WASHINGTON− The House of Representatives passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act to keep the government open and functioning through fiscal year 2015. After passage, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement.
“This evening, the House performed its duty as representatives to ensure taxpayers’ dollars are wisely invested in effective programs and our government remains open and functioning. The legislation we passed today will cut excessive spending for programs such as the IRS and EPA while responsibly funding critical programs like those that keep our brave men and women in uniform safe. By providing no new funding for Obamacare or President Obama’s executive amnesty, this Omnibus will responsibly fund the majority of our federal government through the end of the fiscal year. While this bill is not perfect, it is a product of bipartisan compromise, and I am hopeful the Senate will act quickly to avoid another government shutdown.”
The 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill will provide funding for the vast majority of the federal government through September 30, 2015. Included in the Omnibus are significant program cuts and improved oversight of tax dollars; yet, critical programs, such as the research and work conducted in Oak Ridge, will remain funded. The bill will cut Internal Revenue Service funding by $345.6 million and Environmental Protection Agency funding by $60 million. Additionally, the Omnibus includes language led by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to protect 2nd Amendment rights.
WASHINGTON− Today, President Obama visited Nashville, Tennessee to speak about his plans for immigration reform. After the President’s remarks, Reps. Fleischmann, Duncan and Roe released the following statements.
“Unfortunately, the President used today’s trip to try and sell Tennesseans on his unlawful executive orders - orders even he once said would violate our laws,” Rep. Fleischmann said. “We owe it to the American people to secure our borders, and those waiting to legally enter the country, to enforce the current immigration laws before we make any radical changes. While the President claimed, after the election, that he heard the American people, it’s clear he has not. This is just another example of the President failing to lead, and instead, taking his own path and ignoring the will of the people.”
“The President continues to ignore or gloss over the fact that we already have very detailed immigration laws on the books, and no President has the right or the power to pick and choose which ones to enforce,” stated Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. “This latest executive order will encourage many millions more to come here, illegally if necessary, as President Obama himself said in 2010. The American people are the kindest, most generous people in the world. We have allowed many millions to immigrate here legally over the last 25 or 30 years, far more than any other nation. But our entire infrastructure—our schools, hospitals, jails, roads, sewers, etc.—just could not handle the mega-millions who would come here in the next few years if we simply opened our borders. We must have a legal, orderly immigration system, and it must be enforced.”
“I was disappointed to hear more partisan rhetoric from the president as he spoke in Tennessee today,” stated Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. “We can—and should—take steps to reform the immigration process, starting with fully securing the border. But the president’s attempt to rewrite immigration law from the Oval Office is the wrong solution, not to mention a slap in the face to every naturalized citizen that waited in line to live in this country. Right now we have an opportunity to make changes to our immigration system to help future generations. Rather than repeating past mistakes and kicking the can down the road, we need to implement real reform, but President Obama’s ‘plan’ is about the furthest thing from a long-term solution possible.”
WASHINGTON− Today, at a press conference, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann announced he will lead the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus. The caucus is comprised of a group of lawmakers who have Department of Energy cleanup sites in their districts. Rep. Fleischmann is taking over for Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) who is retiring at the end of this term.
“It is a great honor to serve as Chairman of this important caucus,” Fleischmann said after the press conference. “It is an absolute necessity that we ensure the success of our nuclear cleanup missions, not only in East Tennessee, but at all cleanup sites throughout our nation. I am excited to lead this bipartisan group of legislators from across the country and look forward to the work ahead.”
"From my time at Oak Ridge, I know firsthand how passionate and knowledgeable Congressman Fleischmann is about the nuclear cleanup mission," said Mark Whitney, the Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. “His deep understanding of the Office of Environmental Management’s mission and challenges make him an effective advocate as he leads the Cleanup Caucus into the future.”
WASHINGTON− This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to designate the three Manhattan Project sites, including the site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as a national historical park. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann was an original cosponsor on the legislation, and Senator Lamar Alexander introduced the legislation in the Senate.
“The Manhattan Project produced groundbreaking achievements at a critical time in our nation’s history right here in Oak Ridge, Tennessee,” said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. “The legacy of the incredible work done in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington deserves to be recognized. The advancements achieved by thousands of hardworking men and women at Oak Ridge helped bring an end to World War II. The Manhattan Project continues to serve as one of the most significant accomplishments in American history, and I am proud that our legislation will honor these facilities by designating them as a national historical park.”
“The Manhattan Project is one of the most significant events in American history, and this legislation will protect and preserve these sites, including those at Oak Ridge, and designate them as a national historical park,” said Senator Lamar Alexander. “Oak Ridge continues to serve as a global resource for scientific discovery, and this national historical park will provide the opportunity to learn about the significance of the Manhattan Project and how it continues to shape our history.”
WASHINGTON− The House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 647, the ABLE Act, which will provide critical funding for inland waterways projects such as the Chickamauga Lock. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann was joined by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in championing passage of this legislation.
“Since my first day in office, I have been fighting to secure funding for the Chickamauga Lock,” said Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. “Earlier this year, we passed legislation to reform the main funding mechanism for the lock. This was an essential fix to the underlying problem, but there is more work to be done. Today, we moved one step closer to completing our goal with the passage of the barge fuel fee increase. This fee will add approximately $40 million in annual funding to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which could allow construction to start as early as 2016. The legislation passed today will ensure that East Tennessee has the waterways infrastructure necessary to build a world-class economy.”
“Passage of this legislation would mean Congress has accepted the offer by commercial barge owners to pay more to replace Chickamauga Lock, and that construction could resume as early as 2016,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, the top Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. “Replacing Chickamauga Lock keeps good jobs flowing into Chattanooga and East Tennessee – including at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, nuclear facilities and manufacturing plants – makes it easier for recreational boaters to go through the lock at no cost, and keeps 150,000 trucks from clogging up I-75. I especially congratulate Congressman Fleischmann for his work on this legislation. Without his support and that of Senator Corker and Congressman Duncan, this would not have happened. I will work to make sure it receives prompt consideration in the Senate.”
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann recently led a bipartisan letter to Speaker Boehner urging an increase in the barge fuel fee, which will help provide funding for the lock.
WASHINGTON− This morning, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 647, the ABLE Act. This legislation will provide funding to key waterways infrastructure projects such as the Chickamauga Lock.
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WASHINGTON− Tonight, President Obama declared he will bypass Congress and issue an executive order on immigration. After the announcement, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement.
“In March of 2011, President Obama told the American people, ‘There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.’ Tonight, the President overstepped his role, not only by his own definition, but also in the eyes of the American people. Although I hoped the President would work with Congress to implement new laws in a just and legal manner, it appears the President has no plans to abide by the Constitution or listen to the American people.”
WASHINGTON− Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5682 to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“Today, the House voted in line with the majority of Americans and approved the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Congressman Fleischmann said. “For six years, this crucial project has been cast aside and delayed but it’s time to build. The Keystone XL Pipeline will not only help secure America’s energy future by reducing our dependency on foreign oil, but it will also create over 42,000 jobs throughout our nation. This project is not about politics; this is about American working families and our economy. My hope is that the President and Senate will join the House in putting our hardworking men and women back to work.”
Rep. Fleischmann alongside Sec. of Energy Ernest Moniz, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Bill Foster and Rep. Dan Lipinski
WASHINGTON− This morning, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, announced a partnership between Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and IBM to bring the next-generation, high-performance supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After the announcement, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“Today is another great day for Oak Ridge. With Secretary Moniz’s announcement of the next generation exascale computing will be coming to East Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is once again in position to lead the world in supercomputing. High performance computing is the foundation for virtually all science and advances our business position in the world, helping create the family wage jobs we need. I will work with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to ensure this new computing system is fully supported.”
The hybrid, high-performance computing system, Summit, is a result of a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (ORLC) and IBM. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of three laboratories in the United States to receive this next-generation supercomputer. Summit will advance ORLC’s current computing system, Titan, by increasing performance levels by at least five times the current amount. Summit is expected to arrive in Oak Ridge in 2017.
WASHINGTON− Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement regarding the Ebola virus in the United States.
“Ebola is a serious crisis and calls for a serious response, which is why the House appropriated more money for the CDC than requested. I urge the President to keep all options on the table, including a travel ban. My heart goes out to the Americans and all people who have been impacted by Ebola, and I will implore the administration to use every tool possible to combat this virus and keep Americans safe."
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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is a conservative Republican who represents the 3rd District of Tennessee. The District is made-up of 11 counties: Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott and Union.
Chuck received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois. He received both Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He then went to the University of Tennessee law school where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.
For 24 years Chuck and his wife ran a small business together in Chattanooga after they both graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee.
Chuck has served on the board of the National Craniofacial Association and on the board of the Cherokee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and chairman of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.
During his first two years in Congress, Chuck voted to repeal Obamacare, cut $1.6 trillion from the federal budget and has a 100% pro-life and 2nd amendment voting record.
Chuck serves on the Appropriations Committee which is vitally important to the residents of the 3rd District.
Chuck and his wife, Brenda, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their 3 boys: Chuckie, Jamie and Jeffrey.
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Secretary Vilsack just announced the USDA will support cattle producers and not issue a second beef checkoff order.
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