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  • Conference Report on H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015


    A picture of Representative Kevin Brady

    Representative Kevin Brady

    From: TX District 8

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 560, I call up the conference report on the bill (H.R. 644) to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities,...



    A picture of Representative Sander M. Levin

    Representative Sander M. Levin

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    Date: 2015-12-11

    LEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. Speaker, I strongly oppose this conference report. I am disappointed that we have passed up an opportunity for a truly bipartisan...



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    Representative David G. Reichert

    From: WA District 8

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    REICHERT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding. I thank him for his hard work, and Mr. Boustany, Mr. Tiberi, and other members of the committee, who have worked hard on this legislation, and,...



    A picture of Representative Linda T. Sánchez

    Representative Linda T. Sánchez

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    Date: 2015-12-11

    SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. I am extremely frustrated that, after the long path to get us to the conference...



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    Representative Patrick J. Tiberi

    From: OH District 12

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    TIBERI. I thank the chairman for all his leadership on this going back years. Mr. Speaker, I introduced the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act in April of this year, and it is great to see...



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    Representative Rosa L. DeLauro

    From: CT District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, or the Customs bill. This legislation has historically been a bipartisan bill, but the majority has politicized...



    A picture of Representative Charles W. Boustany Jr.

    Representative Charles W. Boustany Jr.

    From: LA District 3

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    BOUSTANY. I thank Chairman Brady, Chairman Tiberi, Chairman Reichert, Congressman Jason Smith, and others on the committee, as well as staff, for helping make this legislation--finally, this conference...



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    Representative Ron Kind

    From: WI District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    KIND. I thank my friend from Michigan for yielding. Mr. Speaker, as a member of the committee and as someone who has been involved in the negotiations of the legislation before us, I rise in strong...



    A picture of Representative Peter J. Roskam

    Representative Peter J. Roskam

    From: IL District 6

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    ROSKAM. I thank Chairman Brady. Mr. Speaker, a couple of years ago, Israel's Ambassador Michael Oren wrote an opinion piece that got my attention, and he described the waves of attempts to wipe Israel...



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    Representative Erik Paulsen

    From: MN District 3

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    PAULSEN. I thank the chairman for moving this bill forward and getting it one step closer to law after his long-term engagement in trade facilitation. Mr. Speaker and Members, trade facilitation and...



    A picture of Representative Adrian Smith

    Representative Adrian Smith

    From: NE District 3

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    SMITH of Nebraska. Mr. Speaker, I stand in strong support of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. This legislation will update and streamline our country's Customs and Border policies...



    A picture of Representative Lloyd Doggett

    Representative Lloyd Doggett

    From: TX District 35

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    DOGGETT. Mr. Speaker, this Customs bill fails totally to address a custom that is the custom of the USTR: saying one thing and doing another. Were it possible to legislate trust, to legislate candor,...



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    Senator Nancy Pelosi

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    Date: 2015-12-11

    PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his leadership on behalf of America's working families. I thank the chairman of the committee for his courtesy in enabling me to speak...



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    Representative Jason Smith

    From: MO District 8

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    SMITH of Nebraska. Mr. Speaker, I stand in strong support of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. This legislation will update and streamline our country's Customs and Border policies...



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    Representative Bob Goodlatte

    From: VA District 6

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding and for his and other members of the Ways and Means Committee's outstanding work on this legislation. I am here to talk about another aspect...



    A picture of Representative Earl Blumenauer

    Representative Earl Blumenauer

    From: OR District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the bill today, which is in a much better form than the bill I opposed this summer. Yes, there are still terrible, extraneous provisions. Climate is the...



    A picture of Representative Candice S. Miller

    Representative Candice S. Miller

    From: MI District 10

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    MILLER of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I come from southeast Michigan, which is home of America's domestic auto industry where we build absolutely the finest quality cars and trucks on Earth. We know our products...



    A picture of Representative Debbie Dingell

    Representative Debbie Dingell

    From: MI District 12

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise with nothing but the utmost respect for my colleague from Michigan and agree with her on the need to address currency manipulation. Mr. Speaker, when the Committee on Ways...



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    Representative Steve King

    From: IA District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    KING of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means--and I am delighted he is the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means--for yielding. I rise in support of the...



    A picture of Representative Ted Poe

    Representative Ted Poe

    From: TX District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I support free and fair trade. Where I come from in Houston, Texas, we are an export city. We make a lot of things, and we sell them all over the world, so I support trade. ...



    A picture of Representative Jackie Walorski

    Representative Jackie Walorski

    From: IN District 2

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    WALORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the conference report before us. Manufacturing is critical to the Hoosier economy and my district. A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that...



    A picture of Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    From: VA District 11

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend from Michigan for his graciousness. I rise in support of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. It is a significant improvement over the original...



    A picture of Representative Lou Barletta

    Representative Lou Barletta

    From: PA District 11

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, today, we are making critical changes to our domestic trade laws to ensure that U.S. companies compete on a level playing field. Manufacturers in my district have suffered a competitive...



    A picture of Representative Sander M. Levin

    Representative Sander M. Levin

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    Date: 2015-12-11

    LEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I demand a recorded vote. A recorded vote was ordered. The SPEAKER pro tempore. This is a 5-minute vote. The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--ayes 256, noes...



    A picture of Representative Sam Johnson

    Representative Sam Johnson

    From: TX District 3

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, on rollcall No. 693 I was unable to vote due to the death of my wife Shirley. Had I been present, I would have voted ``yes.'' personal explanation ...



    A picture of Representative Pete Sessions

    Representative Pete Sessions

    From: TX District 32

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-12-11

    SESSIONS. Mr. Speaker, on rollcall No. 687 on the motion to suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended, the DHS Science and Technology Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, I am not recorded. Had I been present,...



    A picture of Representative Peter A. DeFazio

    Representative Peter A. DeFazio

    From: OR District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    DeFAZIO. Mr. Speaker, I was absent on December 11, 2015 due to recovery from eye surgery and missed the following votes. Had I been present I would have voted: On vote 690, On Ordering the Previous...



    A picture of Representative Gene Green

    Representative Gene Green

    From: TX District 29

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I was unable to vote on Friday, December 11, 2015 on the five-day Continuing Resolution and the Conference Report for the Customs bill due to a family engagement in my district...



    A picture of Representative Chris Van Hollen

    Representative Chris Van Hollen

    From: MD District 8

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    VAN HOLLEN of maryland in the house of representatives Friday, December 11, 2015 Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to raise...



    A picture of Representative Suzanne Bonamici

    Representative Suzanne Bonamici

    From: OR District 1

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-11

    BONAMICI of oregon in the house of representatives Friday, December 11, 2015 Ms. BONAMICI. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support...