Kenny Marchant

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

WAYS & MEANS ADVISORY: Committee to Hold Hearing on Promoting Work Opportunity for SSDI Beneficiaries

2015/07/06

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
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Marchant Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

2015/06/26

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.

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Marchant Statement on Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

2015/06/25

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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Marchant Introduces <em>Local and Municipal Health Care Choice Act of 2015</em>

2015/06/24

Today, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) introduced H.R. 2869, the Local and Municipal Health Care Choice Act of 2015. The legislation would expand health care choice and competition by making it easier for local and municipal governments to pool health coverage. Marchant issued the following statement upon the bill’s introduction:

“The way to expand choice and lower costs in health care is through local solutions that enhance competition and empower the American people instead of Washington. That is why I have introduced the Local and Municipal Health Care Choice Act of 2015. The bill provides local and municipal governments relief from Obamacare needed to expand health care choice for their employees through coverage pools created at home. And by allowing local governments and their employees to participate in pools across state lines, this legislation would open up health care markets to stronger interstate competition on price and quality.

“I’m pleased to have Congressmen Mac Thornberry and Pete Olson – both fellow Texans – as original cosponsors of the Local and Municipal Health Care Choice Act. I look forward to advancing this legislation that expands individual choice and competition in health care.”

To read a one page summary of the Local and Municipal Health Care Choice Act of 2015, please click here.

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Trade Accountability Legislation Advances

2015/06/18

U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released the following statement regarding the House’s passage of H.R. 2146, the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

“Texas has led the nation in international trade for 13 years, and more than 60 percent of Texas’ exports go to U.S. free trade partners. Free trade also supports more than 3 million Texas jobs. To build on this success and provide for future job growth, it is vital to pursue additional free trade opportunities that allow Texas-made goods to be sold in more markets across the world. But free trade agreements must be done with transparency and accountability. That’s exactly what TPA ensures.

“TPA is not a trade deal. TPA is a process that has existed in some form for over 80 years between Congress and the administration for negotiating trade deals. TPA puts Congress – not the administration – in charge of trade negotiation objectives, empowers Congress to shut down trade negotiations if the administration fails to meet Congressional objectives, and ensures any future trade agreement is made public at least 60 days before a vote in Congress.

“TPA is about affirming Congress’ authority, asserting American leadership and strengthening the American economy. Renewing TPA is essential to securing the greatest possible trade opportunities for America’s producers, consumers and workers. And, as Senator Cruz said in support of TPA, ‘It sends a message to the world that the United States will play an active role in writing the rules that will govern international trade this century.’

“For America to lead on trade, Congress must be in the driver’s seat. The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act would make certain of that.”

H.R. 2146 passed the House 218-203. To find the full legislative text of TPA and additional information about the bill, please click here.

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Marchant Votes to Fully Repeal Medical Device Tax

2015/06/18

The House voted today 280-140 to pass H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015. The legislation repeals the 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices created by the president’s health care law. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), an original cosponsor of H.R. 160, issued the following statement upon the bill’s passage:

“Today I voted to fully repeal the president’s job-killing medical device tax that drives up health care costs and restricts access to lifesaving innovations Americans depend on. The United States has led the world in the development of ground-breaking medical technologies. This has revolutionized the way we diagnose and treat disease. Yet, the president wants to take our nation a step backward by taxing medical innovation. I urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass the Protect Medical Innovation Act. The medical device tax was wrong from the start and needs to be completely eliminated.”

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Marchant Introduces Legislation to Help Small Banks Better Serve Community Needs

2015/06/17

U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has introduced H.R. 2789, the Capital Access for Small Business Banks Act. The legislation seeks to provide small banks – specifically those classified under Subchapter S of the U.S. tax code – with greater freedom to attract capital investment so they can better serve the families and businesses of their communities.

Marchant released the following statement after introducing H.R. 2789:

“Small banks are vital to a healthy and growing American economy. Subchapter S banks in particular make up roughly one-third of all U.S. banks and 90 percent of them are located in rural communities. These local banks provide invaluable support to working families and have helped countless American entrepreneurs put their ideas in motion. Yet, when small banks seek to raise capital so they can better serve their communities, our tax code restricts their access to new investment. I have introduced the Capital Access for Small Business Banks Act to fix this problem.

“At a time when many small banks are struggling just to stay in business, H.R. 2789 would offer these trusted financial institutions greater freedom to take on new investors and raise capital. In doing so, the bill would bring renewed strength to Subchapter S banks, the communities they serve and the American economy as a whole – without added risk to the broader U.S. financial system. Most importantly, the Capital Access for Small Business Banks Act would bring us one step closer to a tax code that better supports American families and job creators. That’s what small banks and our local communities deserve.”

To read a one-page summary of the Capital Access for Small Business Banks Act, please click here.

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The Hill: <em>GOP senators push taxpayer rights bill</em>

2015/06/17

NOTE: Included in the legislation is a measure similar to one by U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) that would ban IRS employees from using personal email accounts for official business. Marchant’s bill, the IRS Email Transparency Act, passed the House unanimously on April 15, 2015.



GOP senators push taxpayer rights bill

By Bernie Becker
Published June 16, 2015

Two senior Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would give taxpayers a slew of new protections, and codify some already in place.

Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and John Thune (S.D.) said their more robust taxpayer bill of rights was especially necessary given all the controversy that has swirled around the IRS in recent years.

"Unfortunately, the IRS here of late has forgotten that the 'S' in IRS stands for service," Thune said at a news conference announcing the bill.

Both Grassley and Thune are members of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the IRS. Grassley is a former chairman of the committee.

The IRS rolled out a taxpayer bill of rights on its own a year ago, which included the right to only pay what you owe and to better challenge an agency decision.

But both Thune and Grassley said that Congress needed to put those protections – and even more – into law and not rely solely on executive action. Lawmakers last approved a taxpayer bill of rights more than 15 years ago.

"Administrations come, administrations go," Thune said.

The measure from Thune and Grassley bars IRS officials from using personal email to conduct agency business, increases the penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of taxpayer information and requires better records collection from the agency.

The two senators said they hoped the measure would get bipartisan support, but acknowledged the two parties remain divided over the IRS. House Republicans recently proposed slashing another $838 million from the agency's budget, which IRS officials already say is woefully inadequate.

Still, Grassley said Tuesday that he hoped his legislation would start a conversation on the need for broader reforms at the IRS.

The agency has been under fire for more than two years, ever since former official Lois Lerner acknowledged the IRS improperly scrutinized Tea Party groups.

The IRS's watchdog is expected to give the Finance Committee a report on a string of missing Lerner emails by the end of the month, and committee leaders hope to release a report on the Tea Party controversy.

Both parties, Grassley said, should be interested to talk about expanding taxpayer rights when discussing that report.

"That culture must change," Grassley said.

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HEARING ADVISORY: Ways & Means to Examine Long-Term Financing of Highway Trust Fund

2015/06/15

The Ways and Means Committee, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will hold a hearing focused on policy solutions that would strengthen the long-term financial solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

The hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 17, 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.

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TPA Puts Congress in Charge

2015/06/12

U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released the following statement regarding the House’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

“Texas has led the country in international trade for 13 years, and more than 60 percent of Texas’ exports go to U.S. free trade partners. Trade also supports over 3 million Texas jobs. Securing new free trade opportunities will be crucial for building on that economic momentum and providing for future job growth. But trade agreements have to be done with transparency and accountability. That’s exactly what TPA ensures.

“TPA is not a trade deal. TPA is a process that has existed in some form for over 80 years between Congress and the administration for negotiating trade deals. TPA puts Congress – not the administration – in charge of trade negotiation objectives, empowers Congress to shut down trade negotiations if the administration fails to meet Congressional objectives, and ensures any future trade agreement is made public at least 60 days before a vote in Congress.

“TPA is about affirming Congress’ authority, asserting American leadership and strengthening the American economy. Renewing TPA is essential to securing the greatest possible trade opportunities for America’s producers, consumers and workers. It sends a powerful signal to our trading partners that America is committed to free trade and open markets. For America to lead on trade, Congress must be in the driver’s seat. I voted to make certain of that today.”

To read the full text of TPA and find additional information about the bill, please click here.

Marchant voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The recorded vote can be found here.

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Let’s Build on Texas’ Successful Free-Market Policies to Strengthen the U.S. Economy

2015-05-19 18:55:01


Without the Right to Life, All Others Are Impossible

2015-05-14 19:04:45


Marchant Calls for Elimination of the Production Tax Credit: This 'dead weight handout' needs to end

2015-04-30 20:27:16


Marchant Presses IRS Commissioner on Agency's Awful Customer Service for Taxpayers

2015-04-22 16:59:24


Marchant Rallies Support for "IRS Email Transparency Act"

2015-04-15 19:29:30


Marchant Rallies Support for Bill to Strengthen ‘529’ College Savings Plans

2015-02-25 17:44:25


Marchant: We must defend the right to life

2015-01-21 19:33:40


Marchant: Congress must immediately impose stronger sanctions on Iran

2014-12-02 19:12:14


Marchant Urges Opposition to Executive Amnesty

2014-11-18 18:28:14


Marchant Presses Administration Officials for Greater Action to Protect North Texans from Ebola

2014-10-10 21:22:33


Marchant Calls for Support of VALID Act

2014-09-16 18:09:20


Obamacare Open to Rampant Fraud According to Investigation

2014-07-24 20:30:39


Marchant Demands Permanent Border Security Solution

2014-07-23 22:18:11


Congressman Marchant Addresses the House on July 15, 2014

2014-07-15 20:10:40


Marchant Calls for Appointment of Special Prosecutor to Investigate IRS Targeting

2014-06-25 22:42:43


Marchant Confronts IRS Commissioner About "Lost" Lerner Emails

2014-06-20 21:27:55


Marchant Demands Border Security & Enforcement of Law

2014-06-18 21:58:03


Congressman Kenny Marchant Appears on NBC 5's Lone Star Politics

2014-06-18 14:50:27


Marchant Calls for Formation of Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi Attacks

2014-05-08 16:56:45


Marchant Calls for Permanence of R&D Tax Incentive

2014-05-07 19:36:02


Contact Information

1110 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6605
Fax 202-225-0074
marchant.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

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.


Serving With

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th 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

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd 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

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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