Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement in response to the president’s unilateral amnesty that would give legal status to nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants:
“The American people deserve a fair immigration system that complements our national security priorities and is accountable to the democratic process. The unilateral actions announced by the president meet none of these criteria. His executive amnesty disrespects legal immigrants who made the effort to follow the law, forces our border and enforcement agents to disregard their sworn national security responsibilities, and ignores the will of the American people. Put simply, the president’s executive amnesty makes it easier and more rewarding to come here illegally than to abide by our nation’s laws.
“Congress must stand up to the president’s unilateral amnesty. Our constitutional power of the purse is the greatest tool we have. Every legislative mechanism that can defund or stop the president’s amnesty must be considered to protect our nation from the impacts of these irresponsible actions. Not a single taxpayer dollar should go toward implementation of the president’s executive amnesty.
“America welcomes those who work hard, play by the rules, and contribute to our communities. But the foundation of our nation’s success is firmly rooted in the rule of law. This fundamental principle cannot be ignored. The president must work with Congress to promote an immigration system that secures the border, rewards those who follow the law, and punishes those who don’t. Bypassing the will of the American people and the democratic process is never the answer.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant, a member of the Congressional Border Security Caucus, has signed a letter calling on House Appropriators to ensure that no funding for the president’s plan be included in the next government funding resolution. The letter can be found here.
A list of legislation Marchant has cosponsored and actions he has taken to strengthen border security and immigration enforcement can be found here.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the Congressional Border Security Caucus, took the House floor today to urge opposition to the president's pending executive actions that could unilaterally give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Additionally, Marchant addressed the need for an immigration system that is accountable to the American people and the democratic process.
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues against the president’s unilateral amnesty plan.
"Unlike the president’s amnesty, I support an immigration system that is accountable to the American people and the democratic process.
"Like most Americans, I believe immigrants who work hard, play by the rules, and contribute to our communities are good for our country.
"Immigration laws should be properly controlled and strictly enforced. But under President Obama, this is not the case. Just look at the numbers: In 2012 alone, 11.7 million foreign nationals resided in the United States without authorization. Visa overstays are estimated to be up to 57% of that unauthorized population.
"Unilateral amnesty ignores the will of the American people, it is unfair to legal immigrants, and hurts U.S. citizens who are seeking jobs.
"Put simply, those willing to follow the rules should be rewarded and lawbreakers should be punished. The president’s executive amnesty does the exact opposite.
"Thank you, I yield back."
Today, the House passed H.R. 5682, a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, by a vote of 252 – 156. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a long-time advocate for creation of the pipeline, issued the following statement after the vote:
“I have been a strong supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline from the very beginning and was pleased to see its approval pass the House today with bipartisan support. Keystone represents one more valuable tool we can utilize to strengthen our nation’s energy security, reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and lower prices at the pump for American families. Not to mention that it would create thousands of jobs in Texas and across the United States.
“My House colleagues and I have worked for years to advance construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the president and his allies in the Senate have done the exact opposite. Keystone’s approval could finally have its day on the Senate floor next week and stands a good chance of passing. If and when the bill reaches the president’s desk – whether in this Congress or the next – he will have a very important decision to make for our nation’s energy future. There is no reason for President Obama to delay Keystone any longer.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) will host his third annual Veterans Fair at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fair begins shortly after the Grapevine Veterans Parade on Main Street, which runs from 9:00 a.m.am – 10:00 a.m.
The 2014 Veterans Fair will be an informative, fun, and engaging event for the community. Over 20 organizations committed to assisting veterans will be present at the fair, including the VA, Texas Veterans Commission, and Allies in Service.
Some of the new features include a military vehicle show, live music, and a free lunch for veterans. The fair will also host an art show featuring pieces from The American Fallen Soldiers Project. The project was established in 2006 by local artist Phil Taylor who paints portraits of fallen soldiers and delivers the artwork to their families.
The Veterans Fair will include special presentations of military decorations to veterans who earned their awards, but never received them. Congressman Marchant has successfully assisted 175 veterans with receiving their earned military awards.
The Wall of Honor will also be available at the Veterans Fair. Founded in 2011, Congressman Marchant began the Wall of Honor program to document veterans in the 24th Congressional District. The concept of the program is to honor veterans who never received any special acknowledgment for their service. The Wall of Honor will be on site and available for veterans to include their names.
For more information, please visit Congressman Marchant's 2014 Veterans Fair website or contact the Irving office at 972-556-0162.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today released the following statement condemning the Obama administration official for insulting the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, one of our nation’s closest allies, in an article this week in The Atlantic.
“If a ‘senior Obama administration official’ is going to call Israel’s Prime Minister a ‘chickens***,’ they should step up and identify themselves. Taking anonymous cheap shots at one of our closest allies is not diplomacy – it’s a disgrace. There is no excuse for Obama administration officials to insult the Prime Minister of Israel, alienate our nation’s allies, and harm America’s national security interests. The President should identify the senior official and call for their immediate dismissal. Anything short of these measures will send the message that this disgraceful statement is condoned and shared by the administration.”
Marchant has written President Obama and Secretary Kerry to demand that they immediately identify the individual who made these comments and terminate his or her employment with the administration. The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear President Obama and Secretary Kerry:I am deeply disturbed by the recently reported comments of a senior administration official towards our close ally and partner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As was reported by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic on October 28, 2014, “‘The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickens***,’ this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.”
The United States and Israel share a bond of friendship and mutual support that must not be broken. Statements such as this have no place in our relationship with Israel and cannot be tolerated. I call for the revelation of who was the senior administration official that authored this comment and ask for his or her immediate dismissal. Moreover, an apology should be made by this individual and the administration for the damage that has been caused in our relationship with our closest ally in the Middle East. Anything short of these immediate actions could further damage our relationship with Israel. Inaction will only send the message that this disgraceful statement is condoned and shared by the administration.Thank you for your immediate attention to these requests.
Member of Congress
A PDF version of Marchant's letter to President Obama and Secretary Kerry can be found here.
By Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
October 22, 2014, 8:00 am
America is behind the curve in tackling Ebola. When Liberian-national Thomas Duncan arrived in Dallas, he was later diagnosed with Ebola and died within several days. Two of the healthcare workers who nobly cared for Duncan have since contracted Ebola, while others are being monitored for the disease. It could get worse before it gets better.
Ebola is a critical test of America’s preparedness to stop an epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people and infected more than 8,000, almost all of them from three West African countries. Only one individual in America has died this year from Ebola so far, but we need a much faster and highly coordinated response to contain the virus from spreading.
North Texas, the home of my congressional district, has become a proving ground to tackle the virus. Much attention has understandably been devoted to how the first patient arrived in Texas and when he was diagnosed with the disease. Too little is paid to how the virus can be managed and overcome.
Three things are urgently needed. The first is an immediate flight travel ban to the United States from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. A temporary travel moratorium on non-U.S. citizens from the three major affected countries of Ebola would significantly reduce the possible spread of the disease in America. Medical workers should be allowed to freely travel to the region, but appropriate quarantine measures must be in place on their return. Visas from those in the affected countries should also be temporarily put on hold. The Stop Ebola Act, which Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and I will introduce, would do just that.
The second is enhanced screenings at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport for passengers from the affected areas and those who require appropriate medical assessments. The Obama administration recently selected five U.S. airports for enhanced screening for passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The DFW Airport, while it does not receive any direct flights from the three countries, should also receive enhanced screening for passengers from those countries. DFW is the world’s third busiest airport and passengers from West Africa can clearly make a simple connecting flight to reach North Texas. It only makes sense to screen passengers from the affected Ebola countries at DFW.
The third is to have an operational Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Quarantine Station with staff at DFW Airport. There are currently 20 CDC Quarantine Stations at airports across the country. DFW, which serves more than 60 million passengers a year, should have qualified CDC workers on hand in case an individual needs to be quickly quarantined.
At a recent Homeland Security Committee field hearing in my district, it became even clearer to me that this threat should be countered more aggressively. The number of cases is roughly doubling every three weeks in the affected African countries, and we are now experiencing how easily, and tragically, the virus can be transmitted at home.
While Ebola is a terrible disease, it can be controlled. Just look at Nigeria, a country that had confirmed cases as recent as July and now has no known cases. Through decisive leadership, the right resources, and a coordinated response, the country was able to safely and effectively prevent an outbreak. The WHO declared on Monday that the outbreak in Nigeria is officially over.
As America tackles this deadly virus, we must all work together to help protect our families and community. Our local officials, healthcare workers, hospital staff, and emergency providers are doing an outstanding job to keep us safe. But to defeat Ebola at home, Washington needs to urgently ramp up its efforts.
Marchant has represented Texas’s 24th Congressional District since 2005. He sits on the Ways and Means and the Education and the Workforce committees.
Originally published on The Hill's Congress Blog on October 22, 2014.
Congressmen Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Sam Johnson (TX-03) announced today that they will introduce the Stop Ebola Act. The bill would ban travel and travel visas to the U.S. for foreign nationals traveling from or through countries designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having “widespread and intense transmission” of Ebola.
“Our nation is behind the curve in combatting the domestic spread of Ebola,” said Congressman Marchant. “Containment efforts will remain inadequate if we rely solely on the reactive measures being taken by the administration. The Stop Ebola Act is a proactive approach to preventing additional travel-related cases of Ebola in the United States. I have called for travel and visa restrictions since Ebola’s first appearance in North Texas and thank Congressman Johnson for his shared commitment to utilizing every available precaution to keep the American people safe.”
“Congressman Marchant and I are fully committed to making sure that North Texans – and all Americans – are protected,” said Congressman Johnson. “We have both called on the President for travel and visa restrictions from Ebola-affected countries, but he is refusing to listen to the American people and do the right thing. The Stop Ebola Act is a continuation of our efforts to stop this deadly disease in its tracks. It is time for President Obama to put the health of Americans first. Period.”
By utilizing WHO’s designation of countries having “widespread and intense” Ebola transmission, the Stop Ebola Act would apply to all countries currently experiencing an Ebola outbreak and any country that experiences an outbreak in the future.
Congressman Marchant first called for a flight ban on October 1, 2014. He called on the U.S. Embassies in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to immediately suspend the issuance of travel visas to the U.S. on October 2, 2014.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has called upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden to immediately staff and bring up to operational capacity a CDC Quarantine station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as well as Houston’s George H.W. Bush International Airport. In response to Marchant’s questioning last week during a House Homeland Security Committee field hearing, Dr. Toby Merlin, Director of CDC’s Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Disease, disclosed that the CDC does not currently have a staffed facility at DFW Airport.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Dr. Frieden:
During my questioning at the House Homeland Security Committee field hearing at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) on October 10, 2014, it was stated by Dr. Toby Merlin that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “may” have the physical space for a facility at DFW, but that the facility is presently not staffed. Does the CDC actually have the facility at DFW that “may” exist as was mentioned at the hearing? I am writing to communicate my request that was made at the hearing directly to you for the CDC to immediately start staffing and operating facilities at DFW, as well as one for George H. W. Bush International Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas.
As the third busiest airport in the world, and over five million international passengers every year at DFW, I believe that it is vitally important for the CDC to have a staffed facility at DFW. Moreover, as the final arrival destination for the first victim of Ebola in the United States, Thomas Duncan, this urgent need is ever more apparent. I would appreciate hearing from you how quickly the CDC would be able to set up a facility at DFW and the services that would be rendered in helping protect the traveling public.
I appreciate your review of this correspondence and request. Should you have any questions regarding this letter, please feel free to contact me, or my Legislative Director, Scott Cunningham, at 202.225.6605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member of Congress
A PDF version of Marchant’s letter to Director Frieden can be found here.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has been named by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as a recipient of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. Marchant released the following statement on being recognized for his support of U.S. manufacturing in Congress:
“I am honored to be recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers for my work to strengthen U.S. manufacturing through policies that spur innovation, growth, and economic competitiveness. Manufacturing is critical to both the Texas and American economies and supports thousands of jobs in my district. I will continue working on behalf of my constituents and manufactures nationwide to promote an environment in which manufacturing can thrive.”
The NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence recognizes Members of Congress who consistently support policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. The award is based on each Member’s voting record on critical manufacturing issues during the 113th Congress and was only given to those who voted in support of pro-manufacturing policies at least 70 percent of the time.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on government coordination to combat Ebola:
“I thank Chairman McCaul and the Homeland Security Committee for holding this important hearing today at DFW Airport. The devastating consequences of a potential Ebola outbreak inside the U.S. cannot be overstated. DFW Airport is located at the heart of my Congressional District and the proximity of my constituents to this major international transportation hub increases their risk of Ebola exposure. I find it wholly inadequate that the administration has not chosen to implement greater Ebola-related security protocols at DFW – the third busiest airport in the world – or put qualified CDC staff at DFW Airport.“Today, I demanded that additional Ebola-related security screenings be put in place at DFW Airport so that North Texans don’t suffer more exposure to this deadly virus. I will continue pushing the administration to take every available precaution to keep Americans safe – including a travel ban and suspension of travel visas for non-U.S. citizen passengers coming here from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.”
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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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