WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent action on national security:
“President Trump made clear that keeping America safe is a top priority for his Administration, and it is refreshing to see that he is willing to take swift and decisive action to achieve that goal. And, while the rollout of his executive action could have gone more smoothly, I believe most Americans, and particularly the East Texans I represent, would agree that it’s just common sense to take a closer look at people trying to enter the U.S. from nations with broad terrorist networks.
“In fact, more than a year ago Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a bill that placed a higher threshold for entry into our nation. The legislation blocked people who have traveled since 2011 to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria from entering the United States through our Visa Waiver Program—no matter their country of citizenship. Several months later, the Obama Administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to that list. These seven countries, are the exact same countries included in President Trump’s executive order. And, while critics claim this temporary pause in immigration amounts to a Muslim ban, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, more than 40 countries with Muslim majorities were not included on President Trump’s list at all.
“America is a nation of immigrants, and should continue to be. Although we can’t take in the world, we should strive to find places for people who come here legally, seeking freedom and opportunity. But, we need to make sure those seeking to come to America mean us no harm.
“In the coming days and weeks, Congress should exercise its responsibility to take a careful look at the underlying policies to ensure they are effective in achieving the goal of making America safer and preventing terrorists from coming to our shores.”
WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) voted for, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7). This bill permanently prohibits federal funding for abortion and funding for any insurance plan that includes abortion on demand.
“Today—just days before hundreds of thousands of people will participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.—I am proud to have taken a stand in solidarity with them to protect the rights of the unborn and prevent taxpayer funding for abortion,” said Hensarling. “As Americans, we share a sacred responsibility to protect innocent life and defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. It is my strong belief that human life begins at conception, and every life—even the life of an unborn child—is worthy of protection.”
H.R. 7 passed 238 to 183 and codifies into law the Hyde Amendment, which doesn’t outlaw abortions but simply says that federal taxpayers will not be compelled to subsidize them.
In fact, a majority of Americans agree taxpayers should not foot the bill for abortions, including those who identify as pro-choice. A poll conducted by Knights of Columbus-Marist about six months ago found 61% of Americans believe taxpayer dollars should not be used for this life-ending procedure.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement to mark the 44th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade:
“As we mark the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade, it is my hope that we will take this opportunity to remember the millions of precious human lives ended by the unspeakable tragedy of abortion.
“As Americans, we share a sacred responsibility to protect the innocent and defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. As a matter of morality, history, science, reason, and most of all faith, I can come to no other conclusion but that every human life begins at conception and every life is worthy of protection.
“On January 27th, thousands of citizens will take action to defend life by participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Many more in Texas and across the country will stand with them at local events fighting for the rights of the unborn. I applaud all those who choose to take part in these demonstrations and continue to pray for the day when all Americans will decide to protect the unalienable right to life.”
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after voting for the FY 2017 Budget Resolution that will enable the repeal of Obamacare through budget reconciliation:
“Today’s vote marks the most important step to date in the process to once and for all repeal Obamacare and to provide patient-centered health care reform in its place.
“Under President Obama’s ‘signature accomplishment’ premiums and deductibles have soared, patient choice has dwindled, and insurance markets have begun to collapse. Despite promises that people who wanted to keep their insurance plan and doctor could do so, many Americans have lost one or even both. Beyond Obamacare’s impact on their health care, hardworking Americans who were already struggling to make ends meet had their hours cut at work because their employer couldn’t afford Obamacare’s onerous taxes and penalties.
“Republicans have a better way, and thanks to a special process known as reconciliation – which prevents a minority of the Senate from being able to block legislation through filibuster –we can get Obamacare repeal on President Trump’s desk and focus on reforming our broken health care system. We can make patient care more affordable, portable, and accessible, while increasing competition and decreasing cost. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the new Administration to put individual people and families, not Washington bureaucrats, back in charge of their own health care.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-3) announced that he will retire at the end of the 115th Congress:
“My heart felt a little heavy today when I learned of Sam Johnson’s plans to retire at the close of the 115th Congress. Very few have dedicated their lives to the service of our great nation the way Sam has, and his shoes will be hard to fill. But, if anyone deserves some rest and relaxation in retirement, it’s Sam. From serving in the Air Force for 29 years and enduring years of torture as a POW, to tirelessly serving the constituents of the 3rd District of Texas for more than two decades, Sam is a true American patriot and hero with a servant’s heart. I look forward to working with Sam over the next two years as he enhances the strong legacy he has already forged.”Read More
WASHINGTON—This week, the House passed, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) voted for, two measures that will help rein-in job-killing regulations that are holding back the US economy from reaching its full potential.
The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (H.R. 26), more commonly known as the REINS Act, passed the House on Thursday and requires new major regulations that have a significant impact on the economy to be voted up or down by Congress and be signed into law by the President before they can take effect.
“When people think about the cost of government they usually think about the out-of-control Washington spending that is driving our national debt of almost $20 trillion and counting. However, there is another cost of government and that is the cost of federal regulations,” Hensarling said. “According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the estimated cost of federal regulations in 2015 was almost $1.9 trillion, and no matter how you slice it, that kind of financial burden on our economy costs us jobs. I vividly recall a small businessman in East Texas who told me after many, many years he closed his small cabinetry shop because of the burden of regulation saying sadly, ‘I came to the conclusion my government no longer wanted me to succeed.’ Bureaucratic red tape pushed him out of business.”
The REINS Act will ensure that regulations with an annual economic cost of $100 million or more will move forward ONLY after receiving the approval of the people’s elected representatives in Congress.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21), which passed the House Wednesday 238-184, will allow Congress, in a single vote, to repeal any rule finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the Obama administration (and future administrations) using the Congressional Review Act process which Republicans created in 1996. This bill will ensure that any last minute regulations the out-going Administration tries to impose will receive the proper level of scrutiny.
“Not all regulations are unwarranted, of course. But, there’s a difference between smart regulation that keeps Americans safe, and job-killing, economy-stagnating regulation that harms small business owners and families,” said Hensarling. “Currently, unelected Washington bureaucrats, who are running wild under the Obama Administration, are churning out roughly 4,000 new regulations a year. That has got to stop. And, while we have a long way to go to get our economy growing at four percent a year like it should be, the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act are important steps toward achieving that goal and increasing job opportunities for all Americans.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after taking the Oath of Office to represent the Fifth District of Texas for the 115th Congress:
“I am honored and deeply humbled by the trust that the voters of the Fifth Congressional District of Texas have placed in me to serve as their representative in the 115th Congress. I am committed to working on their behalf every day to solve the many problems and challenges we face. As a united Congress, working alongside the new Administration, we have the opportunity to reverse the devastating effects of eight years of Obamanomics and to create a dynamic economy that fosters job creation, higher wages, and greater economic liberty for all Americans. Together, we will take our country back from a distant, ruling, Washington elite and return governance to ‘We the People.’”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following comments upon news that Boeing has finalized an agreement to sell 80 commercial aircraft to Iran Air – the state owned national carrier of Iran.
“Boeing’s actions to aid the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism through the sale of these jets are disappointing to say the least. This announcement reminds us just how dangerous President Obama's nuclear agreement is. The President wants us to sell planes not just to this dangerous regime, but to an airline that his own Treasury Department sanctioned in 2011. President Obama even wants U.S. banks to draw on American citizens' deposits to finance Iran, a regime that Treasury calls ‘a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern.’
“No wonder voters have chosen a new direction. The House has already spoken, passing separate measures that prohibit both aircraft sales to the ayatollahs and U.S. financing for them.
“If a U.S. financial institution attempts to bankroll Iran in the waning days of the Obama administration, it will have to answer to Congress.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement upon House passage of a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government:
“I would much rather work with President Trump next year than negotiate right now with President Obama on the entirety of our nation’s budget priorities for 2017. By passing this Continuing Resolution today, we fund the government through April and set the stage for President-elect Trump to work with a Republican-controlled House and Senate to finish our spending bills and further advance our Conservative agenda. This Continuing Resolution fulfills the President-elect’s request, and I look forward to working with him to prioritize economic growth and opportunity for all Americans and to use Congress’ power of the purse to restore common sense to the Federal government.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement upon House passage of the 21st Century Cures Act:
“In the 20th century, the United States was the global leader in medical research and innovation; our nation’s scientists and medical researchers discovered and developed countless innovative cures, treatments, medical devices, and clinical procedures that changed the course of human history and allowed millions of lives to be saved around the world. To maintain this leadership position in the 21st century, we must take bold action today.
“The 21st Century Cures Act is that bold action; it will accelerate the development and delivery of new cures and treatments for patients to transform the way we manage diseases. It reforms and modernizes our nation’s regulatory infrastructure, getting rid of unnecessary red tape at the Food and Drug Administration. It also provides additional resources for researchers to propel medical discovery that will speed the development of cutting-edge cures and treatments. It’s important to note that fiscally-responsible changes have also been made to this bill since its inception. All additional spending in 21st Century Cures is fully offset and this bill creates no new entitlement spending.
“Additionally, this legislation serves as the vehicle to get bipartisan mental health reform legislation, which was passed by the House earlier this year on a 422-2 vote, to the president’s desk. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), is a major step forward in changing the way our nation’s health care system deals with those suffering from mental illness by making sure they get the care and medications they need – just like any other patient suffering from an illness.”Read More
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First elected to Congress in 2002, Jeb Hensarling is a strong conservative and an outspoken advocate for limited government and unlimited opportunity.
As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb is a leader in promoting consumer choice, competitive markets, and smart regulation in our financial markets. He was the only member of Congress to have introduced comprehensive reform legislation for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the credit crisis, lauded in the media as “a concrete plan for fixing Fannie and Freddie.” Jeb was recognized by The New York Times for “leading the GOP Vanguard against the Bailout,” and was the only member of Congress to have introduced a legislative alternative to TARP during the heart of the credit crisis, which would have minimized taxpayer exposure and the politicization of the market.
A lifelong conservative dedicated to advancing the principals of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom, Jeb was chosen by his colleagues during the 112th Congress to chair the House Republican Conference—the fourth ranking leadership position in the House—and in the 110th Congress, he was elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee—the largest conservative caucus in the House. The Associated Press recently recognized Jeb’s consistency on conservative issues saying, “he made cutting federal spending, ending earmarks and reducing the size of government his priorities before the tea party came into existence.”
In recognition of his relentless fight to cut wasteful Washington spending and remove barriers to job growth, Jeb was appointed to serve on the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and was most recently appointed co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Prior to the 112th Congress, Jeb served as the number two Republican on the House Budget Committee—under now Chairman Paul Ryan—and has consistently fought to reduce our debt and stop out-of-control Washington spending. He is a co-author of the “Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act,” a landmark budget reform bill that was heralded as the “gold standard” of budget enforcement legislation by a coalition of conservative groups, including the Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens United Against Government Waste, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the National Taxpayer Union. Jeb also authored the “Spending Limit Amendment”—a Constitutional amendment that would limit federal spending to no more than 20% of the economy—the historic average since WWII. For his work to rein in wasteful Washington spending and put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path, the National Review Online dubbed him “Rep. Budget Reform,” and The Dallas Morning News called him a “truth teller” who “has become one of the most important GOP members of Congress.”
Born in Stephenville, Texas, Jeb grew up working on his father’s farm near College Station. He earned a degree in economics from Texas A&M University in 1979 and a law degree from the University of Texas in 1982. Before coming to Congress, Jeb spent ten years in the private sector, serving as an officer for a successful investment firm, a data management company, and an electric retail company.
Jeb and his wife, Melissa, are members of St. Michael and All Angels Church, and reside in Dallas with their two children, Claire and Travis.
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