Jason Chaffetz

Jason Chaffetz


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Reps. Bishop & Chaffetz release Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) Discussion Draft


SALT LAKE CITY – In a press conference held in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol, Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) released a discussion draft of the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act. Utah Governor Gary Herbert participated in the January 20th event. Reps. Bishop and Chaffetz also announced the website UtahPLI.com where the public and media may access the PLI discussion draft, maps, and a section-by-section description of the potential legislation. Senator Mike Lee will sponsor the companion legislation in the Senate.

Rep. Rob Bishop offered the following statement: “The release of this draft represents the culmination of years of our effort to listen to people. This is a discussion draft, which provides another opportunity for positive ideas. Our goal has always stayed constant. We will conserve areas worthy of conservation. We will guarantee outdoor recreation for all Utahns. We will enhance economic development to fund Utah schools and create good jobs. We will provide certainty by ending the litigation and mindless debates. That certainty will allow everyone to plan for the future without outside groups imposing their misguided will.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said, “PLI will enhance local land management and provide immediate certainty to eastern Utah communities.  This locally driven process has allowed stakeholders to come to the table, engage in conversations, and offer solutions that make the land management system work better for eastern Utah. We've crafted a needed balance between conservation and economic development and I look forward to moving this bill forward.”

Governor Gary Herbert issued the following statement: “There is no doubt Utah stands to gain directly and immediately under the Public Land Initiative,” Gov. Herbert said. “I am supportive of this inclusive, bottom-up approach that moves us in the right direction. While the initiative is not perfect, as no true compromise is, it finds a way to give the state greater control over the use of Utah lands.”

Complete text of the discussion draft available at UtahPLI.com.



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House Passes Chaffetz Bill to Reduce Presidential Pensions


WASHINGTONToday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz released the following statement regarding the passage of his bill, H.R. 1777, the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act:

“No former US president today is dependent on taxpayer subsidies alone for his living.  Former presidents have shown they can earn millions of dollars through book tours and speaking engagements alone.  The time has come to reduce the taxpayer’s heavy burden of supporting former presidents who have proven to be highly capable of supporting themselves.  With strong bipartisan and public support, this bill deserves to be considered by the Senate and sent to the President’s desk."


In FY 2016, GSA estimates that it will spend approximately $3.2 million for former presidents. Former presidents currently receive the following annual benefits: a pension equal to the pay for the head of an executive department, funds for travel, office space, support staff, and mailing privileges.


• Amends and modernizes the Former Presidents Act of 1958 by authorizing a $200,000 annual pension for each former president and a $100,000 annual survivor benefit for each surviving spouse (currently set at $20,000).

• The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act sets an annual allowance of $200,000 for costs such as travel, staff, and office expenses that are associated with post-presidential life. For those former presidents that earn outside income, the $200,000 annual allowance is reduced dollar-for-dollar for every dollar a former president earns in outside income in excess of $400,000.

• The bill does not affect funding for the security or protection of former presidents or a family member of a former president.

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House Repeals Obamacare, Defunds Planned Parenthood


WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after voting in support of the legislation:

“Today the House did its job. Obamacare has been a disaster since it was forced on the American people over five years ago. People are paying more and getting less. Likewise, Planned Parenthood provides no unique services worthy of federal subsidies from the American taxpayer. The president has hidden behind Senate Democrats for far too long. Now, he must choose whether to stand with the American people or stand behind his failures.”

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Chaffetz: President Obama's Executive Action Vastly Exceeds His Authority


WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after President Obama announced new executive action to restrict gun ownership:

“The president’s actions are out of bounds and vastly exceed his executive authority. This is yet another attempt by President Obama to bypass the American people, their elected representatives, and the Constitution itself. The president’s approach undermines the foundation of our democracy. The Committee will continue to conduct vigorous oversight and shine light on this administration.”

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Chaffetz Votes to Strengthen National Security


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after voting in favor of the year-long spending bill to fund the government:

“I take national security very seriously. The provisions in this bill to fund the military and reform our flawed visa waiver program outweigh other concerns I have with this deal. This is simply not the time to let down our guard on national security. There are a number of other important provisions that I believe will have a net positive impact, including protection from Obamacare’s flawed risk-corridor program."


  • Funds the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project at $37,629,000 – a significant increase over fiscal 2015 levels.
  • Increases the Central Utah Project allocation by 40% over the President's Budget Request, bringing the total allocation for fiscal 2016 to $10,000,000.
  • Funds the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program at $452,000,000 – a $10,000,000 increase above fiscal 2015 levels.
  • Lifts the ban on crude oil exports.
  • Limits the EPA to the lowest funding levels since 2008 and prevents funds for new or expanded EPA regulatory programs
  • Freezes IRS funding $1.7 billion below President’s request (except direct taxpayer service).
  • Stops the IRS harassment of 501c(4) organizations and targeting of organizations based on their ideological beliefs.
  • Provides for additional immigration judge teams to expedite removal proceedings.
  • Prohibits the government from providing financial aid to Libya until the Secretary of State confirms Libyan cooperation in the ongoing Benghazi investigation.
  • Increases funding for wildland fire management programs above fiscal 2015 levels and above the President's FY2016 request.
  • Increases VA’s total funding for fiscal 2016 to $162.7 billion, $3.53 billion more than in fiscal 2015.
  • Repeals the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.
  • Five-year extension of 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund (VCF) and extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act through 2090.
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Chaffetz Votes to Prevent Tax Hikes for Millions of Americans


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after voting in favor of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. 

“I am optimistic that this tax reform legislation will have a real and tangible impact on economic growth in this country. In addition to encouraging business investment, this package of reforms enhances taxpayer protections and reduces fraud and abuse. This is a strong first step toward meaningful tax reform that will make our tax code simpler and fairer. My vote today was a vote for Utah jobs and Utah economic growth."


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Chaffetz leads western states coalition in fighting the introduction of the Mexican Wolf in Utah


Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) joined Utah Representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart and Mia Love, along with Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)  in sending a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell expressing deep-seated concerns about the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program.

The letter echoes bipartisan concerns voiced by the affected states.  In the letter, the lawmakers argue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has “utilized the same recovery plan for the Mexican wolf since the early 1980’s.”  That plan, they argue, is out of date and not based on the best science available.

While historically 90% of Mexican wolves occupied territory in Mexico, “the Service seems committed to restoring Mexican wolves only in the United States,” the letter reads.  Furthermore, the representatives point out that there is no historical evidence to show that Mexican wolves ever occupied some of the states and areas to which they are being “restored.”

The letter concludes by asking that any updates to the recovery plan include input from local stakeholders, set achievable recovery goals with specific target numbers, and coordinate to achieve those goals within the wolf’s historic Mexican habitat – 90% of which is in Mexico.  

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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Chaffetz votes to condemn EPA guidelines of existing power plants


WASHINGTON– Representative Jason Chaffetz today voted in favor of S.J. Res. 24, a joint resolution disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule setting CO2 standards for existing power plants.  The Clean Power Plan is the latest in a long series of costly rules by the EPA, which has passed 32 major rules since 2004 costing the economy more than $45 billion annually.

“EPA’s unprecedented and, I believe, unlawful regulation could endanger tens of thousands of jobs in Utah and more around the country in a scheme that will have no meaningful impact on global temperatures. More than anything else, the American people are demanding good jobs and a strong economy. Raising the cost of energy, reducing our ability to compete globally, and killing a significant sector of the economy is a giant step in the wrong direction. Congress must stand with the American people against an agency that has grown out of control. ”

The Clean Power Plan would impact Utah’s $20.9 billion energy industry, which generates $656 million in state and local revenues and supports as many as 40,000 high paying jobs in the state. With some of the lowest industrial and commercial electricity prices in the nation, Utah has enjoyed a competitive advantage that drives job creation and economic growth. 

S.J. Res. 24 would prevent EPA from imposing regulatory cap and trade and driving up electricity prices across the country. 



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Chaffetz Statement on the Passing of Former Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi


Congressman Chaffetz today released the following statement on the passing of long-time Salt Lake County Commissioner and Councilman Randy Horiuchi:

"Randy Horiuchi left an indelible mark on Salt Lake County during his decades of public service.   With his passion for politics and ever-present wit, he was able to build bridges that spanned the political spectrum.  Julie and I offer our sincere condolences to the Horiuchi family."

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Selected by House leadership to chair the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, Jason Chaffetz enters his third term in Congress with energy, enthusiasm, and a determination to continue reforming Washington, D.C.

Believing in the core conservative principles of a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, limited government, and accountability, Mr. Chaffetz distinguished himself as a budget hawk by co-founding the Sunset Caucus, identifying budget cutting measures, running a lean office that returned more than $600,000 of his office budget in his first term, and sleeping on a cot in the closet of his office.  He was asked by House Speaker John Boehner to chair the House Technology Operations Team, was featured regularly on CNN’s freshman year, and consistently appears in local and national media outlets to communicate the conservative message.

On November 4, 2008, Mr. Chaffetz was elected by a 37-point margin to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District.  To secure the Republican nomination, Mr. Chaffetz unseated a 12-year incumbent by a 20-point margin, and did so with no paid campaign staff, no polling, no free meals for potential voters, no campaign office, and a refusal to go into debt to finance the campaign.  Despite being outspent by over $600,000, Mr. Chaffetz’ approach to conservative principles resonated with voters and resulted in an unprecedented victory.

Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns, and a distinguished college football career.

Mr. Chaffetz, who grew up in California, Arizona, and Colorado, was invited to Utah in the mid-1980s by the legendary Brigham Young University football coach LaVell Edwards to be a placekicker.  His years at BYU literally transformed his life.

After a successful football career that included two years as the starting placekicker and two school records, Mr. Chaffetz earned a degree in communications and married Julie Johnson of Mesa, Arizona.  In February, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffetz celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

In 1995, Mr. Chaffetz’s mother passed away after a long fight with cancer.  Consequently, he was deeply touched by the overwhelming generosity of the Utah-based Huntsman family in fighting the disease that killed his mother.  Their commitment was more than words as they personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to research and treat cancer.

Upon reading an article about Jon Huntsman, Jr. potentially running for Governor of Utah, Mr. Chaffetz sought to meet the man who had given so much to fight cancer.  Through a mutual friend, a meeting was set up and Mr. Chaffetz eventually joined the Huntsman for Governor staff.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Chaffetz was named Campaign Manager.  In a crowded field of contenders, Huntsman triumphed by running a well-organized, positive campaign and became Utah’s 16th Governor.  The Governor invited Mr. Chaffetz to continue working with him as his Chief of Staff.

Mr. Chaffetz used his time in the Governor’s Office to learn about the federal delegation and the issues that matter to the State of Utah.  As Utah’s representative in Congress, he is committed to represent Utah to Washington, not Washington to Utah.  Mr. Chaffetz made a commitment to voters in 2008 that he would seek to return this country to the core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense.  As he concludes his second term, he has a distinguished record of promoting legislation to restore those values.

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