U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today called for an immediate halt to the admittance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States. Marchant’s calls come in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and echo similar concerns about shortcomings in the refugee screening process that have been expressed by top national security officials in the Obama Administration.
Below are Marchant’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker: The recent terrorist attack in Paris is a terrible tragedy. Our prayers go out to the victims and their families.
“These heinous crimes and attacks are a reminder of the grave threats facing the United States and our allies. We must stand strong with our international partners to eradicate this evil.
“Here at home, we must ramp up measures to keep the American people safe. That means halting the admittance of any Syrian or Iraqi refugees until we are sure the vetting is airtight. And, right now, it’s not.
“The president’s own security advisors have reinforced this fact. Yet, he is moving full steam ahead with his plan to admit 10,000 refugees over the next year. This is irresponsible.
“Our nation has the most generous refugee policy in the world, but we cannot allow terrorists to exploit our compassion. The safety of the American people must be our number one priority.
“Thank you, I yield back.”
Marchant also voted today to pass H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act. This legislation would significantly enhance security protocols in the refugee screening process and put a moratorium on the admittance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until it is certified to Congress that each individual does not pose a threat to national security.
The American SAFE Act passed by a wide bipartisan margin of 289-137 despite strong opposition from House Democratic leadership and the president threatening to veto the bill.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today introduced H.R. 4062, the Protecting Seniors Access to Proper Care Act. The legislation removes a burdensome and unnecessary Obamacare requirement in order to protect seniors’ access to prescription medications.
“Today I introduced legislation to eliminate a costly Obamacare requirement that will layer more federal red tape onto doctors and threaten seniors’ access to prescription drugs they rely on,” said Marchant. “With the Protecting Seniors Access to Proper Care Act, we can ensure that unnecessary federal regulations will not force Medicare beneficiaries to stop seeing the medical professionals they know and trust. This is a patient-focused solution that shows Congress is serious about restoring individual choice in health care, improving outcomes, and lowering costs. Most importantly, the bill helps protect seniors and their doctors from the harmful impacts of Obamacare as we continue working to dismantle the law in its entirety.”
Under the president’s health care law, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a requirement stating that Medicare will only cover prescription drug costs for Part D beneficiaries if the prescribing health care professional participates in the Medicare program. This would apply to all health care providers, including dentists, optometrists, and a number of others whose prescriptions are often covered under Part D regardless of their participation in Medicare.
Marchant’s legislation would eliminate this requirement to ensure that Part D beneficiaries can continue to access prescription medications from non-Medicare providers.
The PTC Elimination Act this week received its 50th cosponsor. The bill, authored by U.S. Congressmen Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Mike Pompeo (KS-04), would make the tax code simpler, fairer and more competitive through a phase-out and repeal of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, or PTC.
“The PTC no longer serves infant industries learning to compete – now it’s just corporate welfare for the fully mature, multibillion-dollar wind industry,” said Marchant. “Forcing the American people to shoulder this burden any longer is not fair and it is not the way to build a healthier, more competitive economy. Instead, Congress needs to put the American people first and get rid of the deadweight tax handouts that are limiting our nation’s economic potential. That’s the approach taken by the PTC Elimination Act. Now with 50 cosponsors, this bill levels the playing field and saves taxpayers nearly $10 billion over the next decade. If Congress is serious about accomplishing pro-growth tax reform that revitalizes the American economy, it only makes sense to phase out and repeal the PTC.”
“With a skyrocketing $18 trillion debt and an industry that is more than capable of standing on its own, there is no reason why the federal government should continue to subsidize the wind energy industry,” said Pompeo. “After more than two decades and billions of taxpayer dollars, the PTC has become nothing more than a government handout that has caused significant price distortions in wholesale electricity markets that translate into real costs for everyday consumers. If we want a robust economy, we need to end purely political policies that pick winners and losers in the marketplace, burden the American people, and stunt our nation’s economic growth. The PTC Elimination Act enacts positive reforms to do just that – creating jobs, driving economic development, and reducing energy costs for people across the country. It’s time for Congress to repeal the PTC and let wind looters stand on their own two feet.”
The PTC Elimination Act has also been endorsed by a coalition of the nation's largest conservative advocacy and public policy organizations, including Heritage Action for America, American Energy Alliance, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity.
To view full listing of the bill's cosponsors, please click here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding the election of U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) as the Chairman of Ways and Means:
“Being from Texas, Congressman Brady understands that a strong and prosperous economy like that of our great state is built on policies that limit the size of government, lower the tax burden, and promote fiscal responsibility. Couple that with his extensive knowledge and on matters relating to tax, trade, and health care – all of which fall under the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction – and you have exactly the kind of chairman this committee needs. I look forward to working with Chairman Brady to further the priorities of my constituents and promote a stronger American economy.”
In a Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) pressed Dr. Mandy Cohen, Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on the failures of Obamacare’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program.
“Like so many features of Obamacare, the CO-OP program has been a colossal failure and a huge waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Marchant. “Eleven of the 23 insurance plans created under this program have announced they will shut down by the end of the year. What remains to be seen is exactly how many Americans will lose their health coverage as a result. I pressed CMS on this today, but could not get an answer on whether the 400,000 figure that has been reported is the number of people losing coverage or the number of policies being canceled. If it’s policies, that means hundreds of thousands of families and their dependents could be losing coverage.
“The American people also deserve to know if taxpayer funding recovered from the collapsed insurance plans will be returned to the Treasury or poured back into this failed program. CMS could not give me an answer on that either. I eagerly await the administration’s answers to these questions as we continue working to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not wasted on flawed Obamacare initiatives.”
The video recording of Marchant’s exchange with Cohen during today’s hearing can be found here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) took to the House floor today to honor America’s military veterans. Below are Marchant’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, in advance of Veterans Day, I rise to honor all those who have served in defense of our great nation.
“The 24th District of Texas is home to over 38,000 veterans. They come from many walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: They answered the call to serve when our nation was in need.
“As part of my office’s commitment to serving North Texas veterans and their families, we will host our Fourth Annual Veterans Fair this Saturday in Grapevine, Texas.
“This event is dedicated to informing veterans about the programs and services that are available to assist them and their families. It’s also an opportunity for our community to come together and honor our nation’s heroes.
“Thank you to all of our veterans and active military who have put the safety of this nation before their own. We are forever grateful for your service and sacrifice.
“Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”
More about Marchant’s 2015 Veterans Fair can be found at marchant.house.gov/veteransfair.
The Healthcare Leadership Council honored U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today with its “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award. The award recognizes Marchant’s continued support of patient-centered health care solutions.
“I’m honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of Texas’ 24th District to promote innovative and patient-focused health care solutions,” said Marchant. “If we’ve learned anything from Obamacare, it’s that top-down federal mandates increase health care costs, reduce quality, and restrict choice for the American people. Like the Healthcare Leadership Council, I believe we need a patient-centered approach that enhances quality through innovation and competition. I’ll continue pushing to repeal Obamacare and advance solutions that empower the American people instead of the federal government.”
The Healthcare Leadership Council is a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within the American health care system. The Council advocates for a quality-driven approach to health care that emphasizes innovation, choice, and competition as a way to make high-quality care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.
The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, of which U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) is a member, will hold a hearing on the status of Obamacare’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program. Nearly half of the health plans established under this program have announced that they will be forced to shut down by the end of the year.
The hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.
To view the hearing advisory on the Ways and Means website, please click here.
By Rep. Kenny Marchant
Published October 29, 2015
As Congress raises the debt limit this week – this time until March 2017 – wider attention should be focused on replacing the current debt limit system that is prone to excess and crises.
There is good reason to worry about the national debt. U.S. debt stands in excess of $18 trillion. Federal debt held by the public is about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output.
That’s a higher percentage than at any point in American history since just after World War II. If current law remains unchanged, in 25 years the federal debt will exceed 100 percent of GDP, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
This cannot be sustained.
The struggle to rein in the debt is fought partly around the debt limit. Conflicts over the debt limit routinely lead to destabilizing uncertainty, lower growth, and increasingly high and unresolved debt levels. Washington’s chronic crisis management with the debt limit is not just a poor advertisement for America’s full faith and credit; it also hurts our nation’s leadership abroad.
So what should be done with the debt limit?
Some in both parties prefer all-or-nothing. Democrats recently accused Republicans of playing a cynical game with huge economic stakes while, ironically, President Obama refused to even discuss the debt limit unless it was an unconditional debt hike. As a result, no debt limit reforms were agreed upon and our nation’s debt trap has become even more difficult to surmount.
In light of this, I introduced the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which would establish a more transparent, accountable, and timely debt limit framework. Here’s how:
Transparent. Prior to reaching the statutory debt limit, the administration would submit to Congress comprehensive reports on the state of the national debt, composition of the debt, and future debt projections. The administration would also submit proposals to reduce the debt in the short-, medium-, and long-term. This would expand the focus from mere debt limit increase requests to analyzing the comprehensive nature of the debt and finding debt reduction solutions. These reports would be made readily available to the public.
Accountable. As part of requesting a debt limit increase, the Treasury Secretary would be required to testify before Congress about the national debt and the administration’s debt reduction proposals. The Secretary’s testimony and reports on the national debt would instill rigor into the debt limit process and facilitate straightforward discussions about debt management that are tough but fair.
Currently, the Treasury Secretary simply sends a letter to Congress requesting a clean debt limit hike. Unsustainable debt, however, poses too great a challenge to continue on autopilot. The proposed framework would require serious and regular examination of U.S. debt and debt reduction.
Timely. Recent debt limit crises have rattled financial markets and diminished America’s economic standing in the world. Early and strategic assessments of the debt – well before the statutory debt limit – would reduce disruptive uncertainty and allow constructive debate to get a better hold on the debt. Moreover, the framework would require regular progress updates from the administration on debt reduction.
The advantages of this system are self-reinforcing. A transparent, accountable, and timely framework would instill discipline in the debt limit process and give traction to sound economic policies.
Let’s be clear: No American wants to default on the debt. But the desire to avoid default shouldn’t lull anyone into a false sense of security. Nor should it justify kicking the fiscal can further down the road.
We should use all the tools at our disposal to manage the debt responsibly and promote economic stability. The national debt is a shared responsibility, and it will take a shared executive-legislative approach to get it under control.
Passing the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act would be a good start.
Republican Kenny Marchant represents Texas’ 24th District in the U.S. House of
The House today voted to elect U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan as its Speaker. U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding the election:
“I supported Paul Ryan for Speaker today because he was the most conservative candidate. The House needs a leader with an accomplished legislative track record and strong conservative convictions. Having worked closely with Mr. Ryan on the Ways and Means Committee, I have witnessed his commitment to repealing Obamacare, simplifying our broken tax code, and reining-in the size of the federal government. These are major priorities for my constituents and central pillars of a conservative agenda that will move our country forward.
“With today’s vote, Paul Ryan becomes the most conservative Speaker of the House in recent history. He has also committed to making the legislative process more inclusive, transparent, and accountable. This type of conservative leadership is what’s needed to unite House Republicans behind an agenda focused on limited government and economic growth. I look forward to working with Speaker Ryan as I continue fighting for conservative priorities and, most importantly, the people of Texas’ 24th District.”
Legislative analysis performed by National Journal found that Paul Ryan would be the most conservative Speaker of the House in recent history. The study can be found here.
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As a lifelong conservative, Congressman Kenny Marchant is committed to the values of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Congressman Marchant has a strong record of fighting for lower taxes, eliminating wasteful government spending, bringing accountability and transparency to government, supporting free markets and opposing bailouts, securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws, and protecting human life in all its stages.
Congressman Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas on February 23, 1951, and was then raised in Carrollton. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern Nazarene University.
After graduating from Southern Nazarene University, Congressman Marchant started his own construction and home building business. As a small business owner, he was responsible for creating jobs and meeting a regular payroll, an experience that taught him the importance of entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
Congressman Marchant’s commitment to public service led him to run for the Carrollton City Council, where he was elected and served for four years before being elected mayor of Carrollton. After serving two years as mayor of Carrollton, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1986.
As a state representative, Congressman Marchant earned a reputation as a strong conservative leader and consensus-builder. In the Texas House, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to home equity. In 1999, his colleagues elected him Chair of the House Republican Caucus, a position he held for four years.
During his time in the Texas House, Congressman Marchant was named a “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly, “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal League, and “Top Pro-Family Legislator of the Year” by the American Family Association for his consistent record of sponsoring and supporting pro-family legislation.
In 2004, he was elected to represent Texas’ 24th Congressional District. As a member of Congress, he has received numerous honors and awards, including the Center for Security Policy’s “Champion of National Security” Award for his strong record of defending America’s sovereignty, safety, and freedom; the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award for his principled stand against earmarks and excessive government spending; the Club for Growth’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” Award for his consistent record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government; the American Conservative Union’s “Defender of Liberty” Award for his commitment to conservative principles; and the National Federation of Independent Business’ “Guardian of Small Business” Award for his unwavering support for small business.
Congressman Marchant currently serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means. The Ways and Means Committee is often said to be the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction that includes tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Congressman Marchant serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. In the 113th Congress, he was selected by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp to Chair the Tax Reform Working Group on Debt, Equity and Capital as part of the Committee’s effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform.
In addition, Congressman Marchant serves as a senior member on the House Committee on Education and Workforce which handles education, health, workforce, and pension policy. This marks a return to a committee he served on in the 109th and 110th Congresses.
Congressman Marchant is also an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The RSC is a group of House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Marchant and his wife Donna reside in Coppell, Texas. They raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in the 24th District and are proud grandparents of two granddaughters. He is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Nazarene University.
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