Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart


Stewart Statement on Passage of the FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) voted in favor of HR 83, which provides funding for the majority of the Federal Government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015. The bill passed the House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote of 219 to 206. The bill provides funding of the Federal Government through FY 2015 except for the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded until February 27, 2015. Stewart released the following statement after the passage of the bill: “This bill represents a very imperfect compromise between divided houses of Congress. Despite its many shortcomings, I believe that it was critical to avoid another government shutdown, while still holding the President accountable for his overreaching executive action on immigration. That is what this bill does.” Importantly the bill: Provides no new funding for Obamacare. Funds the Department of Homeland Security under a temporary Continuing Resolution until February 27, 2015—allowing for a Republican House and Senate to hold the President accountable for his executive overreach on immigration. Cuts funding to the IRS and prohibits the targeting of groups due to ideological beliefs. Protects important provisions for rural Utah by fully funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. Stops the Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the sage-grouse on the Endangered Species List thereby allowing Utah to manage the species under its State Management Plan. Cuts funding for the EPA and prohibits the regulation of lead in ammunition. Fully funds the cost-of-living allowance shortfall for military retirees. Prohibits the implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Prevents the regulation of farm ponds and irrigation ditches under the Clean Water Act. Increases funding for the Veterans Administration in order to address the substantial backlogs in veterans claims. Stewart continued: “This bill allows us to start fresh in the next Congress in doing the people’s business without the threat of Government Shutdown. I look forward to working with Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate in the 114th Congress.” Read More

Stewart Votes to Nullify the President’s Recent Immigration Executive Action


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) voted in favor of the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, which passed the House. This bill nullifies the president’s recent immigration executive action and reaffirms the constitutional principles that only Congress has the power to write immigration laws and that the President’s role is to enforce existing laws. “This is an important bill that reaffirms the roles of the branches of government as envisioned by our founding fathers,” Stewart said. "The Constitution is clear — it’s Congress’ responsibility to write the law and the president’s job is to simply enforce those laws. We must prevent President Obama, and future presidents, from abusing their authority through immigration executive orders. This bill does just that. Now is the time for the Senate to act and I urge my Senate colleagues to take up this important piece of legislation." Specifically this bill: Prevents President Obama or any future president from exempting or deferring the removal of categories of unlawful aliens except to the extent that the president is relying on his constitutional powers over foreign affairs or utilizing exceptions provided for in the bill for exceptional humanitarian and law enforcement circumstances Prevents President Obama or any future president from considering such aliens to be lawfully present in the United States (and thus ineligible for the rights and privileges available to lawfully present aliens) Prevents President Obama or any future president from granting work authorization to such aliens Takes effect as if enacted on November 20, 2014, thus nullifying the president’s recent executive action Full text of the bill can be found here. Read More

Stewart Statement on Passage of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) voted in favor of The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which passed the House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote of 378-46. This bill renews about 50 individual and business tax benefits which have expired in the past year. Stewart released the following statement after the passage of the bill: “The most important goal here is to prevent a tax increase on Americans, and this bill does that. There are unfortunately a number of provisions I would not have supported on their own, but we vote on what is before us, and it simply didn’t make sense to allow a massive tax increase to occur. I’m very hopeful the new Republican majority in the Senate next year will give us the chance to do meaningful tax reform that simplifies the tax code and lowers tax rates both for individuals and business.” Read More

National Debt Passes $18 Trillion, Stewart Urges House Colleagues to Act


Washington, D.C. – With the national debt now surpassing $18 Trillion — over $153,000 of debt per American taxpayer — Rep. Chris Stewart (R–Utah) delivered a speech on the House Floor, urging his congressional colleagues to help restore fiscal responsibility by reforming the tax code, balancing the budget, reforming entitlement spending, and holding the president and his federal agencies accountable for taxpayer’s money. “Now is the time to restore fiscal sanity,” Stewart said. “We must reclaim that moral and fiscal discipline which created the American Dream so many years ago. We must undergo real tax reform, reign in entitlement spending, balance our budgets and hold the President and his federal agencies accountable for the people’s money. I urge my colleagues to join me in this fight to restore fiscal stability." The video of the speech can be found HERE. The full text of the speech is below: "I am discouraged to stand here and announce a milestone that we reached recently, a very discouraging milestone. Our nation has now surpassed $18 Trillion in debt. And if you want to know how much money that is, take every American taxpayer from the young man who just got his first job, to every mother and father who are struggling to take care of their families and give them a bill of more than $150,000." "It’s simply unsustainable. If we continue down this current path, we will commit fiscal national suicide through our spending and our debt." "Remember that a nation that is bankrupt cannot provide for the security of its people. A nation that is bankrupt cannot provide for the needy among them.  A nation that is bankrupt cannot provide for the children of the next generation. Now is the time to restore fiscal sanity." "We must have the courage to reclaim the American Dream. We must undergo real tax reform, entitlement reform and balance our budgets. We must have the courage to make these a reality." "We can fix this, and we must fix this. I hope we will have the courage to do this, even if it is hard. And with that Mr. Speaker, I yield back." Read More

Stewart Statement on President Obama's Immigration Executive Order


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement ahead of President Obama’s immigration speech. President Obama is expected to issue an executive order tonight on immigration. "A presidential executive order on immigration clearly goes against the powers outlined in the Constitution. As the Constitution states,  it’s Congress’ responsibility is "to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”. Like most Utahns, I recognize that our immigration system is broken and must be reformed, but the President's use of executive orders and a call for amnesty isn’t the answer. Not only are his actions unconstitutional, but it goes against the will of the people and of Congress. If the president wants to reform immigration it must happen through the proper channels within Congress." Read More

Stewart, House Members Urge President Against Taking Executive Action on Immigration Reform


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and 34 other members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern about the administration’s plan to take executive action on immigration reform. Instead of signing an executive order, House members urge the President to work with Congress to reform immigration. The letter, spear-headed by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), states, “While Congress certainly understands the need for reforms to the current system, it is imperative that we work together to pass legislation that improves our immigration system, increases border security, and disincentives undocumented immigrants from illegally entering the United States.” Referring to the President’s impending executive order, Stewart said, "a presidential executive order on immigration would clearly go against the intended powers outlined in the Constitution. As the Constitution states, it’s Congress’ responsibility is "to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”. “Like most Utahns, I recognize that our immigration system is broken and must be reformed, but the President's threat of executive orders and a call for amnesty isn’t the answer,” Stewart continued. “It goes against the will of the people and of Congress. If the president wants to reform immigration it must happen through the proper channels within Congress." For a copy of the letter, click here. Read More

Rep. Stewart's Bill Passes the House; Enhances Transparency and Balance at the EPA


Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) bill which reforms the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) scientific advisory process. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to enhance public participation, improve the process for selecting expert advisors, expand transparency requirements and limit non-scientific policy advice. “Through the EPA, the Obama Administration is aggressively pursuing costly regulations that impact nearly every sector of the American economy,” Stewart said. “These rules should be based on sound scientific assertions and conclusions. It’s critical that we have a balanced panel of experts operating in an open and transparent way.  This bill improves that process in key areas." Established by Congress in 1978, the SAB plays an important role in reviewing the scientific foundation of EPA regulatory decisions, while also broadly advising the Agency on science and technology-related matters. “Ensuring that the Science Advisory Board is balanced and transparent will help instill more confidence in the EPA’s decision making process,” Stewart said. Criticisms of the current advisory process include: Many panel members publicly state strong policy preferences where they should only be providing impartial scientific reviews. According to the Congressional Research Service, almost 60 percent of the members of EPA’s standing scientific advisory panels directly received National Center for Environmental Research grants from the Agency. These advisors served as investigators for grants representing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. This has resulted in many panel members reviewing their own work. Public participation is limited during most SAB meetings, and virtually no ability exists for interested parties to comment on the scope of SAB reviews. Private sector industry expertise on panels is typically minimal, and in some cases is entirely excluded, despite existing statutory requirements that membership “be fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented.”    To address these shortcomings, H.R. 1422: Strengthens public participation and public comment opportunities. Improves the make-up of SAB and its sub-panels by reinforcing peer review requirements regarding balance and independence.  The bill also reduces potential conflicts of interest by requiring enhanced disclosure of members’ financial relationships relevant to board activities. Requires opportunities for dissenting panelists to make their views known. Requires communication of uncertainties in scientific findings and conclusions. Limits non-scientific policy advice and recommendations, while requiring explicit disclosure of such advice when SAB feels compelled to provide it. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Chemistry Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Association of Manufacturers, and more than 20 other outside groups have also voiced support for H.R. 1422. Co-Sponsors of the EPA Science Advisory Board Act include: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)*, Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)*, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)*, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)*, Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)*, Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Rep. Tom Price(R-GA), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) *Indicates Original Co-Sponsor Read More

Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage Cases


Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not review several cases involving the definition of marriage: "I am disappointed by the Supreme Court's refusal to take up Utah's marriage appeal today. I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and believe that Utahns have the right to decide what’s best for Utah. I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has failed to provide certainty and clarity for Utahns on this issue.” Read More

Congressman Stewart Votes to Fight ISIL and Keep the Government Funded


Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) voted in favor of the Continuing Resolution, which passed the House of Representatives. The Continuing Resolution funds the government through mid-December and prevents another government shutdown. It also funds the important and necessary fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “I’m glad we’ve stuck to the spending ceiling we set a year ago," Stewart said. “The House has worked hard to pass seven appropriations bills this year, while the Senate has failed to pass a single one. I’m disappointed that the Senate leadership has completely ignored our most important Constitutional responsibility—controlling the power of the purse. I am hopeful that in the near future both houses of Congress can work together to do the work Senate Democrats have completely ignored.” Stewart continued, "While I’m concerned the provisions on fighting ISIL don’t go far enough, it’s what we’ve been given, and it’s an important and necessary step in addressing a terrorist organization that represents a very real threat to the United States." Stewart just returned from a trip to the Middle East where he learned first-hand from world leaders about the real threat of ISIL. The funding provisions contained within the Continuing Resolution are critical to destroying this dangerous organization. Read More

Rep. Stewart Receives Guardian of Small Business Award


Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) honored Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) as a recipient of the Guardian of Small Business Award for his strong record of supporting pro-business, pro-growth legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s a privilege to be honored with this award,” Stewart said. “As a former small business owner, I understand first-hand how important it is to reduce the regulatory burdens placed on businesses and focus on pro-business policies that will create jobs and grow our economy. I will continue to fight every day for policies that will provide businesses with certainty to keep our family, friends and neighbors working.” “I have always said that small business is the economic engine of the United States,” Stewart continued.  “Enabling small businesses to flourish is the fastest pathway back to a full economic recovery.”  NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Stewart for “standing up for small business.” When presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” “The record shows that Rep. Stewart is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” Stewart has been previously awarded the Spirit of Free Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce. [[{"fid":"366","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":"border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; height: 233px; width: 350px;","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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