WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement upon passage of the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act (H.R. 3495):
“Millions of Americans – including me – find Planned Parenthood and other providers of elective abortions reprehensible, and do not believe that hard-earned taxpayer dollars should be used to subsidize these organizations. That’s why I’ve long supported efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood. While efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress have intensified in the wake of the appalling videos that have come to light, several states have taken the initiative to prevent state taxpayer dollars from flowing to elective abortion providers. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Planned Parenthood are challenging these efforts, claiming that federal Medicaid laws prevent states from taking such action.
“Elective abortions have nothing to do with health and fly in the face of the founding principle of medicine embodied in the Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm.’ While the Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from directly funding abortions, states should have the flexibility to restrict Medicaid funding for organizations that perform elective abortions. That’s why I’m pleased the House passed the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act to give states the flexibility to ensure scarce taxpayer dollars are flowing to true health care providers.”
WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) issued the following statement after voting against a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 11, 2015:
“As a people, we have no values more core than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
“No American should be forced to subsidize an organization like Planned Parenthood that aborts unborn life and seemingly traffics in human baby body parts—and I have opposed forced taxpayer funding of abortion since the day I arrived in Congress. With the release of the horrific Planned Parenthood videos, even more Americans have become shocked and appalled by the practices of the largest abortion provider in America.
“The Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse and that public purse should not be used for Planned Parenthood. That is why I was proud to co-sponsor Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s (R-SC) amendment that would have stripped all federal funding for Planned Parenthood from the CR. Unfortunately, that amendment was not a part of the final CR.
“It is past time for Congress to stand up for every American’s right to life – both born and unborn – and reassert our power of the purse. That is why I voted against this bill, which ultimately did not block any funding for Planned Parenthood” concluded Hensarling.
U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) thanked Congressman Hensarling for his co-sponsorship, saying, “Jeb Hensarling is a consistent and strong defender of the unborn, and I was proud to have him join me as a co-sponsor of my amendment to the CR that would have defunded Planned Parenthood.”
Throughout the anemic Obama “recovery,” one of the bright spots in the economy has been the oil and gas sector. At a time when many Americans were struggling with unemployment or underemployment, this industry has provided good-paying jobs. In Texas, the oil and gas industry is responsible for nearly 2 million jobs and more than 20 percent of the state economy.
Yet today, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing in Dallas on a series of new proposed regulations on the oil and gas industry. These regulations are redundant, unnecessary and do very little — if anything — to achieve the intended purpose. Worse yet, many of the EPA’s regulations over the last few years have been severely heavy-handed and completely off base.
Unfortunately, this is all too often the case with the rules and regulations that pour out of the EPA. It’s easy to wonder if the EPA is truly listening to the concerns of the American people. The EPA should be concerned with affordable, accessible energy that promotes job creation and economic growth. It also should take into account the fact that each state is different. A one-size-fits-all approach simply isn’t logical. Texas, in particular, has a very unique landscape and geology.
This isn’t the first instance of the EPA overreaching and attempting to implement job-killing regulations. Earlier this year, the EPA proposed moving the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area into a severe ozone category, which would trigger a new set of stringent regulations governing air in the region. This could severely harm the remarkable economic growth and job creation we have seen in our area over the past few decades.
Sadly, the EPA hasn’t taken into account the fact that our area is home to several of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. In fact, despite tremendous increases in population over the last few decades, the D-FW area has actually seen its ozone emissions decrease significantly.
The Waters of the United States rule, which went into effect just a few weeks ago, is another example of EPA overreach. The rule expanded the term “navigable waters” to include anything from intermittent seasonal streams to the tanks that cattle drink from. This rule seeks to prevent farmers, ranchers and property owners across the country from managing their land the way they see fit.
The EPA has continued to increase its regulatory jurisdiction over our land, water and air without any real review process. Over the past six years alone, the EPA has issued over 3,000 new regulations — many of which stunt economic growth and handcuff job creators. Public hearings are nice, but they should only be one small part of a much larger process.
Now — more than ever — we need to rein in this out-of-control EPA, not let it loose on America’s economy. The decision to implement new regulations should be made by the people’s elected representatives in Congress, not unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.
Economic growth and stewardship of our resources are not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, they go hand-in-hand. We know that the most successful efforts to protect the environment are those where all stakeholders are working together. We also know that when the EPA ignores local efforts to look after our environment in favor of severe, overarching regulations, it often hinders efforts to protect the environment because the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t take into account what’s best for our region.
Texans know our land, water and communities far better than Washington ever will. And not only do we have firsthand knowledge of what would work best for our communities — we also have the most at stake to lose. It’s time the EPA stops forcing misguided policies on our homes, businesses and livelihoods.
Republicans Mike Conaway, Jeb Hensarling and Sam Johnson represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reach them through house.gov/contact/.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following speech on the House floor Friday morning in support of Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134), a bill which he has cosponsored.
“Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. As a people, we have no more sacred values and the right to life is foremost among these.
“Recently shocking, appalling, horrific videos have come to light that show senior employees at Planned Parenthood casually discussing the harvesting and selling of organs of aborted children, and ways to alter their procedures in order to ‘obtain intact fetal cadavers’ which they refer to as ‘line items.’
“In perhaps the most chilling video, we see one of these so-called ‘intact fetal cadavers’ with its heart still beating.
“Madam Speaker, its heart was still beating.
“Madam Speaker, whether one considers themselves pro-life or pro-choice, can we not agree that the harvesting and trafficking of baby organs violates the sanctity with which every child created in the image of God is entitled to? How can a fair, civilized, and compassionate society come to any other conclusion?
“Madam Speaker, today I rise to plead with my colleagues to speak up for the voiceless and the defenseless by voting to deny Planned Parenthood further taxpayer subsidies for the harvesting of baby body parts.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following speech on the House floor Wednesday evening blasting the Obama Administration’s dangerous nuclear arms agreement with Iran and urging his colleagues to vote against it.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
“Now, the president says it’s a good deal, and you know what? He’s right. It’s a very good deal…for Iran. But it’s a very bad deal for America.
“I fear in his rush to try to build a legacy, the president has clearly given up far too much for far too little. He has done this at the expense of our security, as well as the security of our friend Israel and other U.S. allies.
“Mr. Speaker, this is a deadly serious matter.
“The first thing the president does in his agreement is to give them some start-up capital: an estimated $120 billion held abroad will now be repatriated back to Iran’s central bank. $120 billion to a regime whose Supreme Leader to this day calls for the annihilation of Israel. A regime that still chants ‘death to America;’ a regime that has put bounties on the heads of American soldiers and has the blood of American citizens on its hands; a regime whose sponsorship of Hezbollah has left our closest ally in the region, Israel, with 80,000 rockets trained on it. In sum: a regime that represents the world’s largest and most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism.
“Now President Obama would have us believe that waiving sanctions against this regime would make the world safer. But this is the very same president that dismissed the Islamic State as the ‘JV team,’ and we see what that has gotten us. This is simply not an administration whose assessment of national security threats is credible, and the stakes involved with a nuclear Iran leave zero room for error.
“In truth, Mr. Speaker, I fear it is we who sent the JV team to negotiate with Iran. Sadly, they were outplayed, outmaneuvered and outwitted, and the result of their failure is the dangerous agreement we have before us today.
“It is such a flawed agreement that the president yet again tells Congress we have to pass something to actually find out what’s in it. In other words, the president has utterly failed to provide the secret side agreements.
“President Obama once told us: ‘We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon.’ But under his deal, Iran’s nuclear program will not be dismantled – only temporarily slowed. And that’s if the “Iranians don’t cheat. Because the president’s team has failed to achieve anytime/anywhere inspections, it will be impossible to ensure the Iranians aren’t cheating. Ah, but don’t worry, Mr. Speaker. We’re told the Iranians will turn themselves in if they cheat. Really?
“In short, the president’s agreement rewards Iran’s terrorist-sponsoring regime with billions of dollars in relief without any guarantee of compliance.
“When you look at the record, Mr. Speaker, I don’t trust this administration. I don’t trust the Iranians. Why would we ever trust the two together? For the sake of national security, I urge all my colleagues to reject this flawed and dangerous agreement.”
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) held a town hall meeting on Aug. 7 to update citizens of Van Zandt County on his continued efforts to hold Washington accountable to the American people and to hear from them about the issues that are most concerning to them.
Hensarling discussed topics ranging from Obamacare, the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood and the export and import fight.
The meeting was opened by County Judge Don Kirkpatrick, thanking the people for showing up and introducing Hensarling, “he’s a friend to Van Zandt County, East Texas and he serves us well in Washington.”
Hensarling started his speech by saying he tries to stay optimistic but, ‘the U.S. has a Supreme Court not worth any respect with the passing of Obamacare.” Hensarling admitted that, “the left has been working on Obamacare before Obama was even born.” He says they were patient and they were persistent and they never lost hope and grabbed ground whenever they could. Hensarling said that he won’t lose hope thought to get the people the healthcare that is right for them.
Legalization of gay marriages
On the topic of the legalization of gay marriage Hensarling said he has read the constitution many times and never has he found the word marriage and yet somehow the Supreme Court has found the word marriage. “Not only is it a tragedy to marriage it is a tragedy to what they are doing to our constitution,” Hensarling said.
Hensarling spoke about Obama’s Iran deal and his concerns. “There is probably no function of federal government greater than our national defense and security. There are a number of obvious concessions laid out in the deal the Obama Administration made with Iran that are nothing short of disturbing. Even if the Iranians follow the rules and adhere to all items in this deal, their nuclear program will only be slowed and not dismantled. Without the ability to conduct inspections anywhere at any time, it will be impossible for the outside world to ensure the Iranians are really complying at all. Furthermore, the very sanctions that brought the Iranians to the negotiating table should be removed if, and only if, the Iranians can affirmatively prove they are not cheating. In short, this agreement rewards the Iranians billions of relief without a guarantee compliance. Perhaps the starkest example of this is the fact that Iran is celebrating while Israel is calling this a ‘historic mistake for the world.’ Based on everything I have seen and heard, I believe this agreement should be rejected by Congress. I look forward to working with my colleagues when we return to DC to ensure safety and security of Americans and our allies are not compromised by this deal.”
Planned Parenthood has had much controversy in the news lately. Hensarling offered his opinion to the gallery.
“In addition to calling for investigations into these horrific acts, I have co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit all federal funding from going to entities that perform elective abortions, as well as another bill that would specifically prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood. These videos are beyond disturbing and I believe they are forcing members on both sides to look at this organization in a new light.”
Hensarling told the people in attendance of a fight that he’s in the middle of now. “The export, important fight represents the economic justice for all,” Hensarling said. He explained that the export-import bank is government owned and that it takes American’s money and sends it to foreign countries and companies if they agree to buy certain U.S. products by fortune 50 companies. It is corporate welfare Hensarling told the people. “As more Americans and more members of Congress learned about export, import’s political lending, corruption and fundamental unfairness, the more they wanted it to expire – which it did on June 30. Now the challenge for supporters of a competitive free-market economy is to make sure export and import stays expired. Export and import is a part of yesterday’s economy. Our focus needs to be on tomorrow’s economy and on reforms that will give every American greater opportunities to succeed. Fundamental tax reform, tort reform and regulatory reform will do more to grow our economy and help small business entrepreneurs than corporate welfare ever could. That must be our agenda.”
More than 50 people gathered at the Kaufman County Public Library last week to hear from one of their elected officials.
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling held a town hall meeting Friday to talk about what is happening in Washington D.C., and take questions from his constituents. Hensarling discussed wanting to replace President Barack Obama with a conservative Republican in 2016, the recent push to replace House Speaker John Boehner, the Iran nuclear deal, major Supreme Court rulings from the last year and a recent push to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
“I usually try to be optimistic,” Hensarling said at the beginning of his town hall meeting. “As of recently I find it difficult.”
While discussing Planned Parenthood funding, Hensarling brought up public outrage over the recent shooting of a lion in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile he said “Millions of lives of unborn children are trafficked. Where is the outrage there?”
Hensarling’s comments were made after several videos of Planned Parenthood officials appearing to negotiate the sale of aborted fetuses were released online.
A woman at the town hall asked if Hensarling would publicly promise to vote for any bill that would remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood.
Henslaring would not make that guarantee, saying that he would need to read the bill first. He did say that de-funding Planned Parenthood is a priority.
Hensarling also spoke out about the Supreme Court and its recent ruling to make same sex marriage legal.
The representative said he teaches tolerance to his children, but “there is a difference between voluntary tolerance and coercing acceptance.”
When asked if he would support North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows’ attempt to oust Boehner as Speaker of the House, Hensarling said he considers Meadows a friend, but that he cannot support his idea.
He admitted to feeling “frustrated” over the work the Republican controlled House has been able to accomplish.
“I’ve had the pleasure of serving in a Republican majority, but not a conservative majority,” he said.
While he would like to see more conservative party leadership, Hensarling said he does not think the ousting would have the votes, and even if it did, the entire House would have a say over who would succeed Boehner – including House Democrats.
“I don’t want to turn over that process to Democrats and moderates,” Hensarling said. “A system that would empower Democrats and moderates does not strike me as a good idea.”
When asked about the Iran nuclear deal – a deal proposed by President Obama that would have Iran eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent, and reduce its number of centrifuges by nearly two-thirds in exchange for sanction relief from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations – Hensarling said he planned to vote the deal down “early and often.”
“I don’t trust Iran. I don’t trust Obama. I don’t know why I would trust them together,” he said.
Also at the town hall meeting:
• Hensarling said he would like to combat what he described as a social welfare state. The representative said there should be a social safety net, but that systems like Medicare and social security have “gone broke.”
• The Texas congressman admitted that he has not picked a candidate yet that he would like to see win the Republican nomination for president.
• Hensarling said he is worried about the state of the military. He described it as being “hollowed out.” U.S. armed forces, he said, are at the lowest they have been since World War II.Read More
United States Congressman Jeb Hensarling hosted a town hall meeting at Mineola City Hall Friday to give an update on recent actions taken by the House of Representatives.
Before the meeting Hensarling walked around and greeting the 50-60 people in attendance, shaking hands along the way.
State Representative Bryan Hughes led the group in prayer before introducing Hensarling. “Most of us have met this man before and I know you aren’t here to see me. Hensarling has proven he can take strong stands against the majority and still be effective. We are thankful to have him here today.”
After a swig of Dr. Pepper Hensarling said, “Luckily the legislature isn’t in session; too bad the same can’t be said of the White House,” which drew laughter from the crowd.
Hensarling thanked those in attendance and said, “Whatever brought you here, I’m thankful for everyone that made the trip for this meeting.”
The Congressman said he tries to be optimistic but it’s tough. “As a conservative it’s hard to do that these days.”
Obamacare was a topic of discussion which prompted Hensarling to say, “I wish we could flip a switch and shut it off but we can’t.
Marriage has been a hot topic of late and the Congressman said of the new laws that allow the union of two people of the same sex, “How does the Supreme Court legislate marriage when the word isn’t even in the constitution? It’s time to circle the wagons with religious liberty.”
A discussion on border control started and Hensarling said, “It’s a matter of national will to close our borders to illegal immigrants. I’m not against immigration, just against those individuals here illegally.”
He further went on to say that he is all about people wanting to move here, learn the English language and roll up their sleeves and go to work in contrast to those looking for a handout.
Hensarling believes in a free market, he said, and touched on retirement. “My mother said to me, when you’re young you work for your money and when you grow old your money works for you. Well, my money isn’t working for me. What are you going to do about it?”
A father of two children, Hensarling made some brief comments on the controversial Planned Parenthood videos that were recently released. “Whether you are pro life or pro abortion those videos are immoral; I don’t know any other word to use.”
Hensarling recognized all those veterans in attendance and asked them to stand which drew a round of applause for those in attendance before taking some questions from the audience.
The first question in regards to impeaching President Obama which prompted the Congressman to say, “I disagree with most everything the president says and don’t agree with his actions. However, I guess [broken] clocks are right twice a day.”
He explained that in order to impeach Obama there would be need to more individuals in congress to step up and sign. Currently there isn’t a single Democrat that would vote him out according to Hensarling who said, “I personally don’t think it’s resourceful to try and convince people to impeach Obama. He only has 15 months left.”
Hensarling touched on the nuclear deal with Iran and said, “There are a number of concessions laid out in the deal the Obama administration made with Iran that are nothing short of disturbing. Even if the Iranians follow the rules and adhere to all items in this deal, their nuclear program will only be slowed and not dismantled.”
On the idea of limiting terms for senators and members of congress Hensarling said he would vote for it but added, “I don’t think limiting terms will fix everything but I don’t think anyone should spend a lifetime doing it.”
The topic of voter identification was presented by someone in the audience and Hensarling gave his take. “I haven’t read the actual decision. However I think it should be necessary to have ID to vote. One person, one vote means we need to get rid of voter fraud.”
One of the final questions the congressman answered was in regards to Jade Helm. “These military exercises have been going on since the 1980s, principally for urban warfare. Some believe it’s going on to create martial law. I fear and loathe a lot of things but this isn’t one of them. I trust our military.”
Hensarling concluded, “It’s been a privilege to be here and have this town hall meeting, which I think is very important.”
RUSK – Fielding a slew of questions during Thursday's townhall meeting at the Rusk Public Library, U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling assured a crowd of 60 that he remained committed to his task of holding Washington accountable to the people it serves.
“I think we try to be very optimistic about our country, but I find it challenging as of late,” admitted the U.S. Representative who represents District 5, of which Cherokee County is a part.
During the Rusk town hall meeting, he focused on several key issues, like:
• Recent decisions by the Supreme Court, a panel of nine appointed justices which comprises the highest court of law in the land. Hensarling observed that rather than frame themselves under Article Three of the Constitution – which establishes a judicial branch of the federal government – members have instead styled themselves to Article One, which establishes the legislative branch of that government.
“They are turning themselves into a new Legislature without having the convenience of having to stand for office and be accountable,” he said, noting that as a Congressman – whose work is to enact law – “ my job contract comes up every two years.”
He discussed the latest rulings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“it is a huge, huge setback”) and same-sex marriage.
The court's decision on healthcare “ultimately harms a patient-doctor relationship, it's harming our economy,” he said, while the same-sex marriage decision redefines the traditional one man-one woman definition that predates the founding of this government.
“I have read our Constitutional amendments. I have yet to read the word 'marriage' in the document that defines that word. And all of a sudden, our Supreme Court now decides they have somehow found that word, and they don't believe in institution that's helped define this body before we even became a republic,” he said. “If the state is going to define marriage, it ought to be the state of Texas and not the State of Washington D.C. and particularly not the State of our Supreme Court.”
He added that an unexpected, unwarranted fallout of this debate “is a new type of bigotry” that focuses on the state of religious liberty, he added.
“I somehow fear that we are now finding ourselves in a society where the only acceptable form of bigotry is bigotry towards conservative Christians who define marriage as between one man and one woman. And I fear having my children grow up in that society. And will people be forced against their religious faith to participate in a ceremony (they resist)? I believe in tolerance, but voluntary tolerance is very different from coerced acceptance, which is exactly what the federal government is doing today,” he said.
• Iran: President Obama “is trying to force-fed the country a really bad deal with Iran … Iran has cheated on past deals, they will cheat on this deal. Beginning six months into this deal, Iran would get the equivalent of up to $150 billion in funding to continue to be one of the greatest financiers and facilitators of world-wide terrorism. Why we would want to do that, I don't know, for a deal that doesn't include any kind, anywhere, no-notice inspection. You would have to give a 24-day notice to inspect these Iranian sites. They've never come clean on their programs in the first place. If the sanctions weren't working, why would Iran be coming to the negotiating table in the first place?” he asked. “The president is setting up a false dichotomy.”
• Border security: “I don't know how many more pepole are going to have to die at the hands of violent illegal immigrants when this nation finally wakes up. It is not a matter of resources, it is a lack of will of our nation to enforce our border security.”
Hensarling also fielded questions from the audience about veterans' care (“I've got some who swear by the V.A., and some who swear at it”); concealed carry by veterans; H.R. 3185, the Equality Act; and the Export-Import bank and what Hensarling described as “corporate welfare,” among others.Read More
Fifth District Congressman Jeb Hensarling met with citizens at the Senior Citizens Center in Athens on Thursday and left no doubt about his thoughts on recent actions of President Barack Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hensarling said concessions in the arms deal the Obama Administration made with Iran are disturbing.
Hensarling said Congress should reject the agreement.
The congressman said he is shocked and appalled by videos of senior employees at Planned Parenthood discussing harvesting and selling the organs of aborted children.
“These videos portray a chilling, transactional approach to ending human life,” Hensarling said. “Whether one considers themselves pro-life or pro-choice, I would hope that every American believes that harvesting and trafficking baby organs violates the sanctity with which every child, created in the very image of God, is entitled to.”
Hensarling said he is calling for investigations into the acts.
He has also co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit all federal funding from going to entities that perform elective abortions, as well as another bill that would specifically prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“These videos are beyond disturbing and I believe they are forcing members on both sides to look at this organization in a new light,” Hensarling said.
Hensarling opposes so called “sanctuary citizens,” municipalities that do not enforce the nation's immigration laws.
“The United States is a nation founded by immigrants, and that is why we should continue to welcome those who want to come here legally and roll up their sleeves to work hard and achieve the American Dream,” Hensarling said.
“We cannot, however, reward those whose first act is to break our laws, and we should never provide a sanctuary for those who continue to break our laws and harm our fellow citizens.”
Hensarling said he voted for the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 3009), which would enact consequences for sanctuary cities by cutting off specific federal grants for municipalities who provide a safe haven for illegal immigrants.
After his remarks, Hensarling fielded questions from a mostly like-minded audience.
The congressman was asked if he supported Representative Mark Meadows in his efforts to remove John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
“The short answer is no,” Hensarling said. “Mark Meadows is a good friend of mine. I like him. I respect him, but I think what he is doing is a fools errand.”
Hensarling said he intends to support the Republican nominee for president and the Republican nominee for Speaker of the House, although he does not agree with Boehner on many issues.
“I understand the plan to get rid of Boehner,” Hensarling said. “I do not understand the plan for what comes after that.”
Hensarling said there are no where near enough votes in the House to remove Boehner as speaker.
“At this point, when we have in some respects, the left on the defensive on all of the issues that people care about, to have an ugly, bloody Republican internal firing squad — I don't think is a good idea,” Hensarling said.
Hensarling also believes efforts to impeach Obama are destined to fail. Bill Clinton, he said, became more popular after the failed effort to impeach him.
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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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