Jeb Hensarling

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Palestine Herald Press - Hensarling hosts town hall meeting

2014/08/29

U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling was in Palestine on Thursday for a town hall meeting organized to update – as well as hear from – the citizens of Anderson County regarding actions taken by the House of Representatives over the last few months. During the meeting, held in the Ben E. Keith Community Room, residents were able to voice concerns on current issues and hear from Hensarling on his efforts to hold Washington accountable to the American people. “I’ve come here to find out what’s on your mind,” he said. “We have a government in Washington that has grown too big, too expensive, too powerful, too intrusive, too arrogant, too unaccountable – the rise of what I call agency government – government by the unelected, unaccountable,” he added, “so I’ve got a number of issues that I’m concerned about.” Concerning a question about the country’s “hopeless” state, Hensarling said he had not “lost hope,” and that if our nation would return to the principles of the founding fathers – principles such as “limited government,” for instance – then freedom and prosperity would result. “We have tried every single economic policy that the president asked us to try,” Hensarling said, noting programs like the Dodd-Frank Act and Obamacare. “And we have had the single greatest fiscal and monetary stimulus in the history of the entire United States of America, and we now have the single slowest weakest recovery in the entire history of the United States of America.” Additionally, Hensarling noted issues such as veterans administration making veterans wait too long for needed healthcare. “So we’ve got increasingly a pessimistic populous, because you’re right, they’re wondering, ‘How do we get control over this thing?’” Out of failure however, rises that opportunity to “try something new, (since) this isn’t working,” Hensarling said, adding that “Obamacare is even more unpopular today than when it was passed.” As for the Dodd-Frank Act, “Now all of the sudden, we’re losing free checking, our credit card fees have gone up, the big banks have gotten bigger, the small banks have gotten fewer, and the taxpayer has gotten poorer,” he said. Hensarling then quoted Thomas Jefferson, who said that the people “are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” “And I believe the people are demanding that they get their country back,” he added. Following this statement, a local resident asked if those present could say the pledge of allegiance and pray to which Hensarling obliged. With passage of the Dodd-Frank Act four years ago, in which democrats had a super majority in the House and Senate, according to Hensarling, he said it woul be challenging to overturn until a more accurate narrative of what caused the financial crisis came to light. This was true, he said. “We had a period of deregulation that allowed Wall Street greed to run wild.” In the two decades leading up to the financial crisis, Hensarling said there was an increase in government regulations in which the government created a monopoly “called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” Hensarling described this as institutions privatizing their profits and socializing their losses “which means to put their loss on you,” he said. “What these affordable housing goals did is erode the usual lending standards that had been in in place in our economy for quite some time,” he said, which enabled folks to buy houses they “couldn’t afford to keep.” “Since the passage of Dodd-Frank, the taxpayer has gotten poorer,” he added, “And markets are in worse shape because of the regulatory burden caused by Dodd-Frank.” According to a news release, another issue on many East Texans’ minds is the crisis along Texas’ southern border, which Hensarling has addressed in other town hall meetings. “The surge of illegal crossings along our southern border has become an immigration and humanitarian crisis that was completely avoidable,” Hensarling said. “This crisis was – in large part – created by President Obama overstepping his authority with policies like the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the administration’s deliberate failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws as passed by Congress. “The flood of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) coming across our southern border is because of – not in spite of – President Obama’s actions.” Hensarling also talked about recent action by the House of Representatives to sue the administration for deliberatively changing the law of the United States without Congressional authorization. “Throughout his time in office, President Obama has repeatedly failed to execute the laws enacted by Congress. The disregard and indifference shown by the president and his administration to respect the constitutional role of the people’s duly elected representatives a clear and potentially permanent threat to the democracy and separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. “The legal standing Congress has to bring suit against the president isn’t something that can be used flippantly anytime it disagrees with his or her actions. However, I believe the breadth and severity of the president’s actions warrant adjudication and resolution through the judicial branch.” These and other issues were discussed during the meeting, at which Hensarling ended on a positive note. He said the people could take back their country. “And I’ve got faith in the American people.” The Ben E. Keith Community Rooom is located at 2019 W. Oak St. Read More

Athens Daily Review - Hensarling holds town hall meeting in Athens

2014/08/21

Fifth District U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling opened the floor at a town hall meeting in Athens on Thursday, and fielded questions from the crowd at the Henderson County Senior Citizens Center. The audience’s focus during the almost 1-1/2 hour session was generally on border security, Social Security and foreign policy. “The failure to control our borders is not a lack of resources, but a lack of will,” Hensarling said. While most of the people crossing the border are from Mexico,  Hensarling said 140 different nations are represented among those who’ve been caught making illegal crossings, including some Middle Eastern countries. Hensarling told the audience that three weeks ago the House of Representatives moved to correct a problem that has been facing law enforcement on the border.  The House voted recently to create roads along the border, and give the agents permission to use them. “We acted to give the border patrol the number-one item they have needed to fight illegal immigration, access to federal lands,” Hensarling said. “The bad guys, the drug smugglers, the human smugglers, they have access to federal lands.” On the topic of Social Security, Hensarling said the plan was created during the Franklin Roosevelt administration when the ratio of payers to recipients was 42-to-1. Today, with longer life expectancies, people are drawing Social Security payments longer, and the ratio of payer-to-recipients has dropped to 2-1/2 to one. “My grandparents got about an 8-percent or 9-percent return on what they paid into Social Security. My parents got about a 4-percent return,” Hensarling said. “My wife and I are going to be doing well to eke out 1-1/2 or maybe 2 percent. My children will get a negative rate of return.  They will put more into it than they take out.” Hensarling said one possible change is to allow those under the age of 55 to take some of the money they would pay into Social Security, and put it in investment-grade bonds and securities. “You have only three choices  – increase taxes, cut benefits or grow through investments,” Hensarling said. “I prefer the latter system.” Hensarling touched on numerous foreign policy issues raised by audience members. He commented that allowing the military to shrink is not the way to face the world’s problems. “Right now, we are on a spending trajectory to have the smallest army since the aftermath of World War II, the smallest navy since World War I and the smallest Air Force ever,” Hensarling said. “That cannot be allowed to stand in a very dangerous world.” Read More

Kaufman Herald - Hensarling: Stop ‘rewarding’ illegal immigrants

2014/08/20

U.S. Rep Jeb Hensarling R-Texas, held a town hall meeting at the Kaufman County Public Library on Tuesday, addressing citizen’s concerns about immigration, particularly along the southern border and veterans affairs. The congressman called on the Obama Administration to speed up the legal process it takes to send detained illegal immigrants back to their home countries so they are not released into the United States and never heard from again. He said it is important to keep detained illegal immigrants detained close to the border and returned quickly to their home countries in response to concerns about the possibility of spreading diseases by a citizen who is a registered nurse. Hensarling said he does not believe illegal immigrants are inherently bad people, “but how can we reward illegal behavior?” “If people are going to come to America, they need to come here to be economic assets, not economic liabilities,” echoing citizen comments concerning illegal immigrants potentially living off welfare. “You’ve got to deactivate the magnets that draw people,” Hensarling said, referring to healthcare, education and other aspects of welfare. Maria Espinoza, from The Remembrance Project, which honors U.S citizens killed by illegal immigrants, was in attendance and urged Hensarling to push legislation that would halt work visas for immigrants until the United States; unemployment rate decreases. There were quite a few veterans in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting, leading to some discussion about the recent backlog of veterans unable to received timely healthcare. “I’m not sure the English language can capture the shame, the angst, the horror… of veterans literally dying to see a physician,” Hensarling said. He said budget and spending rules were violated in order to pass a bill last month to spend an addition $5 billion to fic the problem. He said the veterans’ healthcare problems transcended those rules even though he normally considers himself a “spending hawk.” The congressman pointed out the Dallas VA Medical Center being particularly problematic. “I fear that on many occasions at the facility their first commitment is not to their constituency of veterans but their first commitment is to their constituency of government employee labor union,” he said, “and I see that time and time again.” “To think that you would put a labor union’s interest before the men and women who either stood in harm’s way or were willing to stand in harm’s way is shameful and outrageous and has  to be reformed,” he added, to applause from the roughly 100 people at the meeting. Read More

Forney Messenger - Hensarling hears from East Texans at town hall meeting in Kaufman: Visit takes place Tuesday morning, Aug. 19

2014/08/19

U. S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) met with East Texans during a town hall meeting Tuesday morning n Kaufman. The meeting took place in the community room of the Kaufman County Public Library beginning at 9:00 a.m. Bruce wood, Kaufman County Judge, introduces Mr. Hensarling. Purpose of the town hall meeting was to update the citizens of Kaufman County on Hensarling’s continued efforts to hold Washington Accountable to the American people and hear from them about the issues that are most concerning to them. The issue on the forefront of most East Texans’ minds was the crisis along our southern border. “The surge of illegal crossings along our southern border has become an immigration and humanitarian crisis that was completely avoidable. This crisis was – in large part – created by president Obama overstepping his authority with policies like the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the administration’s deliberate failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws as passed by Congress. The flood of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) coming across our southern border is because of – not in spite of – President Obama’s actions. “And while the president’s actions without basis in law have created the crisis, he would have most of the tools needed to effectively deal with the crisis if he were willing to take actions authorized in law. Perhaps the greatest action President Obama could take to stem the tide of unaccompanied children coming across our border would be to go on national television and make it clear that if you come to this nation illegally and are caught, you’ll be sent home. “Sadly, the President is not even willing to view the border situation with his own eyes, let alone do something about it – and that’s why House Republicans hav taken action,” Hensarling said. “Before adjourning for the August district work period, we passed legislation to end President Obama’s DACA policy and prevent any future executive actions to grant blanket amnesty or those residing in the U.S. illegally. We also passed a bill with strong policy reforms and $694 million in fully offset funding that will increase enforcement of immigration and customs laws; accelerate judicial proceedings to shorten the time between apprehension and issuance of removal orders; nearly double support for National Guard presence on the border; and fund the care and detention of those already in U. S. custody. “The legislation passed recently by the House will not permanently fix our nation’s broken immigration system and completely secure the border. Instead it provides additional tools needed to solve the immediate border crisis the president created. Without the expedited processing and removal authority granted this bill, many more individuals – including unaccompanied children – will risk injury and abuse while attempting to make the harrowing journey through Mexico. Furthermore, without the detention funding provided in the bill, the illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol could be released into our communities, where they can take advantage of taxpayer funded services like health care, education, and even potentially welfare benefits. The United States is a humane nation but we must also be a nation that respects the rule of law and controls its borders. As many of the Border Patrol agents relayed to me during my recent trip to the southern border, the most effective way to deter others from trying the harrowing and dangerous journey is the safe and timely return of individuals currently in custody back to their countries of origin. Hensarling called on President Obama to work with House Republicans on the reform bills passed. “If he is truly interested in solving the problem, he will call on the Senate to return to Washington and promptly pass these bills so he can sign them into law.” Hensarling also talked about recent action by the House of Representatives to sue the administration for deliberatively changing the law of the United States without Congressional authorization. “Throughout his time in office, president Obama has repeatedly failed to execute the laws enacted by Congress. The disregard and indifference shown by the president and his administration to respect the constitutional role of the people’s duly elected representatives in government represents a clear and potentially permanent threat to the democracy and separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. “The legal standing Congress has to bring suit against the president isn’t something that can be used flippantly anytime it disagrees with his or her actions. However, I believe the breadth and severity of the presidnet’s actions warrant adjudication and resolution through the judicial branch. In passing this resolution, the House of Representatives has made it clear that it cannot and will not stand idly by while this, or any future president, encroach on the responsibilities and prerogatives of the legislative branch. “While this lawsuit is focused on but a few of the president’s attempts at unilateral and unchecked power to ignore, rewrite, create, or alter the law as he sees fit, it is an important and necessary step to ensure that the executive branch stays within the limited, constitutionally-defined bounds enshrined by our Founding Fathers,” Hensarling concluded. Read More

The Winnsboro News - Congressman Jeb Hensarling speaks at town hall meeting in Quitman

2014/08/07

Quitman – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling was in Quitman on Tuesday for a town hall meeting to update the citizens of Wood County on his continued efforts to hold Washington accountable to the American people and to hear from them about the issues that most concern them. Hensarling spoke and answered questions for an hour at the Carol Green Center. The issue on the forefront of most East Texan’s minds was the crisis along the southern border. “The surge of illegal crossings along our southern border has become an immigration and humanitarian crisis that was completely avoidable. This crisis was, in large part, created by President Barack Obama overstepping his authority with policies like the 2012 Deferred Action for childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the administration’s deliberate failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws as passed by Congress. The flood of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) coming across our southern border is because of-not in spite of- President Obama’s Actions.” Congressman Hensarling said the president had the tools to deal with the crisis, but failed to take action. “And while the president’s actions without basis in law have created the crisis, he would have most of the tools needed to effectively deal with the crisis if he were willing to take actions authorized in law,” Hensarling said. “Perhaps the greatest action President Obama could take to stem the tide of unaccompanied children coming across our border would be to go on national television and make it clear that if you come to this nation illegally and are caught, you’ll be sent home.” Hensarling brought up recent House bill on immigration. The bill passed the House, but did not make the Senate. “Sadly, the president is not even willing to view the border situation with his own eyes, let alone do something substantive about it-and that’s why House Republicans have taken action,” Hensarling said. “Before adjourning for the August district work period, we passed legislation to end President Obama’s DACA policy and prevent any future executive actions to grant blanket amnesty or new work authorizations for those residing in the U.S. illegally. We also passed a bill with strong policy reforms and $694 million in fully offset funding that will increase enforcement of immigration and customs laws; accelerate judicial proceedings to shorten the time between apprehension and issuance of removal orders; nearly double support for National Guard presence on the border; and fund the care and detention of those already in U.S. custody.” The congressman commended Gov. Rick Perry for enforcing troops from the National Guard to the border. “The legislation passed recently by the House will not permanently fix our nation’s broken immigration system and completely secure the border,” Hensarling said. “Instead it provides additional tools needed to solve the immediate border crisis the president created. Without the expedited processing and removal authority granted in this bill, many more individuals, including unaccompanied children, will risk injury and abuse while attempting to make the harrowing journey through Mexico.” Hensarling said without the detention funding provided in the bill, the illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol could be released into area communities, where they can take advantage of taxpayer-funded services like health care, education, and even potentially welfare benefits. “The United States is a humane nation but we must also be a nation that respects the rule of law and controls its borders,” Hensarling said. “As many of the Border Patrol agents relayed to me during my recent trip to the southern border, the most effective way to deter others from trying the harrowing and dangerous journey is the safe and timely return of individuals currently in custody back to their countries of origin.” Read More

Hensarling Hears from East Texans at Rusk Town Hall Meeting

2014/08/05

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) was in Rusk on Tuesday for a town hall meeting to update the citizens of Cherokee 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. The issue on the forefront of most East Texan’s minds was the crisis along our southern border. “The surge of illegal crossings along our southern border has become an immigration and humanitarian crisis that was completely avoidable.  This crisis was – in large part – created by President Obama overstepping his authority with policies like the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the administration’s deliberate failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws as passed by Congress.  The flood of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) coming across our southern border is because of – not in spite of – President Obama’s actions. “And while the president’s actions without basis in law have created the crisis, he would have most of the tools needed to effectively deal with the crisis if he were willing to take actions authorized in law. Perhaps the greatest action President Obama could take to stem the tide of unaccompanied children coming across our border would be to go on national television and make it clear that if you come to this nation illegally and are caught, you’ll be sent home.    “Sadly, the President is not even willing to view the border situation with his own eyes, let alone do something substantive about it - and that’s why House Republicans have taken action,” Hensarling said. “Before adjourning for the August district work period, we passed legislation to end President Obama’s DACA policy and prevent any future executive actions to grant blanket amnesty or new work authorizations for those residing in the U.S. illegally. We also passed a bill with strong policy reforms and $694 million in fully offset funding that will increase enforcement of immigration and customs laws; accelerate judicial proceedings to shorten the time between apprehension and issuance of removal orders; nearly double support for National Guard presence on the border; and fund the care and detention of those already in U.S. custody.  “The legislation passed recently by the House will not permanently fix our nation’s broken immigration system and completely secure the border. Instead it provides additional tools needed to solve the immediate border crisis the president created.  Without the expedited processing and removal authority granted in this bill, many more individuals – including unaccompanied children – will risk injury and abuse while attempting to make the harrowing journey through Mexico.  Furthermore, without the detention funding provided in the bill, the illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol could be released into our communities, where they can take advantage of taxpayer-funded services like health care, education, and even potentially welfare benefits.  The United States is a humane nation but we must also be a nation that respects the rule of law and controls its borders. As many of the Border Patrol agents relayed to me during my recent trip to the southern border, the most effective way to deter others from trying the harrowing and dangerous journey is the safe and timely return of individuals currently in custody back to their countries of origin.  Hensarling called on President Obama to work with House Republicans on the reform bills passed. “If he is truly interested in solving the problem, he will call on the Senate to return to Washington and promptly pass these bills so he can sign them into law.” Hensarling also talked about recent action by the House of Representatives to sue the administration for deliberatively changing the law of the United States without Congressional authorization. “Throughout his time in office, President Obama has repeatedly failed to execute the laws enacted by Congress. The disregard and indifference shown by the president and his administration to respect the constitutional role of the people’s duly elected representatives in government represents a clear and potentially permanent threat to the democracy and separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. “The legal standing Congress has to bring suit against the president isn’t something that can be used flippantly anytime it disagrees with his or her actions. However, I believe the breadth and severity of the president’s actions warrant adjudication and resolution through the judicial branch. In passing this resolution, the House of Representatives has made it clear that it cannot and will not stand idly by while this, or any future president, encroach on the responsibilities and prerogatives of the legislative branch.  “While this lawsuit is focused on but a few of the president’s attempts at unilateral and unchecked power to ignore, rewrite, create or alter the law as he sees fit, it is an important and necessary step to ensure that the executive branch stays within the limited, constitutionally-defined bounds enshrined by our Founding Fathers,” Hensarling concluded.   ### Read More

Hensarling Votes to Address Southern Border Crisis

2014/08/02

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), a leading conservative and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the House passed emergency legislation to secure the southern border. “The surge of illegal crossings along our southern border has become an immigration and humanitarian crisis that was completely avoidable.  This crisis was – in large part – created by President Obama overstepping his authority with policies like the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the administration’s deliberate failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws as passed by Congress.  The flood of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) coming across our southern border is because of – not in spite of – President Obama’s actions. “And while the president’s actions without basis in law have created the crisis, he would have most of the tools needed to effectively deal with the crisis if he were willing to take actions authorized in law. Perhaps the greatest action President Obama could take to stem the tide of unaccompanied children coming across our border would be to go on national television and make it clear that if you come to this nation illegally and are caught, you’ll be sent home.    “Sadly, the President is not even willing to view the border situation with his own eyes, let alone do something substantive about it - and that’s why House Republicans have taken action. This package includes strong policy reforms and $694 million in fully offset funding that will increase enforcement of immigration and customs laws; accelerate judicial proceedings to shorten the time between apprehension and issuance of removal orders; nearly double support for National Guard presence on the border; and fund the care and detention of those already in U.S. custody.   Furthermore, this bill redirects $40 million in existing foreign aid for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to aid in the swift return of individuals and families back to their countries of origin. “I am also pleased the House passed legislation to end President Obama’s DACA policy and prevent any future executive actions to grant blanket amnesty or new work authorizations for those residing in the U.S. illegally. “The legislation passed today by the House will not permanently fix our nation’s broken immigration system and completely secure the border. Instead it provides additional tools needed to solve the immediate border crisis the president created.  Without the expedited processing and removal authority granted in this bill, many more individuals – including unaccompanied children – will risk injury and abuse while attempting to make the harrowing journey through Mexico.  Furthermore, without the detention funding provided in the bill, the illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol will be released into our communities, where they can take advantage of taxpayer-funded services like health care, education, and even potentially welfare benefits.  The United States is a humane nation but we must also be a nation that respects the rule of law and controls its borders. As many of the Border Patrol agents relayed to me during my recent trip to the southern border, the most effective way to deter others from trying the harrowing and dangerous journey is the safe and timely return of individuals currently in custody back to their countries of origin.  “It is my hope that President Obama was sincere when he stated his desire to put politics aside and solve the problem at hand. If he is truly interested in solving the problem, he will call on the Senate to return to Washington and promptly pass these bills so he can sign them into law.”   ###   Read More

Hensarling Votes to Hold President Obama Accountable

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 to sue the administration for deliberatively changing the law of the United States without Congressional authorization. “Throughout his time in office, President Obama has repeatedly failed to execute the laws enacted by Congress. The disregard and indifference shown by the president and his administration to respect the constitutional role of the people’s duly elected representatives in government represents a clear and potentially permanent threat to the democracy and separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. “The legal standing Congress has to bring suit against the president isn’t something that can be used flippantly anytime it disagrees with his or her actions. However, I believe the breadth and severity of the president’s actions warrant adjudication and resolution through the judicial branch. In passing this resolution, the House of Representatives has made it clear that it cannot and will not stand idly by while this, or any future president, encroach on the responsibilities and prerogatives of the legislative branch.  “While this lawsuit is focused on but a few of the president’s attempts at unilateral and unchecked power to ignore, rewrite, create or alter the law as he sees fit, it is an important and necessary step to ensure that the executive branch stays within the limited, constitutionally-defined bounds enshrined by our Founding Fathers.”   ###   Read More

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

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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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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Ralph Hall

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Steve Stockman

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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