Washington, D.C. – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman-elect Jason Chaffetz (R – UT), and current Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D – MD), released the following statement in response to a review conducted by an independent panel appointed by the Department of Homeland Security on recent security breaches within the Secret Service:
"We appreciate the hard work this panel put into reviewing recent incidents within the Secret Service. Their report highlights many issues we have long had concerns with. Every day honorable men and women put their lives on the line to protect the President, first family, and others within the Administration. There’s no room for mistakes.
“At the start of the new Congress, we will be conducting a bipartisan investigation that will allow lawmakers to further examine some of the matters highlighted in this report. The investigation will examine security breaches that have recently been publicly reported, as well as focus on overall leadership, staffing, culture, protocol, technology, tactics and training issues. A serious and robust investigation must include cooperation on both sides of aisle in order to root out systemic problems and implement proper reforms.”
Washington, D.C. – Incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced this week six new Subcommittees that will be established during the 114th Congress and the Chair selections:
“When assessing the future of the committee and our goals, we saw an opportunity to make some changes, which includes modifications to subcommittee issue areas and titles. These changes will allow the subcommittee Chairs and Members to take a new approach to addressing the matters that come before the committee. Each of the incoming Chairs brings valuable knowledge and experience to the subcommittees they have been selected to lead and I am grateful for their commitment to bringing vigorous oversight to the federal government, “said Chaffetz.
Subcommittees (in alphabetical order):
Government Operations – Chairman Mark Meadows (NC)
Included on a long list of focus areas, the Government Operations Subcommittee will focus on a range of issues that includes federal records, national archives, Executive Office of the president, U.S. Postal Service, FOIA, Department of Commerce, Treasury, Education, and Labor, and federal civil service, among other issues.
Health Care, Benefits, & Administrative Rules – Chairman Jim Jordan (OH)
This subcommittee will focus on issues related to HHS, healthcare, gov-wide rules and regulations, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid.
Information Technology – Chairman Will Hurd (TX)
The IT Subcommittee will focus on federal IT procurement, Cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, emerging technologies, and intellectual property, among other issues.
Interior – Chairwoman Cynthia Lummis (WY)
The Interior Subcommittee will focus on issues related to the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, EPA, and USDA.
National Security – Chairman Ron DeSantis (FL)
The National Security Subcommittee will focus on issues related to DOD, Dept. of State, USAID, DHS, VA, DOJ, and the intelligence community.
Transportation and Public Assets – Chairman John Mica (FL)
This subcommittee will focus on issues related to the Department of Transportation, TSA, FEMA, HUD, GSA, and real property.
Many of you continue to have concerns about the omnibus bill passed last week. I understand your concerns. The bill is an imperfect compromise with the problems and budget gimmicks typical of all appropriations bills. However, I believe passing this bill was important to Utah and represents our best strategy for fighting the President’s agenda. There is a reason the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren voted against this bill. There is a lot of misinformation circulating about this bill. Let’s talk about some of those myths.
MYTH: Voting against the CRomnibus would put an end to executive amnesty.
FACT: False. If the CRomnibus had been defeated, the President’s executive orders would still be carried out. During the last shutdown, just 15% of DHS employees were furloughed. The rest - 85% - were deemed “essential” and continued to work through the shutdown. A shutdown would not stop executive amnesty.
Furthermore, the agency carrying out the President’s orders is primarily funded by user fees. In a government shutdown, those fees are still collected.
I believe we must change the equation. Can that be done with a Harry Reid-led Senate? Unfortunately, no. With a new Senate, I hope and expect we can and will.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, explains, “The CRomnibus actually presents the best possible chance of stopping executive amnesty, as not even a government shutdown will stop the President’s executive actions. The CRomnibus provided just two months of funding for the Department of Homeland Security so that our border patrol can keep the border secure through the end of February. One of the first things that House and Senate Republicans will tackle - TOGETHER - is to create a budget for DHS that includes our tough House border security bill and specific language to stop the use of any funds, appropriated or gathered via fees, to implement the President's executive amnesty plan. While the President and Democrats were hoping to force a government shutdown debate early next year to detract the public's attention from his unlawful immigration executive order and discredit the new Republican Senate, thanks to the CRomnibus we sidestepped their trap and strengthened the new Republican Senate's ability to put a bill on the President's desk forcing him to choose between protecting our border or protecting illegal immigrants.”
MYTH: A vote for the CRomnibus was a betrayal of Utah voters.
FACT: A vote against the bill would have been the real betrayal. Failure to pass this budget would have cost rural Utah counties a substantial portion of the funds upon which they rely to provide public safety, infrastructure and other critical services. A vote that could financially devastate the counties I represent would have been a true betrayal. Because the federal government pays no property taxes on the millions of acres it controls in our rural counties, those counties are forced to rely on PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) to run local government. The omnibus, along with the National Defense Authorization Act, fully funds PILT at $442 million. This funding will provide certainty and badly needed stability for rural counties in Utah and across the West. There is no funding vehicle for PILT payments – the only way Utah ever gets this money is if the bill is attached to an appropriations bill. The Utah delegation worked hard for our constituents to get PILT payments into the omnibus bill.
FACT: Voting against the sage grouse provision would have been a further betrayal of Utah voters. Because the CRomnibus prohibits the US Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing rules to place the Western and Gunnison Sage Grouse on the Endangered Species List for a year, Western states gained a huge concession. We can now demonstrate once again that states can manage endangered species without the one-size-fits-all policies of federal agencies that hurt our local economies and have a low rate of success. Utah's state plan has been successful and proves that habitat protection can co-exist with grazing, mining, drilling and other land uses.
The CRomnibus contains numerous other provisions important to Western states. The Western Caucus has provided an excellent summary of those provisions here.
MYTH: The CRomnibus empowers environmentalists and the EPA.
FACT: The CRomnibus cut EPA funding by $60 million. The Western Caucus reports, “Overall, EPA funding has been reduced by $2.2 billion – or 21% since Republicans gained control of the House in 2010. The agreement rejects $66 million requested by the President for EPA regulatory programs and creates exemptions for livestock producers from onerous greenhouse gas regulations.”
MYTH: The CRomnibus is full of pork and giveaways.
FACT: Budget authority for 2015 is even lower than the budget authority for 2008, despite seven years of inflation, population growth, and GDP growth. This bill dramatically slows the growth in discretionary spending. In actual dollars, total discretionary spending will have decreased for the fifth consecutive year. Total discretionary budget authority, including disaster, emergency, and war spending, will be about $1.1 trillion in fiscal year 2015, which is lower than 2008. This appropriations bill continues the trend of reducing total discretionary spending relative to GDP. Discretionary spending relative to GDP has fallen dramatically since the stimulus was enacted and is now even lower than it was prior to the stimulus. In 2007, total discretionary spending equaled 7.5% of GDP. In 2009, total discretionary spending peaked at 10.4% of GDP. However, in 2015, total discretionary spending will approach 6.1% of GDP. These figures include all discretionary spending such as base, disaster, emergency, and war spending.
MYTH: The CRomnibus fully funded ObamaCare through September.
FACT: The CRomnibus cut another $10 million from IPAB atop the $52 billion we have cut from Obamacare since 2012. I have voted more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare. Unfortunately, Democrats intentionally designed Obamacare to function independent from Congressional discretionary appropriations specifically to prevent us from cutting the funding. Even the government shutdown did not stop Obamacare because of the way it was funded. We have repeatedly blocked funding for implementation.
Rep. Brady (R-TX), who is the most senior Republican on the House Ways & Means Committee, writes, “The CRomnibus blocks the White House from using the Prevention and Public Health Fund as a slush fund for ObamaCare, removed $10 million from the IPAB rationing board and blocked taxpayer funds from being used to bailout insurance companies faltering in the exchanges. To sum up, we did not fund ObamaCare through the Cromnibus. As the author of the ObamaCare chart and leader of the Health subcommittee my goal is to repeal ObamaCare as soon as possible (we'll need a new President) as that's the only way to fully defund it, and replace it with a free-market alternative driven by patients, not Washington. In the meantime, we'll continue to repeal and defund as much of it as we can and now with the Senate working with us, not against us.”
MYTH: The CRomnibus shows Republicans aren’t serious about tackling the debt.
FACT: This bill only addresses discretionary spending – which is about1/3 of the federal budget and is not the main driver of our debt. Even if you reduced discretionary spending to 0, we would still run massive deficits. Mandatory spending — which is NOT addressed in this or any other appropriations bill — is the primary threat to our nation's economic future. Congress should be focusing more on reforming programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which are by far the biggest drivers of our debt. Three years ago, I introduced a Social Security reform proposal. You can view this proposal on my website at http://chaffetz.house.gov/issue/social-security
MYTH: The Y Mountain bill should never have been part of the CRomnibus.
FACT: It wasn’t. I was able to pass it through the House in each of the last two sessions – first in July 2012 and again in June 2013. Senator Hatch carried the bill in the Senate. He wisely attached the legislation to the NDAA and consequently was able to pass it. It is now on its way to the president’s desk for signature. You can read more about what it accomplishes here.
Like all appropriations bills, this year's appropriations bill has several problems and budget gimmicks, but fortunately this bill has more good than bad. It's an imperfect compromise, but it avoids a government shutdown while dramatically slowing the growth in discretionary spending.
In actual dollars, total discretionary spending will have decreased for the fifth consecutive year. Total discretionary budget authority, including disaster, emergency, and war spending, will be about $1.1 trillion in fiscal year 2015, which will be even lower than budget authority for fiscal year 2008 despite seven years of inflation, population growth, and GDP growth. For this reason, I voted yes for the Fiscal Year 2015 Continuing Resolution Omnibus.
This appropriations bill continues the trend of reducing total discretionary spending relative to GDP. Discretionary spending relative to GDP has fallen dramatically since the stimulus was enacted and is now even lower than it was prior to the stimulus. In 2007, total discretionary spending equaled 7.5% of GDP. In 2009, total discretionary spending peaked at 10.4% of GDP. However, in 2015, total discretionary spending will approach 6.1% of GDP. These figures include all discretionary spending such as base, disaster, emergency, and war spending.
The federal government has serious long-term budget problems, but discretionary spending is not the main driver of our future deficits. Entitlement spending — which is NOT addressed in appropriations bills — is the primary threat to our nation's economic future. Congress should be focusing more on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Three years ago, I introduced a Social Security reform proposal. You can view this proposal on my website at http://chaffetz.house.gov/issue/social-security
Besides restricting the growth in discretionary spending, is there anything else that's good about this bill?
Yes, several items important to Utah and other western states were addressed in the bill. First, the omnibus prohibits the Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing rules to place the sage-grouse and the Gunnison-sage grouse on the Endangered Species list during the current fiscal year. This is a major victory for Utah.
Second, the omnibus, along with the National Defense Authorization Act, fully funds PILT at $442 million. PILT is an important source of funding for rural counties that have very large amounts of federally owned land.
What about defunding President Obama's executive order on illegal immigrants?
The omnibus/continuing resolution will only provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security until February 27, 2015. The 114th Congress will be forced to revisit this issue and address the President’s executive order on Immigration before this date. Many of the midterm campaigns revolved around the issue of immigration, and I believe these new members, including a new Republican majority in the Senate, should be involved in reversing the President's order.
Washington, D.C. – Today, S. 1691, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014, unanimously passed the House by voice vote. Congressman Chaffetz sponsored its companion bill, H.R. 3463, in the House. This legislation now heads to the president to be signed into law.
“Border Patrol agents have a difficult job. It’s amazing what they do and how they do it. This bipartisan legislation will create a consistent and reliable pay system within the Border Patrol that these agents can rely on. Creating a new pay scale is a long term solution that will iron out the kinks of the current system through old-fashioned planning and time management. I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing this common-sense, bipartisan legislation,” said Chaffetz.
This legislation aims to fix inadequacies in Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) – the overtime component within the Border Patrol pay system – by creating a consistent and reliable pay system. These reforms will also enhance border security and save taxpayers more than $1 billion over 10 years according to the Congressional Budget Office.
S. 1691 was cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John McCain (R-AZ) and unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year.
Watch Congressman Chaffetz speak on the House floor about Border Pay Reform here.
The Border Patrol pay system – established almost 40 years ago – is different from the system covering other federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or Secret Service. In 2013 a report was released by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) detailed the misuse of the AUO system by agents in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Situation Room.
The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act will address this problem by replacing AUO with three options: work 100 hours per pay period and receive a 25 percent differential, work 90 hours and receive a 12.5 percent differential, or work no overtime (80 hours per pay period). Additional unscheduled overtime will be treated as compensatory time off. Scheduled overtime will be paid.
The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act is strongly endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council and Border Patrol Agents nationwide.
Washington, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman-elect Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) today announced the appointment of key members to his leadership team. Sean McLaughlin will serve as Staff Director, Andrew Dockham as General Counsel, Rachel Weaver as Deputy Staff Director, Steve Castor as Deputy General Counsel, and Ryan Little as Operations Director in the 114th Congress.
“These individuals bring knowledge, experience, and passion to the Oversight Committee. Each of these individuals has exhibited tremendous leadership, effectiveness, and expertise during their time on Capitol Hill. I have full trust and confidence in their ability to lead the Committee. I’m excited to work together to expose and reform the waste, fraud, and abuse happening within the federal government.”
A veteran of the Hill, Sean McLaughlin served five years as the Staff Director for the House Committee on the Judiciary providing extensive counsel to the Committee’s Chairman, Lamar Smith, and members of the Committee. Included on a long list of accomplishments, McLaughlin previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the U.S. Department of Justice under Pres. George W. Bush. He is currently a Principal at the Podesta Group.
For the past two years, Andrew Dockham has served as Chief Counsel to Ranking Member Tom Coburn on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He previously worked for Sen. Coburn on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Before working on the hill, Andrew was an associate at a Washington, DC law firm.
Rachel Weaver currently serves as a senior advisor to Chaffetz in his personal office. Prior to joining the Chaffetz team, Weaver served on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight as Staff Director. She also served as a chief investigator for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and on the Homeland Security Council at the White House under Pres. George W. Bush. Additionally, she has been a professional staff member at the House Committee on Homeland Security and served in senior external affairs in the private sector.
In his tenth year with the Oversight Committee, Steve Castor currently serves as the General Counsel. Prior to that, he was the Chief Counsel for Investigations. During his ten years with the Committee, Castor has led or participated in a wide variety of meaningful oversight matters, including investigations of the Justice Department’s ill-fated gun trafficking initiative, Operation Fast and Furious. Before joining the committee, Steve practiced commercial litigation at a law firm in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he worked for a telecommunications manufacturing concern.
For the past two and a half years, Ryan Little has handled Chaffetz’ Oversight Committee responsibilities, including the Subcommittee on National Security and all Utah related topics. Little is also responsible for all policy and oversight initiatives relating to the Homeland Security Committee. Prior to joining the Chaffetz office in June 2012, Little worked at the Oversight Committee where he handled various policy issues as a Professional Staff Member. Little began his career on Capitol Hill in the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement in response to President Obama announcing he will take unilateral executive action on immigration:
“Tonight President Obama sent a message to the world: break our laws and you will be rewarded. This is a dangerous message to be sending. As long as the delays and penalties for navigating the legal process are more painful than the consequences of coming to the United States illegally, we will continue to have a problem regardless of how high or wide our fence is. Our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of reform. It cannot be fixed with a 'pen' and a 'phone.'
There are many common ground reforms that can be agreed upon but are held hostage to the demand of comprehensive legislation. All-inclusive bills are not the answer. We need to stop ignoring simple fixes and work together to find a long-term solution to this broken system.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement today upon being selected as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:
“The faith placed in me by my colleagues today is a tremendous honor and privilege. I am fully committed to taking on difficult tasks that a chairmanship requires. I’d like to thank Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, other members of the House leadership team, and my colleagues on the Steering Committee for entrusting me with this important responsibility.
I have great respect for Chairman Darrell Issa and can’t thank him enough for his many years of dedicated service leading the Oversight Committee. I thank him for the professional opportunities he has allowed me on the committee, and for his personal friendship. His commitment to the public good is without question.
I look forward to working with new and current Members of the Committee, Ranking Member Cummings, and other leaders in the House as we continue to ensure that taxpayers’ investment in government is spent effectively, efficiently, and transparently.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) and Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) joined together to announce their opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a “Threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Gunnison sage grouse species is found in Colorado and parts of eastern Utah.
In May 2014, the D.C. District Court granted a six-month extension of the deadline for final determination on whether to list the Gunnison sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act. The Gunnison sage grouse has been the subject of a long-term battle waged by conservation groups wanting to curb use and development of public lands where Gunnison populations can be found. It is widely known that the Gunnison’s ESA listing would heavily restrict oil and gas development as well as ranching and recreation on 1.7 million acres of federal land located in Utah and Colorado. Congressman Bishop and Congressman Chaffetz remain concerned that the science used as justification for the listing lacks credibility and that the administration is yet again capitulating to special interest groups.
“States, local governments, and public land users are working collaboratively to restore the Gunnison sage grouse populations and progress continues to be made. Restoration of the species is not something that can fully be measured overnight and it’s premature to supersede state and local actions with an ESA listing. Based on the federal government’s track record of ESA recovery, I’d say that listing this bird is not the panacea. This is yet another case of the federal government thinking it is smarter and more capable than the states and communities, a notion I flatly reject,” said Congressman Bishop, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee.
“Wildlife management needs to be handled at the state and local level. That’s where the rubber meets the road. Local land-users are better equipped to develop management plans that both maintain and improve the health of wildlife and local habitat. It is disappointing that the federal government is undercutting local efforts in San Juan County by imposing this listing that will have a big impact on local communities in southeast Utah,” said Congressman Chaffetz, whose district includes San Juan County, where Gunnison sage grouse habitat has been identified.
Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz released the following statement concerning the release of the OIG report inspecting the Salt Lake City Regional Office of the VA.
"Our nation's veterans deserve the very best care and treatment from the VA. Unfortunately, the VA System has not performed to the standard that veterans deserve and all Americans expect. The latest IG Report shows that challenges persist. Our local VA facility is not immune to systemic flaws. I am pleased that Congress was able to enact bipartisan reforms just two months ago that will help the VA get back on track. I am confident that the Congressional reforms and IG recommendations will assist the Salt Lake City Regional Office in delivering world-class care and treatment that our Utah veterans deserve."
On October 8, 2014, the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General released report 14-01688-303, an Inspection of the Salt Lake City Regional Office. A copy of the full report can be found here: http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-01688-303.pdf. In the report, investigators and auditors reviewed the Salt Lake City division of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VBA primarily processes disability claims but also provides a range of other valuable services for veterans. A summary of the report's finding are included below:
On July 30, 2014, the United States House of Representatives passed the Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act. The bill, later signed into law by President Obama, boosted resources for the Department of Veterans Affairs, expanded access to care for veterans, and gave VA leaders needed tools to clean-up waste, fraud, and abuse within the Department.
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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.
Mia Love names KSL-TV reporter as communications director http://t.co/t0xDWaYCmC Good choice, Mia
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Freedom to see what the administration, any administration, is doing is good government.
God bless these officers, their families, and the NYPD.
Good luck tonight, BYU!
NY Times on how to win favor with Democrats.
Congratulations to the BYU women's volleyball team - the first-ever unseeded women's volleyball team to play for a national championship. Way