||Irving, TX Office
|Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington: Scott Cunningham
|| Deputy Chief of Staff, District: Susie Miller
|Legislative Director: James J. Williams
|| Director of District Affairs: Todd Martin
|Communications Director: Shane McDonald
|| District Operations Director: Matt Jack
|Legislative Assistant & Scheduler: Robert Vega
A full listing of Marchant's Washington and Irving office personnel can be found here.
Today, the House passed the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (H.R. 351). The bill would expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the bill’s passage:
“The U.S. is currently the top natural gas producer in the world and Texas is a big reason for that. Booming natural gas production in states like ours has helped create thousands of American jobs and grow wages for middle-class families across the nation. Allowing liquefied natural gas to be exported and sold globally would support even more job growth. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is using decades-old regulations to delay and effectively ban the worldwide sale of American LNG.
“Our nation was blessed with vast natural gas resources and there is great potential for economic growth through international trade. This is especially true for Texas – the nation’s number one exporting state for the past 12 years in a row. It only makes sense to cut the red tape, expedite approval of LNG exports, and allow the sale of our resources abroad to create jobs at home. The Senate should get this important bill onto the president’s desk immediately.”
Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing to examine the U.S. trade policy agenda. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the Committee, issued the following statement after the hearing:
“International trade is a major pillar of the Texas economy and directly supports thousands of jobs in my district. In fact, three million Texas jobs depend on trade – that’s more than one in five. Texas leads the nation in exports -- and has done so for the past 12 years running -- with export growth outpacing the entire U.S. in 2013. Texas has also surpassed California as the top high-tech exporter in the country, which has created thousands more high-quality, good paying jobs for individuals and families across the state.
“Our state stands as a global trade leader because we have an environment in which entrepreneurship, innovation, and free markets thrive. We must build on this recipe for economic success and replicate Texas’ model across the nation. With more than 95 percent of the world’s population outside of the United States, future economic growth of Texas and America depends on expanding trade opportunities in the global marketplace. The first step is to adopt a pro-growth trade agenda focused on removing barriers to commerce and expanding export markets for American-made products. That’s exactly what I will continue to push for.”
The House Committee on Ways and Means, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will hold a full committee hearing to examine U.S. trade priorities and the trade policy agenda. Testifying before the Committee will be U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.
The hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM in room HVC 210 of the U.S. Capitol.
To view the full Ways and Means Committee hearing advisory, please click here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address:
“Last night, the president came before the American people to credit big government for our success and tout his liberal manifesto as the best plan for the future. The rhetoric does not match reality. The new normal in this president’s economy is part-time work, wage stagnation, and record high levels of debt. Deficits have come down to the lowest level of his presidency, but largely because Republicans have fought tooth-and-nail to keep the administration’s spending in check. Instead of leveling with the American people about the serious challenges facing our country, the president pushed a campaign-style speech full of tax and spend promises.
“Getting government out of the way to promote economic freedom is the first step toward providing all Americans with a greater opportunity to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the president seems to be focused on creating more bureaucracy. Some of the programs he pushed last night may sound appealing, but at some point, someone has to foot the bill. That means hiking taxes – to the tune of $320 billion according to the president’s plan – or piling even more debt onto the next generation. This is the last thing our country needs.
“Our nation faces many challenges but the solutions are within reach. The Republican-led Congress is working hard to find common ground and build a healthy economy for the long-term. The president should put the campaign rhetoric aside and offer serious solutions of his own. The American people deserve better than a one-sided political wish list.”
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) took to the House floor today to advocate for passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This bill, which Marchant has cosponsored, would help to protect human life by banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy - the point when an unborn child can feel pain and could survive outside the womb if born prematurely.
"Mister Speaker, tomorrow marks forty-two years since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. Since then, millions of lives have been lost.
"This is also a time to renew hope, as Americans continue to advocate for the respect of all human life.
"Tomorrow, upwards of a quarter million people from across the nation, many from my district, will march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court.
"In Congress, we are working to help their efforts. I am cosponsoring H.R. 36, the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.’ This legislation would limit abortion after the age at which evidence shows an unborn child can experience pain.
"We must continue to stand for legislation that defends the right to life – without which, all other rights are impossible.
"Thank you. I yield back."
The House today passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 240). The bill maintains and strengthens U.S. homeland security operations while also defunding the president’s unilateral amnesty in its entirety. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after voting in support of the bill’s passage:
“Today, I took a stand against the president’s unilateral amnesty on behalf of my constituents, the American people, and the rule of law. The legislation strips the president of all funding for his recent executive amnesty, completely defunds his past amnesty directives – including the DACA program – and declares that no funding can be used to carry out similar executive actions in the future. All of this is accomplished without reducing our homeland security capabilities whatsoever. In fact, the bill would provide Customs and Border Protection with the largest operational force in history.
“Americans want fair immigration policies that complement our national security priorities and are accountable to the democratic process. What they have gotten from this president is the exact opposite. Instead of recognizing that Americans do not support an immigration system that rewards lawbreakers, President Obama has chosen to ignore the will of the American people, unilaterally grant amnesty to millions, then demand that taxpaying citizens fund his unwarranted actions. This cannot stand.
“The House’s actions today confront the president’s overreach head-on. But we cannot reverse his unilateral directives by ourselves. The Senate must join us by immediately passing the House’s strong legislation in its original form. Americans elected Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress for a reason: to restore government accountability and rein in the president’s overreach. We start by fighting to defund the president’s amnesty and reinstate the rule of law.”
More information about the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015 and its amendments to nullify the president’s executive actions on immigration can be found here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the Committee’s hearing to examine the current state of the U.S. economy and pro-growth policy solutions:
“The American people are being told the economy is improving but millions do not feel the so-called recovery. Too many are working part-time jobs or have dropped out of the workforce altogether because they cannot find employment that complements their skills and qualifications. Providing for a family has also become increasingly difficult as take-home pay fails to keep pace with the rising costs of everyday essentials.
“Today, my Ways and Means colleagues and I focused our first order of business this Congress on advancing pro-growth solutions that offer all Americans a greater opportunity to reach their full potential. This will remain a central component of our efforts on tax, healthcare, and trade throughout the next two years. I look forward to serving my constituents as a strong, conservative presence on the Committee as we strive to build a healthy economy for the long term.”
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The House Committee on Ways and Means is Congress’ chief tax-writing committee and has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to taxation, international trade, and the nation’s health and retirement programs.
In addition to his duties on the full committee, Marchant serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Health. The Oversight Subcommittee is charged with monitoring and investigating the administration of tax policy through the Internal Revenue Code. The Health Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to programs that provide payments for healthcare, healthcare systems, and health research, as well as tax credits administered by the Internal Revenue Service for health costs and health insurance premiums.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) concluded the 113th Congress as one of the most conservative lawmakers in both the Texas Congressional Delegation and the U.S. House of Representatives as a whole, according to legislative scoring performed by some of the nation’s prominent conservative advocacy organizations.
The legislative scores and rankings calculated by these organizations reflect Marchant’s actions and voting record to promote constitutionally limited government, stop illegal immigration, repeal and replace Obamacare, cut wasteful government spending, and protect family values, among other policy areas.
With NumbersUSA in particular, an organization solely focused on immigration legislation and actions, Marchant leads all 36 Texas Representatives and both Texas Senators. Marchant's score of 100 percent also ties him for 1st among all Representatives and Senators – a total of 535 Members.
Legislative Rankings & Scores for U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
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*Denotes a tie within the Texas House Delegation
Source: GovTrack.us legislative sponsorship analysis of Rep. Kenny Marchant
Marchant issued the following statement regarding his voting record and legislative rankings for the 113th Congress:
“My voting record directly reflects the strong commitment to the principles of constitutionally limited government that I share with the people of my district. Now more than ever, we must fight to restore these fundamental ideals. That means standing up to the president’s executive amnesty, dismantling and replacing his disastrous healthcare law, and putting an end to the fiscal irresponsibility that threatens our nation’s future.
“I’m honored to be ranked as one of most conservative members of the House for my work last Congress. I will fight throughout the 114th Congress to promote the principles of limited government on behalf of my constituents and our nation.”
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement today after voting in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:
“Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline has been a long-time priority for the people of my district because it would strengthen U.S. energy security and create thousands of Texas jobs. Today’s vote by the House and upcoming action by the Senate bring us closer than ever to getting Keystone approved and accomplishing these important goals.
“President Obama has stalled Keystone's approval for the past six and has no legitimate reason to continue doing so. His own State Department has conducted five separate reviews and found that the pipeline would support thousands of jobs with little to no environmental impact. Keystone will also be built with state-of-the-art technology and incorporate nearly 60 additional safety standards proposed by the Obama administration.
“The president should join Congress in our efforts to seize this important opportunity and approve Keystone immediately. There is no excuse to stand in the way of greater energy security and thousands of new American jobs.”
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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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Ways & Means is currently holding its 1st hearing of the 114th to examine pro-growth economic solutions. WATCH LIVE: http://t.co/LnSRFQrbak
Glad to see the Senate approve the Keystone XL Pipeline today. Next step is to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill and then it's
I joined over 40 of my House colleagues in calling on Mitch McConnell to take up and pass our Homeland Security bill that completely defunds
Today I voted to cut decades-old red tape blocking American liquefied natural gas (LNG) from being exported. Many know that Texas is a leader
Good riddance to the president's proposed tax hike on 529 college savings plans. It was wrong from the start. If he truly wants to help students