Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Rep. Chris Stewart Introduces Bill Giving States the Ability to Manage Wild Horses and Burros

2014/07/10

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation that would give states and Indian Tribes the option to take over the management of wild horses and burros. The Wild Horse Oversight Act of 2014 would preserve all protections under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, and simply allow states to implement horse and burro management plans that address the specific needs of their own state. “The federal government has never been able to properly manage the horses and burros in the west,” Stewart said. “Every state faces different challenges, which is why it’s important that they have the ability to manage their own wildlife.” In the 43 years that the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act has been in place, the ranges have been overused, pushing cattle off the ranges and leading to the destruction of important habitat for native species. “States and tribes already successfully manage large quantities of wildlife within their borders,” Stewart said. “If horses and burros were under that same jurisdiction, I’m confident that new ideas and opportunities would be developed to manage the herds more successfully than the federal government.” This bill would allow states to form cooperative agreements to manage herds that cross over borders, and the federal government would continue to inventory the horses and burros to ensure that the population numbers as prescribed by the 1971 Act are maintained. “In an era of fiscal crisis, the federal government just doesn’t have the money to manage these programs.” For the full text of the bill, click here.   Read More

Rep. Stewart Introduces Bill to De-Militarize Federal Regulatory Agencies

2014/06/23

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Regulatory Agency De-militarization (RAD) Act, which stems the trend of federal regulatory agencies developing SWAT-like teams. In recent years, numerous federal regulatory agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Food and Drug Agency and the Department of Education – have created their own special law enforcement teams to conduct their own arrests and raids. This is in part a product of the 2002 Homeland Security Act, which gave most Offices of Inspector General arrest and firearm authority. "It's disturbing to see the stories of federal regulators armed to the teeth and breaking into homes and businesses when there was no reason to think there would be resistance," Stewart said. “I understand that federal agents must be capable of protecting themselves. But what we have observed goes far beyond providing necessary protection. When there are genuinely dangerous situations involving federal law, that’s the job of the Department of Justice, not regulatory agencies like the FDA or the Department of Education. Not only is it overkill, but having these highly-armed units within dozens of agencies is duplicative, costly, heavy handed, dangerous and destroys any sense of trust between citizens and the federal government.” The RAD Act has three pieces: 1. Repeals the arrest and firearm authority granted to Offices of Inspectors General in the 2002 Homeland Security Act. 2. Prohibits federal agencies, other than those traditionally tasked with enforcing federal law—such as the FBI and U.S. Marshals, from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act. 3. Directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to write a complete report detailing all federal agencies, including Offices of Inspectors General, with specialized units that receive special tactical or military-style training and that respond to high-risk situations that fall outside the capabilities of regular law enforcement officers. “The militarization of agencies is only a symptom of a much deeper and more troubling problem within Washington – that the federal government no longer trusts the American people,” Stewart said. “When all of us feel that we are no longer seen as citizens but as potential dangerous suspects – a relationship of trust is impossible. I’m working to restore and rebuild trust – beginning with this effort to defund paramilitary capabilities within federal regulatory agencies.” Specific examples of the militarization of federal regulatory agencies include: In July 2010, a multi-agency taskforce, including armed officers from the Food and Drug Agency, raided a Venice, California organic grocery store suspected of using raw milk. (LA Times, July 10, 2010). In June 2011, armed federal agents with the Department of Education’s OIG broke down the door of a Stockton, California home at 6 AM and handcuffed a man suspected of student aid fraud. (Washington Post, June 8, 2011). In July 2013, an armed multi-agency taskforce, including officers from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service raided a small Alaska mining operation suspected of violating the Clean Water Act. (Washington Times, Oct. 11, 2013). On May 7th, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s OIG released a solicitation for submachine guns. For the full text of the bill, click here. Original Co-sponsors of the bill include: Representatives Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Mark Amodei (R-Nev.). [[{"fid":"357","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"height: 312px; width: 600px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

Stewart: New EPA Regulations are Pure Fantasy

2014/06/02

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new carbon regulations, requiring power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Following this announcement, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), former chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Environment, released the following statement: "What the EPA is calling a "common sense plan" is just pure fantasy. It's just another example of more expensive, big-government regulation, and less freedom for american businesses and american families. These new regulations will require existing power plants to cut carbon emissions by 30%, which will require billions of dollars in renovations and cost over 400,000 jobs. The costs of this new regulation will be paid for by you and me in the form of increased power bills, fewer jobs, a decrease in the manufacturing sector, and more expensive energy efficient products." "President Obama ran on an all-of-the-above energy platform. His plan promised to support economic growth, job creation and energy security. But over the last 5 years, instead of 'developing every source of American-made energy', he has engaged in a war on coal. The President's administration is crushing energy development with over-regulation. Instead of growing the economy, he's stifling it — forcing companies to cut employees hours and jobs to pay for these new regulations. Even the President himself admitted, that these kind of proposals will be make energy bills 'necessarily skyrocket'." "This comes at horrible timing, as just last week it was announced that our GDP shrunk for the first time in 3 years. We need to be growing our economy, focusing on investing in new technology and cultivating the untapped energy resources found across the United States."    Read More

Statement on Resignation of Secretary Shinseki

2014/05/30

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after the resignation of Secretary Shinseki: "Our veterans are heroes that deserve the best possible care," Stewart said. "Unfortunately, we've learned over the last few weeks that not all of them have received that care. While it doesn't solve the problem, Sec. Shinseki's resignation was a necessary step in reforming the V.A.  As a veteran myself, I  understand that someone needs to be held accountable in order to move forward. Veterans care should be our top priority and I hope this is just the first step of many to solve the problems within the V.A." Read More

Stewart and Gabbard Introduce The Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

2014/05/20

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), both veterans, introduced the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act of 2014, H.R. 4682. This bipartisan bill gives TRICARE-eligible veterans the ability to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) program. Under current Veterans Administration policy, it is illegal for a TRICARE-eligible veteran to participate in an HSA program. The Veterans TRICARE Choice Act of 2014, gives veterans the choice to voluntarily pause their TRICARE benefits in order to participate in an HSA program. Health Savings Accounts have proven to be an effective way to pay for medical costs and proactively save for future medical expenses. Employees invest and save tax-free money in HSAs, which are then used to pay for qualified medical expenses. These have become increasingly popular healthcare plans in the private sector. “As a former Air Force Officer, I know first hand about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families,” Congressman Chris Stewart said. “When they leave the military and enter the private workforce, they shouldn’t be denied opportunities given to non-veteran employees. This bill simply allows veterans to pause TRICARE benefits to participate in the same employer sponsored HSA programs that non-veteran employees are given. It’s important that we honor our veterans by ensuring that they have access to the best healthcare options for themselves and their families.” “Veterans in the private sector deserve the same access to quality healthcare options that their civilian co-workers enjoy,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “As a National Guard soldier who used TRICARE in the past, I've experienced firsthand the limitations that exist.  TRICARE-eligible veterans who have served their country honorably are denied access to other health plans unless they permanently opt out of TRICARE. This outdated policy does not serve our veterans or their families, who have sacrificed greatly. I’m proud to join my friend and fellow veteran, Congressman Stewart, to introduce the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act to provide more freedom and flexibility for our veterans to make healthcare choices that are right for themselves and their families.” For a PDF copy of the bill, click here. Read More

Hatch, Lee, Bishop, Chaffetz, Stewart Urge BLM to Keep Seized Nevada Cattle Out of Utah

2014/04/10

Washington, D.C. – Five members of Utah’s congressional delegation – U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), and Chris Stewart (UT-02) – today urged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to keep cattle seized in Nevada out of Utah. In a letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze and Amy Leuders, State Director of BLM’s Nevada Field Office, the members of the delegation cited health and safety concerns to Utah’s cattle industry, workers involved in a potential sale and that of residents in the communities around where any sale may take place. In the letter, Hatch, Lee, Bishop, Chaffetz and Stewart wrote that “We strongly support Governor Herbert and echo his concerns, expressed in his April 2nd letter to you, that going forward with the plan to transport the Nevada cattle to Utah may endanger the health of Utah herds and place Utah state employees and other Utah residents in danger.” The letter adds that “endangering [the cattle industry], particularly when there are alternatives available for selling the animals in Nevada, would be imprudent and careless.” A signed copy of the letter to the BLM can be found HERE, and the text is below: Dear Mr. Kornze and Ms. Lueders Over the past several weeks, Utah leaders have expressed to you in letters, hearings, and personal conversations our concerns with the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to transport cattle seized in Nevada to Utah for sale.  As members of the Utah delegation, we again strongly urge you to develop a plan for the cattle which does not involve transporting them to Utah. The fact that the BLM is legally able to transport the cattle to Utah does not mean it would be wise to do so. Under the circumstances, bringing the cattle to Utah would be foolish and unnecessary. We strongly support Governor Herbert and echo his concerns, expressed in his April 2nd letter to you, that going forward with the plan to transport the Nevada cattle to Utah may endanger the health of Utah herds and place Utah state employees and other Utah residents in danger.  With 5,589 beef producers and 364,744 beef cattle, the Utah cattle industry is an important part of the state’s economy. Endangering this industry, particularly when there are alternatives available for selling the animals in Nevada, would be imprudent and careless.  We also share the concerns of Governor Herbert and other stakeholders that bringing any of the animals to Utah—not just those determined to be feral—may precipitate a needless confrontation. Regardless of who is to blame for the current environment, you clearly have the power to lower the emotions involved by keeping the cattle out of Utah. As Governor Herbert wrote, “the proposed transaction is a Nevada issue, involving Nevada residents and Nevada livestock.”  We ask that BLM please implement an immediate change of course. Simply postponing your plan will not solve the problem. We hope to work productively with you in your respective roles in the coming years, and to that end we hope you will recognize the very legitimate concerns of Utah leaders and respond accordingly. Sincerely,   Read More

Stewart Named Top Conservative By American Conservative Union

2014/04/03

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) was named a top conservative by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his congressional achievements in 2013. Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues.  The 2013 ACU Ratings of Congress includes scores for each individual member in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. “ACU Conservatives,” are members recognized for scoring 80 percent or higher. “Conservatives have a responsibility to fight the out-of-control growth of government in Congress. We are proud to honor the fine work of Rep. Stewart in that battle,” said Al Cardenas, Chairman of ACU. The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which bills serve as the best barometer for separating those representatives who defend liberty from liberal members who have turned their backs on our founding principles – constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional American values.  “Since I was sworn into Congress, I have fought to be a conservative voice – working to reduce the size and influence of the government and increase personal freedoms,” Stewart said. “I am honored to be recognized for this award, and will continue to defend America’s core conservative principles.” Throughout the history of the conservative ratings program, ACU has become the go-to source for determining whether an elected official’s philosophical rhetoric matches his or her record. Its conservative ratings guides provide a comprehensive analysis of the legislative landscape over the preceding year. This differentiates ACU from other guides which may emphasize single areas, like taxes, defense, or social policy. ACU’s scored votes are not announced in advance, ensuring that its scores provide a more accurate reflection of an elected official’s philosophy of government.  The full 2013 ACU Ratings of Congress guide is now available online at www.conservative.org. [[{"fid":"349","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"width: 300px; height: 450px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;","class":"media-element file-full"},"link_text":null}]]   Read More

Purple Heart Awarded to SPC James McCloy

2014/03/20

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2), a former military officer, presented the Purple Heart to SPC James McCloy of West Jordan, Utah. SPC McCloy was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.  In March 2011, as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, SPC McCloy and his teammates were conducting a route clearance mission in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan. They were tasked with removing explosive devices and other obstacles from the road to allow the safe passage of friendly forces and people to and from local communities. During the operation, their armored vehicle was struck by a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED), resulting in the destruction of the vehicle and the injury of all four passengers aboard. “SPC James McCloy is a brave and heroic soldier — an example of the courageous men and women that are protecting the United States around the world," Stewart said. "As a former military officer, it was an absolute honor for me to present him with his Purple Heart." [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"3456","width":"4608","style":"width: 330px; height: 247px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]  [[{"fid":"344","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"3456","width":"4608","style":"width: 330px; height: 247px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

Stewart Introduces Endangered Species Improvement Act of 2014

2014/03/17

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Endangered Species Improvement Act of 2014. This bill would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973, to require that the federal government count all species dwelling on both public and private lands, in determining species recovery. “The intent of the Endangered Species Act is to protect species from extinction—an absolutely noble and needed cause,” Stewart said. “Unfortunately, not all laws are perfect, and in this case, the interpretation of the law is resulting in inaccurate data collection, potentially preventing healthy and growing species from being removed from the threatened or endangered list.” For example, in southern Utah, the Utah prairie dog has been a listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 1973. In the species recovery plan for the Utah prairie dog, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counts only prairie dogs living on federal land to determine whether or not the species is recovering and could be delisted.  They do not count the thousands of prairie dogs found on state, local and private lands in order to determine recovery. “As it turns out, like the human population, the prairie dogs prefer to live on land with water, grass and crops,” Stewart said. “As a result, there are large populations of prairie dogs in yards, parks, cemeteries, and fields that never get counted toward recovery because they don’t live on federal lands. Many wonder whether the species could be delisted if these dogs were included in official counts used to determine whether the species is on the path to recovery. Moreover, I am concerned that only counting part of a population of any species to determine species recovery could hugely expand the reach of the ESA.” “This is a common-sense reform that simply asks for accurate population counts when assessing the status of threatened or endangered species. I have had conversations with the Interior Secretary, Sally Jewel, about this problem and I am hopeful that we will be able to work together to find a solution.” Stewart said. For a PDF copy of the bill, click here. Read More

U.S. Chamber Honors Stewart with Spirit of Enterprise Award

2014/03/12

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today presented Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress. “2013 was challenging, but Congressman Stewart worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Stewart who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress.” The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined in the Chamber publication, How They Voted. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award. According to this year’s scorecard, Stewart received an 85% rating with the Chamber in 2013. During the first session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on 13 important House votes, such as delaying enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, trade, transportation, legal reform, and the budget. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. [[{"fid":"340","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"width: 300px; height: 450px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

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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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Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

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