Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has joined the Congressional Border Security Caucus – a group of Members who feel that border security and interior enforcement must top national priorities. Marchant issued the following statement on joining the Caucus.
“The current crisis at our southern border comes as a direct result of inadequate border security and weak immigration enforcement. According to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, only 129 miles of the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border are under ‘full control.’ This means that just 6.5 percent of our southern border is adequately protected against illegal immigration, drug traffickers, and national security threats.
“The Border Security Caucus recognizes that our nation is extremely vulnerable right now and – at a time when we cannot trust the president to enforce our immigration laws – no changes in immigration policy should even be discussed until our borders are totally secure. I fully agree with this and look forward to joining them in the fight to make border security and interior enforcement top national priorities.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc.
“With today’s ruling, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that overreaching government mandates do not trump the fundamental freedoms guaranteed in our constitution. This is a huge victory for religious liberty. No person of faith – including family business owners – should ever face a penalty from the federal government for seeking to live and work in accordance with their core spiritual convictions.
“Like many of my constituents, I have serious objections to Obamacare’s mandate that forces business owners and non-profit organizations to provide insurance coverage for services that may violate their deeply held religious beliefs. I am very pleased with the Court’s decision today and hope they rule in a similar manner for others who are fighting Obamacare’s infringement on the free exercise of religion.”
Today, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and the Ways and Means Committee met to consider the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393), and the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R. 4935). Marchant issued the following statement after voting to pass both bills out of committee.
“Millions of American families are struggling make ends meet in an economy where their hard-earned paychecks are barely enough to cover the rising costs of everyday essentials. These difficulties are compounded by an unfair, outdated tax code that makes it even harder to provide for a family and put children through college.
“This morning, my Ways and Means colleagues and I took steps to strengthen critical tax provisions that many Americans depend on. With a streamlined education tax credit, parents and students will have greater access to affordable higher education opportunities. A modernized child tax credit will allow Americans to keep more of their take-home pay so they can better manage the high costs of supporting a family.
“I was pleased to see both the bills pass out of the committee today. We must continue pushing for a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that supports all Americans who are working to make life better for their children and families.”
The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing today on the administration’s reported loss of emails critical to the committee’s IRS targeting investigation. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding the hearing.
“Throughout our nearly two-year investigation into the IRS’s political targeting, the administration has consistently changed their narrative and worked to impede our efforts to get the truth. Now they say the computers of Lois Lerner and six others directly involved in the targeting all crashed, and over two years worth of emails from the height of the targeting activity have disappeared. This is extremely questionable in itself. It becomes even harder to believe when we know the White House and IRS have worked for months to keep the lost documents a secret while claiming they would produce all of Lerner’s emails.
“My constituents – especially those who were personally targeted by the IRS – deserve real answers. All they have gotten are excuses. Enough is enough. Today, I pressed the IRS commissioner to exhaust all efforts to recover the lost emails and provide them to Congress as he promised. If he and the administration are unwilling or unable to do so, the Senate must immediately join our efforts to bring in an independent prosecutor to uncover all the facts.”
Additional information regarding today’s hearing can be found here.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) was a featured guest this week on NBC 5’s “Lone Star Politics” television program. Marchant discussed a number of important issues for Texas and the nation, including the next steps in Iraq and border security.
To watch this interview on NBC 5’s website, click here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement on the recent reports of a surge in illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America and Mexico.
“The president has failed to secure our southern border and his lax immigration enforcement policies have all but invited the dramatic spike in illegal crossings, many of whom are children from Central America and Mexico. Since October 1, more than 47,000 children traveling without parents have been caught illegally crossing the southern border, a 92 percent increase over the same period in 2013. As many as 90,000 children are forecasted to illegally enter the U.S. this year without parents or guardians. The upsurge in illegal crossings is placing severe strains on our local communities in Texas, state governments, and federal resources.
“This week, the president requested $2 billion of taxpayer money to go toward the influx of illegal immigrants. I will not support this request. As the current border situation shows, the president has failed to secure the borders, enforce the nation’s immigration laws, or outline a workable plan of action. While the situation is complex as thousands apprehended by the Border Patrol are children, the president must still enforce our nation’s laws with an orderly return of those to their home countries. This can and should be achieved with the utmost humanity, swiftness, and firmness, all in diplomatic conjunction between the U.S. government and the respective foreign government. The most inhumane thing to do is to let the children languish in makeshift U.S. facilities and entice more children to illegally cross the border under the false prospect of amnesty.
“Our nation welcomes those who want to work hard, contribute to society, and play by the rules – but those who will not should be deterred. We need to secure our borders, enforce the law, and put a stop to illegal immigration.”
Marchant has pressed the Department of Homeland Security for answers on how the Obama Administration's inadequate enforcement of existing immigration laws has contributed to the recent surge of illegal immigrants. Read the letter here.
Today, the House passed the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 by a vote of 426 – 0. This bill would allow thousands of veterans who have been unable to access healthcare services through VA health system to obtain care at non-VA facilities. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement upon passage of the bill.
“According to a recent VA audit, 100,000 veterans throughout the country are currently being forced to endure excruciatingly long wait times for care, and over 57,000 of them are facing waits of 90 days or more for their first appointment. The VA has had the ability for years to offer care outside the system when its own facilities are incapable of providing the services required. As we can see from the massive number of people who still have not received care, the VA clearly failed to utilize this option when our veterans needed it most.
“The bill my colleagues and I unanimously passed today would take immediate steps to give thousands of veterans the relief they’ve been waiting for. The bill also demands that the VA conduct an independent assessment of the system to identify and correct the ongoing problems. The Senate needs to take up and pass this bill as soon as possible so that today’s veterans can get the care they deserve while we work to fix this broken system for the veterans of tomorrow.”
The Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 (H.R. 4810) directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter contracts with non-VA facilities to provide care to veterans who have waited longer than 30 days for healthcare services, live 40 or more miles from a VA healthcare facility, or have been notified that an appointment will not be available within the VA’s wait-time goals.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision to release five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
"While I join the American people in welcoming home a U.S. soldier, I am deeply troubled by how this exchange came about. The President’s unilateral decision to release Taliban leaders holds serious implications for our men and women in uniform, diplomatic and civilian personnel abroad, and national security.
"The President should have never made a deal that benefits the Taliban and jeopardizes the safety of our brave American service members. The United States has always stood firmly against negotiating with terrorists. The prisoner exchange signals a dramatic weakening of this long-standing policy and endangers Americans across the world. This is just plain wrong.
"The Obama administration must account for the circumstances of the Taliban prisoner swap, the cost to other American soldiers – some of whom may have lost their lives searching for Bergdahl – and the security risks of returning high-level Taliban detainees to the front lines. The President must also account for violating the law which requires him to notify Congress 30 days before the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
"I echo the bipartisan sentiments of my colleagues. The Administration must fully account for their decisions to swap Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bergdahl, negotiate with terrorists, and compromise our nation’s security."
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
“While I am grateful to Secretary Shinseki for his years of military service to our nation, his resignation is a necessary step toward greater accountability that I called for weeks ago. The reports we’ve seen from the VA inspector general show that our veterans are being neglected throughout the VA system. We must work identify and hold accountable every person who has perpetuated this cycle of mistreatment and deception.
“Secretary Shinseki leaves behind a multitude of problems that cannot be solved with a simple personnel change. These underlying issues stem directly from the greater failures of a dysfunctional government bureaucracy that has grown far too large and inefficient. We owe it to our veterans to fix this broken system. No man or woman who has served to defend this nation should ever be denied access to the care they have been promised.”
This evening, at Liberty Fest in Farmers Branch, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) gave Geneva Burks formal recognition as a WWII veteran for the very first time. Mrs. Burks, a resident of Coppell, Texas, served as a nurse in the Navy Nursing Corps during WWII but, upon getting married, was forced to leave the Navy due to a policy at that time which prohibited married women from serving as active nurses. Although her discharge was honorable, she was never issued an Honorable Discharge Certificate. For nearly 70 years, this has prevented Geneva Burks from not only being officially recognized as a WWII veteran, but also from receiving numerous military decorations she earned during her service.
“Upon learning of Geneva’s unique case over one year ago, my office began working to get her the formal recognition she has so rightly deserved for decades,” said Marchant. “After months of hard work, we were recently able to acquire her signed and approved Honorable Discharge Certificate from Navy Personnel Command leadership. My office then went on to successfully retrieve the World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, and Honorable Service Button she earned during her service to our nation in a time of great need. I was incredibly humbled to have thousands of North Texans join me in honoring Geneva Burks with the awards and recognition she has always deserved but never received.”
Marchant presents Geneva Burks with her Honorable Discharge Certificate
and overdue military decorations at Liberty Fest in Farmers Branch
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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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