Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Congressman Jack Kingston Responds to Halbig Decision

2014/07/22

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement on the Halbig v Burwell decision today:

"This is one more example of Obamacare not working. Democrats rushed through this flawed legislation, and the administration has changed it 42 times while implementing it. There's no doubt there will be more lawsuits and more hardship for working Georgians. We need patient-centered healthcare reforms to cut premiums, increase choice, and give families choice."

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only allowed residents of those states with a state-based exchange to receive federal subsidies for the purchase of mandated insurance. In August 2011, the Internal Revenue Service decreed in statutory rulemaking that it would distribute tax credits to enrollees on federal exchanges, in direct contradiction to the plain language of the law. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the IRS rulemaking is indeed illegal and that subsidies cannot be sent to those on federal exchanges.

Congressman Kingston, chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, is a cosponsor of the American Healthcare Reform Act, a patient-centered healthcare reform put forth by a majority of House Republicans. Read More

Congressman Kingston Sponsors Bill to Address Border Chaos

2014/07/17

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) introduced a bill today to address the chaos at the border. He joined Congressmen John Carter (R-TX) and Robert Aderholt (R-AL) in sponsoring the Protection of Children Act of 2014.

“This bill is a combination of ensuring our national security, providing a humanitarian response, and applying common sense. It will end the chaos by sending the signal that illegal aliens from other countries will be treated the same as those from Canada and Mexico,” said Congressman Kingston, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of sheltering and caring for unaccompanied alien children.

“The President caused this self-inflicted crisis at our border when he decided to broadcast to the world in 2012 that our government will not deport children who have come to our country illegally,” said Rep. Carter, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. “In one year, the number of undocumented children apprehended by Customs and Border Protection increased by 267 percent. During that same period, the number of undocumented adults increased by 72 percent. There was no significant increase in crime in the majority of these migrants’ countries between 2012 and now, but there was a change in the way our country enforced our law. President Obama has given these migrants his “permisos” and now we have a crisis of outstanding proportions in our backyard.”

"The end of the border crisis begins with honestly enforcing our immigration laws at the border," said Congressman Robert Aderholt who chairs the Agriculture subcommittee on Appropriations. "This common-sense legislation is needed to streamline the removal process while at the same time protect minor children who qualify for asylum. We need a process where these cases can be dealt with quickly. With this legislation in place, instead of the process taking years, the process will move much more quickly. Those who try to circumvent our laws and who are here for the wrong reasons need to know it will soon take just weeks for them to be sent back to their home country."

The legislation amends the 2008 William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act and provides for the expedited removal of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) who are not legitimate victims of human trafficking or have credible fears of returning to their country. This legislation:

• Removes the distinction between Canadian/Mexican UACs and UACs from non-border countries, like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
• Requires immigration enforcement officials to investigate the people taking custody of the children inside the United States who are often here illegally and have sent thousands of dollars to criminal smuggling organizations.
• Allows officials to hold UACs while their claim is being heard, rather than released throughout the country at taxpayer expense.
• Reaffirms that taxpayers will not pay for lawyers to represent illegal immigrants.
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Congressman Kingston Defends MOX Facility

2014/07/10

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) defended taxpayer investments in the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility during House floor debate of the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for 2015, saying, "Whenever we stop or put this project on a cold-standby, as the Administration has, it ends up costing more money. The best thing to do is complete this facility and send a signal we are responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars."

The MOX Facility is the result of a 2000 agreement with Russia to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons plutonium by each country. The project is more than halfway complete, and will come in significantly under recent Obama Administration estimates if it is funded to completion today. In addition to wasting the $4.7 billion already invested, it would cost an additional $1 billion just to shut down the facility.

Watch Congressman Kingston's full speech:

The Energy and Water Appropriations bill was approved by the House of Representatives Thursday, with funding for the MOX Facility intact.

Congressman Kingston is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and represented the Augusta area in the past.
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Congressman Kingston Votes to Fund SHEP Construction

2014/07/10

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) voted Thursday evening to fund construction of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, an initiative he has fought for since its inception, saying, "I am proud to vote for this next step in the port project and protect the 352,000 jobs that rely on our ports. This bill does three things - begins a long-term commitment with initial funding of $1.52 million, recognizes the port as an ongoing project placed at the top of the Army Corps' priority list, and holds the Obama Administration accountable by ensuring the Corps signs a dredging agreement soon, or report every week why they are not. I congratulate my fellow state and federal lawmakers, business leaders, and all working Georgians who have made this opportunity a reality."

The 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act contains $1.52 million in funding for construction of SHEP, opening the door to millions in state funding awaiting the federal government's go-ahead. Due to the Obama Administration's stonewalling over funding the deepening of the port, the Act also contains a provision requiring updates every week if a Project Partnership Agreement is not signed in a timely fashion.

Congressman Kingston is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and represents the city of Savannah in Congress. Read More

Kingston Makes the Case for the A-10 'Warthog'

2014/06/30

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) made the case for the life-saving and cost-effective A-10 "Warthog" today:

“The people who like the A-10 the best aren’t just our friends in the Air Force, but it’s the Marines and soldiers, because the A-10s can get down close…

“Sometimes you can’t get an F-16 in. It’s too far away. You’ve got to get somebody in who’s close-range, low-altitude. That’s what the A-10 does. I do not think we should discontinue the A-10 at this time, because there is not a suitable replacement that’s out there.

“Furthermore, the cost per hour of an A-10 is far less than it is on another weapons system. An A-10 is $29,000 an hour to fly. But an F-16 is something like $30,000.”


For the full story, see here. See Congressman Kingston's recent advocacy for the A-10 program here and his statement on the successful floor amendment funding the program here.

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Congressman Kingston Reaction to Hobby Lobby Decision

2014/06/30

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement after the decision in ​Burwell v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.​:

"This is yet another reason why Obamacare should be repealed - it is unworkable. I am glad the court recognized private companies should not be forced to violate their religious convictions. Religious liberty is a bedrock principle of the United States and should be defended fiercely by those elected to uphold the Constitution."


Congressman Kingston is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee which oversees funding of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Congressman Kingston Works to Lower Gas Prices

2014/06/26

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement on the passage of HR 4489, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act:

"President Obama's ridiculous oil and gas regulations have caused gas prices to skyrocket since his inauguration, when gas was under $2 a gallon, hurting American families across the board. The burdens he has placed on manufacturers, shippers, and retailers by shutting down safe and productive energy sources have killed jobs and kept Americans from working. I am proud that House Republicans are taking on these disastrous policies and putting unemployed and struggling Americans first."

H.R. 4899 expands U.S energy production and provides families with relief at the pump:
  • Increases Offshore Production. Since taking office, President Obama has restricted new offshore energy production, canceled lease sales, and locked-up over 85 percent of our offshore areas. In stark contrast to President Obama’s no-new-drilling, no-new-jobs plan, H.R. 4899 proposes a drill-smart, job-creation plan that would require the Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources – including the Atlantic Coast and Pacific Coast. It also requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration and implements a fair, equitable revenue sharing program for all coastal states. This would generate over $1 billion in new revenue over ten years according to the Congressional Budget Office and could create up to 1.2 million jobs long-term.
  • Increases Onshore Production. H.R. 4899 would streamline government roadblocks and bureaucratic red-tape that block and delay onshore American energy production. The bill would reform the leasing process for onshore oil and natural gas projects on federal lands to eliminate unnecessary delays; reform the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal resources; set clear rules for the development of U.S. oil shale resources; establish common sense steps to create an all-of-the-above American energy plan using our vast federal resources; and modernize and update the bidding process for oil and natural gas leases by allowing Internet-based auctions.
  • Increases Alaskan Production. The bill would ensure that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner. The NPR-A was specifically established as a petroleum reserve in 1923. According to conservative estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey, there are over 2.7 billion barrels of oil and 114.36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the NPR-A.
Congressman Kingston is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and represents southeast Georgia, home to the port of Savannah, one of America's premier shipping hubs. Read More

Congressman Kingston Celebrates Selection of Moody AFB for Training Mission

2014/06/25

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement on the announcement by the Air Force of a new training mission at Moody Air Force Base:

"Moody Air Force Base is the ideal location for this critical mission that helps ensure America’s sacrifices in Afghanistan are not squandered and the progress made over the past 13 years is not turned back. By training these pilots and giving them the skills necessary to protect their democratic government, the Air Force is making good on America's commitment in Afghanistan."

In April of this year, the US Air Force announced plans to train ninety Afghanistan Air Force pilots and thirty maintenance personnel on the A-29 LAS Aircraft. Fourteen Air Force instructor pilots will be on board for each training flight and twenty-one Air Force maintenance personnel will teach proper operations on the ground. Today's announcement means that once Moody AFB has passed an environmental impact study, it can be formally selected as the base for this mission.

The training will commence in October 2014 and Afghan pilots will begin their first combat and combat support missions in January 2016. The Afghan Air Force is planned to take over sustained combat operations over Afghanistan in 2018.

Similar programs exist to train foreign allies in the US, such as the Aviation Leadership Program listed here.

Congressman Kingston is a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and represents moody Air Force Base in the House of Representatives.


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Congressman Kingston Calls For Enforcement of Immigration Laws

2014/06/20

Congressman Kingston (R-GA), along with several senior members of Congressional Committees with jurisdiction over border and immigration issues, sent a joint letter today to President Barack Obama, demanding immediate action from federal agencies on the immigration crisis at the Southwest border. The letter directs specific actions for the Administration to take – using currently available authorities and resources – to help address the massive influx of “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC) into the United States from Central America.

Congressman Kingston has fought attempts to pass amnesty bills through obscure amendments and has called out the dangerous precedents set by the Obama Administrations lawlessness on immigration.

This letter comes the same day as news that the flood of migrants at the border is hobbling law enforcement attempts to stop narco-traffickers.

The text of the letter follows:

 

 

June 19, 2014

 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

As you know, the number of unaccompanied children and families crossing the Southwest border illegally is skyrocketing.  We understand that many of these children are confronted with conflict, discord, and economic strife in their countries.  While a partial explanation for this migration surge, we are equally concerned that your Administration’s immigration policies are creating a dangerous incentive for illicit networks to smuggle thousands of children into the United States. 

 

The number of undocumented children apprehended by United States Customs and Border Protection in May 2014 increased by 267 percent over the number apprehended in May 2013.  During the same period, the number of undocumented adults increased 72 percent.  At a rate of $5,000 per child, these criminal smuggling groups earned at least $53,230,000 in May alone.  These statistics are startling in their magnitude and illustrate the consequences of improper enforcement of our border and immigration laws.  Moreover, the situation could have frightening consequences both from a humanitarian and a national security perspective.

 

Agents working along the Texas border find themselves regularly coming face to face with frightened mothers and children who have endured a grueling trip through Mexico, escorted by smugglers often tied or beholden to drug cartels.  Many of these immigrants report being robbed or suffering sexual abuse.  Even more worrisome are trend lines that indicate the number of illegal crossings is not decreasing as summer approaches – unlike in previous years.  If circumstances do not change, we are concerned many of these children and adults face extremely poor, even life-threatening, physical conditions.  These dire circumstances only increase the potential for many of these vulnerable children to be exploited or become victims of human trafficking.

 

To end this dangerous migration, it is essential that the U.S. enforce our immigration laws and create effective and necessary deterrents so that potential illegal immigrants understand that their  dream of reaching and being allowed to remain in the U.S. is unrealistic, and it is a virtual certainty they will be repatriated to their home countries.  Furthermore, they must understand the risks they are taking to enter the U.S. illegally are far outweighed by the costs – including the cost of human lives and the consequences of violating U.S. immigration laws.  Therefore, Mr. President, we urge you to take the following actions immediately:

 

1)      Detain families who are recent border crossers in appropriate shelters near the Southwest border where practical and consistent with current law. 

2)      Utilize existing expedited immigration proceedings to determine whether these families have arrived in the country illegally. 

3)      Remove and deport those families who are ineligible to remain in the United States (not eligible for an immigration benefit), including those who make false claims of credible fear.  

4)      Place family members who are ineligible for immigration relief in expedited removal proceedings where appropriate.

5)      Deliver “notices to appear” via post or issue 210 letters (which order recidivists to leave the United States within 30 days) to family members living in the United States illegally and with whom an undocumented child has been reunited.

6)      Broadcast public service announcements on U.S.-based, Spanish-speaking television reporting on the deprivations and dangers of crossing from Central America through Mexico to the United States.

All these actions comply with the laws of the land, and resources and funding are available to enact them immediately.  Further, the fiscal year 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill introduced in the House includes the funding necessary to continue to enforce the laws, providing substantially higher funding levels to compensate for these increased needs – needs that were not addressed in your budget request.  In addition, the fiscal year 2015 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill restores reductions proposed in the budget request to improve economic and security conditions, fight gangs and drug cartels, combat human trafficking, and enhance border security in Mexico and Central America.     

 

To determine whether the Southwest border is becoming increasingly vulnerable, the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee requested a briefing from the U.S. Border Patrol on June 17, 2014.  Despite this request, the Department of Homeland Security has informed the Committee that such a briefing will be delayed indefinitely.  As elected representatives of the American people, we demand that all Committees of jurisdiction be briefed immediately.  We will not tolerate the withholding of such important and relevant information from Congress, particularly as the House considers appropriations bills that address border security and other funding needs related to this crisis.

 

Addressing how to repatriate unaccompanied children with responsible government officials in Central America will require substantial cooperation and participation from the countries of origin.  Consequently, we, the undersigned Representatives, request that the State Department increase its efforts to work with Central American countries and Mexico to address this influx of unaccompanied children.  We expect Department of State officials to accompany the Department of Homeland Security to brief Members on this aspect of the problem.   

 

U.S. immigration laws are clear and must be administered appropriately to assure basic fairness to all legal immigrants, to maintain the integrity of the border and our national security, and to deter narco-traffickers, smugglers, and other illicit activities. 

 

Mr. President, there is a crisis on the border.  We must work together to solve it and urge you to implement the recommendations above. 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/ House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers

S/ House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter

S/ House Commerce, Science, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf

S/ Congressman Tom Cole

S/ House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston

S/ House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul

 

 

 

cc:       The Honorable John Kerry

            Secretary of State

 

            The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

            Attorney General

 

            The Honorable Sylvia Burwell

            Secretary of Health and Human Services

 

            The Honorable Jeh Johnson

            Secretary of Homeland Security

 

 

 

 

 

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Congressman Kingston Votes to Fund Military

2014/06/19

Congressman Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement on House passage of the FY2015 defense appropriations:

​"Our troops should never face a fair fight, and this bill ensures they have the weaponry and equipment to maintain their overwhelming advantage. I am glad the A-10 Warthog is funded next year because this cost-effective and life-saving aircraft that is championed by our Army and Marines should remain a vital part of our American arsenal. This funding gives our forces the tools they need to defend America's interests abroad, protect Americans at home, and secure a more peaceful world."

Mr. Kingston offered a similar amendment in the Appropriations Committee last week. The Miller amendment to fund the A-10 program passed 300-114 on Thursday evening. The A-10 was fully authorized in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House on May 22, 2014.

The A-10 is the only fixed wing Air Force aircraft solely designed for close air support missions in direct support of our ground forces. Its primary mission is to engage threats to these forces from tanks, armored vehicles and opposition ground soldiers.

According to the Air Force, the operational cost per flying hour—which takes into account sustainment costs—for the A-10 ($17,398) is 24%, 54%, and 68% less than F-16 ($22,954), F-15E ($37,504), and the B-1 ($54,218), respectively.

In the first half of 2013 the A-10 flew 11,189 combat sorties in Afghanistan. Between 2009-2012 the average number of combat sorties flown per year was between 27,800 to 34,500.

On July 24, 2013, a pair of A-10s protected an ambushed convoy, supporting the evacuation efforts of wounded soldiers under hostile fire. The attackers moved closer to the soldiers, which prevented helicopter evacuation, leading to the convoy commander authorizing the A-10s to provide dangerously close fire. The aircraft conducted strafing runs, flying 75 ft above the enemy's position completing 15 gun passes firing nearly 2,300 rounds and dropping three 500 lb bombs

The performance of the A-10 that day saved the lives of 60 Americans. This engagement is typical of close-air support missions the A-10 was designed for.

Congressman Kingston is a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and has represented five of Georgia's seven military installations.
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Jack Kingston is United States Representative for the First Congressional District of Georgia.  The district incorporates 17 counties in Southeast Georgia including the entirety of the state’s coastline.

After quickly being recognized as a leader on budget and spending issues, Congressman Kingston was appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee in his second term.  Today he serves as Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee which oversees federal spending on worker safety, health, education, and retirement security programs.

He also serves as a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, a position he has used to ensure our troops are well-equipped and have access to high-quality services.  Representing four major military installations, he maintains a close relationship with our troops, their commanders, and their families.

In 2013, Kingston was appointed to the State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Subcommittee which oversees U.S. diplomatic efforts as well as some foreign aid and international security programs.

From 2008-2012, Kingston served as the top Republican on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.  In this role he fought for farmers, eliminated duplicative programs in the Department of Agriculture, and helped strengthen programs that ensure our safe and abundant food supply.

Before his election to Congress, Kingston sold agribusiness insurance and rose to the position of Vice President at a regional insurance brokerage.  He also served in the Georgia State House from 1985-1992.

Kingston is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned a degree in economics.  It was in Athens that he met his wife, Libby.  Together they make their home in Savannah where they raised four children.


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