“In contrast to the House Republican budget, the President’s budget never balances, hikes taxes by $1.8 trillion, and adds $8.3 trillion more to the nation’s $17.5 trillion debt. For the fifth of six years in a row, the Democrat-controlled Senate won’t even propose a budget to the American people.
“I will continue to fight for policies that protect families and small businesses in my district, pay down our national debt, and build an economy that rewards Americans who work hard and want to get ahead.”
Read the full 2015 House Republican budget proposal here.
Today, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and the Ways and Means Committee voted to pursue criminal charges against former IRS official, Lois Lerner, with the Department of Justice. The Ways and Means Committee, through an ongoing congressional investigation, accused Lerner of improperly influencing the IRS to take action against conservative organizations, impeding the inspector general who uncovered the Tea Party targeting, and recklessly exposing taxpayer information.
Congressman Marchant, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, began investigating acts of IRS political discrimination over two years ago. Following concerns that individuals in the 24th District of Texas were being targeted by the IRS, Marchant put forward repeated inquiries to the IRS about the targeting of conservative groups. Despite constant denials by IRS and Administration officials, a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) confirmed IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Marchant has introduced and co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to protect taxpayers from IRS targeting. Since the resignation of several IRS officials, Marchant has continued to demand that decisions be expedited for pending 501(c)(4) applications that were subject to political targeting (see Marchant’s “IRS Political Targeting Investigation Timeline”).
Marchant issued the following statement:
“Today’s referral to the Department of Justice is the most serious and precise action to bring accountability to the IRS for its abuses, and assure taxpayers that suppression of free speech will not be tolerated.
“My colleagues and I formally called on the Department of Justice to consider criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner. Based on evidence uncovered by our Committee’s investigation of IRS political discrimination, it is clear that Lerner played a central role in the IRS’s unlawful targeting of conservative groups. Lerner, and any other person who orchestrated the IRS’s political targeting, must be held fully accountable for their criminal actions.
“A simple apology and the resignation of a few IRS officials does not excuse the IRS’s egregious behavior and gross abuse of power. Taxpayers across the country that were unfairly targeted based on their political or religious beliefs – including constituents and Tea Party groups in my district in Texas – deserve accountability.
“In addition to holding those accountable that violated the law, we must ensure that such suppression of free speech never happens again. That is why over the last two years I have advanced legislation to hold the IRS to higher standards, and pushed the IRS and Administration for expedited review of long-pending applications.
“All Americans, whether conservative or liberal, deserve equal treatment under the law and genuine accountability when their rights are abused. We must never accept anything less. ”
The letter to the Department of Justice can be found here.
Congressman Marchant's "IRS Political Targeting Investigation Timeline"
Notable IRS Accountability Legislation that Congressman Marchant has Introduced or Supported in the 113th Congress:
Disclosure of Taxpayer Rights Act (H.R. 2923, sponsor)
IRS Strict Standards and Accountability Act (H.R. 2924, sponsor)
STOP IRS Act (H.R. 2565, cosponsor)
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act (H.R. 2009, cosponsor)
Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act (H.R. 3865, cosponsor)Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act (H.R. 2531, cosponsor)
North Texas students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend a military service academy forum on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mountain View College in Dallas. The event provides students and parents a unique opportunity to learn about the exemplary education offered at our nation’s service academies, the application process, and career paths available after graduation. The forum is free and open to the public with no advance registration required. The date, time, and location of the event are as follows:
DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014
TIME: 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Registration opens at 7:30 A.M. and
visitors are encouraged to stay
as long as they wish
LOCATION: Mountain View College
4849 W. Illinois Ave
Building E: Performing Arts Center
Dallas, Texas 75211
The Service Academy Forum is co-hosted by the offices of Congress Members Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Joe Barton (TX-06), Kay Granger (TX-12), Jeb Hensarling (TX-03), Pete Sessions (TX-32), Roger Williams (TX-25), Marc Veasey (TX-33), and Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
Students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from all five U.S. Service Academies – the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy – along with current academy cadets and midshipmen. Also in attendance will be representatives from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC, and staff from congressional offices.The official event flier can be found here. For additional information, please contact Congressman Marchant’s Irving office at 972-556-0162.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) was named a recipient of the Healthcare Leadership Council’s “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” Award. This award recognizes Marchant’s ongoing efforts to promote patient-centered healthcare solutions. Marchant issued the following statement regarding the award.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Healthcare Leadership Council for my work to advance innovative healthcare reforms that improve the quality and lower the cost of care. As the president’s healthcare law continues to hurt our nation, it is critical that we keep fighting to promote patient-centered alternatives that put control of healthcare back in the hands of the American people. I am humbled by this award and thank the Healthcare Leadership Council for their support of my efforts to expand choice and access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.”
The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) is a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare system. HLC is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.
Members of HLC include hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotech firms, health product distributors, pharmacies and academic health centers who envision a quality-driven system that fosters innovation. HLC members advocate measures to increase the cost-effectiveness of American healthcare by emphasizing wellness and prevention, care coordination, and the use of evidence-based medicine, while utilizing consumer choice and competition to elevate value.
Today, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) voted to pass the SIMPLE Fairness Act (H.R. 4118), a bill that would delay Obamacare’s tax penalty for individuals and families. The bill passed the House 250-160. Marchant issued the following statement after the vote:
“The president’s healthcare law is having damaging impacts on all Americans – not just employers. Millions have had their health insurance canceled, lost access to their personal doctors, and are seeing a spike in their health insurance premiums. It is unacceptable that individuals and families must also face Obamacare’s excessive tax penalty while businesses get a unilateral reprieve from the president.
“Many of my constituents are struggling to overcome the same burdens of Obamacare that are hurting employers. Individuals and families deserve equal treatment under the law and equal protection from the healthcare law’s damaging impacts. This is exactly what I voted to provide today.”
Today, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal:
“I am disappointed in the President’s budget proposal. It misses a golden opportunity to put forward a serious plan to address our country’s anemic economy. The President’s budget would increase spending next year by $100 billion, raise taxes by $1.7 trillion, and add $8.3 trillion to our national debt over the budget window.
“The tax and spend policies offered by the President are what have led our country to low growth, high and sustained long-term unemployment, a squeezed middle class, and an escalating debt of $17 trillion. The budget also has nothing to say about protecting and strengthening entitlement programs for seniors and future generations.
“Americans deserve a responsible, balanced, and fiscally sustainable budget to bring about economic growth and job creation. The President’s budget, which was a month past the statutory deadline and the fifth time in six years that he has missed the deadline, is instead full of half-baked policies that serve primarily as a campaign document rather than a serious plan to get our nation’s fiscal house in order. The result is an unserious document and unfair to taxpayers.”
Today, the House passed the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act (H.R. 3865) by a vote of 243-176. This bill would prevent the administration from finalizing proposed regulations that significantly restrict the ability of certain social welfare groups to organize and educate the public. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a cosponsor of the bill, issued the following statement after the vote.
“I voted today to prevent the administration from legalizing the systematic targeting of conservatives. While the administration claims the proposed rule change is needed to clarify confusion, it is clear these rules do not apply equally to all social welfare organizations and are an attempt to drive conservative groups out of business. This is unacceptable. My constituents, especially those who were personally targeted by the IRS, deserve a fair and thorough investigation – as is currently being conducted by the Ways and Means Committee – and equal treatment under the law. This is exactly what I will continue to fight for.”
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released the following statement in response to the tax reform discussion draft by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp.
“The Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp made a significant step forward to providing a simpler, flatter, and fairer tax code for all Americans. Chairman Camp’s tax reform plan lowers taxes, closes loopholes, and leads us into a future of greater fairness, economic growth, and opportunity.
“My constituents know the tax code is broken and they, as all Americans, deserve a plan of action to simplify the code. The discussion draft released today brings us closer to making the tax system fairer and easier to understand. Chairman Camp’s plan is a common sense attempt to provide tax relief for hardworking taxpayers, create more jobs, and jumpstart the economy.
“As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I applaud Chairman Camp for his leadership on reforming the broken tax code. I look forward to hearing feedback from my constituents in Texas as we continue working to fix the tax code for our country.”
Click here to learn more about the discussion draft.
“America’s high-tech sector is an innovation powerhouse and one of the fasting growing elements of global trade. By plugging into international markets, America experienced high-tech export growth in 32 states between 2011 and 2012. Texas now exports more high-tech products – at a value of $45.1 billion in 2012 – than any other state in the country. One key tech hub of that growth is Dallas-Fort Worth, the area I am fortunate to represent in Congress.
“High-tech exports – from microchips to jet engines – play a crucial role in creating new jobs, growing the most dynamic parts of our economy, and placing America in a leading position to shape the tech-based future. TechAmerica’s report provides evidence of just how the tech sector is benefiting real people and real jobs across our nation.
“While America stands at the cutting edge of tech trade growth, we must continue building an environment in which entrepreneurship, creativity, and open markets freely flourish.”
The Tech Trade in the States 2014 report provides a comprehensive review of international trade of tech goods at the national and state-by-state level. According to the report, U.S. exports of tech goods totaled $204 billion in 2012, growing by $2.7 billion and helping to directly support 1.5 million jobs. The report reveals that Texas ranks at or near the top of every technology export sector examined. Technology exports accounted for 17 percent of all exports from Texas in 2012, above the national average of 13 percent.
The Tech Trade in the States 2014 report can be found here.
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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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Was a privilege to join the Coppell community today at the grand opening of the Coppell Biodiversity Center. http://t.co/5iKi6Otkzk
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