WASHINGTON− This morning, Tennessee’s entire Republican House and Senate delegation co-signed a letter written by Chuck Fleischmann to President Obama demanding answers about the administration’s handling of the release of 760 unaccompanied alien children to sponsors in Tennessee. The letter was written in support of Governor Bill Haslam’s request for the President’s immediate attention to this pressing issue. Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement in response to the letter.
“In light of the influx of unaccompanied children crossing our nation’s border, I, along with my Tennessee colleagues, wrote a letter to President Obama demanding answers about the number, status, and location of these children. For an administration that claims to be honest and transparent, withholding this information from state and local governments is completely unacceptable. We deserve immediate and accurate answers about these illegal immigrants. This is of the utmost importance, and I will not stop fighting until we receive the truth. I have always prioritized strengthening our border and enforcing immigration laws, and it is time the President does the same.”
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann was joined by Representatives John J. Duncan, Jr., Marsha Blackburn, Phil Roe, Diane Black, Scott DesJarlais, and Stephen Fincher as well as Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. A copy of the letter is attached.
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WASHINGTON− The House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize funding for a new lease and expanded Veterans Affairs clinic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This veterans’ package has been approved by the House and Senate Conference Committee. This expansion of the VA clinic in Hamilton County is the fourth huge victory for veterans in the third district this year.
“I am proud to announce the legislation passed this afternoon will fund a new lease for a multispecialty Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Chattanooga. This is a much needed expansion in Hamilton County and yet another victory for veterans in East Tennessee. With this new lease, veterans will not only experience more timely care, but in addition, they will receive more specialized services in the areas of dental, laboratory, work therapy, geriatrics, and eye care. The men and women who bravely protected our country must be taken care of when they return from the battlefields, and I am confident the expanded clinic will greatly advance medical care for veterans throughout the third district.”
WASHINGTON− In response to Volkswagen’s announcement that it will expand its manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement.
“The announcement of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant expansion and the creation of more the 2,000 new jobs is outstanding news not just for Chattanooga and Hamilton County, but for all of Tennessee. Chattanooga has been and will continue to be a prime business destination for national and international brands thanks to our strong workforce and Tennessee’s business friendly environment. I greatly appreciate Volkswagen’s commitment to Chattanooga, and am grateful for the economic impact it will continue to have in Tennessee.”
WASHINGTON− Last night, the House of Representatives approved the 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear activity, including much of the vital work that takes place in Oak Ridge, TN as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. After passage, Congressman Fleischmann, who serves as Tennessee’s lone appropriator and member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, made the following statement.
“This bill is a key example of prioritizing spending, which is as crucial now as ever. As a result, there were some tough choices that had to be made. I am pleased that the important work taking place in Oak Ridge, TN has been recognized and that this bill fully funds the Uranium Processing Facility. Furthermore, Tennessee waterways projects, like the vital Chickamauga Lock, will receive important maintenance funding through this bill.”
WASHINGTON− Congressman Fleischmann issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
“This morning, the Supreme Court defended religious freedoms by affirming that the federal government cannot infringe upon the religious beliefs of businesses like Hobby Lobby by forcing them to pay for contraceptives. Today’s ruling is a huge victory for religious liberties and the protection of the unborn, and yet another halt to Obama’s overreaching power. Our nation was founded on the core value of religious freedom, and Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate is a violation of this most fundamental liberty. The American people should never have to compromise their values or sacrifice their freedoms, and we must continue fighting to secure these Constitutional rights for all individuals and organizations.”
WASHINGTON− Upon hearing the news of former Senate Majority Leader Mr. Howard H. Baker, Jr.’s passing, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“It is with deep sadness today that I learned about the passing of one of Tennessee’s greatest statesmen, Mr. Howard Baker. As both the Senate Majority Leader and President Reagan’s Chief of Staff, Howard had an unparalleled ability to lead and build consensus allowing him to shape our nation as few before or after him ever have. His impact on the Republican Party and our country as a whole will forever be remembered. Brenda and I offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. I was blessed to have learned from Howard while serving as his Congressman and know that his spirit and legacy will continue to live on for years to come.”
As a native of Huntsville, TN, Mr. Howard H. Baker, Jr. served as Tennessee’s first popularly elected Republican Senator from 1967 until 1985. While in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Baker was elected to represent his colleagues as both Minority Leader and then Majority Leader. In 1987, Mr. Baker transferred to the Executive Branch where he served as President Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff.
WASHINGTON− The House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill this afternoon. After passage of this bill, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“First and foremost, I am pleased to announce that this bill will effectively appropriate taxpayer dollars as well as provide strong oversight. The Energy and Water bill will strengthen our national defense and fund essential infrastructure projects while also setting federal spending levels. It fully funds the Uranium Processing Facility, a crucial component of our country’s nuclear security that will be built at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
The bill funds our environmental cleanup programs, critical science missions and domestic enrichment activities. An amendment on contractor pensions that I proposed passed unanimously and clarified that NNSA defined benefit plans will not be adversely affected.”
To watch Congressman Fleischmann introduce his amendment, click here.
WASHINGTON−Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement today after General Eric Shinseki announced his resignation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I would like to thank General Shinseki for his years of service to our nation. However, his resignation alone will not fix the systemic problems within the VA. The men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedoms deserve the absolute best care. I have seen firsthand the inefficiencies within the system through my experiences with my father, and I have worked to increase veterans’ access to first-class care with the opening of three new VA clinics in East Tennessee. However, there is still much more that must be done to fix this flawed system. I am hopeful the President will work with Congress to implement real changes for our veterans.
The VA scandal is the latest item on a growing list of the Obama administration neglecting and misleading the American people. Our constituents are angry with the administration’s refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing and address these critical issues in meaningful ways. It is deplorable that this latest offense comes at the expense of those who have given the most to our country, and we must fix this broken system.”
WASHINGTON−Today, with overwhelming support, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Congressman Fleischmann presided as Speaker pro tempore during the House debate on WRRDA, and from the House floor encouraged his colleagues to support the legislation. WRRDA marks the first real change to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which is the root of the funding issue for the Chickamauga Lock. His speech can be seen below.
WASHINGTON− This evening, the House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After the vote, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“It’s been nearly two years since four brave Americans were brutally murdered and yet, we still do not have a full understanding of the horrific events that occurred at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The American people and this Congress have repeatedly asked for answers, but the Obama administration continues to conceal crucial facts and prohibit access to essential documents. It is time we put an end to the administration’s games. Since the beginning, I have fought to uncover the truth and am pleased that the House has voted to establish a select committee to investigate the attack and the administration’s response.”
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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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