Jeb Hensarling

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Hensarling Votes to Reform VA, Keep Promise to Nation’s Heroes

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted bring much needed reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “In the wake of revelations of scandalous misconduct, neglect, and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is incumbent on Congress to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and take steps to fix the problems at the VA to ensure that our veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve.  That is why earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.  “This measure will increase accountability at the VA by making it easier to fire or demote the senior executives at the VA who presided over the current state of affairs within the department, and ensure that veterans seeking medical care can access it in a timely fashion by creating an option for veterans to get private sector treatment.  We owe all our veterans a profound debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our freedom.  I believe it is only right that we should give them the freedom and means to choose how to receive the care they have earned. This legislation also sets up a Congressional Commission on Care to evaluate problems with access to healthcare within the VA system in order to help make sure that our veterans are never again forced to endure this kind of unconscionable neglect and degradation of service again. “There is still more that needs to be done to reform the VA and ensure it is providing our nation’s military heroes the care and benefits they’ve earned, but this bill represents a step in the right direction, and that is why I am proud to support it.  I remain committed to ensuring we fix the systemic problems with the VA and keep our promise to our nation’s veterans.”   ###   Read More

Hensarling Calls on President Obama to Immediately Halt Export-Import Bank Deals With Russia

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, today sent the following letter to President Obama calling on him to “halt any and all deals the Export-Import Bank is working on with Russia and with Russian companies and to suspend consideration of future Ex-Im deals involving Russia.” The full text of the letter is below: Mr. President: The situation in Ukraine grows worse every day. Russia bears responsibility for this conflict, including the atrocity of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, because Russia is supplying the separatists with advanced weapons and encouraging their attacks on aircraft and on the people of Ukraine. Russia’s actions are in direct conflict with our national interests. Yet, still, the Export-Import Bank remains open for business in Russia. In fact, total authorizations for deals between Ex-Im and Russia have increased nine-fold since you took office. While your Administration announces sanctions on Russian companies on the one hand, on the other it offers sweetheart deals to Russian companies through Ex-Im. Indeed, some of the very same Russian firms that are being sanctioned by the United States have benefitted from Ex-Im: Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Gazprombank – two state-owned Russian banks. As you know, Congress is in the midst of debating whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. But in the face of growing Russian aggression, Ex-Im’s continuing – and even increasing – connections with Russian companies, many of them run by Vladimir Putin’s cronies, has got to stop and stop immediately. Section 2(b)(1)(B) of the Export-Import Bank Charter provides the President of the United States with the authority to deny applications for financing that would benefit Russian companies. I therefore ask you to immediately halt any and all deals the Export-Import Bank is working on with Russia and with Russian companies and to suspend consideration of future Ex-Im deals involving Russia. Increasing economic sanctions on Russia is not a partisan issue. Only two days ago, you received a letter from Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Chairs of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services, and Intelligence Committees, respectively. In their letter, they called on you to “give additional consideration to imposing broader sanctions on Russia’s energy and financial industries, as well as other sectors of the Russian economy as appropriate.” I could not agree more, Mr. President, and a good place for you to start is by halting continued Ex-Im activity in Russia. Sincerely, Jeb Hensarling Chairman, Committee on Financial Services cc:  The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State        The Honorable Jacob “Jack” Lew, Secretary of the Treasury        The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank        The Honorable Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Committee on Financial Services The letter can be viewed here. ###   Read More

Hensarling Applauds Court Rebuke of President Obama’s Unilateral Action

2014/07/22

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), a leading conservative and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in response to a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 ruling which found that taxpayer funded health insurance subsidies cannot be granted to individuals participating in the federal Exchange. “Americans were told that we needed to pass Obamacare to know what’s in it. Based on President Obama’s repeated refusal to enforce the law as written and his willingness to change other parts without any legal authority to do so, it appears ‘what’s in it’ depends on what is politically convenient for the president and his allies in Washington. In essence, President Obama and Washington Democrats are making it up as they go along and the American people are paying the price in lost jobs and a lagging economy. “The American people are sick and tired of this president’s and his administration’s utter contempt for separation of powers and the rule of law. Today’s ruling sends a clear message to President Obama: just because you may not like a law – even one that you were the architect of – doesn’t mean you can unilaterally change it as you see fit.”   ###   Read More

Hensarling Comments on Texas National Guard Deployment to Border

2014/07/21

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) issued the following statement regarding Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to activate the Texas National Guard to assist with border security operations in South Texas: “The president’s unwillingness to truly confront our nation’s lack of border security has left humanitarian and security problems in the laps of state and local officials – especially in Texas. Governor Perry understands the difficult and overwhelming circumstances facing those working to defend our southern border, and unlike the president, he is demonstrating leadership in trying to address this crisis.    “Last month, I joined other Texas Members in requesting resources and action from the president to address this situation, and after going to the border and discussing the situation with those on the ground, I believe that we need the additional personnel and resources of the Texas National Guard.  I applaud the governor’s decision to activate and deploy the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.  I am sure his decision did not come lightly, and without federal support, it will not come cheaply for the State of Texas.” ###   Read More

Hensarling Tours Texas Border

2014/07/19

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) issued the following statement following his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas: “My visit today to our southern border was a stark and sobering reminder of the immigration and humanitarian crisis our nation is currently facing. Throughout the trip, I was amazed by the commitment and dedication displayed by the agents of our nation’s Border Patrol in the face of such a crisis. The work ethic and sense of duty exhibited by the men and women protecting our nation’s border reaffirmed my belief that, given the proper direction, authority and resources, we can permanently secure America’s southern border. “I believe, the surge in illegal immigrants now flooding over our southern border was avoidable, and our Governor raised this concern 2 years ago. However, while blame for this predictable crisis can – in large part – be attributed to the failure of President Obama’s immigration policies, we all must look forward and work together as a nation to ensure a timely and permanent solution to secure our border once and for all.  “We are a humane nation but we must also be a nation that respects the rule of law and controls its border. Sending these people home as soon as possible will deter others from trying the harrowing and dangerous journey. While we must make certain the men and women of the Border Patrol have the resources they need, I continue to oppose the notion that simply throwing more money at the problem is an adequate, or permanent, solution. No amount of money will curtail the current crisis on our southern border unless it is coupled with substantive policy changes to America’s immigration and detention policies. Such changes must include giving our Border Patrol priority access to all federal lands, the inclusion and cooperation of state and local law enforcement agencies, a thorough review of U.S. asylum procedures to end the dramatic increase in fraudulent claims, and impose expedited removal procedures to ensure the safe and timely return of those crossing the border illegally to their country of origin. “I remain disappointed that President Obama refuses to visit the southern border and see the crisis firsthand. I believe the president would gain significant insight from those on the front lines, and his presence would reinforce his commitment to the brave men and women of U.S. Border Patrol who are doing their very best against insurmountable odds.”   ###   (PICTURED: Congressman Hensarling (R-TX) visited the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas as part of a Congressional Delegation led by fellow Texas Congressman Sam Johnson.  The visit included a stop at a Border Patrol station, in addition to a boat and aerial tour of the border in South Texas.) Read More

Hensarling Votes to Rein in IRS

2014/07/16

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after House passage of an appropriations bill that included reforms to the Internal Revenue Service: “Since reports of IRS misconduct first surfaced, the House has taken action to investigate, interrogate, and terminate those responsible, but today, we are exercising our constitutionally granted power of the purse to further advance these goals and to hold the IRS accountable to the American people. “This appropriations bill ensures that the IRS is not abusing its authority by restricting the First Amendment rights of law-abiding, taxpaying Americans and bans the IRS from creating new rules and regulations regarding the tax-exempt status of certain groups until the pending investigation surrounding the previous unlawful actions by the IRS has ended. Additionally,  the bill ensures that taxpayer resources are properly used by prohibiting funding for wasteful conferences and productions, like the infamous Star Trek video, and prohibiting funds for bonuses or awards for IRS employees unless employee conduct and tax compliance is given consideration. “Furthermore, this bill protects the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare by stopping the transfer money from the Department of Health and Human Services to the IRS and by prohibiting funding for the IRS to implement Obamacare’s individual mandate. “These common sense issues should rise above partisanship.  They hit at the heart of who we are as a people, and why we fight for justice and accountability,  and fear such a large, powerful government that clearly has become ‘too big to manage.’”   ###   Read More

Hensarling Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act

2014/07/11

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), a leading conservative and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement marking the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 becoming law on July 12th, 1974: “This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Budget Act being signed into law.  Unfortunately, this is not a milestone to be celebrated because our nation’s budget process is broken and badly in need of an update.  Out of control spending is the cause of our nation’s $17 trillion-plus debt.  However the unrealistic budget process has enabled past Congresses to indulge in overspending while lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, unable to tackle the real drivers of our nation’s looming debt crisis – our federal entitlement programs.      “Reforming the broken budget process is something that I’ve worked on since first coming to Congress.  I’m pleased that the budget process reform legislation that I introduced with now-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan forms the basis upon which the House Republican budget process reform agenda is built.  However, Senate Democrats refuse to work with House Republicans to bring our nation’s budget process into the 21st Century.  While we have made some progress in the House of Representatives in returning the appropriations process to regular order, the current budget process remains hopelessly broken and American taxpayers deserve better. Chairman Hensarling and Chairman Ryan introduced comprehensive budget process reform legislation in the 108th, 109th, 110th, and 111th Congresses known first as the Family Budget Protection Act and later as the Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act.  Chairman Hensarling served as a member of the House Budget Committee in the 108th through the 111th Congress, ultimately serving as the #2 Republican on the committee under now-Chairman Ryan in the 111th Congress. Read More

Hensarling Statement on Legislation to Reform Federal Job Training Programs

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reforms and modernizes our nation’s outdated workforce and job training programs for the benefit of workers and taxpayers alike. By eliminating 15 separate duplicative federal programs and requiring rigorous standards to gauge the effectiveness of federal job training efforts, this legislation ensures that workers are better equipped with the education and training necessary to compete in today’s job market and employers are able to find skilled individuals to compete and create jobs here at home. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a critical component of the House Republican plan to help Americans who are struggling with unemployment and underemployment.  Instead of offering unemployment checks and minimum wages, House Republicans are working to ensure that American workers get the training that they need in order to climb the ladder of economic mobility and secure good-paying jobs.”   ### Read More

Hensarling on President Obama’s Visit to Texas

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee – released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s trip to Texas. “Despite being in Texas over the course of a couple days to round up campaign cash, the President’s schedule takes him no further south than Austin, and ultimately, he will not see firsthand how Texas is at the forefront of a national immigration and humanitarian crisis – created in large part by the actions of his Administration creating the impression that any minor who makes it to our country will be granted semi-permanent or permanent asylum.  “Now the President has come to Congress with an emergency funding request to help clean up the situation he fundamentally created.  Given President Obama’s lack of priority in enforcing our nation’s existing immigration laws, Congress cannot and should not rubber stamp this Administration’s $3.7 billion request which gives priority to dealing with the repercussions of this self-inflicted crisis over preventing and eliminating the underlying causes  - which are an unsecured border and a failure to enforce our immigration laws. “While the White House has pulled together an ad hoc roundtable event in Dallas and invited Governor Perry to participate, I have low expectations that this will result in more than lip service to the larger problem. As President Harry Truman said, ‘The buck stops here.’  The President is the Chief Executive of the United States and therefore has the power and obligation to secure our border and address this situation that is hurting everyone and helping no one.  “When the President Obama gets serious about securing the border, enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, and truly addressing this crisis, House Republicans stand ready to work with him.”   ### Read More

Hensarling Calls for Action to Address Border Crisis

2014/06/30

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement and letter regarding the crisis on the southern border and the mass influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC). “The children, who are crossing our border with the notion of a better life, are often at the mercy of some of the worst criminal elements in the world and ultimately, many are victims of unspeakable crimes.   What has been created from this situation is a bonanza for those who profit in the world of illegal trafficking.  Regardless of their perspective or ideology, how anyone can look at this situation and not be outraged is beyond me.  “President Obama and his administration have abused, altered, and ignored the immigration laws of the United States and the American people are sick and tired of the administration that dictates their own laws and ignores those passed by their duly elected representatives. The actions of this president have created the impression that any minor that makes it to our country will be granted semi-permanent or permanent asylum. It is inhumane for this administration to prompt even more illegal minor crossings by giving their families false hope of amnesty and lax enforcement. "As Commander-in-Chief, the president has the ability to call upon the National Guard to assist the Department of Homeland Security and Customs & Border Patrol in administrative and humanitarian duties—and I joined many of my colleagues from Texas in calling on him to do just that, and take this step in demonstrating that he is serious about stopping the massive influx of illegal crossings at our southern border."   ###   Read More

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Financial Services

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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Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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