WASHINGTON− Today, the House of Representatives passed the SAFE Act to suspend the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until security officials can certify the integrity of the background check process. Following the passage of the SAFE Act Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“The United States has a long and proud tradition of welcoming refugees; however we simply can’t accept them at the risk of our safety. Senior law enforcement and intelligence officials have made clear that they are not confident in our vetting system and as such we must press pause on the process. The safety of American citizens will always be my top priority and until we have full confidence in our vetting process we cannot afford to admit Syrian and Iraqi refugees.”
The SAFE Act places a moratorium on the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees until the following conditions are met:
· The FBI Director certifies the background investigation of each refugee
· The Secretary of Homeland Security, along with the FBI Director and the Director of National Intelligence, certifies to Congress that each refugee is not a security threat to the U.S.
WASHINGTON− Following the recent acts of terror that took place in Paris, Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement on the United States accepting Syrian refugees.
“In light of the horrendous attacks in Paris, I believe that we must halt our refugee program with Syria until the proper safeguards are in place. The United States has a long and proud tradition of helping those in need, but this is no longer just a humanitarian crisis. Our top priority must always be protecting the American people.”
Chattanooga− Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement on President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Today, President Obama put politics above jobs and energy security by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline had bipartisan support and had been proven environmentally safe by the State Department. With this decision President Obama is not only snubbing our largest trading partner and energy supplier but he is also turning his back on at least 40,000 good paying jobs.”
WASHINGTON− Today, following the House’s vote to elect Rep. Paul D. Ryan (WI-01) Speaker of the House Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“I want to congratulate Paul on being elected as the next Speaker of the House. He brings great energy and experience to the position and I believe he will lead the House admirably. Paul has done a tremendous job as Chairman of the Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee and I look forward to working with him in his new role. Moving forward, as a House we must continue to fight to rein in the size of government and reduce the burden on American families. I am confident we will do just that under Speaker Ryan’s leadership.”
WASHINGTON− Today, after passage of the Budget Act Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement.
“While this bill addresses many issues that need to be dealt with, I strongly disagree with how this agreement was reached. Rather than coming through regular order in the House, this bill was crafted without input from the majority of our members and as such I cannot support the bill. I am hopeful that as the House moves into a new era we will see more openness and collaboration throughout the entire Congress.”
WASHINGTON− Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement today following the announcement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that TVA has been issued an operating lease for Watts Bar Unit 2.
“It comes as tremendous news that Watts Bar Unit 2 has been awarded an operating license. Watts Bar 2 will be America’s first new 21st century nuclear reactor and will provide clean inexpensive, reliable power for East Tennessee.”
WASHINGTON− The House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus held a meeting and panel discussion on Wednesday, September 30 to discuss the EM mission. The caucus meeting featured remarks by the new Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Dr. Monica Regalbuto, who is charged with leading the department’s environmental management mission, a number of Congressional members and a panel discussion of environment management leaders. The meeting was put on in collaboration with the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), the Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA), and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).
“We had another successful Caucus meeting today and once again drew a capacity crowd,” Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, stated. “It was great to have Assistant Secretary Regalbuto here and we’re grateful she decided to make this one of her first events as Assistant Secretary. With each meeting we continue to grow and strengthen our EM community while working toward our ultimate cleanup goals.”
“I want to thank Assistant Secretary Regalbuto for joining with the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus to discuss efforts to address the legacy of nuclear waste that continues to impact our communities,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Co-Chair of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus. “These valuable discussions with the Department of Energy, members of Congress, and regional and national stakeholders in the cleanup community are an important part of our efforts to increase attention and awareness for the critical environmental cleanup work that is needed at DOE sites in New Mexico and across the country.”
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Ben Ray Luján serve as Co-Chairs of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus. The purpose of this caucus is to promote awareness of our nuclear legacy and build a stronger coalition to fight for the needs of our cleanup missions. A bipartisan group of legislators from across the country will work together to ensure the success of our nuclear cleanup missions, not only in East Tennessee and New Mexico, but at all cleanup sites throughout the nation.
WASHINGTON− Congressman Fleischmann released the following statement today following the House’s vote on the Continuing Resolution that would fund the government through mid-December.
“It is a shame that this fight had to occur under the shadow of a government shutdown but we absolutely must protect life. Our most precious gift is that of life and I will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn. It is my hope that in the future we can return to regular order by passing appropriations measures and move away from these short-term funding resolutions.”
WASHINGTON− Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement on the pope’s address to Congress.
“Today was truly a historic moment. It was an honor to be on the House floor during the first time a pope has ever addressed a joint session of Congress. Pope Francis has a tremendous message of peace, family and the sanctity of life. I most appreciated his closing words ‘God bless America’.”
On Monday evening, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann introduced House Resolution 383, expressing the sense of Congress that the Marines and Sailors killed or wounded in the recent attack at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center and the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee deserve the appropriate award of the Purple Heart. While serving their great nation, these brave men were killed on American soil by a violent extremist. Rep. Fleischmann’s resolution was signed by the entire Tennessee delegation and supported by a bipartisan group of 72 original cosponsors. After the resolution was introduced to Congress, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement.
“Chattanooga and America lost five exceptional service members to a horrendous attack on our home soil. These men proudly served their country, and several made the ultimate sacrifice while braving fire in order to save others. With a broad bipartisan coalition, I introduced legislation expressing our belief that the Marines and Sailors lost or wounded in that attack are deserving of the Purple Heart and should be awarded appropriately. ”
The Purple Heart is a combat decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded in combat or posthumously to the next of kin to the military individual killed in combat.
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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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