Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement on the passing of Senator Bob Bennett:
“Senator Bennett has been a close family friend for many years and there are few people for which I have more respect. I spent some time with him recently and was reminded once again that he is one of the smartest men I know. After winning my election in 2012, he was one of the first to bring me under his wing to offer advice and support. We will all miss his wisdom, wit and work ethic. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bennett family during this extremely difficult time.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Utah lawmakers hand-delivered a letter to the White House requesting a meeting with President Obama on potential use of the Antiquities Act to create a national monument in Utah. Before delivering the letter, members of the Utah delegation met with White House officials to discuss public land issues.
Letter signatures include Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT), Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Mia Love (UT-04), and San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally.
Excerpts from the letter:
“To further communicate our strong opposition against the unilateral creation of a national monument in the State of Utah, we respectfully request the opportunity to personally meet with you to discuss our basis for opposition.”
“In a February meeting with the National Governors Association, you stated that open lines of communication are needed when discussing national monument designations. To that end, we believe a meeting involving you, Governor Gary Herbert, the Congressional delegation, and Utah’s only elected Navajo official is critical to successful communication and planning.”
Full letter text is here, or below.
President Obama is being pressed by environmental groups to use the Antiquities Act to designate 1.9 million acres of Bears Ears in southern Utah as a national monument. Earlier this year a draft of the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) was announced as a balanced approach to land conservation. Many stakeholders, including conservation groups, continue to support PLI as the preferred alternative to a national monument.
April 29, 2016
Dear Mr. President,
It is widely known that you are considering use of the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument in the State of Utah. We have previously written to you expressing our opposition to this action. While we appreciate the Secretary of the Interior’s response to our letter, we believe it was an inadequate response, as the Department of the Interior does not possess the authority to declare a national monument.
To further communicate our strong opposition against the unilateral creation of a national monument in the State of Utah, we respectfully request the opportunity to personally meet with you to discuss our basis for opposition.
A meeting of this nature is supported by your recent public statements. In a February meeting with the National Governors Association, you stated that open lines of communication are needed when discussing national monument designations. To that end, we believe a meeting involving you, Governor Gary Herbert, the Congressional delegation, and Utah’s only elected Navajo official is critical to successful communication and planning.
Finally, we hope a recent meeting we had with your staff will result in a productive dialogue regarding the Public Lands Initiative (PLI). The PLI is a balanced legislative approach to land management in eastern Utah. If passed, the PLI will establish greater land-use certainty and conserve more than four million acres of federal land. Many groups, including conservation groups, are still at the table providing feedback and comments on the draft PLI. The same draft was given to your staff on January 14, 2016 but thus far feedback has not been provided.
Thank you for your consideration. Collaborative planning is essential in the land management arena, and we look forward to meeting with you.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Suppressor Export Act, H.R. 5135, giving U.S. suppressor manufacturers access to a global market, and giving consumers around the world access to high-quality American products.
Suppressors, also known as silencers, are used by hunters and gun owners for hearing protection. American manufactures make the highest quality product, but an internal policy at the U.S. State Department prohibits them from competing commercially with foreign manufactures in countries where it is legal to own and operate suppressors.
“The United States should be cautious when exporting weapons and accessories, but there is no reason for a blanket ban on the export of suppressors, which are used for hearing protection,” Stewart said. “There is a global demand for quality American-made suppressors, and American businesses should be able compete in certain markets around the world.”
The Suppressor Export Act would require the U.S. State Department to allow for the commercial export of suppressors made in the United States to foreign markets where suppressors are legal to own and operate.
“This is a common-sense bill that will level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, allowing them to compete in the global market,” Stewart said.
Specifically this bill would allow the American export of suppressors if:
The National Rifle Association and the American Suppressor Association have both endorsed the Suppressor Export Act.
A PDF copy of the bill can be found here.
Original Co-sponsors of the bill include:
Reps. Ralph Abraham (R- La.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), John Carter (R-Texas), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chris Collins (R- N.Y.), Paul Cook (R- Calif.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R- Kan.), Steve King (R- Iowa), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.)Read More
About the Congressional Awardees:
Marinda and Katrina completed the following:
Marinda will be attending Utah State University on an academic presidential scholarship in the fall with plans to study accounting. Her hobbies include water skiing, dirt biking, and playing the piano and organ. She just started her own business selling screen printed t-shirts.
Katrina will be attending Utah State University on an academic presidential scholarship in the fall. Her hobbies include hiking, historical exploration, painting, and playing the piano and organ. She just started her own business selling watercolor greeting cards online.
About the Congressional Award
The Congressional Award was created by Congress in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people. The award is open to all young people ages 14-23 in America. To be eligible to receive this award, young people must set and achieve goals in the four program areas of public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. The only other medal awarded by Congress is the Medal of Honor. More than 40,000 Congressional Awards have been earned, representing over 3.5 million volunteer hours performed in communities across America.
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will hold Town Hall Meetings next week in Bountiful and West Valley City, Utah. This is a great opportunity for constituents to share their views about the critical issues facing the nation.
WHAT: Town Hall Meetings with Congressman Chris Stewart
For more information, visit stewart.house.gov/eventsRead More
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Brussels:
“I’m heartbroken and angry to learn of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. My thoughts and prayers are with those we’ve lost, their families and the first responders. But we have to realize the challenge we are facing. Far too many seek to kill us, destroy our values, and take away our basic freedoms. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we implement a real plan to stop the spread of global terrorism to prevent future attacks.”
“I’ll be working with my colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee to continue monitoring the situation and develop appropriate responses.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) with the Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies.
“We are pleased to recognize Congressman Stewart for engaging in pro-business policymaking that helps strengthen our nation’s spirit of enterprise,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award honors those members of Congress who are committed to ensuring that American businesses can continue to operate and succeed in a free enterprise system.”
The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.
“As a former small business owner, I understand first-hand how important it is to reduce regulatory burdens and focus on pro-business policies that will create jobs and grow our economy,” Stewart said. “I will continue to fight every day for policies that will provide businesses with the certainty to keep our family, friends and neighbors working.”
This marks the 28th year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to concerns expressed by local law enforcement and elected officials, Utah’s Congressional delegation today introduced H.R. 4751, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act of 2016. This bill eliminates law enforcement functions of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service on federal land, and instead grants authority to local law enforcement.
Congressmen Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chris Stewart (UT- 02), and Congresswoman Mia Love (UT-04) released the following statement upon introduction of the bill:
“Federal agencies do not enjoy the same level of trust and respect as local law enforcement that are deeply rooted in local communities. This legislation will help deescalate conflicts between law enforcement and local residents while improving transparency and accountability. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service will be able to focus on their core missions without the distraction of police functions. This is a win all around."
Click here to view full bill text.
What the Bill Does:
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Washington, DC 20515
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.
(2/2) We will all miss Sen. Bennett's wisdom, wit & work ethic. My thoughts & prayers are w/ the Bennett family. #utpol
(1/2) Sen. Bennett has been a close friend for years & there are few people for which I have more respect. #utpol
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