Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Rep. Stewart Introduces Bill to Improve Government Transparency

2017/02/17

Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability for taxpayer funds used in the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund. The Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017 would require a public accounting of all money paid to those who win lawsuits against the federal government.

The Treasury Department currently manages the Judgment Fund, which is used to pay for court expenses and settlements against the federal government. In the past few years it has unfortunately been used as a slush fund, providing billions of dollars to Iran and attempting to bailout insurance companies losing money on the Obamacare exchanges.

Unfortunately, this fund is not subject to the annual appropriations process, has lax reporting requirements, and any available information is offered only at the discretion of the President.

“There’s absolutely no reason for this information to be secret,” Stewart said. “The federal government should always be transparent about how it uses tax dollars. This bill is a critical fix that will show us who the government is paying and how much when it settles or loses lawsuits, and it will prevent the fund from being used as a slush fund for political purposes.”

The Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017 does the following:

  • Prevents Judgment Fund payments to State Sponsors of Terrorism
  • Increases government transparency by requiring the Treasury Department to publicly disclose the following information about Judgment Fund Settlements:
    • Names of government agencies involved in the lawsuit
    • Names of plaintiffs and counsels
    • The amounts awarded in the settlements
    • A brief description of the facts of the claim
  • If payments are made to foreign governments, the Treasury Department must also publicly disclose:
    • The method of payment
    • Currency denominations used
    • The name and location of each financial institution that is controlling the payment

Examples of recent Judgment Fund misuse:

Background on the Judgment Fund:

The Judgment Fund was originally set up to provide a mechanism for the federal government to pay damages to parties, in a timely manner, who have been harmed by the federal government. The purpose of the Judgment Fund is thus a good one, but the administration of it must be more transparent. 

A similar bill sponsored by Congressman Stewart was marked-up and adopted by the House Judiciary Committee in November 2016.

 

 

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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on the Resignation of General Flynn

2017/02/14

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the resignation of National Security Advisor, General Flynn:

"I am grateful for the many years General Flynn honorably served our country. But the President and Vice President must be able to trust their advisors completely and given the current situation I agree that General Flynn could no longer serve effectively as National Security Advisor."

"In addition to the breach of trust, I am alarmed to yet again see an example of very sensitive information being leaked to the public. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I am troubled by the seemingly continuous leaks of classified information and the national security problems they inevitably cause. I am committed to ending those leaks.”

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Rep. Chris Stewart Votes to Roll Back BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

2017/02/07

Washington, D.C. – With the support of Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), the House passed a joint resolution today, H.J. Res 44, which disapproves and nullifies BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.
 
After passing the House resolution Rep. Stewart said, "The BLM's final rule, known as Planning 2.0, is a snapshot of everything that was wrong with the previous administration. Unfortunately, this rule is so flawed, that a couple of administrative fixes will not right the ship. It has to be rescinded. The final rule ignored thousands of comments submitted from states and county commissioners and moved decision making out of the hands of local officials and into the hands of DC bureaucrats. These bureaucrats simply don’t know the land and needs of the counties like local officials do.”
 
President of the Utah Association of Counties and Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney said:
 
“Having a seat at the table to inform and steer BLM planning is critical to counties. The BLM had it right for 30 years by recognizing in their regulations the unique needs of counties. Planning 2.0 diluted our voice and our needs by opening BLM planning to out-of-state interests who simply do not understand our needs. I commend the House for doing the right thing today by rescinding this rule.”
 
Earlier today, Rep. Stewart spoke on the House Floor in support of this resolution. Watch his remarks, here.
 
Video of Rep. Stewart Fights to Rescind BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, Asks for More Local Control
 
Background:
On December 12, 2016 the Obama Administration published another overreaching “midnight regulation” in the form of the BLM’s new Resource Management Rule, commonly referred to as BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.
 
The same day the final rule was published, six Western states and a conservation district filed suit to block the new regulation stating that Planning 2.0 “will severely impair their ability to work with the BLM on future planning and management issues.”
 
H.J. Res 44, a joint resolution utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to disapprove and nullify BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.  The Congressional Review Act, a law enacted in 1996, requires a simple majority in both Houses as well as a signature by the president and uses expedited procedures that allow for nullification of an entire regulation through a joint resolution that cannot be filibustered. The CRA prevents the rule from continuing in effect and also prevents a substantially similar rule from being reissued. The parliamentarian has advised that all rules submitted during the 114th Congress on or after June 13, 2016, are eligible for review under the Congressional Review Act.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 established a process that requires the BLM to develop RMPs in cooperation with state, local and tribal governments. RMPs are typically updated every seven years and determine what actions can take place on BLM land. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, “247.3 million acres of public land and administers about 700 million acres of federal subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation.”

Planning 2.0 changes the BLM’s resource management planning process, and introduces significant uncertainty by creating ambiguous standards and expanding agency discretion. This new rule will complicate effective resource planning while reducing opportunities for meaningful state and local governmental input. Planning 2.0 directs the BLM to perform large “landscape scale” planning efforts that stretch across county and state lines. This new regulation allows radical special-interest groups from other states to have the same influence as county and local officials in the planning process. Planning 2.0 takes planning decisions away from local communities and centralizes those decisions with bureaucrats in Washington D.C. 
 
According to the American Action Forum, 4,432 new regulations have been finalized that cost a total of $1,000,000,000,000 and result in 754,208,800 hours of paperwork compliance since 2005. 120,849,512 hours of paperwork came from regulations that were finalized in 2016 alone. With regards to “midnight regulations,” those issued between Election Day and Inauguration Day, a potential cost of $6,000,000,000 worth of regulations was issued by the Obama Administration on eight rules. There were several other “midnight regulations” that have yet to be analyzed and are not included in that staggering cost estimate.
 
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Congressman Stewart to Present 11 Congressional Patriotism & Service Awards

2017/02/06

Salt Lake City – Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) is honoring 11 organizations and/or individuals with his Congressional Patriotism and Service Award at an awards ceremony on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Salt Lake City. The award recipients exemplify leadership, exceptional citizenship, dedication, patriotism and a have service-oriented attitude in their home, community and country.

The award recipients include:
Utah Honor Flight
Tooele City Fire Department
William Ryan, student at Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Madeline Pettit, student at Bountiful High School
Wayne County Commissioner Newell Harward
Former Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner
Colonel Sean Kirschner, Commander of U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground
Alfred Arruda, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veteran
Fallen West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson
Lorna Koci, Executive Director of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry
Carol Hollowell, Executive Director of Switchpoint, fighting poverty and homeless in southern Utah.
 

You can learn more about the award recipients and their accomplishments, here.

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Bi-partisan Legislation Introduced to Honor Centennial of Late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal

2017/02/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT), and U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) today introduced a bi-partisan, bi-cameral bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by U.S. Congress, to the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. As the centennial of Sadat’s birth approaches in 2018, he will be honored with the highest civilian decoration U.S. Congress can award for his courageous and steadfast contributions to the history of peace in the Middle East.

President Sadat was essential to establishing lasting peace between Israel and Egypt by expunging previous hostilities toward Israel and becoming the first Arab leader to officially recognize Israel as a nation-state. In a series of meetings arranged by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and held at Camp David, Sadat and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin negotiated the peace treaty that came to be known as the Camp David Accords. Before commencing negotiations, Sadat courageously traveled to Israel and in his address to the Knesset said, “Together we might build a durable peace based on justice, to avoid the shedding of one single drop of blood from an Arab or an Israeli. It is for this reason that I have proclaimed my readiness to go to the farthest corner of the world.” 

“Sadat took countless personal risks to achieve a society grounded in peace and diplomacy – an endeavor that ultimately cost him is life,” explained Sen. Orrin Hatch. “Thus, awarding Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal celebrates and gives homage to Sadat’s courageous, remarkable, and enduring imprint on history.”

“President Sadat was the first Arab leader to recognize Israel.  He displayed courage and vision when he negotiated the Peace Treaty, fundamentally changing the course of history in the Middle East for the better,” said Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  “Awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal honors this legacy and underscores the enduring commitment of the United States to upholding the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel.” 

“Sadat was a once-in-a-generation leader,” said Rep. Chris Stewart. “He demonstrated a moral and political courage that is rare among world leaders, and which transformed the course of history. It’s wholly appropriate that we recognize that courage with the Congressional Gold Medal.”

“Anwar Sadat was an extraordinary leader, visionary and peacemaker who as President of Egypt became the first Arab leader to visit and recognize Israel,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng. “Awarding him with the Congressional Gold Medal would be an outstanding way to honor the enduring legacy he left behind, and pay tribute to his courage, and the contributions he made to peace in the Middle East. I’m proud to help introduce this bill, and I urge the House and Senate to pass it.”

“What is most remarkable about Sadat’s diplomacy is the dramatic first step he took toward peace by visiting Israel before negotiations commenced. This symbolic action generated goodwill and significantly contributed to the success of the peace treaty,” said Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, who has helped to coordinate the effort to award Anwar Sadat the Congressional Gold Medal in conjunction with Project Legacy, which recognizes individuals whose leadership has advanced peace, human rights, democracy and freedom.

Text of the bill can be found here.

Congressman Stewart signing the bill before it was introduced.

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Rep. Stewart's Statement on Confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo

2017/01/23

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo as the CIA Director:

“Mike Pompeo has become a good friend as we’ve worked closely together on the House Intelligence Committee. He will be a tremendous CIA Director at a very important time in our nation’s history. I look forward to continuing to partner with him as we work on intelligence issues.”

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Rep. Stewart Receives New House Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

2017/01/13

Washington, D.C. – With the beginning of the new 115th Congress, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has been given new subcommittee assignments on the House Appropriations Committee. He will now serve on the following subcommittees:

  • Financial Services and General Government
  • Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

Regarding the subcommittee assignments, Rep. Stewart released the following statement:

“As outlined in the Constitution, one of the primary functions of Congress is to manage federal funds. I’m looking forward to my new assignment on the Financial Services subcommittee where I will use the power of the purse to begin rolling back harmful regulations that are hurting the flow of capital.”

“As a former Air Force pilot, my background is well-suited to continue working on foreign affairs issues. I'm excited to use that background to better oversee federal spending in those areas, as the committee plays a critical and constitutionally mandated role in holding the President and his federal agencies accountable for the people’s money."

"I also look forward to continuing my service on the Interior Subcommittee. With more than 66 percent of Utah's lands owned by the federal government, it's critical that Utah has a voice in federal spending within the Interior Department."

Stewart was appointed to the Appropriations Committee at the end of 2013 and has previously served on the Homeland Security, Legislative Branch, Labor, Health and Human Services, Interior and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittees.

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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on Passage of Obamacare Repeal Resolution

2017/01/13

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that allows Congress to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Following its passage, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:
 
“I have heard over and over again from my constituents about how Obamacare is failing them. It's increased premiums, deductibles and forced Americans to change doctors and health care plans. That’s why the House acted today by passing legislation which begins the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
 
“I want to reassure my constituents that we are quickly working on a replacement plan. We’ve already laid the foundation for multiple pieces of straightforward legislation, not a comprehensive, overly complex, and confusing 3,000-page bill like Obamacare. Our legislation will make it easier and cheaper to get portable insurance, increases access to and flexibility of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), reforms medical liability laws, spurs competition between insurers and protects individuals with pre-existing conditions.”
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Rep. Stewart’s Statement on Interior Department’s Review of Federal Coal Program

2017/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Interior released their results of a year long review of the nation’s federal coal program. The report represents part of the final attempt by an outgoing administration to regulate America’s vast energy reserves so much so that they are economically unviable.
 
Regarding the report, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), released the following statement:
 
“This announcement represents the same policies that American’s rejected with the election of Donald Trump. This so-called “roadmap” will not only put coal miners out of jobs, it’s a life sentence of hamstrung economic opportunity in the communities that have been the most devastated by President Obama’s extremist environmental agenda.”
 
“The department’s suggestion that the government doesn’t receive a fair return in royalties or land usage and that the environmental reviews for coal leasing are deficient is nonsense. Under current regulations, each of the sites in the federal coal program undergo extensive environmental review that includes public comment, a process that regularly takes a decade per location. The sites also undergo extensive suitability and economic evaluation to determine the fair market value of minable resources. Leases to mine this coal are sold at auction to the highest bidder and if the Department of the Interior suspects the leases are underbid, it reserves the right to withhold a lease.”
 
“Let’s be clear about the intention of this announcement: make coal mining on public land unprofitable through regulation. The federal coal program brings in billions of dollars in royalty payments that are shared with the states. These royalties are used for education, safety and infrastructure improvements. The Department of Interior should abandon this unnecessary process. I look forward to Incoming Secretary Zinke putting a stop to this and so many other job-killing policies.”
 
The text of the report can be found HERE.
 
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Rep. Chris Stewart named House Intelligence Subcommittee Chairman

2017/01/10

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence announced that Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will serve as the Chairman of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.

Rep. Stewart released the following statement regarding the announcement:

“The fundamental role of the federal government, as outlined in the Constitution, is to provide for the security of our nation. And in an era where terrorist threats are far too common, the need for national security has never been more important. I'm honored to be named Chairman of the Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee, which is tasked with the critical role of overseeing our Department of Defense and space based intelligence activities." 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) also said:

“I congratulate Congressman Stewart on his appointment as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee’s Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee. Congressman Stewart has proven himself an invaluable member of the committee, and I’m confident he’ll provide rigorous oversight to the Intelligence Community agencies under his purview.” 

Stewart will continue to serve on the House Appropriations Committee.

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Rep. Stewart's Amendment to Block National Monuments in Utah passes out of Committee

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2016-05-25 18:20:55


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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9730
Fax 202-225-9627
stewart.house.gov

Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber.  He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.

Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.

Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.

Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.


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