Today, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) introduced H.R. 1657, the Fairness for Americans in Internal Revenue Refunds (FAIRR) Act. The legislation takes steps to preserve and strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by prohibiting the credit’s administration to illegal immigrants who receive Social Security Numbers under the president’s deferred action executive orders.
Marchant released the following statement upon the bill’s introduction:
“Under the president’s unilateral amnesty orders, millions of illegal immigrants are to be given U.S. Social Security Numbers and work permits. Not only will this allow illegal immigrants to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit for future work, it will also give them the ability collect EITC tax refunds on previous earnings from unauthorized work. In short, the president has transformed a widely successful welfare-to-work tax provision for low-income individuals into a cash bonus for those who have been working in the U.S. illegally.
“Action must be taken to ensure that the president’s unilateral amnesty orders do not jeopardize the EITC’s effectiveness and availability for American workers. That’s why I have introduced the FAIRR Act. This bill would prevent any beneficiary of the president’s unilateral amnesty orders from claiming the EITC. The legislation would also apply to any similar executive action the president might take in the future.
“In preserving the EITC only for its intended recipients, the FAIRR Act takes meaningful steps to safeguard taxpayer dollars and protects this important tax provision for low-income Americans. Individuals who have broken our nation’s immigration laws should not be rewarded at taxpayer expense.”
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a long-standing refundable tax credit for low-to-moderate income Americans that encourages and rewards work, thereby creating an incentive for people to seek employment rather than welfare benefits. The credit has been successful in helping millions of Americans lift themselves out of poverty.
Marchant’s FAIRR Act would prevent the EITC from being distributed to illegal immigrants who have obtained an SSN through any past, present, or future deferred action executive order. The legislation also prohibits any such illegal immigrant from making amended filings to collect EITC refunds for years during which they were not authorized to work. For a one page summary of the bill, please click here.
By Aubree Abril
Published: March 25, 2015 5:01 PM
WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Ways and Means advanced Rep. Kenny Marchant’s bill to prohibit IRS employees from using personal email accounts for official business.
“The IRS Email Transparency Act shines a light on irresponsible IRS behavior and takes important steps to safeguard confidential taxpayer information,” Marchant, R-Coppell, said in a statement Wednesday.
When he introduced the bill last month, Marchant said it was in direct response to the results of a committee investigation into the IRS political targeting scandal. That investigation, he said “revealed that, among other abuses, one of the agency’s top officials used her personal email address for official business.”
He said that practice put confidential taxpayer information at risk.
“The use of personal email for official IRS business jeopardizes the security of confidential taxpayer information. This is wrong and it should be against the law,” Marchant said.
The IRS has existing administrative rules banning the use of personal email accounts for official business, said Tom Barthold, chief of staff to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Marchant’s bill would legally prohibit employees from using their personal accounts for any official business.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after voting to pass the Fiscal Year 2016 House Republican Budget:
“The 2016 budget put forward by House Republicans is a fiscally and constitutionally conservative roadmap to a healthier American economy. Unlike the president's budget – which never balances even after its $2.1 trillion in tax hikes – the proposal reduces spending by $5.5 trillion and achieves balance in less than 10 years. It also fully repeals Obamacare, helps strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and ensures a strong national defense. All of this is accomplished without raising taxes whatsoever.
“I fully support using budget reconciliation as an additional legislative mechanism to repeal Obamacare. But, to do that, we must first pass a budget. I voted for the 2016 House Republican Budget because it advances that strategy and builds a stronger American economy by making Washington more accountable to hardworking taxpayers. My constituents demand nothing less.”
The House Ways and Means Committee today voted to advance U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant’s (TX-24) the IRS Email Transparency Act (H.R. 1152). The legislation would legally prohibit IRS officers and employees from using personal email accounts for official business.
Marchant released the following statement upon his bill’s passage out of the Ways and Means Committee:
“The IRS Email Transparency Act shines a light on irresponsible IRS behavior and takes important steps to safeguard confidential taxpayer information. I am glad that the Ways and Means Committee voted to advance the bill. The use of personal email for official IRS business jeopardizes the security of confidential taxpayer information. This is wrong and it should be against the law.”
The video recording of Marchant’s opening statement from today’s markup can be viewed below or accessed here. Consideration of Marchant’s legislation begins at the 00:58:38 mark and his opening statement follows shortly thereafter.
The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight today held a hearing to examine the federal government’s use of data analysis to stop Medicare fraud. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the Oversight Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the hearing:
“Medicare fraud and improper payments cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. This poses a growing threat to the solvency of Medicare and is a serious concern for my constituents. As addressed during today’s hearing, the government’s current prevention methods often allow criminals to stay one step ahead. The administration must take a better approach to stop the abuse of Medicare and its beneficiaries. It can start by fully integrating data-driven fraud prevention methods that are being used with great success in the private sector. Americans work too hard to have their tax dollars lost to rampant and avoidable waste.”
Today's hearing consisted of two panels. The first was comprised of administration officials who testified on current efforts to combat Medicare fraud. The second panel included witnesses who have private sector experience in fraud detection and prevention.
The full video recording of today’s Oversight Subcommittee hearing can be found below or accessed here. Marchant's questioning of the first panel begins at the 00:41:03 mark. His questioning of the second panel begins at the 02:14:22.
The House Committee on Ways and Means will meet this week to mark up eight pieces of legislation, including a bill by U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) that would prohibit IRS officers and employees from using personal email accounts for official business.
The markup is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM in room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. The legislation under consideration is as follows:
A letter to President Obama signed by 367 members of Congress warns that lawmakers must be satisfied that any Iranian nuclear agreement must "foreclose any pathway to a bomb" before they lift sanctions against Tehran.
The letter, which was drafted in early March but released on Monday, warns Obama that "permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation" from Congress.
"Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief," reads the letter, led by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
U.S. and international negotiators are up against a March 31 deadline for a framework agreement with Iran to roll back its nuclear program.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and 46 other senators sent a letter to Iran on March 9 warning it that Congress needed to have a role in approving any deal. White House officials blasted that letter, and have threatened to veto any legislation that comes before the talks are set to conclude on June 30.
Senators, however, appear poised to pounce on legislation after they return from recess, which runs between March 30 and April 10.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced on Friday he would schedule a committee vote April 14 on a bill that would allow Congress 60 days to review any deal before its implementation.
Although the House letter does not mention specific legislation, it said, "we are prepared to evaluate any agreement to determine its long-term impact on the United States and our allies."
"We remain hopeful that a diplomatic solution preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon may yet be reached, and we want to work with you to assure such a result," it said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) indicated Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the House would also pursue similar legislation as the Senate.
"As the House, you have some responsibility," he said.
Today, U.S. Congressmen Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) introduced the Social Security Child Protection Act (H.R. 1474). The legislation allows the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue a new Social Security Number (SSN) to children age 13 and under who have had their SSN stolen or compromised due to inadvertent disclosure.
“Child identity theft is a serious problem in our nation and current policy does not do enough to protect our children and grandchildren,” said Marchant. “If a child’s Social Security Number is stolen or falls into the wrong hands due to inadvertent disclosure, the consequences can be devastating. Abuse can often go on for years and remain undiscovered until a child is old enough to work, drive, or establish credit. Yet, SSA currently requires a person whose Social Security Number has been compromised to wait until there is evidence of misuse before a new number may be issued. This approach leaves children vulnerable. The Social Security Child Protection Act is a proactive solution. That is exactly what’s needed to protect our children and bring relief to families whose lives have been upended by child identity theft.”
“Protecting our children now from identity theft can prevent future financial heartache,” said Congressman Doggett. “This legislation takes an important step by working with the Social Security Administration to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors are kept safe from potential financial hardships.”
Currently, SSA may assign a new SSN in cases where there is evidence that a third party has improperly used an individual’s SSN, the individual was not at fault, and the individual can prove they have been disadvantaged by the misuse. Unfortunately, this means that a new number can only be issued after the criminal abuse has occurred.
Marchant previously introduced this legislation in 2009 after a family in his district had the Social Security card of their newborn child stolen out of their mailbox. The thief was a convicted felon with a history of forgery, credit card abuse, and identity theft. Upon being informed by the family, Marchant’s office set out to help secure the child a new SSN but was met with resistance due to the rigidity of existing SSA policy.
BY MARIA RECIO AND ANNA M. TINSLEY – STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITERSU.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, must be clairvoyant.
BY MARIA RECIO – STAR-TELEGRAM WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON – Johnny Wayne Martin, 91, of Fort Worth finally got the medals and recognition he earned for his service in World War II in a ceremony Tuesday at Rep. Kenny Marchant’s office in Irving.
Martin’s daughter, Bonnie Sue Story, contacted Marchant’s office last year asking about what commendations her father might be entitled to. “He had some of them,” Story said in an interview. “He just assumed that was all he had.”
But when Marchant’s staff looked into Martin’s history as a crew chief on a Lockheed C-46 during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theater, they found he had earned many more decorations than the two or three medals that he had.
“Assisting veterans in retrieving their overdue military decorations is a wonderful privilege,” Marchant, R-Coppell, said in a news release. “The awards they earn in the line of duty represent their valor, sacrifices, and experiences. Mr. Martin and his family will now be able to share his legacy for generations to come, and I am happy to have helped preserve his history of service.”
In 2013 Marchant helped Joseph Ray Perry, the father of then-Gov. Rick Perry, secure the medals he had earned in World War II, as well. Joseph Ray Perry received his awards in Marchant’s office, including one he wasn’t expecting, a Sharpshooters badge.
On Tuesday, Marchant presented Martin seven awards, which were all secured in a picture frame: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.
Martin, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was very pleased at getting the decorations and recognition. “He was very proud to get them,” said Story, whose husband, Jim Story, is a former Bedford mayor. “But at the same time there were so many heroes. He was surprised he was getting any more medals. It was very, very sweet.”*Martin was born and raised in Saint Jo, a small community in North Texas near the Red River. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Forces and logged over 750 hours as a crew chief, often flying over the Himalaya Mountains, which were known as “The Hump.” The trips were hazardous because of primitive navigation tools and bad weather.
According to Marchant’s office, during one mission, Martin and the C-46 crew were stranded on a grass field in the mountains while Japanese aircraft attacked them. After three days, a rescue plane reached them and delivered the parts to fix the plane.
Martin returned to the U.S. and worked for Convair, now part of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., as an electronics inspector for 40 years. He and his wife, Eleanora, had been married almost 67 years when she died in 2011. Martin has three daughters, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Maria Recio is the Star-Telegram’s Washington bureau chief.Twitter: @maria_e_recio
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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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