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(Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I yield to the gentleman from California (Mr.
McCarthy), the majority leader, for the purpose of inquiring of the
schedule for the week to come.
(Mr. McCARTHY asked and was given permission to revise and extend his
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the House will meet at noon for morning hour
and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning
hour and noon for legislative business.
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business.
Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next
week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business
One suspension worth highlighting is H.R. 1644, the Korean
Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, sponsored by Chairman
Ed Royce. Mr. Speaker, last year, North Korea conducted two nuclear
weapons tests and 26 ballistic missile flight tests.
Congress has long led the charge to impose strict sanctions against
the Kim Jong-un regime. This bill would continue that effort by
specifically sanctioning North Korea's shipping industry, as well as
targeting those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad. It is
critical we send a clear and bipartisan message that North Korea's
reckless provocations cannot continue.
In addition, Mr. Speaker, the House will consider H.R. 1180, the
Working Families Flexibility Act, sponsored by Representative Martha
Roby. This bill would give employees the option to convert the overtime
hours worked into paid time off. Mr. Speaker, hardworking Americans in
the private sector deserve the same flexibility that public sector
workers have enjoyed for decades. By passing this bill, we will give
American families greater choice in how they spend their most important
resource, their time.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, the House will consider legislation providing
further appropriations for the 2017 fiscal year. I am encouraged by the
reports I have received from our Appropriations Committee regarding
these negotiations, and I look forward to a strong vote on this
agreement next week.
Mr. Speaker, additional legislative items are possible. If any items
are added, I will relay scheduling information to Members as soon as
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the majority leader for the
information on the schedule for next week.
I would ask him, with respect to Korea, that being on the floor--
also, as I understand it, the committee has been working on a Syria
sanctions bill. Obviously both of those areas are critically important.
Does the gentleman have any information when we might anticipate the
Syria resolution coming forward as well?
I yield to the gentleman.
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, the gentleman is correct. This is a
critical area and one that we do want to make sure we speak with one
voice and a bipartisan voice.
I have spoken to the committee chairman. He is continuing to work on
this. And I anticipate, not next week but in the future, that coming to
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for his focus on that
issue because we agree, of course, that that is a serious and volatile
matter with which we need to deal in a hopefully effective way.
Two items, one that the gentleman mentioned. We just passed a
continuing resolution, as the gentleman noted. And pursuant to our
discussions, Democrats and Republicans both overwhelmingly voted for
that, and it passed handily.
I don't know whether the gentleman heard my remarks on the floor, but
what I had indicated is--and I have indicated to him privately--that we
Democrats are in a position of not supporting an additional continuing
In my discussions with Mrs. Lowey, our ranking member on the
Appropriations Committee, she believes that there is a possibility to
get an agreement between the two parties, but it appears that the
committees themselves have reached a point where they think they will
need additional assistance from leadership, I presume, on
both sides of the aisle to resolve some of the thorniest issues that
are still outstanding.
I want to thank the majority leader and the Speaker. In our
discussions yesterday on the floor in private--they weren't, I don't
think, private discussions because there were other people around. Both
the Speaker and yourself are desirous of getting this done before the
end of the weekend, posting something either as early perhaps as Sunday
night or as late as Monday night on an omnibus, which would fund
government between next week and the end of the fiscal year September
So the first question would be: We share that objective in common, I
presume; is that accurate?
I yield to the gentleman.
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Maryland for
That is true. I want to thank the gentleman even for his comments
earlier in the week. I know they might not have been the same comments
as the rest on the other side of the aisle. It was our anticipation
that we would not have to do a continuing resolution.
I do believe that the committee is very close. It is the intention of
the committee to get to an agreement. I hoped to get to an agreement as
early as today, knowing that we do want to provide to the Members the 3
days so they can read through the entire bill and that we can vote on
this before the end of this short-term CR.
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for that, and I would
urge the Speaker and the majority leader to engage with others because
I think that would be useful in facilitating the reaching of an
agreement. I know that Leader Pelosi and I will also be available to
the extent that we could facilitate that.
I know there are some thorny, tough issues still outstanding, but I
know the majority leader agrees with me that the funding of government
on a sporadic basis on a continuing resolution is very bad for morale
of the Federal service, very bad for anybody who wants to plan on how
to execute their obligations and responsibilities, and frankly very
disconcerting not only to the American people but to people around the
world who contemplate the shutdown of the Government of the United
States of America on which so much of the world relies for some degree
of stability. It is simply not a thing that we ought to be doing. So I
would urge the leader and myself to be as engaged as we need to be to
get us to that objective next week.
Secondly, Mr. Majority Leader, I know we had some discussion about a
healthcare bill. The Affordable Care Act, as you know, we think is
working. We think, working together, we can make it better. I know the
majority leader and his party disagree with that and want to see it
repealed and that there is legislation to do that.
The majority leader did not mention it in his comments, but does he
anticipate the American Health Care Act, with or without amendments,
being considered next week?
I yield to the gentleman.
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. I know
we have had many discussions in regards to this, and we have a very
strong difference of opinion.
I would believe those individuals that have lost their doctors and
that have lost their health care entirely, that they do not have
someone providing it. If you look within Tennessee and one-third of the
entire country, they only have one provider. There are challenges. We
cannot continue to sit back and just watch ObamaCare fail. We have to
do something about it.
We had committees work through a bill. We have made great progress
over the Easter break. Members have been talking to one another.
Members have seen a new amendment to add to the bill. They have been
looking at it this week, and I anticipate as soon as Members have
looked through that that we will bring that bill to the floor.
I don't have anything scheduled for next week. But as soon as a bill
is scheduled, we will notify you. I anticipate the Members reading
through it this weekend, and, as soon as possible, we will bring that
bill to the floor.
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for that comment. The
gentleman is certainly correct, we have very substantial disagreements.
We believe the Affordable Care Act is working.
I was pleased to see the administration, at least in the short-term,
indicate that they will not take actions to undermine it or sabotage it
without passing a replacement, without having the ability to give to
the American people an option. I think the administration did the right
thing. I hope they will continue to do the right thing in making
payments consistent with the law.
We will have a very significant debate on that bill. Therefore, I
would urge the majority leader if, in fact, the majority leader is
going to bring that bill to the floor at some point in time, that
significant notice be given so that not only Members of Congress, but
that the American people can have the opportunity to assess the
ramifications--in our perspective, the very serious adverse
ramifications--that the passage of the American Health Care Act would
have on the health care and the cost to every American of health
The President, as you know, has indicated that he wants to make
sure--and he said he would support a program where every American has
insurance, not access to insurance. He has made comments numerous times
during the course of the campaign and since he has been President of
the United States that his program would provide for every American to
have health insurance at a lower cost with better quality.
I have told the people that, if he sends such a bill down, I would be
inclined to support such a bill. He has not, of course, sent such a
So, Mr. Leader, the bottom line is I am simply saying that this will
be a very controversial item and deserving of very significant debate,
discussion. Hopefully, we will get significant notice as to when the
majority leader expects to bring it to the floor so that we could be
prepared for that debate.
I yield to the gentleman.
Mr. McCARTHY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
And yes, we have had a lot, ample debate already, through committee
and part of the floor, but it is our anticipation that we will give you
plenty of notification.
We have already posted the amendment to make sure everybody has the
ability to read it, and it has already been there 3 days. It is just 8
pages long, and we have provided the 3 days already. But we will give
you, as soon as it is scheduled for the floor, notice of it coming.
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman, and I yield back the
balance of my time.