Jeb Hensarling

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

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

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

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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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Ralph Hall

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Joe Barton

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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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Michael Conaway

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Kay Granger

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