Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Congressman Stewart Introduces Legislation to Combat Zika Virus

2016/02/03

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation to combat the Zika virus. The Zika Response and Safety Act gives flexibility to our federal agencies, allowing them to use funds allocated to fight the Ebola virus to also research and fight the Zika virus. 

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and if pregnant women are infected, it has been linked to serious physical and neurological defects to their unborn children. This week, the World Health Organization declared Zika a global public health emergency. 

“The Zika virus is a global health threat that requires our immediate attention,” Stewart said. “This bill gives agencies like the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the resources and flexibility they need to research the virus to develop treatments and vaccines. Experts fear that the virus will spread more widely to the United States, especially with the Rio Olympic Games on the horizon.” 

“This is a frightening virus, especially for pregnant woman or those hoping to expand their family in the next few years,” Stewart continued. “I am using my role on the Appropriations Committee to ensure the right people have the resources they need to combat this dangerous virus.”

In 2014, Congress allocated approximately $2.4 billion to research and fight the Ebola virus. As of September 2015, approximately $1.4 billion of that funding was unused. The Zika Response and Safety Act allows the appropriate agencies to access Ebloa funds to research and respond to the Zika virus. 

The full text of the bill can be found here

 

To watch the video, click here.

 

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Federal Land Action Group to Hold Forum on Tuesday, February 9th

2016/02/02

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Land Action Group, led by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), will hold their next forum on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 entitled “Improving Public Land Management Through More Local Control”.

WHAT: Federal Land Action Group Forum: Improving Public Land Management Through More Local Control”.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:30pm ET. 

WHERE: 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 

Forum Witnesses:

  • Karla Jones, American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Robert Nelson, University of Maryland
  • Randall O’Toole, Cato Institute 

Federal Land Action Group Members:

  • Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) - Chairman of the Federal Land Action Group
  • Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) - Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee
  • Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.)
  • Representative Diane Black (R-Tenn.)
  • Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  • Representative Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.)
  • Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
  • Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

About the Federal Land Action Group:

In April 2015, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) and Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-1) launched the Federal Land Action Group, a congressional team that will develop a legislative framework for transferring public lands to local ownership and control.

This Group, chaired by Rep. Stewart, will build on the work started by Utah and other states in recent years. “The federal government has been a lousy landlord for western states and we simply think the states can do it better,” Stewart said. “If we want healthier forests, better access to public lands, more consistent funding for public education and more reliable energy development, it makes sense to have local control.”

Rep. Bishop, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said, “This group will explore legal and historical background in order to determine the best congressional action needed to return these lands to the rightful owners. We have assembled a strong team of lawmakers, and I look forward to formulating a plan that reminds the federal government it should leave the job of land management to those who know best.” 

The Federal Land Action Group will hold a series of forums with experts on public lands policy, with the goal of introducing transfer legislation.

For more information about past forums, click here.

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Speaking to Utah’s Legislature, Rep. Stewart Addresses Our Country’s Debt, Economic Growth and National Security

2016/01/28

Salt Lake City – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart addressed the Utah legislature at the Utah State Capital Building. To both the Utah House and Senate, he spoke of three areas that Congress needs to tackle: our country’s debt, economic growth and national security. 

The Utah House Address can be viewed here

 

The Utah Senate Address can be viewed here:

 

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Congressman Stewart Launches Valentine’s Day Card Drive to Honor Utah’s Veterans

2016/01/21

SALT LAKE CITY – Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) is hosting a Valentine’s Day Card Drive to thank and honor Utah's veterans.

Utahns are invited to mail or drop off Valentine’s Day cards for veterans to Congressman Stewart’s Salt Lake City office from Monday, January 25 – February 10, 2016. Congressman Stewart and his staff will deliver the cards in person to Veteran’s Homes in Salt Lake City and St. George on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

“As a former Air Force pilot, I know first hand about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families,” Stewart said. “Sending a Valentine’s Day card is one small way for us to thank our nation’s heroes and let them know we care about them on the day we celebrate those we love.”

WHAT: Congressman Stewart’s Valentine’s Day Card Drive for Veterans: "Valentines For Veterans"

WHEN: January 25 – February 10, 2016

WHERE:
Mail or Drop off cards to:
Congressman Stewart’s Salt Lake City Office
420 East South Temple #390
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Cards will be delivered to the William J. Christofferson Veteran Home in Salt Lake City and the Ivins Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah.

Valentine's For Veterans

To watch the video, click here.

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Rep. Stewart Reacts to Obama's Announcement to Halt New Coal Leases

2016/01/15

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Obama administration announced that it is freezing all new coal production on public lands, leading to significantly increased energy costs, lost jobs and a decrease in energy production. Following the announcement, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:

“This announcement is absurd. It is liberal fantasyland at its worst and I will fight it every way I can.” 

“Everyday, I work for policies that increase energy production, create new jobs and decrease our energy bills. This president is trying to do just the opposite.”

“This week in the State of the Union Address, Obama asked why politics has become so divided. He is the reason. His administration has run off the rails in pursuit of his own vision of liberal justice.”

 

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Congressman Stewart and Congressional Leaders to Host Events Aimed at Holding Federal Land Agencies Accountable

2016/01/14

St. GEORGE, UT -- Congressman Chris Stewart will be in St. George, UT on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22, 2016 to discuss problems and solutions related to public land management. The following events will be open to the public:

WHEN:
Friday, January 22, 2016 
 
WHERE:
Dixie Convention Center
Entrada Room B/C
1835 South Convention Center Drive
St. George, Utah
 
WHAT:
10:00am MT:
House Natural Resources Committee Hearing
“Ensuring Local Input, Legal Consistency and Multi-Use Resource Management in St. George BLM Planning"
 
Members of Congress attending include:
  • Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT)
  • Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT)
  • Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
  • Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA)
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
1:00pm MT:
Listening Session hosted by Congressman Stewart with special guests Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop
 
The topics that will be discussed at the listening session include:
  • BLM Law Enforcement
  • Federal Agency Actions Against Ranchers
  • Potential Collusion between Federal Agencies and Environmental Groups
  • Introduction of the Mexican Wolf
  • Monument Designations

*Speaking at the listening session will be by inviation only. If you are interested in speaking, please contact our office, 202-225-9730. Those who do not get to speak may submit a written statement to Congressman Stewart's office. A report from the listening session, including any written statements, will be submited to the Congressional Record.

For those who are unable to attend, the events will be live streamed at http://southernutahlive.com/live.

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Congressman Stewart Responds to the State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

Washington, D.C. – After President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:

"Unfortunately, the president missed a real opportunity tonight. In his final State of the Union address, we heard much of the same big ideas; ripe with the liberal talking points we have heard in previous years. In an era of real national concern, we expect more than big ideas from our President. We need results.”

“The President should have provided realistic solutions to the things I routinely hear about from Utahns: our national security, federal agency overreach, and our country’s rising debt. 

“America must maintain its leading role in the world with a strong national defense. We need to make real improvements in how we are combatting global terrorism and facing the other global threats to our nation. We need government agencies to get out of the way, become less intrusive and empower individuals to succeed. And finally, we need to get control of our debt and spending so we can get on a path towards fiscal sanity.” 

Congressman Stewart also released the following video message: 

Click here to watch the video.

 

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Rep. Stewart Votes to Repeal Obamacare and Defund Planned Parenthood; Bill Sent to the President’s Desk

2016/01/06

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined the House in passing a bill that fully repeals Obamacare and fully defunds Planned Parenthood.

Having already passed the Senate, this will be the first time that both chambers of Congress have approved an Obamacare repeal measure, sending it to the President’s desk. President Obama will be forced to either sign or veto the legislation.

“This is a big deal,” Stewart said. “Obamacare is hurting hard working families in Utah, and I’ve been fighting to repeal it since I came to Congress. While I’ve voted to repeal Obamacare dozens of times, this is the first time it’s being sent to the President’s desk for a signature.”

“This bill also significantly defunds Planned Parenthood. The federal government shouldn’t be in the business of giving millions of dollars to an organization that participates in inhumane practices.” 

“While I’m guessing that the President will veto this legislation, we need to get him on the record. We can not stop fighting for Utah’s values.”

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Congressman Stewart Responds to Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

2016/01/05

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after President Obama issued new executive orders on gun control:

"While I am still reviewing the proposed executive action, I am very troubled that this president continues to ignore the Constitutional role of Congress by pursuing yet another set of executive actions. The silver lining is that just like any executive action, this one could be rescinded if it doesn't have the support of the American people.”

“I continue to hope this president will respect the proper role of Congress in crafting legislation. I am not optimistic. It may be a long year."

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Rep. Stewart and House Intelligence Committee Launch Investigation into Spying Allegations

2015/12/31

Washington, D.C. -- As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined his committee colleagues in opening an investigation into the Obama Administration's practice of spying on members of Congress and some friendly foreign leaders.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the United States collected information on private exchanges between members of Congress and the Israeli Prime Minister during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.

This comes two years after President Obama announced he would no longer eavesdrop on friendly heads of state. Additionally, the law states that any intercepted communication between a U.S. government official and a foreign target must be destroyed unless the NSA Director grants a waiver. At this time, Congress is aware of no such waiver.

"If the Wall Street Journal report is correct, we've got a real problem,” Stewart said. "The National Security Agency already has a strained relationship with the American people, and breaking our privacy laws only weakens that relationship. Next week, the House Intelligence Committee is expected to meet with members of the Intelligence Community to get some answers to these very serious allegations."

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Congressman Stewart Introduces Bill to Combat Zika Virus

2016-02-03 16:49:57


Rep. Stewart Addresses the Utah Senate

2016-01-28 20:51:19


Rep. Stewart Addresses the Utah House of Representatives

2016-01-28 20:42:17


Rep. Stewart: We Simply Can't Trust Iran

2016-01-13 16:38:57


Rep. Chris Stewart's Response to the 2016 State of the Union Address

2016-01-13 03:41:22


Rep. Chris Stewart on MSNBC: We Can't Adequately Vet Syrian Refugees

2015-11-18 22:04:52


Federal Land Action Group Forum - October 26, 2015

2015-10-28 14:45:07


Rep. Stewart speaks on the SOAR Act

2015-10-21 21:26:11


Rep. Stewart Calls on President Obama to Sign NDAA

2015-10-21 21:04:55


Rep. Stewart Honors Courageous Salt Lake City Sisters and Police Officer

2015-10-02 18:52:10


Rep. Stewart Commemorates the 14th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

2015-09-11 13:45:40


Rep. Stewart on Why We Can't Trust Iran and this Nuclear Deal.

2015-09-11 13:13:21


Rep. Chris Stewart at the Federal Land Action Group Forum

2015-07-28 21:35:08


Rep. Stewart Commemorates Pioneer Day on the House Floor

2015-07-23 13:02:57


Rep. Stewart Discussing the Iran Nuclear Deal on C-Span's Washington Journal

2015-07-16 17:43:33


Rep. Stewart Discussing the Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act

2015-06-10 20:17:47


ABC 4 Discusses the Importance of the Judgment Fund Transparency Act

2015-04-10 15:12:09


Rep. Stewart on ABC 4 discussing Iran, the budget and the Judgment Fund Transparency Act

2015-04-09 20:07:41


Rep. Stewart Shares Family Recipe on 'Good Things Utah'

2015-04-07 17:25:49


Congressman Stewart's Weekly Wrap Up Video

2015-03-27 01:51:36


Contact Information

323 Cannon HOB
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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Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

Mia Love

UTAH's 4th DISTRICT

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