Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) will host his third annual Veterans Fair at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fair begins shortly after the Grapevine Veterans Parade on Main Street, which runs from 9:00 a.m.am – 10:00 a.m.
The 2014 Veterans Fair will be an informative, fun, and engaging event for the community. Over 20 organizations committed to assisting veterans will be present at the fair, including the VA, Texas Veterans Commission, and Allies in Service.
Some of the new features include a military vehicle show, live music, and a free lunch for veterans. The fair will also host an art show featuring pieces from The American Fallen Soldiers Project. The project was established in 2006 by local artist Phil Taylor who paints portraits of fallen soldiers and delivers the artwork to their families.
The Veterans Fair will include special presentations of military decorations to veterans who earned their awards, but never received them. Congressman Marchant has successfully assisted 175 veterans with receiving their earned military awards.
The Wall of Honor will also be available at the Veterans Fair. Founded in 2011, Congressman Marchant began the Wall of Honor program to document veterans in the 24th Congressional District. The concept of the program is to honor veterans who never received any special acknowledgment for their service. The Wall of Honor will be on site and available for veterans to include their names.
For more information, please visit Congressman Marchant's 2014 Veterans Fair website or contact the Irving office at 972-556-0162.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today released the following statement condemning the Obama administration official for insulting the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, one of our nation’s closest allies, in an article this week in The Atlantic.
“If a ‘senior Obama administration official’ is going to call Israel’s Prime Minister a ‘chickens***,’ they should step up and identify themselves. Taking anonymous cheap shots at one of our closest allies is not diplomacy – it’s a disgrace. There is no excuse for Obama administration officials to insult the Prime Minister of Israel, alienate our nation’s allies, and harm America’s national security interests. The President should identify the senior official and call for their immediate dismissal. Anything short of these measures will send the message that this disgraceful statement is condoned and shared by the administration.”
Marchant has written President Obama and Secretary Kerry to demand that they immediately identify the individual who made these comments and terminate his or her employment with the administration. The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear President Obama and Secretary Kerry:I am deeply disturbed by the recently reported comments of a senior administration official towards our close ally and partner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As was reported by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic on October 28, 2014, “‘The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickens***,’ this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.”
The United States and Israel share a bond of friendship and mutual support that must not be broken. Statements such as this have no place in our relationship with Israel and cannot be tolerated. I call for the revelation of who was the senior administration official that authored this comment and ask for his or her immediate dismissal. Moreover, an apology should be made by this individual and the administration for the damage that has been caused in our relationship with our closest ally in the Middle East. Anything short of these immediate actions could further damage our relationship with Israel. Inaction will only send the message that this disgraceful statement is condoned and shared by the administration.Thank you for your immediate attention to these requests.
Member of Congress
A PDF version of Marchant's letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry can be found here.
By Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
October 22, 2014, 8:00 am
America is behind the curve in tackling Ebola. When Liberian-national Thomas Duncan arrived in Dallas, he was later diagnosed with Ebola and died within several days. Two of the healthcare workers who nobly cared for Duncan have since contracted Ebola, while others are being monitored for the disease. It could get worse before it gets better.
Ebola is a critical test of America’s preparedness to stop an epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people and infected more than 8,000, almost all of them from three West African countries. Only one individual in America has died this year from Ebola so far, but we need a much faster and highly coordinated response to contain the virus from spreading.
North Texas, the home of my congressional district, has become a proving ground to tackle the virus. Much attention has understandably been devoted to how the first patient arrived in Texas and when he was diagnosed with the disease. Too little is paid to how the virus can be managed and overcome.
Three things are urgently needed. The first is an immediate flight travel ban to the United States from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. A temporary travel moratorium on non-U.S. citizens from the three major affected countries of Ebola would significantly reduce the possible spread of the disease in America. Medical workers should be allowed to freely travel to the region, but appropriate quarantine measures must be in place on their return. Visas from those in the affected countries should also be temporarily put on hold. The Stop Ebola Act, which Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and I will introduce, would do just that.
The second is enhanced screenings at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport for passengers from the affected areas and those who require appropriate medical assessments. The Obama administration recently selected five U.S. airports for enhanced screening for passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The DFW Airport, while it does not receive any direct flights from the three countries, should also receive enhanced screening for passengers from those countries. DFW is the world’s third busiest airport and passengers from West Africa can clearly make a simple connecting flight to reach North Texas. It only makes sense to screen passengers from the affected Ebola countries at DFW.
The third is to have an operational Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Quarantine Station with staff at DFW Airport. There are currently 20 CDC Quarantine Stations at airports across the country. DFW, which serves more than 60 million passengers a year, should have qualified CDC workers on hand in case an individual needs to be quickly quarantined.
At a recent Homeland Security Committee field hearing in my district, it became even clearer to me that this threat should be countered more aggressively. The number of cases is roughly doubling every three weeks in the affected African countries, and we are now experiencing how easily, and tragically, the virus can be transmitted at home.
While Ebola is a terrible disease, it can be controlled. Just look at Nigeria, a country that had confirmed cases as recent as July and now has no known cases. Through decisive leadership, the right resources, and a coordinated response, the country was able to safely and effectively prevent an outbreak. The WHO declared on Monday that the outbreak in Nigeria is officially over.
As America tackles this deadly virus, we must all work together to help protect our families and community. Our local officials, healthcare workers, hospital staff, and emergency providers are doing an outstanding job to keep us safe. But to defeat Ebola at home, Washington needs to urgently ramp up its efforts.
Marchant has represented Texas’s 24th Congressional District since 2005. He sits on the Ways and Means and the Education and the Workforce committees.
Originally published on The Hill's Congress Blog on October 22, 2014.
Congressmen Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Sam Johnson (TX-03) announced today that they will introduce the Stop Ebola Act. The bill would ban travel and travel visas to the U.S. for foreign nationals traveling from or through countries designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having “widespread and intense transmission” of Ebola.
“Our nation is behind the curve in combatting the domestic spread of Ebola,” said Congressman Marchant. “Containment efforts will remain inadequate if we rely solely on the reactive measures being taken by the administration. The Stop Ebola Act is a proactive approach to preventing additional travel-related cases of Ebola in the United States. I have called for travel and visa restrictions since Ebola’s first appearance in North Texas and thank Congressman Johnson for his shared commitment to utilizing every available precaution to keep the American people safe.”
“Congressman Marchant and I are fully committed to making sure that North Texans – and all Americans – are protected,” said Congressman Johnson. “We have both called on the President for travel and visa restrictions from Ebola-affected countries, but he is refusing to listen to the American people and do the right thing. The Stop Ebola Act is a continuation of our efforts to stop this deadly disease in its tracks. It is time for President Obama to put the health of Americans first. Period.”
By utilizing WHO’s designation of countries having “widespread and intense” Ebola transmission, the Stop Ebola Act would apply to all countries currently experiencing an Ebola outbreak and any country that experiences an outbreak in the future.
Congressman Marchant first called for a flight ban on October 1, 2014. He called on the U.S. Embassies in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to immediately suspend the issuance of travel visas to the U.S. on October 2, 2014.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has called upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden to immediately staff and bring up to operational capacity a CDC Quarantine station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as well as Houston’s George H.W. Bush International Airport. In response to Marchant’s questioning last week during a House Homeland Security Committee field hearing, Dr. Toby Merlin, Director of CDC’s Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Disease, disclosed that the CDC does not currently have a staffed facility at DFW Airport.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Dr. Frieden:
During my questioning at the House Homeland Security Committee field hearing at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) on October 10, 2014, it was stated by Dr. Toby Merlin that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “may” have the physical space for a facility at DFW, but that the facility is presently not staffed. Does the CDC actually have the facility at DFW that “may” exist as was mentioned at the hearing? I am writing to communicate my request that was made at the hearing directly to you for the CDC to immediately start staffing and operating facilities at DFW, as well as one for George H. W. Bush International Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas.
As the third busiest airport in the world, and over five million international passengers every year at DFW, I believe that it is vitally important for the CDC to have a staffed facility at DFW. Moreover, as the final arrival destination for the first victim of Ebola in the United States, Thomas Duncan, this urgent need is ever more apparent. I would appreciate hearing from you how quickly the CDC would be able to set up a facility at DFW and the services that would be rendered in helping protect the traveling public.
I appreciate your review of this correspondence and request. Should you have any questions regarding this letter, please feel free to contact me, or my Legislative Director, Scott Cunningham, at 202.225.6605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member of Congress
A PDF version of Marchant’s letter to Director Frieden can be found here.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has been named by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as a recipient of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. Marchant released the following statement on being recognized for his support of U.S. manufacturing in Congress:
“I am honored to be recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers for my work to strengthen U.S. manufacturing through policies that spur innovation, growth, and economic competitiveness. Manufacturing is critical to both the Texas and American economies and supports thousands of jobs in my district. I will continue working on behalf of my constituents and manufactures nationwide to promote an environment in which manufacturing can thrive.”
The NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence recognizes Members of Congress who consistently support policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. The award is based on each Member’s voting record on critical manufacturing issues during the 113th Congress and was only given to those who voted in support of pro-manufacturing policies at least 70 percent of the time.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on government coordination to combat Ebola:
“I thank Chairman McCaul and the Homeland Security Committee for holding this important hearing today at DFW Airport. The devastating consequences of a potential Ebola outbreak inside the U.S. cannot be overstated. DFW Airport is located at the heart of my Congressional District and the proximity of my constituents to this major international transportation hub increases their risk of Ebola exposure. I find it wholly inadequate that the administration has not chosen to implement greater Ebola-related security protocols at DFW – the third busiest airport in the world – or put qualified CDC staff at DFW Airport.“Today, I demanded that additional Ebola-related security screenings be put in place at DFW Airport so that North Texans don’t suffer more exposure to this deadly virus. I will continue pushing the administration to take every available precaution to keep Americans safe – including a travel ban and suspension of travel visas for non-U.S. citizen passengers coming here from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.”
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-3), Joe Barton (TX-6), Pete Sessions (TX-32), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), and Roger Williams (TX-25) today called for an immediate travel ban to the United States from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In a separate letter, Marchant also called on the Department of Homeland Security for the inclusion of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the list of major U.S. airports that will implement heightened Ebola-related securing screening protocols. Marchant’s Congressional District contains DFW Airport, the final flight destination of the Liberian national who was recently diagnosed with Ebola.
“As Members of the North Texas Congressional delegation, we are calling for an immediate travel ban to the United States from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The prompt implementation of this policy would greatly reduce the chances for Ebola to spread in the United States beyond the current case in Dallas, Texas. We have seen firsthand the significant impact that just one confirmed case of Ebola is having on our North Texas community and all available precautions, including a travel ban on affected countries, must be taken to stop the spread of the disease.”
In a separate letter, Marchant wrote to Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department Homeland Security and strongly called for the inclusion of DFW Airport in the list of other major U.S. airports to implement heightened Ebola-related security screening protocols.
The letter from Congressman Marchant and Members of the North Texas Congressional Delegation can be accessed here. The letter from Congressman Marchant to the Department of Homeland Security can be accessed here.
Pressure mounts for travel ban from West African nations
By TODD J. GILLMAN
Published: 03 October 2014 11:46 PM
Updated: 04 October 2014 12:06 AM
WASHINGTON — Pressure mounted Friday for a ban on travel from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa — a step the White House and top health officials resist as counterproductive and an overreaction to the virus’ arrival in the U.S.
The potential for the virus to spread farther, in Dallas and to other U.S. cities, has amplified calls for a ban.
On Friday, a hospital in Washington put a Nigerian traveler in isolation with suspicion that he, too, is infected. Public health experts say more cases will inevitably crop up, and the White House deployed top administration officials to offer assurances to an increasingly jittery public.
“Swift action must be taken to ensure that this deadly virus does not spread inside our nation,” said Rep. Kenny Marchant, whose district includes Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan arrived Sept. 19.
Marchant, R-Coppell, called for an immediate ban on all non-Americans coming from Liberia, citing “inadequate screening” of departing passengers and the serious risk to the American public. Sen. Ted Cruz also wants to limit or halt travel from West Africa.
“It is imperative that the FAA take every available precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States,” Cruz wrote FAA administrator Michael Huerta.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has insisted that a travel ban isn’t a good idea.
“I wish we could get to zero risk by sealing off the border, but we can't. The only way we're going to get to zero risk in this country is by controlling it in Africa,” he told Fox News on Friday.
Lisa Monaco, the top White House adviser on homeland security, added: “Right now we believe those type steps actually impede the response.”
A number of African countries and a handful of airlines have curbed or banned air travel to countries wrestling with Ebola — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
From Monrovia, the Liberian capital, Duncan flew to Brussels and Washington on his way to D/FW to visit relatives. Liberian officials say he lied before departure by denying exposure to Ebola. But he had no fever, and didn’t become sick — and contagious — until a few days after his arrival in Texas.
“You may be able to slow it down a bit” and prevent contagious patients from infecting others in transit, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told reporters. “The idea that you can stop a virus at the airport or before it gets on an airplane is as much an antique as the notion that Ellis Island will screen out all disease among the immigrants.”
Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, among others, has called for a travel ban.
“Politics trumps security, safety, health security,” Ingraham told her listeners Wednesday. “Obama — familial connection with Africa. … It doesn’t make any sense not to have stopped these flights from coming in.”
U.S. and international public health authorities concede that more Ebola cases are likely to surface in the United States and other developed countries. But with the medical infrastructure to prevent a wide spread of the disease, the tradeoff is worth it, they contend.
At the World Health Organization, spokesman Daniel Epstein said that what Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone need most, he said, is outside help.
“It makes everything much more difficult if the airlines have to stop flying into and out of these countries,” he said, adding that cutting off air connections wouldn’t stop Ebola from spreading anyway. “People could go by land. You could block trains and they’ll go by a boat.”
Marchant has asked House Speaker John Boehner to pursue a travel ban legislatively. He also has asked House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Austin, to hold hearings on implementing such a ban.
Congress isn’t scheduled to return to work until Nov. 12, after a seven-week recess. Boehner’s office declined to weigh in on the matter.
McCaul stopped short of calling for a travel ban but called the Dallas case “a wake-up call.”
He said he’s been in contact with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and the CDC director “to urge them to reassess our screening efforts at U.S. ports of entry to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent the importation of additional cases into the United States.”
On Friday, Sen. John Cornyn asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske for more information on the agency’s screening process.
“Under current protocols, what specific events or indicators would justify an enhanced screening process by CBP? Is CBP currently considering additional plans to increase enhanced screenings of incoming passengers?” Cornyn wrote.
The customs agency declined to comment Friday but said it would respond to the Texas Republican.
For epidemics, travel bans have been tried before with mixed and often disappointing results.
Garrett, from the Council on Foreign Relations, recalled that at the height of the swine flu epidemic, Asian countries “quarantined entire jet-loads of Americans and Mexicans.” Many spent weeks in hotels.
Yet “every country, no matter what measures they took, ended up getting flu within their borders,” she said.
Staff writer Kimberly Railey contributed to this report.
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To prevent the further spread of Ebola inside the United States, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has called for an immediate air travel ban on all non-U.S. citizen passengers traveling to the United States from or through Liberia. Marchant’s Congressional District contains Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, the final U.S. arrival destination of the person diagnosed this week in Dallas. He issued the following statement:
“In light of the first travel-associated case of Ebola in the U.S. being confirmed in Dallas, I believe swift action must be taken to ensure that this deadly virus does not spread inside our nation. I have strongly called on Speaker Boehner to pursue an immediate air travel ban for passengers traveling to the U.S. from or through Liberia. I have also called on Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, to hold hearings on how a travel ban could most effectively be implemented.
“The person diagnosed this week traveled from Liberia to his final U.S. destination of DFW Airport – which is located at the heart of my Congressional district. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 3,500 cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia and this number is known to be vastly underreported. Given the inadequate medical screening of passengers departing from Liberia and the severe consequences of an Ebola outbreak, allowing air travel to continue as normal is a serious risk to the people of my district and the American public at large. We must take substantial precautions to keep the American people safe from this devastating virus.”
Marchant’s letter to Speaker Boehner can be found here.
Marchant’s letter to Chairman McCaul can be found here.
1110 Longworth HOB
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As a lifelong conservative, Congressman Kenny Marchant is committed to the values of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Congressman Marchant has a strong record of fighting for lower taxes, eliminating wasteful government spending, bringing accountability and transparency to government, supporting free markets and opposing bailouts, securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws, and protecting human life in all its stages.
Congressman Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas on February 23, 1951, and was then raised in Carrollton. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern Nazarene University.
After graduating from Southern Nazarene University, Congressman Marchant started his own construction and home building business. As a small business owner, he was responsible for creating jobs and meeting a regular payroll, an experience that taught him the importance of entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
Congressman Marchant’s commitment to public service led him to run for the Carrollton City Council, where he was elected and served for four years before being elected mayor of Carrollton. After serving two years as mayor of Carrollton, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1986.
As a state representative, Congressman Marchant earned a reputation as a strong conservative leader and consensus-builder. In the Texas House, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to home equity. In 1999, his colleagues elected him Chair of the House Republican Caucus, a position he held for four years.
During his time in the Texas House, Congressman Marchant was named a “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly, “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal League, and “Top Pro-Family Legislator of the Year” by the American Family Association for his consistent record of sponsoring and supporting pro-family legislation.
In 2004, he was elected to represent Texas’ 24th Congressional District. As a member of Congress, he has received numerous honors and awards, including the Center for Security Policy’s “Champion of National Security” Award for his strong record of defending America’s sovereignty, safety, and freedom; the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award for his principled stand against earmarks and excessive government spending; the Club for Growth’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” Award for his consistent record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government; the American Conservative Union’s “Defender of Liberty” Award for his commitment to conservative principles; and the National Federation of Independent Business’ “Guardian of Small Business” Award for his unwavering support for small business.
Congressman Marchant currently serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means. The Ways and Means Committee is often said to be the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction that includes tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Congressman Marchant serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. In the 113th Congress, he was selected by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp to Chair the Tax Reform Working Group on Debt, Equity and Capital as part of the Committee’s effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform.
In addition, Congressman Marchant serves as a senior member on the House Committee on Education and Workforce which handles education, health, workforce, and pension policy. This marks a return to a committee he served on in the 109th and 110th Congresses.
Congressman Marchant is also an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The RSC is a group of House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Marchant and his wife Donna reside in Coppell, Texas. They raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in the 24th District and are proud grandparents of two granddaughters. He is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Nazarene University.
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