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:
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.
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.”
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.
You can learn more about the award recipients and their accomplishments, here.Read More
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.Read More
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.”
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:
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.Read More
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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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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