Salt Lake City, UT – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement regarding Rep. Jason Chaffetz’ (R-Utah) announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018:
"I’m saddened to learn that Jason Chaffetz won’t be seeking re-election in 2018. He is a good friend, terrific public servant and a colleague that will be greatly missed in the House of Representatives and in the Utah Delegation. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a former Air Force bomber pilot and member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement regarding the military strike against Syria:
"While tonight's military action against Syria won’t remove Assad from power nor solve the horrifying humanitarian disaster, destroying the airfield will damage Assad’s ability to launch attacks against his own people. It also sends a very clear message that the U.S. will no longer tolerate Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. Other tyrants around the world are surely taking note as well."
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah issued the following statements after introducing the Southern Utah Open OHV Areas Act:
“Over the last 30 years, areas for recreational access in Washington County have been quickly disappearing. It’s time we draw a line in the sand by keeping the Hurricane Sand Dunes open for riding and under county management,” Hatch said. “Our legislation, the Southern Utah Open OHV Areas Act (S. 837), would guarantee nearly 20,000 acres of recreational access for off-road vehicles. Perhaps most importantly, this proposal empowers locals by entrusting county leaders—not federal bureaucrats—to manage this unique area. It reflects a truly collaborative effort following extensive discussions between all of the affected stakeholders. I strongly urge my Senate colleagues to join us in passing this legislation.”
“This bill is an excellent example of a collaborative process to resolve longstanding land use problems,” Stewart said. “It gives certainty, and entrusts local leaders to manage the Hurricane Sand Dunes. I’m proud to introduce this legislation with Senator Hatch and encourage my colleagues in the House to support this bill.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) participated in a White House bill signing ceremony as President Trump signed Joint Resolution, H.J. Res 44, which disapproves and nullifies BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.
Following the bill signing, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement:
"I applaud today’s signing of H.J. Res 44, making the critical and necessary move to roll back the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule. This rule ignored thousands of meaningful comments submitted by state and local officials. By signing this resolution of disapproval, President Trump is returning power back to the states and local communities.”
Rep. Stewart at the White House Bill Signing Ceremony
Rep. Stewart with Utah Governor Herbert and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens
With the support of Stewart, this Joint Resolution passed the House on February 7, 2017. Before its passage in the House, Rep. Stewart expressed his support in a speech on the House Floor:
On December 12, 2016 the Obama Administration published another overreaching “midnight regulation” in the form of the BLM’s new Resource Management Rule, commonly referred to as BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.
The same day the final rule was published, six Western states and a conservation district filed suit to block the new regulation stating that Planning 2.0 “will severely impair their ability to work with the BLM on future planning and management issues.”
H.J. Res 44, a joint resolution utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to disapprove and nullify BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule. The Congressional Review Act, a law enacted in 1996, requires a simple majority in both Houses as well as a signature by the president and uses expedited procedures that allow for nullification of an entire regulation through a joint resolution that cannot be filibustered. The CRA prevents the rule from continuing in effect and also prevents a substantially similar rule from being reissued. The parliamentarian has advised that all rules submitted during the 114th Congress on or after June 13, 2016, are eligible for review under the Congressional Review Act.
The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 established a process that requires the BLM to develop RMPs in cooperation with state, local and tribal governments. RMPs are typically updated every seven years and determine what actions can take place on BLM land. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, “247.3 million acres of public land and administers about 700 million acres of federal subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation.”
Planning 2.0 changes the BLM’s resource management planning process, and introduces significant uncertainty by creating ambiguous standards and expanding agency discretion. This new rule will complicate effective resource planning while reducing opportunities for meaningful state and local governmental input. Planning 2.0 directs the BLM to perform large “landscape scale” planning efforts that stretch across county and state lines. This new regulation allows radical special-interest groups from other states to have the same influence as county and local officials in the planning process. Planning 2.0 takes planning decisions away from local communities and centralizes those decisions with bureaucrats in Washington D.C.
According to the American Action Forum, 4,432 new regulations have been finalized that cost a total of $1,000,000,000,000 and result in 754,208,800 hours of paperwork compliance since 2005. 120,849,512 hours of paperwork came from regulations that were finalized in 2016 alone. With regards to “midnight regulations,” those issued between Election Day and Inauguration Day, a potential cost of $6,000,000,000 worth of regulations was issued by the Obama Administration on eight rules. There were several other “midnight regulations” that have yet to be analyzed and are not included in that staggering cost estimate.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after the healthcare bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives:
“We worked very hard to bring the American people better healthcare options and I’m very disappointed in this outcome.”
Salt Lake City -- Due to the unexpected delay of the House of Representatives vote on the Healthcare bill, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) Town Hall Meeting that was scheduled for this evening has been RESCHEDULED for next Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 7:00pm at West High School in Salt Lake City.
Concerning the town hall meeting, Rep. Stewart released the following statement:
“I am very disappointed that I can’t be at the town hall tonight, but the unexpected delay of the healthcare vote requires me to be in Washington, D.C. Hearing from my constituents is my top priority, which is why I’ve rescheduled the town hall for the earliest possible date, next Friday, March 31st in Salt Lake City. I look forward to seeing everyone then.”
The new details are below:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement regarding the Utahn that was killed in yesterday’s terrorist attack in London:
“I am distraught and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Utah’s Kurt Cochran and the serious injures sustained by his wife Melissa in yesterday’s London terrorist attack. I’m offering my sincerest prayers to Kurt, his family and particularly for the speedy recovery of Melissa.”
“This is unfortunately another reminder that across the world, we are facing huge challenges. We are in the midst of a generational fight against global terrorism. But we must keep our heads high. We cannot let the world’s evils destroy our values and take away our freedoms.”
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has been named the Vice Chair of the powerful House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee. This subcommittee is critical to Utah as it’s tasked with overseeing federal funds at the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service.
“It’s an honor to be selected as the Vice Chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, giving western states – and specifically Utah – a bigger voice,” Stewart said.
“Among other things, I will be able to use the power of the purse to push for more local control of our public lands, to help bring certainty to locals and help ensure true multiple use of our public lands.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following video message after President Trump addressed the Joint Session of Congress:
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Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability for taxpayer funds used in the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund. The Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017 would require a public accounting of all money paid to those who win lawsuits against the federal government.
The Treasury Department currently manages the Judgment Fund, which is used to pay for court expenses and settlements against the federal government. In the past few years it has unfortunately been used as a slush fund, providing billions of dollars to Iran and attempting to bailout insurance companies losing money on the Obamacare exchanges.
Unfortunately, this fund is not subject to the annual appropriations process, has lax reporting requirements, and any available information is offered only at the discretion of the President.
“There’s absolutely no reason for this information to be secret,” Stewart said. “The federal government should always be transparent about how it uses tax dollars. This bill is a critical fix that will show us who the government is paying and how much when it settles or loses lawsuits, and it will prevent the fund from being used as a slush fund for political purposes.”
The Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017 does the following:
Examples of recent Judgment Fund misuse:
Background on the Judgment Fund:
The Judgment Fund was originally set up to provide a mechanism for the federal government to pay damages to parties, in a timely manner, who have been harmed by the federal government. The purpose of the Judgment Fund is thus a good one, but the administration of it must be more transparent.
A similar bill sponsored by Congressman Stewart was marked-up and adopted by the House Judiciary Committee in November 2016.
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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.