“We have to bring an end to the sanctuary policies that continue to erode the rule of law and undermine the safety of the American people. The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act is an important step in advancing the effort, but Congress shouldn’t stop here. We must keep fighting the Obama Administration policies that have dramatically weakened our laws and allowed convicted criminal aliens to be released into our communities. Even worse is that the administration is allowing the same criminals to be caught and released multiple times.
“Allowing our nation’s laws to be ignored or selectively enforced at any level of government is unacceptable. Those who have broken our immigration laws should not be rewarded in any form, much less given sanctuary in our cities. I will continue working to keep Americans safe by demanding stronger border security and strict immigration enforcement.”
The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act would deny certain federal funding for state and local governments that refuse to enforce federal immigration law. More information about the bill can be found here.
In a Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) questioned Dr. Mark Miller, Executive Director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), on the flawed payment formula that determines reimbursements for hospitals classified as Disproportionate Share Hospitals. Specifically, Marchant pressed the MedPAC official on how the formula is hurting “DSH” hospitals located in states such as Texas that have not participated in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
Hospitals classified as DSH play a vital role in the care of vulnerable populations as they serve a large number of uninsured or under-insured patients, often Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries.
Marchant issued the following statement regarding today’s hearing:
“As MedPAC made clear today, DSH hospitals in states that have exercised the right not to participate in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion aren’t receiving adequate reimbursement for the care they provide to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. This reimbursement gap is yet another consequence of the president’s health care law that will restrict access to care. I will work to fix this problem so that seniors and low-income families in all states can continue to receive care at the local hospitals they trust.”
The video recording of Marchant’s questioning of Miller during the hearing can be found below.
The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will hold a hearing with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to examine hospital payment issues, rural health issues, and beneficiary access to care.
The hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
To view this hearing advisory on the Ways and Means website, please click here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding an immediate federal investigation into alleged criminal activity by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates. The letter comes in direct response to a recently surfaced video in which Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Research, describes the organization’s sale of human organs harvested from unborn children.
In addition to pressing for a criminal investigation, Marchant’s letter calls on Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen to investigate the matter as the sale of human organs for profit could impact Planned Parenthood’s tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization.
The full text of Marchant’s letter can be found below. A PDF version can be found here.
Dear Attorney General Lynch and Commissioner Koskinen:
I am writing to urgently request investigations into illegal activity allegedly committed by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates. On July 14, 2015, an undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress was made public. It features Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical research, discussing her organization’s sale of human organs harvested from aborted unborn children – which is a federal crime under 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2.
In detailing how to “crush” an unborn person while leaving intact key organs by using an ultrasound, Nucatola spoke of different organs’ respective value in relation to demand – i.e. a price – and referred to them as being on a “menu.” She also indicated that these activities are dealt with by affiliates to avoid legal entanglements at the national level. In addition, the Center for Medical Progress released alleged advertisements from a fetal tissue purchaser found in Planned Parenthood clinics that contain language referring to “profit” for “financial benefit to your clinic.” These facts, illustrating an appalling disregard for human life, would discredit Planned Parenthood’s official response that the transactions in question are legal scientific donations with reimbursement for costs.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions – over 300,000 per year – which make up more than a third of its revenue of over $1 billion. It also receives over $500 million per year in taxpayer funding while maintaining tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
In the strongest possible terms, I ask the Department of Justice to thoroughly and fully investigate the foregoing allegations of criminal enterprise on the part of Planned Parenthood and affiliates. I further ask the Internal Revenue Service to investigate this matter to the extent that selling organs for profit would have implications for tax-exempt status.
Thank you for your review of this correspondence and I look forward to your prompt and thorough reply. Should you have any questions regarding this letter, please feel free to contact me, or my Legislative Assistant, Robert Vega, at 202.225.6605 or email@example.com.
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U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 3011, the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act – also known as “Kate’s Law.” The legislation, of which Marchant is an original cosponsor, would mandate five-year minimum prison sentences for individuals who return to the U.S. illegally after being deported.
Below are Marchant’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Madame Speaker, I rise in support of the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act – also known as ‘Kate’s Law.’
“This bill mandates five-year minimum prison sentences for illegal immigrants who return to the U.S. after being deported. It comes in direct response to the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by a man who had been deported from the United States five times.
“‘Kate’s Law’ sends a strong message to any person considering illegal reentry: Come back and you will face serious consequences.
“This bill strengthens the rule of law. It leaves no room for selective enforcement by the administration or any sanctuary city.
“My deepest condolences go out to Kate Steinle and her loved ones. We cannot undo this tragedy, but we must work to prevent others by securing the border and strictly enforcing the law.
“Thank you, I yield back.”
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement on the announcement of a final agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program:
“The president says his Iran deal ‘offers an opportunity to move in a new direction.’ That direction is backwards. His deal abandons our nation’s long-standing policy of preventing a nuclear-capable Iran and settles for simply managing the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions. Iran now stands to receive billions in permanent sanctions relief. All it has to provide in return are temporary concessions and compliance with short-term constraints that can easily be manipulated. In fact, Iran will not even have to cheat on this agreement to maintain its nuclear program. The deal allows the continued existence of vast enrichment capacity and key bomb-making technology.
“The administration repeatedly claimed it would walk away from a bad deal. Instead, they backed an agreement that legitimizes and rewards the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. Why? Because the president believes we should ‘test’ whether Iran can ‘move in a different direction.’ This is absurd foreign policy that greatly diminishes the security of the U.S. and our allies – especially Israel. I will not support a deal that jeopardizes the safety of the American people.”
By Michelle Pitcher
Published: July 13, 2015
Great news for everyone out there trying to make a living — which is, you know, everyone. Texas is the best place in the country to do just that.
Forbes reported the “The 10 Best and Worst Places to Make a Living in 2015” and Texas topped the list (on the good side). Last year, Texas ranked second, behind Washington.
Taking into account average wages, taxes, cost of living, unemployment, and workplace safety, MoneyRates.com ranked the 50 states by livability. For Texas, the very low cost of living amplified the effects of slightly higher wages, and the fact that we have no income tax didn’t hurt.
Workers in Texas can also take heart in knowing that — except for the occasional stubbed toe — they’re pretty unlikely to get injured on the job. Only Louisiana had fewer instances of workplace injury.
Washington took the No. 2 spot this year, followed by Wyoming, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Delaware, Ohio, and Utah.
The Ways and Means Committee, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will hold a hearing to examine policy solutions that promote work opportunity for beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
The hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.
To view this hearing advisory on the Ways and Means Committee website, please click here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage:
“With the Constitution silent on the issue of marriage, this sacred institution should be defined by the states and the American people, as it always has been – not by activist judges. The Supreme Court has chosen to completely disregard the democratically-enacted will of millions of Americans in a majority of states, including the people of Texas. I believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman. Even those who hold differing views on that point, however, should be concerned about the precedent set by the Court’s decision. Five judges have squashed democratic debate, remade constitutional law without guiding principles, and imposed their own will on the entire country. As this ruling is carried out, it is vital to ensure that there is no further erosion of Americans’ freedom to live and work in accordance with their faith.”
Marchant is an original cosponsor of the First Amendment Defense Act, legislation that would prevent any federal agency from discriminating against a person, organization, or business based on their religious beliefs regarding marriage.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell:
“Obamacare is a terribly written law that strips control away from the American people and increases health care costs for families and employers. Today’s ruling will not change that. The Supreme Court has a responsibility as a co-equal branch of government to hold the administration accountable. I’m disappointed the Court chose to disregard this responsibility by rubber stamping not only Obamacare’s illegal subsidies but also the administration’s blatant refusal to follow its own law.
“As conservatives, we must redouble our efforts to repeal Obamacare. I remain fully committed and will fight to tear down Obamacare piece-by-piece if that’s what it takes to get rid of the disastrous law.”
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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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