE VIRAL
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. HEMORRHAGIC EXCEPT AT THIS SEEMA SORT OF THE EBOLA VIRUS OF FISH. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO PROTECT. OUR GREAT LAKES AGAINST AND OTHER WATERS IN THE UNITED STATES. FOREIGN SHIPPERS ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING IN DIRTY BALLAST WATER DISCHARGING IT INTO OUR GREAT LAKES. IF THE STATES WANT TO SPEND THE TIME PROTECTING THE STATES’ WATER AND THE INTEREST IN THE GREAT LAKES, OTHER OR BODIES OF WATER, WHICH ARE THREATENED BY THESE PRACTICES, WANT TO DO IT, THE CONGRESS SHOULD VERY WELL PERMIT THEM TO DO IT. BECAUSE FAILURE TO DO IS GOING TO JEOPARDIZE 20% OF THE WORLD’S FRESH WATER. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY A RESOURCE WHICH IS RECREATIONAL, WHICH IS — RELATES TO FISH AND WILDLIFE, AND WHICH PROVIDES US WITH OPPORTUNITY FOR TRANSPORTATION, DRINKING WATER, AND A WHOLE ARRAY OF OTHER PRECIOUS AND IMPORTANT THINGS. AND IF WE DON’T ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT, WE FIND WE ARE TAKING CARE OF A BUNCH OF FOREIGN SHIP OWNERS INSTEAD OF OUR PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES. SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.
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HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE LEFT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS TWO MINUTES LEFT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS 30 SECONDS LEFT. I YIELD MR. LATOURETTE SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.
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I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AGAIN. AGAIN I HAVE NOTHING BUT AFFECTION FOR MR. DINGELL AND MS. SLAUGHTER, BUT ON THIS ISSUE RESPECTFULLY — LOUISE LIKES ME, TOO. HERE’S THE DEAL. THERE’S NOT GOING TO BE ANYBODY RECREATING ON THE GREAT LAKES, FISHING, AND ALL THE THINGS WE DO ON LAKE ERIE, LAKE MICHIGAN, LAKE SUPERIOR, BECAUSE NOBODY WILL BE WORKING. AND SO WITHOUT JOBS PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THE SPLENDOR OF 28% OF THE WORLD’S FRESH WATER. AGAIN SADLY PEOPLE OF NEW YORK, PEOPLE OF NEW YORK HAVE DECIDED THEY WANT TO COME UP WITH A STANDARD THAT NOBODY CAN MEET. NOW, IN 2013 WHEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS A BOAT COMES DOWN THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY AND TRAVELS INTO NEW YORK, AND IF YOU CAN’T MEET THEIR STANDARD, 1,000 TIMES MORE STRINGENT THAN THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD, GUESS
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WHAT? YOU CAN’T SAIL. THE PEOPLE CAN’T SAIL ON THE SHIP. THE PEOPLE CAN’T PUT GOODS ON THE SHIP. AGAIN DESPITE MY AFFECTION FOR THE AUTHORS OF THIS AMENDMENT, I HAVE TALKED TO THE LONGSHOREMAN, I HAVE TALKED TO THE CANADIANS AND THE PEOPLE ON THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY, AND THEY SAY THAT THE PROBLEM WITH INVASIVE SPECIES TODAY IN THE GREAT LAKES ISN’T BALLAST WATER, IT’S THE ASIAN CARP SWIMMING UP THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THINGS BROUGHT IN FROM OTHER SOURCES. IT’S NOT BALLAST WATER. IT’S NOT BALLAST WATER BECAUSE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MY TIME HERE, 18 YEARS, HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO GET THIS RIGHT.
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DEFEATED. THIS IS WRONG AND I URGE IT BE I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR
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. YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS 130EKD REMAINING. DO YOU HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS? ME. THEN LET ME CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO ALLOW, AS WE ALWAYS HAVE, TO HAVE A VOICE IN PROTECTING THE ECOSYSTEMS AND ECONOMY AS LONG AS WE CONFORM TO THE FEDERAL LAW, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE IN STATES TO ENHANCE THEM. BUT IF WE REALLY WANT TO TRULY SOLVE THE THREAT OF INVASIVE SPECIES IN OUR WATERS, AND I BELIEVE IT’S QUITE SERIOUS BECAUSE BOTH IN MY TIME AT THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATURE THAT WAS POINTED OUT TO ME. I WANT TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE DINGELL-SLAUGHTER AMENDMENT, AND I AM PLEASED TO
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TIME. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THIS CURRENT REGULATORY NIGHTMARE WILL SHUT DOWN OUR SHIPPING LANES. IT IS UNWORKABLE. AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES. I URGE OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.
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PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT’S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IN SUPPORT OF THE HUIZENGA-PETRI-BENISHEK AMENDMENT.
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AT THE DESK. I’M SORRY, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THE CLERK WILL
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AMENDMENT. REPORT THE TITLE OF THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 OFFERED BY MR. HUIZENGA OF MICHIGAN. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 455, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I ASK UNANIMOUS
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CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.
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WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN PETRI FROM WISCONSIN
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AND CONGRESSMAN DAN BENISHEK OF MICHIGAN. TODAY, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A PARTICULAR SHIP, THE S.S. BADGER, LOCATED IN LEVINTON, MICHIGAN. IT TRAVELS BETWEEN THERE AND MANITAWAC, WISCONSIN. IN 1991
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MAKE THAT HAPPEN. USING ALL PRIVATE DOLLARS TO IT’S UNIQUE IS RECOGNIZED BY THE DESIGNATION OF THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES AND BY BOTH THE STATES OF WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN. ITS PROPULSION SYSTEM IS A LANDMARK. THE BADGER IS CURRENTLY OPERATING UNDER SPECIAL RULES DEVELOPED BY THE E.P.A. IN 2008. THESE RULES ARE SET TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF 2012, AND WITHOUT CERTAINTY PROVIDED BY THIS AMENDMENT, THE BADGER COULD VERY EASILY FRANKLY BE FORCED OFF THE GREAT LAKES AT THE END OF 2012. WITH AN ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF RUFFLE $235 MILLION BOTH IN MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN KEEPING THE BADGER OPERATIONAL IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOINING ME IN RECOGNIZING THE HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE THE HUIZENGA-PETRI-BENISHEK AMENDMENT.
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WHO SEEMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? — SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. I RECOGNIZE MR. TOM PETRI FROM WISCONSIN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF IT AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WISH TO YIELD BACK? ACTUALLY, MR. CHAIR, I’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY FELLOW COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, REPRESENTATIVE DAN BENISHEK FOR SOME REMARKS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.
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THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE MY FELLOW FRESHMAN COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN FOR HIS AMENDMENT ON THIS ISSUE. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT WITH MORE GREAT LAKES COASTLINE THAN ANY OTHER. SHIPPING AND FERRIES ARE PART OF THE GREAT LAKES HERITAGE. U.S.S. BADGER CONTINUES THIS TRADITION, TRANSPORTING CARS, TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE THE BADGER EXEMPT FROM E.P.A. REGULATIONS. THE E.P.A. WILL CONTINUE TO
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OTHER REQUIREMENTS. REGULATE DISCHARGE LIMITS AND IT SIMPLY KEEPS IN PLACE THE CURRENT REGULATIONS THAT RECOGNIZE THE BADGER AS THE UNIQUE AND HISTORIC VESSEL. KEEPING THE BADGER OPERATIONAL MEANS SAVINGS A MILLION GALLONS OF FUEL A YEAR FOR VEHICLES DRIVING AROUND THE LAKE. PASSING THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE AND COMMON SENSE. IT ALLOWS THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PLACE TO CONTINUE TO FUNCTION ON THE GREAT LAKES. I URGE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.
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THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.
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AT THIS TIME I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.
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IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN THE HOUSE REPORT 112-267. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. CLERK. — THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267 OFFERED BY MR. OLSON OF TEXAS. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 455, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSE, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT ISSUING A MANDATE OF THIS NATURE WITHOUT PROPER WILL AFFECT SAFETY — SINCE DEEPWATER HORIZON, MULTIPLE SAFEGUARDS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO ENSURE WORKER SAFETY. I SIMPLY BELIEVE THAT THE COAST GUARD SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASSESS A PROVISION OF THIS NATURE BEFORE WE ESTABLISH AN ARBITRARY MANDATE THAT THEY’LL HAVE TO COMPLY WITH. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT, DOES NOT PREVENT US FROM IMPLEMENTING MEASURES TO ENSURE WORKER SAFETY. IT SIMPLY REQUIRES A SIX-MONTH STUDY FIRST TO ALLOW THE COAST GUARD TO ANALYZE THE SAFETY BENEFITS SO WE CAN PROVIDE THE SAFEST ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR OFFSHORE DRILLING WORKERS. THE COAST GUARD MAY DETERMINE THAT STAND-BY VESSELS SHOULD BE REQUIRED. IF SO I WILL WORK TO ENSURE THAT HAPPENS. I’M JUST ASKING THAT WE REVIEW THIS ISSUE THOROUGHLY AND CLEARLY BEFORE WE LEGISLATE. HOWEVER, AT THIS TIME I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT AND APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN MICA’S WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME TO ADDRESS MY
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CONCERNS AS WE WORK THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, WHOSE PROVISION OF THE BILL I SOUGHT TO IMPROVE BY MY AMENDMENT. I’M GRATEFUL FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO WORK ON OUR DIFFERENCES.
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I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK TO WITHDRAW HIS AMENDMENT? I ASK UNANIMOUS
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AMENDMENT. CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER — AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 BY MR. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 BY MR. THOMPSON OF MISSISSIPPI, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 BY MRS. NAPOLITANO OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY MR. BISHOP OF NEW YORK, AMENDMENT
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NEW YORK. NUMBER 8 BY MS. SLAUGHTER OF THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THE SERIES. THE THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.
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AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267
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MARYLAND. OFFERED BY MR. CUMMINGS OF A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST
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AND BE COUNTED. FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN,, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION
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REPRESENTATIVES. WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES.] ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 174. THE NAYS ARE 227. WITH ZERO ANSWERING PRESENT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267. BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NAYS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.
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AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE
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AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-267 OFFERED BY MR. THOMPSON OF MISSISSIPPI. A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED.

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