Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after voting in opposition to the House’s short-term government funding resolution:
“I voted against the House’s short-term government funding resolution because it contained a number of extraneous provisions unrelated to Congress’ duty to fund the government. For example, the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank was attached to the bill. I have voted against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank in the past and believe it should have been considered as a stand-alone provision, not approved through inclusion in a government funding resolution. Next time Ex-Im’s charter is up for renewal, the Bank must be forced to stand on its own and come to a vote only after its reauthorization is fully debated before the American people.
“The American people deserve funding resolutions that keep government spending at efficient and accountable levels. Unfortunately, this is not what came before the House. Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for a straightforward budgeting process with no gimmicks. The House’s power of the purse should not be used as a mechanism for pushing through unrelated items.”
Today, the House voted 333 – 92 to pass the Federal Reserve Transparency Act (H.R. 24), a bill requiring a full audit of the Federal Reserve System and Board of Governors. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a cosponsor of the bill, issued the following statement upon its passage:
“The Federal Reserve Board of Governors holds immense powers to set monetary policies that can make or break our economy, yet the American people are offered little insight into its decisions. Today I voted to change that. By requiring a full audit of the Federal Reserve banking system and its Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act would finally allow Congress and the American people to get an in-depth look at the Fed’s balance sheet and actions.
“As a cosponsor of this bill, I was pleased to see it pass the House with such wide support. I call on the Senate to immediately take up this important legislation and join our efforts to bring real transparency to the Federal Reserve System. Those with vast power to affect the long-term health of the United States economy must always be open and accountable to the American people.”
Today, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) took to the House floor to call for support of his recently introduced Verified and Legitimate ID (VALID) Act, a bill to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from accepting Notice to Appear forms as legitimate personal ID for clearing airport security:
"Mr. Speaker, I have introduced legislation to prohibit TSA from accepting Notice to Appear forms as valid I.D. for clearing airport security.
"Notice to Appear forms summon illegal immigrants to present themselves for removal hearings. They contain no real security features and can easily be forged.
"After first denying it to the press, TSA admitted to me that they were giving illegal immigrants special leeway by accepting Notice to Appear forms. This defies common sense.
"Those who violate our laws should never be held to a lower security standard than law-abiding citizens. It is a serious security risk. It is unfair to honest Americans. It must stop now.
"I call on all my colleagues to support this legislation. TSA must stop giving illegal immigrants special treatment."
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement:
“The September 11, 2001 attacks left deep wounds that will never fully heal for all those who lost loved ones and for our nation as a whole. Today we mourn every man, woman, and child that was taken from us and honor their legacies. We remember the remarkable courage and sacrifice of our first responders. We reflect on incredible strength and unity it took to rebuild.
“Thanks to the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women and the hard work of our intelligence community, we have taken great strides to eradicate the evil we came face-to-face with on this day 13 years ago. Despite this progress, terrorist extremists took four more Americans from us on September 11, 2012 when they attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Now they are working to further their violent ideology and intimidate our nation through additional acts of brutality. They will not succeed.
“While 9/11 will forever symbolize America’s darkest hour, it will also shine as a brilliant illustration of the unwavering bond that holds our nation together. A clear message was sent to all who wish to do us harm that the American spirit will never be broken. This is the message we send to those who threaten us today. We will never forget all the loved ones we lost to acts of terrorism and will forever remain united by the sacrifices made to secure and preserve the freedom of this great nation.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today introduced the Verified And Legitimate ID (VALID) Act, a bill to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from accepting Notice to Appear forms as valid personal identification for clearing airport security. Marchant, a member of the Border Security Caucus, issued the following statement upon introducing the bill:
“In response to my questioning, TSA has admitted to me that they allow illegal immigrants to use Notice to Appear forms as valid personal identification for clearing airport security. Notice to Appear forms contain no real security features, no photo, and could easily be forged or manipulated. TSA should not consider a document like this to be a valid form of ID for any person, much less someone that has been caught entering our nation illegally.
“By prohibiting TSA from accepting Notice to Appear forms as legitimate identification, my bill would strengthen airport security measures and stop TSA from giving illegal immigrants special leeway. I call on all my colleagues to support the VALID Act and join me in fighting for greater safety and fairness at our nation’s airports. Those who violate our laws should never be held to a lower security standard than law-abiding citizens.”
A Notice to Appear form (Form I-862) is a summons that orders someone caught in the United States illegally to present themselves in court for removal proceedings. An example Notice to Appear form can be found here.
TSA confirmed their acceptance of these forms as valid personal identification for illegal immigrants after Marchant pressed them for answers on the issue. The TSA response letter can be found here.
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TSA Admits Lying About Illegal Aliens
Flying Without Proper ID
The TSA continued to deny Darby's allegations. The agency said in a statement to multiple news outlets, "These reports are false. A Notice to Appear, issued by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), is not an acceptable form of ID at the TSA checkpoint."
Reacting to the TSA's letter, Border Patrol agent Garza told Breitbart Texas, "Ross Feinstein and the TSA higher ups should apologize to the NBPC and to Brandon Darby for reporting the truth. ... The men and women of the Border Patrol reported this very serious situation directly to the TSA managers at the Laredo International Airport, but their concerns were ignored by the TSA. Soon after that, the NBPC was notified by Border Patrol agents of what was taking place at the Laredo International Airport and how the TSA was allowing illegal aliens to board planes with only a Notice to Appear and without verifiable identification."
He continued, "The NBPC informed the American public of this very serious situation through a news article with Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby. If anyone is saying the truth, it is the men and women of the Border Patrol, the NBPC and reporter Brandon Darby for reporting the truth."
"If the TSA and Ross Feinstein were allowed to continue lying to the American Public, it could have resulted in the next terrorist attack on American soil. We hope that terrorists did not enter our country while TSA was violating these security protocols and while Ross Feinstein continued to deny their actions," Garza said. "Shame on Ross Feisnten and the TSA for lying to the American Public and for saying that border patrol agents, the NBPC and Brandon Darby were liars."
The most recent incident is not the first time that the Department of Homeland Security has publicly attacked Darby and the NBPC. On June 4th Breitbart Texas' Managing Director Brandon Darby broke the news that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would be relocating illegal immigrants from Texas to California. Within moments of that story being published, the official Twitter account of the San Diego CBP tweeted at Darby, insisting the report was “erroneous” and asking for it to be removed from the internet.
Days later the San Diego CBP deleted the tweet from their official account. Subsequent reports, outlining plans to fly immigrants to Southern California, proved CBP had indeed planned the relocation all along.
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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BY MARTY SABOTA
IRVING — Congressman Kenny Marchant, who represents the 24th Congressional District — which includes Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake among other districts — recently hosted the 10th annual Eagle Scout Ceremony where a record was set.
The Aug. 7 event gathered a record 72 Boy Scouts from the district who attained the rank of Eagle Scout over the past year.
The ceremony, which was held at the National Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, was structured to highlight each Scout by providing them the opportunity to describe their Eagle Scout project to their peers, Scout leaders and family members.
Nearly 300 people attended.
Projects included renovating public buildings, assisting the homeless, public landscaping and retiring thousands of American flags through the proper ceremonial procedure.
Marchant, who represents cities in Northeast Tarrant County and Northwest Dallas County, congratulated each Scout on his achievement following each Eagle Scout project presentation.
“I was honored to recognize over 70 new Eagle Scouts at our largest event to date,” the congressman said. “Each Eagle Scout made a special presentation about their contributions to the community and then was recognized of their achievement. I am very proud of them.”
Bill Steele, director of the National Eagle Scout Association, joined the ceremony as keynote speaker. He congratulated the Eagle Scouts on their distinction and spoke about the value of their achievement.
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 included 16 from Grapevine, eight from Southlake and four from Colleyville.
Colleyville: Joseph Campbell II, Troop 4; Brian Lang, Troop 98; Alec Reuter, Troop 905; and Luke Sheppard, Troop 28.
Grapevine: Adam Alexander, Troop 1905; Nik Bacon, Troop 700; George Carson, Troop 700; Tom Cassady, Troop 4; Alvin Christensen, Troop 240; Joshua Copeland, Troop 7; Connor Croak, Troop 740; Cole Deters, Troop 700; John Failor, Troop 7; Alex Luce, Troop 700; Michael Obenhaus, Troop 28; Dillon Rathman, Troop 905; Ryan Roop, Troop 845; Mark Swope, Troop 928; Nick Walker, Troop 28; and Sawyer, Troop 28.
Southlake: Austin Brannon, Troop 937; Michael Dachniwsky, Troop 928; Austin Hintze, Troop 700; Connor McTaggart, Troop 928; Brooks Ragsdale, Troop 928; Paxton Riney, Troop 7; Nolin Wheeler, Troop 928; and Colton Williams, Troop 928.
Of those, three were from Grapevine’s historic Troop 7: Riney, Failor and Copeland.
Those Scouts were among nine teenage Scouts and three adult leaders from Troop 7 who recently completed a twelve day, 100-plus mile hiking adventure through the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range at the world’s largest youth camp — Philmont Scout Ranch.
Bill Norton, Scoutmaster of Troop 7, said it was a fun trip that added to the troop’s decades of memories.
“Last year, we celebrated 100 years of Scouting for possibly one of the first chartered Scout troops west of the Mississippi,” Norton said.
On the recent excursion to New Mexico, the crew climbed thousands of feet high up steep mountains, slipped down mud-caked valleys in torrential rain and braved bears, mountain lions and other hazardous wildlife.
They carried more than 40 pounds of gear on their backs.
Life Scout Lane Tschirhart of Troop 7 wrote about their adventure.
“After making the two-day drive to the camp’s location in Cimarron, N.M., the troop began packing all the supplies, including tents, pots, clothes, sleeping bags and several gallons worth of water into large hiking backpacks for the journey,” Tschirhart said.
The Scouts would wake around 5:30 a.m. every day, break down camp and begin a hike that usually ranged between six and 12 miles.
The troop often stopped for rock climbing, fly-fishing, tomahawk throwing, shooting and other educational activities, he said.
They mostly ate beef jerky, energy bars, crackers and other dehydrated food and would boil water to cook rice, beans and spaghetti.
After hiking into one campsite staffed by Philmont personnel, they were surprised with a chuck wagon chili dinner with peach cobbler.
“At night the troop would stuff their food, toiletries, Gatorade-carrying water bottles and other smellables into bags and hang them from trees so that bears did not raid the camp and steal their food,” Tschirhart said.
Troop 7 also participated in a conservation project that helped preserve Philmont’s trails from falling into disrepair.
Among the peaks the troop climbed were the Tooth of Time — Philmont’s iconic rock formation — and Mount Phillips, which was the tallest mountain the crew climbed at 11,742 feet above sea level.
“While climbing up the steep switchbacks to Lookout Peak, a sudden rainstorm broke out and soaked everyone,” Tschirhart said. “At one point, lighting struck dangerously close to the open meadow the boys were crossing. “
On the way back to base camp, they had to cross two flash floods that were running over the trail.
“There was no way around, so a few boys crossed and held onto a rope to keep the other boys from being swept away by the water,” Tschirhart said. “By using teamwork, the boys made sure that not only their own group, but other Troops from Dallas, Seattle and other cities crossed safely.”
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Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today introduced the Taxpayer Identity Theft Prevention and Enforcement Act (H.R. 5236) that would add certain tax-related crimes to the definition of aggravated identity theft in order to stem the tide in taxpayer identity theft and prevent future fraud. By strengthening the enforcement tools available to prosecute taxpayer fraud, including the potential for increased prison sentences, this legislation provides a clear and credible deterrent to tax-related identity theft.
“The growing problem of tax-related identity theft has a corrosive effect on its victims and the honest taxpayers that unjustly foot the bill. This must change. My legislation strengthens identity theft protection and instills real consequences for those who defraud American taxpayers.
“A U.S. Treasury audit released last September found that ‘billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds continue to be paid’ as a result of identity theft. The Treasury’s inspector general said that if the problem is not stopped, the IRS could issue $21 billion in fraudulent refunds in the next five years.
“To combat the growing problem of tax-related identity theft, I have introduced legislation that adds certain tax-related provisions to the aggravated identity theft statute that include conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims; the filing of false, fictitious or fraudulent claims; and conspiracy to commit offense against or to defraud the United States. By enhancing the criminal deterrent against those who commit tax-related identity theft, fraud can be reduced and scammers will pay a meaningful price for committing such a crime.
“American taxpayers, many of whom fall victim to tax-related identity theft and face enormous financial and emotional tolls, deserve to be fully protected.”
American taxpayers are increasingly victims of identity theft. A November 2012 report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that tax-related identity theft increased from 47,730 recorded incidents in 2008 to 641,690 recorded incidents in 2012. In just the first six months of last year, 1.6 million taxpayers were affected by identity theft, according to an audit by the Treasury Department’s inspector general.
A PDF version of the Taxpayer Identity Theft Prevention and Enforcement Act can be found here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding his recent visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas:
“America is facing a real crisis at our border. In the past ten months, more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught crossing the southern border. That’s double the amount during the same period the previous year. The Border Patrol now estimates the number could reach 90,000 by the end of September. Without immediate action, more lives of unaccompanied children will be placed at risk and more illegal immigrants, human smugglers, and drug cartels will attempt to enter and stay in our country.
“I have just recently returned from visiting one of the most highly trafficked areas of human smuggling in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Let me explain some of my thoughts on what I saw and what action needs to be taken.
“First, the dramatic influx of illegal immigrants is placing severe strains on our local communities, state agents, and federal resources. Once the illegal immigrants are apprehended, many willingly so, they quickly seek social protection (food, shelter, health care, etc.) and legal assistance to stay. America is a welcoming country, but those who come illegally should not be given a special pathway to residency or citizenship merely because they show up at the border. Aside from breaking U.S. law, this is not fair to American taxpayers or those who have legitimately applied to come to the U.S. and contribute to society.
“Second, Border Patrol agents spoke of a widespread perception from illegal immigrants that the U.S. had relaxed its immigration policies under President Obama and would grant permission – and de facto amnesty – to remain in the country. I saw hundreds of illegal immigrants, many of them young children, who risked their own safety to pursue the false promise of amnesty. We need to put an end to the so-called 'catch and release' system for minors and instead provide a legal return to their home countries within days of their apprehension.
“Third, I remain convinced that simply throwing billions of dollars toward the border will not fix the crisis. As I have stated before, the president’s request of $3.7 billion is not a serious solution. A new Congressional Budget Office analysis found that just $25 million of the money the president requested would actually be spent this fiscal year, which indicates he is not placing a priority on action to protect our border. Instead, most of this money is earmarked for the legal assistance of those who have already entered our nation illegally rather than preventing more from doing the same. Let me be clear: any permanent solution must first send an unequivocal message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated in the United States.
“For these reasons, I fully support Governor Perry’s deployment of the Texas National Guard at our southern border. There is no higher priority than tackling the massive influx of illegal immigration and drug smuggling flooding into Texas. If we’re going to truly secure our border, we need to clamp down on illegal entries with a swift, firm, and humanitarian response that utilizes all appropriate resources. The National Guard has a long history of supporting our local communities in humanitarian relief efforts, and I commend their service in this time of need.
“Fourth, any additional federal funding should be tied to a permanent border security solution. U.S. law already allows for quick return of illegal immigrants to Mexico and Canada. Given the vast numbers of new illegal immigrants coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, it only makes sense that U.S. policy equally apply to the primary region, Central America, of illegal immigrants. The president said he would ask for such a change in conjunction with his funding request but, ultimately, pulled his support to cater to the wishes of his political supporters. Funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, should also be cut off.
“The most inhumane thing to do is to let the children languish in makeshift facilities and entice more kids to make the perilous journey under the false prospect of amnesty. The president must enforce our nation’s laws with an orderly return of those to their home countries. This can and should be achieved in diplomatic conjunction between the U.S. and the respective foreign government. The U.S. should further work with governments in Central America to send a clear message that we will send immigrants home if they cross the border illegally.
“Amidst all of this, from the time I spent with our nation’s border agents, I can tell you they are doing an incredible job under extremely difficult circumstances. Local, state, and federal enforcement services are working around the clock to monitor and protect the border, and to the extent possible, help process the tens of thousands of children. It is a tough job, and they are performing admirably.
“Ultimately, we will only stop the problem by sending a strong message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated. I will continue to push for the resources Texas needs to secure the border, a quicker process to remove people who should not be here, and realistic measures to prevent illegal entries. It is long past time for action.”
Congressman Marchant joined a Congressional Delegation which included Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), and Michael Conaway (TX-11) to the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. The delegation visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station, the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center, and a boat and aerial tour of the southern border.
Marchant is a member of the Border Security Caucus, a group dedicated to making border security and interior enforcement top national priorities. He has cosponsored legislation that allows for the expedited return of unaccompanied alien children from countries not contiguous to the United States. The bill also provides for diplomatic conjunction with foreign governments to facilitate repatriation.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard to Texas’ southern border:
“I fully support Governor Perry’s call on the Texas National Guard to address the real crisis at our southern border. There is no higher priority than tackling the massive influx of illegal immigration and human smuggling flooding into Texas. If we’re going to truly secure our border, we need to clamp down on illegal entries with a swift, firm, and humanitarian response that utilizes all appropriate resources – including the cooperation of our local and state enforcement agencies.
“Having recently visited the border myself, I remain convinced that simply throwing billions of dollars at the problem will not fix the crisis. Any permanent solution must first send a clear, firm, and unequivocal message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated in the United States. The Texas National Guard has a long history of responding to emergencies in our local communities. I commend their service at our southern border as we work toward a permanent border security solution.”
Congressman Marchant is also a cosponsor of H. Res. 675, a bill supporting the Constitutional authority of the governors of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to deploy their state’s National Guard divisions to assist in securing the nation’s southern border.
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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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Eric Holder is resigning as Attorney General. Long overdue.
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The president has faulted the head of national intelligence, James Clapper, for his administration’s failure to take action against ISIS sooner.
As Attorney General, Eric Holder had a responsibility to enforce our nation’s laws and ensure that those who broke them were held accountable.
Eric Holder is stepping down as Attorney General. Long overdue.
This is exactly why I introduced the “Taxpayer Identity Theft Prevention and Enforcement Act.” There should be far more serious consequences
I was honored to receive the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" from the National Taxpayers Union, which recognizes my "A" rating on votes to promote