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mine, we grew up, go out and do extraordinary things, that's how it happens. when i look out at this crowd, i see the folks from my neighborhood in claymont and wilmington and scranton. i'm not being solicitous and -- solicitous, i mean it. i see people with physical courage and brains. i see people who butted their backs their whole lives to care for their families. i see people like the million a-- millions across this nation who get up every single day to work like a devil to raise their family, pay their taxes and volunteer in their communs to make this country work. i see people understand that being middle class is not a number. it's a value set. it's being able to send your kids to a park where you know they're safe. being able to own your own home and not have to rent it. it's being able to send your kid to a good school and if they do well they can go beyond high school. to trade school or college or beyond. it's about being -- >> we're going to have to break
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away. watch the rest of vice president -- former vice president biden on c-span3 or c-span.org. live now to the floor of the u.s. house. house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1222. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the able to. clipe h.r. 1222 -- clipe h.r. 1222. a bill to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain states. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, each will control 20 minutes. chair now recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. andrews: -- vab van thank you, mr. speaker.
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i -- mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. van drew: i ask unanimous consent to include in the congressional record an exchange of letters between the chair of the committee on natural resources and the chair of the committee on ways and means on h.r. 12222. the speaker pro tempore: without objection -- -- without objection. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. the target practice and marksmanship training support act amends the pittman-robertson wildlife restoration act to authorize a state to pay up to 90% of the cost of acquiring land for constructing a public target range. under the current law, the state is authorized to pay up only -- up to only 70% -- 75% of the
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cost. this bill also allows a state to allocate 10% of its federal wildlife restoration funding to building public target ranges. the bill it's part of the historic lands package signed into law this year but the specific section had to be pulled from the final package because language in the bill is required to originate in the house. i would like to commend congressman kind for his continued support of sportsmen and sportswomen and his work to send this last piece of negotiated package to the senate. this is, again, a good opportunity to celebrate the rightfully named lands package, the john d. dingell jr. conservation, management, and recreation act. which was a product of many months of negotiations and many years of committee process. the lands package benefits all
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americans by protecting ecosystems, preserving our cultural heritage and connecting people to their lands. by protecting ecosystems, preserving our cultural heritage and connecting people to their lands, we demonstrate this congress' commitment to public lands that serve all americans. not only did the package permanently authorize the land and water conservation fund but it also added over one million acres of wilderness, designated four new national monuments, and expanded three national parks just to name a few of the over 100 provisions. h.r. 1222 is simply the last to get over the finish line and i am proud to support it. i urge my colleagues to continue to support the lands package bill and support this bipartisan bill. with that, i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i shall consume. i'm -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: i am here to support h.r. 1222 and i'm pleased that congressman kind, congressman hunter were able to introduce this and for their part in this particular statement. as was said by the gentleman from new jersey, this has been before this house before, we have passed it in committee before and on the house before and it was part of the original package that we were going to -- the land package that went through earlier this year. unfortunately, because of a technicality in the slowdown that we had in having to reintroduce the bill as a senate bill come through as a house bill. i'm pleased to report that all the concerns people have have been re-- resolved at this point. the senate has deemed this bill to have passed once the house acts on it.
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with our patch here today i think this bill is going fast to becoming an actual piece of legislation. i want to thank representative grijalva and his staff, mr. grijalva is not here today, the gentleman from new jersey in his place and a much better dresser, i might add. i thank them for their efforts to continue on with this program original art of the package but we had hiccups we had to solve. mr. grijalva and his staff work very -- worked very hard on this particular piece of legislation. this is something that's been long sought by the sports community. the pittman-robertson fund which is excise taxes paid on purchases made by hunters, fishers, and reck ragal shooters, go into this fund that has contributed to $10 billion, has been important to start hunter education programs. it's been important also for the construction and maintenance of our public shooting ranges.
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the long-term viability is significant. as this nation becomes more urbanized, the ability of having people a safe place where they can go and practice, target practices -- target practicing, it becomes even more significant that these ranges have to be maintained, they have to be improved in some particular way. what this bill does is the perfect solution. it take this is fund of money but then allows the states to have greater flexibility of how it is going to be administered. by allowing them to match with just 10% it gives the states the ability to move forward and to use the pittman-robertson fund for five years to fund shooting ranges and expand existing shooting ranges. it empowers states, that's what we should be doing more, but it empowers states that will actually now encourage responsible hunting, responsible recreational shooting, as well as ensuring the wildlife
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conservation system which is once again a responsibility of states. what we're doing here is, i think, taking the right approach, a fund that already exists, giving states flexibility and encouraging the sporting community. that's why the sportsmen of our country have long sought for this particular provision. they look at this as a major and important win. with that, i urge the adoption of this measure and i'm going to reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and would inquire where my colleague has any remaining speakers on their side? mr. bishop spb i don't either, i'm ready to yield back. so mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah yields back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. van drew: i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back the balance of the time.
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the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1222. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. without objection, the bill is passed and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. van drew: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 91. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 91, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to assess sanitation and safety conditions at bureau of indian affairs facilities that were constructed to provide affected columbia river treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and spend funds
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onto improve those conditions and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to their remarks nd and include extraneous material on the matter under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. van drew: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 91 authorizes the bureau of indian affairs to assess sanitation and safety conditions on lands set aside to provide columbia river treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and to enter into contracts with tribes or tribal organizations to improve the identified conditions. the columbia river treaty
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tribes, through a series of treaties in 1855, established access through usual and accustomed fishing areas and ancillary fishing facilities on the columbia river. starting in the 1930's, construction of the dams of the columbia river power system resulted in flooding and destruction of tribal villages, homes, and traditional fishing sites. severely impacting the tribal members' ability to exercise these trooty rights. the tribes and their citizens have never been fully compensated for their losses. in a series of agreements and laws starting in 1939, the federal government acquired and developed small parcels of land to serve as in lieu and treaty fishing access sites. providing members of the columbia river treaty tribes access to exercise their rights to fish in the columbia and reside at their traditional fishing places and fishing stations.
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additionally congress enacted the columbia fishing access site project in 1988 which authorized improvements for the exithsing ancillary fishing facilities and directed the army corps of engineers to acquire new lands to provide unencumbered river access for tribal members. today there are 31 tribal fishing sites located along the columbia river. 27 of which are managed by b.i.a. the sites were intended to be used primarily for in-season fishing and some temporary camping. however, out of both a need for housing and a desire to be closer to traditional fishing areas, many tribal members now use these areas as permanent residences. these sites were not designed for and cannot sustain this accommodated use. in fact, many people at these sites are living in extremely distressed, unsafe, and
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unsanitary conditions and as a direct result of unmet obligations by the b.i.a. passage of h.r. 91 will result in vast improvements to the conditions of these sites. as such, i urge quick adoption of this legislation. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. last time we were here it was the senate bill that came over and passed our committee but did not pass the floor itself and we did talk about it as part of a package that could have gone in that we did earlier this year. but for some reason it was not allowed to go in there. it does deal with four tribes, columbia river treaty tribes, and the conditions on their traditional fishing areas that are basically unsanitary and simply unsafe. what this bill does is authorize the department of interior to
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upgrade these areas to make them acceptable to safety and sanitary standards and to do that in consultation with the tribes. this bill is in my estimation, a reasonable approach. we have no objections to passing this measure today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes of my time to the gentleman from oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentleman's courtesy and the presentation that he made outlining the situation. as with ranking member bishop, under whose leadership this legislation actually moved forward in the last congress. it is long overdue. it is jarring to visit these in-lieu treaty sites. the notion that it is unsanitary and unsafe really understates the case.
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i had passed along the columbia river, past one of these sites, for years, never knowing what may be a tigerwood -- tiger woods 3-iron shot off the freeway revealed these conditions -- revealed these conditions. these are sites that have been used by the tribes for millennia. and sadly they were a casualty of the columbia river dam construction. now, those dams have produced significant economic prosperity in our region, jobs, agricultural activities. but the native people have been left behind. there was a pledge that we would be able to accommodate their sites that were flooded. but that has been observed mainly in the breach. it's reached the point now where we have on each of these sites
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people who naturally want to gravitate to what is part of their tradition. there is, as was referenced, a need for tribal housing. but the fishing experience, the proximate to the river -- proximity to the river, and this being part of their historic heritage draws them there. they do, in many cases, have sites where people are living on a year-round basis in conditions that really should not exist anywhere in america. it's interesting, when we started this saga two centuries ago, native people had almost two billion acres that was theirs to hunt, to fish, to live. there was some cultivation. the federal government, overa series of yeers -- over a series of years and a series of treaties, narrowed that range.
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in fact, the federal government started giving away native american people's land before there was even a treaty, to white settlers. the history is checkered and disturbing. there have been acts that can .nly be described as genocide disease, attacks on native people, forced marches. we had our own trail of tears in the pacific northwest. and consistently we have not met our obligations to more recent treaties. i am pleased that the committee has brought this forward on a bipartisan basis. i am pleased that the administration is aligned with us and looks like being able to move forward to deal with what needs to happen with some of these sites. i am pleased that we have partnership in the senate with y friend and colleague, jeff
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merkley and senator patty murray , so that we're positioned to take the action that is long overdue. keeping faith with the tribal people, keeping faith with our commitment through history, being able to make sure that the progress that we've been working years is poised to move forward. i deeply appreciate the work that has been done with the committee on a bipartisan basis to get us to this position. i look forward to its passage in the house. -- the house, the senate, and being executed by the executive. it's going to make a big difference to people who are worthy and deserving of our best efforts. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: if i could ask the gentleman from new jersey, don't have any other speakers, do you
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have anyone else? then i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and would inquire -- and we did this already. mr. speaker, i urge the colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is now, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 91. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered.
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pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 317, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 717 -- 317. a bill to reaffirm the action of the secretary of the interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the santa ynez band of chumash mission indians and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, will each control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. i will reaffirm the action of secretary of the interior to take certain lands into trust for the benefit of the santa ynez band of chumash mission indians in california. the current chumash reservation is just under 100 acres, but only 40 of those acres are able to be utilized for government offices, economic development and a few tribal homes. it is obvious there is not enough tribal land for housing needs. only 7 -- 17% of tribal members and descendents are able to live in tribal housing. in 2010 the tribe purchased approximately 1,400 acres of ancestral land in an effort to provide suitable housing for the tribe's members. and their descendents.
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even though this land was taken into trust administratively, a number of parties continue to file lawsuits appealing the decision. the chumash leadership has been forthcoming in their desire to acquire this land only for additional tribal housing. and they have attempted to be a good neighbor by engaging local elected oflses -- officials and groups to mitigate any concerns. it is a shame it has taken almost a decade for this issue to be resolved. but now we are at the point where we can finally put an end to this process. passage of h.r. 317 will reaffirm the secretarial decision that put the land in trust, clearing the way for the chumash to finally provide additional tribal housing for their members. the bill will also incorporate a memorandum of agreement between the chumash tribe and the santa barbara county board of supervisors in relation to the land. i want to congratulate the chumash leadership for their work and for their persistence on this issue and i encourage
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adoption of this legislation. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. i wish to yield four minutes to the sponsor of this particular piece of legislation, the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lamalfa: thank you. thank you, mr. bishop, and thank you, mr. van drew, for your work on this effort here tonight. i am very excited about the support for this bill. and of course rise tonight in support of h.r. 317 which is the santa ynez band of chumash indians land affirmation act. it's always been a bipartisan effort to take land into trust for the benefit of the chumash tribe, codifying an agreement reached between the tribe and the county of santa barbara, after much work. i'm very proud of the good faith effort, the bipartisan effort, that has gone into this bill,
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both in congress and in the local community. for the several years i've been involved with this legislation, i've seen the chumash indians and the local government work together to build trust and act as good neighbors to forge an agreement that works for everyone. there's nothing controversial about this bill. it simply ensures the tribe has the ability to provide housing for its members and i can't think of anyone that really should take issue with that effort. in fact, last congress this bill was passed both out of the natural resources committee and on this house floor with unanimous consent. so i'd like to thank in the committee the chairman grijalva and ranking member bishop for their hard work in support of this legislation -- in supporting this legislation -- this legislation through the whole way. i also want to thank my colleague, mr. carbajal, from the chumash homeland area, who has been the representative and an original co-sponsor of this bill. he's played a key role in facilitating these discussions at the local level. and i appreciate it. located in santa barbara, the recorded history of the chumash reaches back to the earliest arrival of europeans in
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california, when the spanish explorer recorded his encounters with the chumash in 1542. they have a strong and unbroken connection to the camp four parcel, which is what this is known as, camp four, which is located close to their current reservation. starting in the early 1800's, they became wards of the spanish mission in santa ynez and later lands were granted to them which included camp four. a commission recognized that the tribe continued to reside in the camp four area, though only 99 acres were ultimately taken into trust at that time. today the chumash, again, and i thank mr. van drew for that significant housing crisis, they face a significant housing crisis, mr. van drew pointed it out for us. fewer than 17% of the chumash members and descendents are able to reside on the tribe's existing reservations. which consists largely of hillsides, wetlands and stream beds unsuitable for housing and areas they want to preserve. to address this short and, they use their own resources to purchase the camp four parcel,
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the 1,400 acres, with the intent of construction of homes on a small part of it. the tribe applied to take camp four into trust administratively after the formal b.i.a. process, the department of interior completed the process in january of 2017. that same year the county ratified an agreement with the chumash ensuring that any impacts of camp four housing on local infrastructure and other resources would be addressed. and the department of interior proved -- approved this agreement that same day. in order to enable the chumash to address their housing crisis and ensure any impacts to local governments are addressed, h.r. 317 affirms and rat fice the action of the department of -- ratifies the action of the department of interior to take the land into trust and codifies the agreement, addressing the local impacts. at the request of the tribe, it also prohibits the operation of gaming facilities on this parcel. which is a key element to -- the people wouldn't have been concerned about. it respects the rights of ways
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held by local stakeholders. the bill represent, again, the culmination of years of good faith negotiations by all parties, should be considered a model for maintaining positive working relationships between tribal governments and local governments. i urge my colleagues to support the measure. i thank everybody that has helped with this and the bipartisan effort. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is now recognized. mr. van drew: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i would enquire whether my colleague has any -- inquire whether my colleague has any remaining speakers on their side? mr. bishop: i do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. the last speaker actually is i. this entire day we should have had yogi bera come back in here and say it's like deja vu all over again. because once again this particular people piece of legislation we saw last year when it passed out of committee, sponsored by mr. lamalfa then,
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same time, passed the floor at the same time, and now we're bringing it back here to see if we can get it all the way through to the finish line. the bill is one that we have talked out for quite a while. but it also has, i think, three significant things it accomplishes, why it has to be in bill form and can't be administratively negotiated in some way. the first one obviously is it does nullify certain restrictions that were imposed by the state of california's conservation law. even if that restriction to the land title was not a problem, it also solves the problem that was necessitated because the obama administration b.i.a. appointees in their haste trying to approve a fee to trust land acquisition, they cut some legal corners, they cut a lot of legal corners, which added to a lot of appeals and litigation, all of which cost everyone a whole lot of money. . second thing, it prohibits gaming in

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