Kenny Marchant

Kenny Marchant


Marchant Honors Eagle Scouts of the 24th District


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) hosted the 11th annual Eagle Scout Ceremony Monday evening at the National Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving. The event gathered 51 Boy Scouts from the 24th Congressional District who attained the rank of Eagle Scout over the past year.

An audience of nearly 300 people gathered to attend the event. Each Eagle Scout was honored for their achievements, and their Eagle Scout Projects were specifically recognized for their contributions to the community. Some of these outstanding projects included renovating public facilities, building playgrounds, creating trails, and constructing kennels for animal shelters.

Congressman Marchant congratulated each scout on their achievement following the acknowledgement of their Eagle Scout Projects.

“Every year I am impressed by the Eagle Scouts in attendance, and this year was no exception. Collectively, these young men contributed hundreds of volunteer hours.” said Congressman Marchant. “The community has benefited from their service, and they will gain from these experiences.”

In addition to the scout recognitions, a keynote speech was provided by former U.S. Congressman LTC (Ret.) Allen West. LTC West addressed the significance of the Boy Scout lessons and applying the values learned through scouting.

“You have to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything,” stated LTC West when speaking about character value.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America program. To achieve this honor, the scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, develop and oversee a community service project, and fulfill a pledge to live according to the Scout oath. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, less than five percent of scouts earn Eagle Scout rank each year.

The honored Eagle Scouts and associated troop numbers are as follows:





Austin Blake - 835

Dyln Brock - 581

Dylan Cauwels - 905

Grayson Bain - 807

Austin Daneman - 835

Ryan Durkee - 874

Brett Chatoney - 4

Vedanta Dasu - 841

Jonathan Dollerson - 574

Joshua Fick - 714

Thomas Hallaron - 700

Mark Jeska - 842

Edward Duda - 753

John Hall - 114

Jacob Muckey - 28

Samir Jiwani - 758

Elliot Hartman - 412

Thomas Kalsch - 787

Stephen Stevko - 937

Michael Quirk - 840

Michael Hoofard - 718

James LaCoste - 876

Sam Taylor - 7

Jackson Stone - 840

Gabriel Isbell - 838

Shawn Merchant - 714

Jack Walker - 28


Jonathan Mackey - 714

Ross Nelson - 753


Nathan Dykstra - 324


James Peters - 822

Christopher Adesanya - 21


Wyatt Hall - 937


Emmanuel Adesanya - 21

Carter Berry - 514

Eric Hart - 168

Nick Boysen - 28

Davis Benn - 606

Hunter Johnson - 340

Simon Meek - 905

John Coyle - 28

Jack Rau - 508


Benjamin Morrison - 700

Mark Hohertz - 26

William Starr - 842

Nicholas Beckett - 387

Ansel Richards - 905

Brendan Hotchkis - 905

Farmers Branch

Andrew Zelewski - 928

Steven McChesney - 905

Grant Russell - 874


Photo album from the ceremony:

2015 Eagle Scout Ceremony


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Marchant Introduces Legislation to Help Texas Seniors and Texas Hospitals


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has introduced H.R. 3288, the Strengthening DSH and Medicare Through Subsidy Recapture and Payment Reform Act. The bill repeals Obamacare’s limit on the amount of subsidy overpayments that can be recovered while also taking steps to reform and strengthen the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment system.

“This legislation recaptures taxpayer dollars lost to Obamacare subsidy overpayments by repealing one of the law’s many flawed provisions,” said Marchant. “The bill then uses a portion of the recaptured funds – which would otherwise go to waste – to help hospitals in Texas and across the country better serve Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, this legislation reforms the DSH payment system to promote a more efficient use of federal funds and encourage hospitals to emphasize quality – not quantity – in their care of the American people.

“I look forward to working with my Ways and Means colleagues to advance the Strengthening DSH and Medicare Through Subsidy Recapture and Payment Reform Act. This bill furthers the effort to completely dismantle Obamacare, supports Texas health care providers, and protects seniors in my district.”

The president’s health care law places a cap on the amount of subsidy overpayments that are allowed to be recouped. This bars the federal government from fully recovering all taxpayer-funded subsidies that are wrongfully paid out. Marchant’s legislation would repeal the cap to recoup all Obamacare subsidy overpayments.

To view a one page summary of H.R. 3288 prepared by the Ways and Means Committee, please click here.

For additional information about the bill’s provisions, please click here.


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Conservative Groups to Congress: Support Marchant's PTC Elimination Act


A coalition of 20 public policy and conservative advocacy organizations signed a letter this week to the House of Representatives urging support of the PTC Elimination Act, legislation by U.S. Congressmen Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Mike Pompeo (KS-04) that would phase out and repeal the renewable energy production tax credit.

“On behalf of the millions of members that our organizations represent, we encourage you to support HR 1901, The PTC Elimination Act,” wrote the organizations, which include Heritage Action for America, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and American Energy Alliance.This is a commonsense bill that protects Americans from the large costs of an out-of-control subsidy. …Should this legislation be included in the end of the year tax extenders package it would be a significant improvement over existing law.”

The coalition’s letter can be viewed here.

The text of the letter is as follows:

Coalition to Congress: Support PTC Elimination Act
July 27, 2015

Dear Representatives,

On behalf of the millions of members that our organizations represent, we encourage you to support HR 1901, The PTC Elimination Act, introduced by Congressmen Marchant and Pompeo earlier this year. This is a commonsense bill that protects Americans from the large costs of an out-of-control subsidy.

This legislation phases out the wind Production Tax Credit and includes several other important provisions. In the short term it reduces the subsidy to make it harder for wind producers to profit while selling electricity at a loss because of the very generous tax benefit (this is called negative pricing). It also repeals the entire statutory framework on December 31, 2025 to ensure the subsidies do not drag out beyond the next decade. Lastly, it includes a sense of Congress that the PTC should not be extended and should remain expired. Effectively this is a true and fair phase out of this subsidy. Should this legislation be included in the end of the year tax extenders package it would be a significant improvement over existing law.

Ending the wind PTC is an important initiative for several reasons. First, it is pro-taxpayer. Since it was created in 1992 taxpayers have sent billions of dollars to large multinational corporations in the wind industry. The last extension alone is estimated to cost taxpayers over $6 billion over the next ten years. Secondly, it is pro-consumer. Since wind is an unreliable source of energy it is often more expensive than other sources of energy. Eliminating the PTC allows the market to decide when wind power makes sense for consumers, and when it doesn't.

The subsidy also kills jobs and stifles innovation. The PTC leads to net destruction of jobs by diverting capital away from projects that make the most financial sense and because wind is a more expensive form of electricity. For example, one study of Spain’s green energy subsidies found that for every 1 green job created, 2.2 jobs were eliminated elsewhere.

Finally, the wind PTC is an essential component of EPA’s regulatory agenda, including the looming carbon rule. EPA regulations are projected to shutter 90 GW of reliable energy by 2020. The EPA is pursuing aggressive regulations of existing power plants that amount to a federal takeover of the electricity system. One of the goals of this regulation is to shift electricity from reliable, low-cost sources like coal toward renewable energy like wind. Without the wind PTC, mandating renewables is a much more difficult task because the true cost of wind is not obscured by a large subsidy. Extending the wind PTC helps enable this federal takeover by the EPA.

As Warren Buffett once said, “On wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” Extending the wind PTC further enriches wealthy wind developers at the expense of the American people. Supporting H.R. 1901, which is pro-consumer, pro-free market, and pro-taxpayer, would finally end this costly wind welfare.


Thomas Pyle, American Energy Alliance
Mike Needham, Heritage Action for America
Brett Gardner, Americans for Prosperity
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks
Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
Matthew Kendrach, 60 Plus Association
George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Sabrina Schaeffer, Independent Women’s Forum
Heather Higgins, Independent Women’s Voice
Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Andrew Moylan, R Street
Marita Noon, Energy Makes America Great
Seton Motley, Less Government
Kristin Fecteau, Campaign to Free America
Horace Cooper, Project 21
Tom Brinkman, Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes


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Marchant Votes to Deny Funding for Sanctuary Cities


Today, the House voted 241-179 to pass H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement upon voting to pass H.R. 3009:

“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.


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Marchant Presses Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Reimbursement Disparity for Texas DSH Hospitals


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.


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HEARING ADVISORY: Ways & Means Health Subcommittee to Examine Medicare Payment Issues, Access to Care


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.


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Marchant Demands Investigation into Planned Parenthood


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

Kenny Marchant
Member of Congress


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Marchant Rallies Support for Kate's Law


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.”


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Marchant Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal


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.”


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Dallas Morning News: <i>Texas named best place to make a living in 2015</i>


Texas named best place to make a living in 2015

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, 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.

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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.

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