Bountiful, Utah – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will hold a Youth Council Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00pm in Bountiful, Utah. This Town Hall Meeting is specifically for youth and their parents.
Salt Lake City – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) launched a blanket drive to benefit patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. Stewart’s office is specifically collecting new fleece blankets, new quilts and new NICU blankets.
Blankets can be dropped off or mailed to Rep. Stewart’s Salt Lake or St. George offices through November 18th. Congressman Stewart will then deliver the blankets to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Primary Children’s Hospital has very specific color and size requirements. Visit Stewart.house.gov/BlanketDrive for more information.
Watch Rep. Stewart’s video message launching the Blanket Drive:
WHAT: Congressman Chris Stewart Launches Blanket Drive Benefitting Primary Children’s Hospital
WHEN: The Blanket Drive runs through November 18th
WHERE: Deliver or mail new blankets to Rep. Stewart’s Salt Lake or St. George Offices
A flier can be downloaded here.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah)’s congressional resolution directing the State Department and Intelligence Community to investigate the disappearance of BYU student David Sneddon passed the House today. The resolution specifically asks them to investigate the possibility that the North Korean government may have abducted Sneddon.
Sneddon was last seen in 2004 hiking in western China. Chinese officials say he likely died while hiking, but there is no evidence of an accident, his body has never been found, and there are witnesses who claim they saw Sneddon after he finished hiking.
North Korean officials are known to operate in this particular region of China, and the Sneddon family, along with various experts in North Korean policy, believe that the North Korea government may have abducted David, as they have citizens of other countries, using his language skills to train government officials and operatives. A recent report out of South Korea potentially validates this theory.
“As the resolution indicates, there is more work to be done by the State Department and Intelligence Community,” Stewart said. “Particularly given the recent reports out of South Korea that David may be alive, David’s family deserves answers, and until we find those answers we should continue to pursue all possible explanations for David’s disappearance.”
Below is a video on a floor Speech Rep. Stewart gave in February about David and the Resolution:
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) lead a bi-partisan group of 95 Members of Congress, alongside Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), urging House leadership to secure full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program.
Nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states receive PILT funding to compensate for lost tax revenue due to the large amounts of federal lands in their counties, which are un-taxable according to federal law.
Specifically in Utah, 67 percent of the land is owned by the federal government and is un-taxable. In 2016 alone, Utah received over $38,000,000 in PILT payments, which were critical for Utah’s rural county budgets. A breakdown of the payments by county in Utah can be found here.
In a letter sent to House leadership, Stewart wrote, “If Congress fails to fully fund the PILT program by the end of the year, public lands counties across the nation will be unable to provide essential public services such as: law enforcement, search and rescue, public health and critical transportation infrastructure.”
Current PILT funding is set to expire on September 30, 2016, the end of the fiscal year.
Stewart also urged leadership to enact a fiscally responsible, long-term and sustainable solution to fully fund the program beyond next year.
The full text of the letter is below. The PDF can be found here.
Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi,
For more than 40 years, the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program has played a critical role in supporting our local communities by providing critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states to offset lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt federal lands within their jurisdictions. As 2016 comes to an end, we urge you to work in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to ensure the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program is fully funded for FY 2017 and beyond.
For FY 2017, the U.S. Department of Interior has estimated that $480 million dollars will be necessary to fully fund PILT. If Congress fails to fully fund the PILT program by the end of the year, public lands counties across the nation will be unable to provide essential public services such as: law enforcement, search and rescue, public health and critical transportation infrastructure.
Current discretionary appropriations for the PILT program are set to expire on September 30, 2016. Without the certainty of full PILT funding for FY 2017, we risk severely crippling counties’ ability to provide essential services for their residents and public lands visitors alike.
Moving forward, we hope Congress can work together to enact a fiscally responsible, long-term and sustainable solution to fully fund PILT in FY 2017 and beyond. As counties across the United States works to balance their budgets, it is essential that Congress act to reaffirm the federal government’s long-standing commitment to public lands counties by fully funding PILT.
We look forward to working with you to end the financial uncertainty facing thousands of counties nationwide, and we thank you for your attention to this critical issue.
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WASHINGTON – The entire Utah congressional delegation, including Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Mia Love (R-UT), as well as Gov. Gary Herbert issued the following joint statement today in opposition of a monument designation in Utah:
“We, the Congressional Delegation of the Great State of Utah, stand in solidarity with local Native Americans, the people of San Juan County and elected officials at the local, county and state levels of Utah government in opposition to the unilateral designation of the proposed Bears Ears national monument. The protection of our nation’s historic, cultural and natural resources is among the noblest of pursuits and we agree that this unique part of our state needs to be preserved. However, turning our backs on the democratic process to do so undermines who we are as Americans. We support a solution where local voices are not only heard, but integrated into public land management.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee and former military officer, released the following statement regarding the attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, which took place over the weekend:
“As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am aggressively investigating the bombings in New York and New Jersey, and the knife attack in Minnesota. Whether the attacks were orchestrated by sophisticated terror cells or lone wolf terrorists, there is still much to learn, and we will not rest until we get answers. What we do know is that we need to get more serious about countering and destroying terror threats, both domestically and abroad.”
“My thanks to the law enforcement officials in New York and New Jersey for their quick work to track down the suspect in this weekend’s terrorist attacks, as well as to the off-duty police officer in St. Cloud, Minnesota who killed a knife-wielding terrorist on Sunday.”
Washington, D.C.– Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, awarded Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) with its Guardian of Small Business Award for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners.
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows members and other small business owners who are really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Stewart is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”
The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. Stewart received a 100 percent voting record during the 114th Congress.
“As a former small business owner, I have always said that small business is the economic engine of the United States,” Stewart said. “Enabling them to flourish is the fastest way to economic prosperity. I will continue to fight for policies that reduce regulatory burdens, and help businesses succeed.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement today after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it had signed a new Record of Decision (ROD), paving the way for a new coal lease in Sevier County.
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for central Utah’s rural communities, as coal production will preserve thousands of high paying jobs. I’m pleased that the BLM has recognized the importance of diverse energy sources and I’m committed to fighting for sustainable energy sources that are good for both rural Utah and our energy independence.”
Many times over the course of President Obama’s second term, I have stood on the House floor and made an obvious but important observation. Our Founding Fathers got it right. They gave us a president and not a king. Knowing this, I have objected vigorously as this President pulls more and more unconstitutional powers to himself. If a future Republican president were to do the same thing, I will condemn him just as vigorously.
And while there are many reasons to oppose President Obama’s policies, the longest lasting damage of his presidency may not be the policies themselves but the way he pursues them – ignoring Congress and rewriting laws to fit his policy goals. I remember well listening to his State of the Union address when he promised to bypass Congress by using his phone and his pen, then watching my democratic colleagues stand up and cheer. Watching them, I thought, “The President has just said he doesn’t care about you. He doesn’t care about the 700,000 people that you represent. What he is proposing will shred the Constitution.” And yet they cheered…
Even as the courts continue striking down many of the President’s actions, including recently his regulation of hydraulic fracturing on public lands and his immigration amnesty, his repeated pattern of overreaching will have long-term consequences for our Constitutionally-enshrined separation of powers. There is little doubt this president has opened the door for future presidents to try the same thing. Americans of both parties should be alarmed to see the balance of power consistently tilted toward the presidency.
To put this in perspective, a brief review of some of the President’s most outrageous power grabs is in order. The President’s Waters of the U.S. rule magically transformed the 1972 Clean Water Act into permission for the EPA to regulate every wet patch of ground anywhere in the country. His Clean Power Plan made a similar expansion of the 1973 Clean Air Act, discovering a heretofore unknown authority for the EPA to regulate the nation’s entire electrical power grid. I mention the dates because in over 40 years these laws were never interpreted so broadly. With his Set-Top-Box mandate and Net Neutrality rules, the President has first politicized and then inserted the Federal Communications Commission into the telecom sector in unprecedented ways. The list goes on and on. From international nuclear agreements to immigration, healthcare, education, property rights, religious freedom, and drug policy the President treats laws as if they are merely suggestions.
And it’s not just Republicans who are concerned. The Supreme Court has slapped down the President’s regulatory overreach with alarming frequency. As legal scholar Ilya Shapiro has pointed out, the President had more unanimous losses at the Supreme Court in his first five years than President Bush did in two full terms. President Obama loses unanimously at the Supreme Court twice as often as President George W. Bush and 1.5 times as often as President Clinton. And those losses keep coming.
So what should be done? Congressional Republicans have in fact done quite a lot over the past several years. On the Appropriations Committee on which I sit, we have included hundreds of restrictions on the way the President and his agencies can use taxpayer dollars. So while the president may write aggressive and unconstitutional regulations, we have, in many cases, successfully denied him the funding to implement those regulations. We will continue using the power of the purse to rein him in.
But knowing that the Pandora’s Box has been opened, and now fearing future presidents will be even more aggressive in claiming power they do not have, it’s clear that structural reforms need to be implemented. Speaker Paul Ryan’s taskforce on Restoring Constitutional Authority has proposed a number of important reforms. Last week, the House passed the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, a bill I co-sponsored, which will reform the way courts review the regulations created by federal agencies. Instead of giving strong deference to the way federal bureaucrats interpret laws, courts will be able to review those regulations under a much more skeptical standard. This is a common sense and long overdue reform that will help keep regulatory agencies in check.
It’s too late for this president to change his legacy of Obamacare, regulatory overreach, and court losses. But if our next president wants a different legacy, he or she should consider working with Congress and the Americans we represent.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and the House Intelligence Committee approved the release of 28 pages reviewed by the 9/11 Commission that had previously been classified.
The pages come from a section of a congressional report that explored potential ties between the Saudi Arabian government and 9/11 hijackers.
Following the release of the document, Rep. Stewart issued the following statement:
“As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I approved the release and declassification of the 28, 9/11 pages. I’ve been calling for their release for some time, given the importance of government transparency and the fact that the contents do not jeopardize our national security. Releasing these pages was important to end speculation about what they do or do not say. What they do contain is a number of recommendations for further investigation by the intelligence community—recommendations which were followed but which never revealed conclusive evidence of the Saudi government’s involvement in the planning or financing of the 9/11 attacks. There is no ‘smoking gun’ in these pages, but I think it’s helpful information for the public to know.”
The 28 pages can be found here.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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