Kenny Marchant

Kenny Marchant


Marchant Votes ‘No’ on Resolution Continuing Funding for Planned Parenthood


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) voted today in opposition to H.R. 719, government funding legislation that also contained funding for Planned Parenthood. Marchant, a long-time advocate for defunding Planned Parenthood, was one of a number of pro-life members who pledged to oppose this resolution if it contained any funding for Planned Parenthood.

“We have a responsibility to taxpayers and the American people to thoroughly investigate Planned Parenthood’s unconscionable practices,” said Marchant “While Congress works to get answers, I don’t support giving a single taxpayer dollar to an organization that allegedly dismembers unborn children and sells their organs for profit. That’s why I voted against the resolution that was before the House today.

“There are over 13,000 federally qualified health centers nationwide – 732 of which are in Texas – that offer more comprehensive women’s health coverage than Planned Parenthood. We should be providing support to these clinics and hospitals instead of an organization that’s under investigation for blatant criminal behavior. Yet, when this option was on the table, President Obama and Senate Democrats refused to even allow it to come up for a vote. They chose to protect Planned Parenthood rather than the lives of innocent unborn children.

“As a committed pro-life conservative, I believe we must stand strong in defense of the right to life. We have to keep pushing to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for its appalling actions.”

Marchant has personally demanded investigations by the Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service into Planned Parenthood’s alleged criminal actions. His letter calling for these investigations can be found here.


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The Hill: House bill targets student loan marriage penalty


House bill targets student loan marriage penalty

By Bernie Becker
Published September 29, 2015

A House Republican has introduced legislation to combat what he called the marriage penalty for married couples with student loan debt. 

Rep. Kenny Marchant's bill would double the amount of student loan debt interest that married couples filing jointly can deduct from their taxes, from $2,500 to $5,000. 

Currently, married couples have to choose the "married filing separately" status to both get the $2,500 deduction.

"Raising the cap to $5,000 for married couples with student loan debt makes equitable sense and it provides stronger incentives toward higher education, marriage, and financial independence," Marchant said. 

"With student loan debt putting increasing pressure on our economy, let's stop penalizing married households and start helping young American families build a stronger future."


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Marchant, Ways and Means Take Action to Dismantle Obamacare


Today the Ways and Means Committee, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, advanced budget reconciliation legislation that would repeal five significant portions of Obamacare. These include: the employer mandate, individual mandate, medical device tax, “Cadillac” tax, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

“The president’s health care law has been a catastrophic mistake since the first day it was forced onto the American people,” said Marchant. “Out-of-pocket costs are increasing, choice and access are being restricted, and hardworking Americans are losing their jobs and having their hours and wages cut. Meanwhile, middle-class families in my district and across the nation are paying higher taxes for a system that denies them the ability to keep the health plan and doctor of their choice.

“The legislation I helped advance with my Ways and Means colleagues today will tear down five parts of Obamacare that are causing tremendous harm to seniors, families, and employers. The bill repeals the individual and employer mandates, two harmful taxes, and IPAB – the president’s unaccountable Medicare rationing panel. This legislation alone renders the president’s health care law inoperable. But, when combined with other reconciliation bills being advanced by House committees this week, Obamacare would be reduced to rubble. That’s the bill Congress must send to the president.”

“Using budget reconciliation is a way to put legislation dismantling Obamacare onto the president’s desk, which is a crucial step toward clearing the way for patient-focused solutions. I remain fully committed to repealing Obamacare and will keep fighting to tear it down piece-by-piece if that’s what it takes.”

For more information about the Obamacare provisions repealed by the Ways and Means Committee’s reconciliation bill, please click here.


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Marchant Introduces Bill Promoting Tax Fairness for Married Households with Student Loan Debt


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has introduced H.R. 3623, the Fairness and Opportunities for Married Households with Student Loans Act. The bill would end the marriage penalty in the student loan interest tax deduction by raising the cap on this deduction from $2,500 to $5,000 for married couples filing jointly.

Marchant issued the following statement announcing the bill’s introduction:

“Student loan debt is a crushing financial burden that is making it more difficult for young Americans to build a secure and successful middle class life. This is both a personal hardship and a national economic issue because it can discourage Americans from starting a family, becoming homeowners, and saving for retirement. Making matters worse is the marriage penalty in the student loan interest deduction. That’s why I have introduced the Fairness and Opportunities for Married Households with Student Loans Act.

“Currently, an individual can deduct up to $2,500 in interest paid on his or her student loans, but this cap doesn’t increase for married couples filing jointly. As a result, married couples are only eligible for a $2,500 deduction even if both spouses have their own individual academic debts. This is not fair. A large amount of one’s student loan debt does not disappear upon getting married, and neither should the amount available in much-needed student loan interest tax relief.

“Raising the cap to $5,000 for married couples with student loan debt makes equitable sense and it provides stronger incentives toward higher education, marriage, and financial independence. With student loan debt putting increasing pressure on our economy, let’s stop penalizing married households and start helping young American families build a stronger future.”

The legislative text of the Fairness and Opportunities for Married Households with Student Loans Act can be found here.

To read a one-page summary of the bill, please click here.


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Marchant Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood


Today the House voted 241-187 to pass H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The legislation, which was cosponsored by U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), would remove all federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year while Congress investigates the organization’s alleged trafficking of human organs harvested from unborn children.

“As a committed pro-life conservative, I believe we must protect the lives of innocent unborn children and I voted to do that today,” said Marchant “Revelations over these past months demonstrate an unconscionable disregard for human life by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. This organization does not deserve a single cent from taxpayers while under Congressional investigation for dismembering unborn children and selling their organs for profit. Instead, these resources should be directed to the more than 13,000 health centers nationwide – 732 of which are in Texas – that offer more comprehensive women’s health coverage than Planned Parenthood.

“While President Obama has threatened to veto this bill, I would urge him to remember that the unborn children described in the Planned Parenthood videos are at a late stage of development and can feel the brutal acts performed on them. The president needs to withdraw his veto threat and recognize what turning a blind eye to such acts and even funding them says about our nation’s values and priorities. This is about fundamental human dignity and respect for the precious gift of life.”

In addition to passing H.R. 3134, the House voted 248-177 to pass H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill, which Marchant also cosponsored, would require that health care professionals exercise the proper care to save the lives of children who survive abortions. Violation of the bill’s requirements would result in criminal penalties, including the possibility of prison time.

Marchant has personally demanded investigations by the Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service into Planned Parenthood’s alleged criminal actions. His letter calling for these investigations can be found here.


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Ways and Means Advances Legislation Providing Tax Certainty


Today the Ways and Means Committee, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant is a member, advanced five bills that would make permanent a number of important, long-standing tax credits for families, small businesses, and teachers.

“We cannot bring lasting strength to the American economy with a tax code that denies working families and small businesses the certainty they need to plan for the future, save, and invest,” said Marchant. “Tax uncertainty is a plague on our economy, but there is a cure – permanence. That’s what is provided by the legislation I helped advance with my colleagues today. These tax relief measures bring greater simplicity and certainty to our tax code. This, in turn, will help the American families, teachers, and businesses who give life to the U.S. economy. As we continue working to fix our broken tax code, I will keep pushing to deliver the tax certainty that Texans of my district deserve and depend on.”

In addition to the five tax relief bills, the Ways and Means Committee also advanced two bills that would dismantle portions of Obamacare. All seven of the bills considered today can be found here.


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WAYS & MEANS ADVISORY: Committee to Consider Tax Relief Legislation


This week the Ways and Means Committee, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will meet to consider several bills that preserve and strengthen important tax credits for families and small businesses.

The Committee meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.

The legislation scheduled to be under consideration is as follows:

H.R. 2061: EACH Act

H.R. 1270: Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2015

H.R. 2940: Educator Tax Relief Act of 2015

H.R. 765: Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act

H.R. 2510: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation

H.R. 961: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the subpart F exemption for active financing income

H.R. 1430: Permanent CFC Look-Through Act of 2015

To view this meeting advisory on the Ways and Means website, please click here.


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Marchant Statement in Remembrance of Those Lost in 9/11 Attacks


U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) released the following statement in remembrance of those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

“Today our nation mourns the loss of every father, mother, friend, and family member who was taken from us on September 11, 2001. We remember the incredible bravery and sacrifice of our first responders. We reflect on the strength and unity it took for our nation to rebuild after the deadliest attack in our history.

“While 9/11 will forever symbolize one of America’s most painful moments, it will also shine as a brilliant demonstration of the bond that holds our nation together. A clear message was sent to all who wish to do us harm: the American spirit will never be broken. This is what we say to those who wish us harm today, and it is what ensures that evil and extremism will never succeed in destroying our core values of freedom and liberty.

“America will never forget the loved ones we lost to terrorism on 9/11. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who still hurt and our men and women in uniform who fight to keep us safe. This nation will remain forever united in the blessings we share as Americans and the many sacrifices made to preserve our freedom.”


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Marchant Votes to Reject Iran Deal


Today, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) voted in opposition to H.R. 3461, which would approve the administration’s Iran nuclear deal. Additionally, Marchant supported the passage of H.R. 3460, which would strip the president of authority to lift sanctions on Iran:

“The administration’s Iran nuclear deal is a disastrous agreement that will have irreversible consequences for the United States, our allies, and the stability of the Middle East,” said Marchant. “Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and a sworn adversary of our nation for over 35 years. Granting Iran billions in permanent sanctions relief and easing restrictions on its nuclear program are not going to change its attitudes toward America and Israel. It will only give the Iranian regime greater means to act on its animosity. The House has voted resoundingly against approving this deal and giving the president any authority to lift sanctions. The Senate must do the same.”

H.R. 3461 failed by a vote of 162-269.

H.R. 3460 passed by a vote of 247-186.


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Ways and Means Advances Marchant Bill to Help Reduce National Debt


The Ways and Means Committee today advanced H.R. 3442, the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act, by a vote of 22-14. Authored by U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), this legislation would establish a more credible framework for debt reduction by bringing greater accountability, transparency, and discipline to the debt limit process.

Marchant issued the following statement on the Committee’s advancement of H.R. 3442:

“The Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act is a tough but fair framework to rein-in our national debt by strengthening accountability and transparency in the debt limit process. It’s about putting our national debt under a microscope for all Americans to examine, and finding debt reduction solutions to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.

“While I'm pleased H.R. 3442 was advanced by the Committee today, it was disappointing that every Democrat in the room voted against moving the bill forward and holding Washington more accountable for what it borrows and spends. Leaving our $18 trillion national debt on auto-pilot is not sustainable. We need to deal with it head on using measures that will allow us to retire the debt responsibly before it’s too late.”

The video recording of Marchant’s opening statement during today’s markup can be found here. Below are Marchant’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

I reintroduced this bill with a simple aim: to add more accountability and less disruption to the debt limit process. And, importantly, to return the focus to finding debt reduction solutions.

Members of this Committee know that the national debt stands at $18 trillion. They also know the federal debt is at a higher percentage point now than at any point in U.S. history except a brief period around World War II. If current law remains unchanged, the CBO projects federal debt held by the public would exceed 100 percent of revenues in 25 years. This cannot be sustained.

This legislation provides an opportunity to take an early and clear-eyed assessment of the debt well before even reaching the statutory debt limit – which was reached earlier this year in March.

In advance of the statutory debt limit, the Treasury Secretary – whether Republican or Democrat – would report to this Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on three items.

First, the Secretary would report on a comprehensive account of the national debt, future debt projections, and the Administration’s plans to meet future debt obligations.

Second, the Secretary would provide proposals on how to reduce the debt in the short, medium, and long-term; and proposals, if there are any, to alter the debt-to-GDP ratio. The Secretary would also provide projections of fiscal health to major entitlement programs and the impact an increased debt would have on government spending and debt service.

Third, if an Administration requests multiple debt limit increases, the Secretary would submit a “Progress Report” as a status update on prior debt reduction proposals.

All of the reports would be made available to the public in one central location. This way the American people can also be informed, in detail, on the nation’s debt.

The national debt is a shared responsibility, and it will take a shared executive-legislative approach to stabilize and reduce the nation’s debt. We can’t afford to put the $18 trillion debt on auto-pilot any longer. Let’s deal with it head on, well in advance of crisis-related deadlines, and find responsible measures to retire the debt before it’s too late.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I yield back.


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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.

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