Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

Fighting Executive Overreach, Rep. Salmon REINS in Agency “Guidance”

2016/05/27

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after introducing a bill to subject executive agency “guidance” to Congressional oversight.

“When we watch the news at night, we see the countless ways the federal bureaucracy has involved itself in our lives.  Unfortunately, existing laws that subject rules and regulations to congressional scrutiny only apply to items called ‘rules’ or ‘regulations’.  As the President’s minions in the alphabet soup of Washington D.C. agencies increasingly issue lawless edicts termed ‘guidance’ to harass the American people, we need to extend these requirements to include all decrees from the officers of the state.”

Background: The Congressional Review Act empowers Congress to review new federal regulations and vote to block the regulation. What is known today as “regulatory dark matter”, regulations that don’t go through the traditional notice and comment process, can pile up without any congressional oversight. This bill will amend the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to overrule guidance documents through the same process.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Seventh SOS Bill Ends National Science Foundation’s Dissertation

2016/05/26

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the seventh bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate a duplicative NSF report on standardization in the United States, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“What should be a niche field of study for a college history professor is instead a government-requested report, paid for by the National Science Foundation.  ‘The History of Standardization’ is the research goal of a report requested by the NSF to study weights and measures in American exchange and customs enforcement.  To make matters worse, we’ve had a government-printed report on this very topic for over 40 years, and if there’s one thing that shouldn’t need updating, it’s history.”

Background: In 1975, the Office of Weights and Measures authored a report on the history and standardization of American measurements and the American Customary System.  There is no evidence that that report requires any amendment, or that it was in any way in error, yet in 2014, the National Science Foundation spent $188,021 in taxpayer dollars funding a new report through the University of Georgia.  Grant information: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1331231

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

In 2014, Rep. Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Rep. Salmon Releases Sixth Shrink Our Spending Bill

2016/05/20

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the sixth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate ill-conceived and wasteful grants to study the effects of artificial light on insects, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“Here’s a prime example of profligate spending: a study to determine the effects of artificial light on insects.  What happens to mosquitos when residents of rural areas turn their porch lights on is clearly not research that’s in the national interest—and the federal government doesn’t even claim it is!  But that doesn’t stop Washington bureaucrats from doling out thousands of dollars to fund this obviously wasteful project.  Let’s do right by the American people and study what happens when their tax dollars aren’t wasted on nonsensical research.”

Background: Recently, the National Park Service awarded a grant to researchers in order to study how insects respond to the placement of artificial light and sounds in areas that only get natural light. As a result of this study, taxpayers will have spent more than $65,000 to study the effect of artificial light in rural areas.

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

In 2014, Rep. Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Fifth SOS Bill Tells Government: Stop Trying to be Google

2016/05/13

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the fifth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of the latest bill, to eliminate grants for yoga classes for federal employees, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“This bill is about sending a simple message: The government isn’t Google, so stop trying to be.  Startups across our country are offering unique benefits to their employees in exchange for working in a developing business with a new culture.  But bureaucrats in Washington are already being paid by the taxpayer’s hard work and such ‘fringe benefits’ are nothing more than a waste of dollars already taken away from American families.”

Background: The Federal Government, in an effort to provide amenities for federal employees with taxpayer funds, provides free yoga classes to employees. Between just two federal agencies, the State Department and the Department of Energy, taxpayers will have spent more than $168,000 on yoga and Pilates in the last 5 years.

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

In 2014, Rep. Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Rep. Salmon Introduces Fourth Shrink Our Spending Bill

2016/04/28

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced the fourth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of the latest bill, to eliminate fraud from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) public housing programs, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“The most vulnerable Americans suffer when programs designed to ensure a basic safety net are abused by freeloaders intent on mooching from the public treasury.  Instead of helping families in need, over 104 million dollars was spent on 25,000 families who don’t qualify for free or reduced-cost housing.  This selfishness and lack of respect for those truly suffering must end by ensuring that HUD does its job protecting the vulnerable instead of doling out money to ineligible individuals in a misguided quest to advance extreme left-wing social policies.”

Background: According to the HUD Inspector General report in July 2015, more than 25,000 families received subsidized public housing assistance despite exceeding maximum income thresholds. HUD IG found $104.4 million went to families not qualified for aid instead of those families actually in need. Meanwhile, HUD disagrees, stating that evicting over-income tenants would work against HUD’s objectives to “deconcentrate poverty in public housing developments.”

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

In 2014, Rep. Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson about Protecting the Integrity of the Student Visa System

2016/04/27

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The Honorable Jeh Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Nebraska Avenue Complex
3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Johnson:

I was greatly disturbed by recent news reports regarding The College Board’s passive approach to preventing and addressing cheating on the SAT test abroad. Last month, Reuters published two articles on the widespread practice of strategic cheating on the SAT by test preparation centers in Asia. These preparation companies use a variety of methods to fraudulently obtain and share individual test questions, answers, or even entire tests. Even so, the College Board has pushed forward with administering the test even when it was known that tests had been compromised.

As many institutions of higher education continue to use the SAT and other standardized tests as part of their admissions criteria, I am concerned that under-qualified students are being admitted to U.S. schools under false pretenses.

As you know, any institution desiring to admit foreign students must be certified under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which allows the institution to issue Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”.

As the process for international students who wish to study in the United States requires that a prospective student already be admitted to an American institution before they can apply for a student visa, these institutions then, in reality, work in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that only the best and the brightest are permitted into the United States. Once they are accepted, the school issues Form I-20 to the student, who is then able to apply for a student visa.

The United States hosts more international students than any other country in the world with approximately 1.2 million students. With such a generous foreign student system, it is important that we take every effort to ensure its integrity. As it stands, certain foreign students could fraudulently gain the upper-hand in college admissions by high test scores due to being prepared by these dishonest test-prep centers, thus limiting the options of those students who took the test honestly.

As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, I am greatly concerned about the ramifications of this cheating on the integrity of our student visa program and the quality of our higher education system.

Therefore, I respectfully request that you provide answers to the following questions:

  • How many institutions continue to rely on SAT scores in their admissions process?
  • Does DHS have any estimates on how many students may have entered the U.S. with faulty test scores?
  • What measures is DHS taking to encourage and incentivize institutions to maintain high standards regarding admissions criteria for foreign students?
  • How can Congress offer assistance to strengthen the student visa system to ensure that the most-qualified and best-prepared students gain admission?

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter. I look forward to hearing from you on the best ways we can work together to foster integrity in our immigration and education systems.

Sincerely, 

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Rep. Salmon Asks DHS to Protect Student Visas from International Abuse

2016/04/27

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement after sending a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson about recent reports of widespread fraud by international students taking the SAT, and the effects of this fraud on the U.S. student visa system.

“America has always welcomed the best and the brightest students from abroad into our nation to study at some of the finest schools in the world.  Unfortunately, recent reports show unscrupulous ‘test prep’ organizations and dishonest students abroad have been gaming the system—cheating on the SAT to gain admission to American schools (and with it an American student visa).

“While it’s not the purpose of the federal government to intervene in the private affairs of American corporations, in light of the refusal of the private sector to secure its tests (or colleges to demand they do so), I believe it’s time for the Department of Homeland Security to look into new and better ways to secure our nation, and our visa system, from those who seek to gain admittance to the United States through dishonesty and deceit.”

Background: Recently, in a two-part investigation, Reuters reported the thriving SAT “test preparation” industry that has allegedly exploited weaknesses in the SAT test security to generate answer keys to upcoming tests (Part 1, Part 2).  It has also been reported that, despite documentation of many concerns about the security of test administration in Asia, the College Board still has yet to secure the test internationally, thus providing unscrupulous individuals the ability and means to game the American education and visa system.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Rep. Salmon Applauds Passage of the Email Privacy Act

2016/04/27

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement applauding the unanimous passage of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act.

“Americans have suffered suspicionless government intrusion into their personal emails for far too long.  Our message, as a Congress and as a people, needs to be clear: Get A Warrant.  With today’s unanimous, 419-0, passage of the Email Privacy Act, the House sends just that message.  I look forward to this bill’s consideration in the Senate, and it’s prompt adoption into law.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Opening Statement - Advancing U.S. Interests: Examining the President’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal for Afghanistan and Pakistan

2016/04/27

Chairman Salmon’s Opening Statement
As Prepared for Delivery
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa
Advancing U.S. Interests: Examining the President’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 10:00 am

Thank you, Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen for working with me to convene this important joint subcommittee hearing on U.S. foreign assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As we all know, Afghanistan and Pakistan make up one of the most complex foreign policy and security challenges we have.  Subsequently, they are also one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign assistance.   But even after the billions of dollars we have spent following the 9/11 attacks, I still have serious concerns about the Administration’s strategy for the region, about the effectiveness and efficiency of our aid programs, and about our partner governments’ alignment with our interests and values.  

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, I will focus my remarks on Pakistan, which presents a number of difficulties for our foreign assistance relationship. Conduct by the Pakistani government raises serious doubts about the country’s trustworthiness as a partner for peace and change in the region and too often they seem to do the bare minimum to keep the money flowing without committing to real change.  Today, I look forward to hearing from our Administration witnesses about the value of our programs in the region, and their strategies for meaningful and lasting improvements.

One area of concern in Pakistan is Foreign Military Financing (FMF).  FMF has been a contentious topic in Congress recently, especially with the Administration’s recent attempt to subsidize with taxpayer dollars the sale of F-16s to Pakistan—fortunately an effort paused by the Senate.  Many Members of Congress, including me, seriously question the judgment and timing of such a sale. Additionally, India-Pakistan tensions remain elevated, and some question whether the F-16s could ultimately be used against India or other regional powers, rather than the terrorists as Pakistan has asserted. I would ask the panel to clarify the underlying purpose and timing of the intended sale and how it is in the best interest of the United States.

Despite giving Pakistan enormous amounts of counterterror assistance over the years—over $25 billion since 9/11—terrorist organizations continue to operate with impunity in Pakistan.  Pakistan has used terror as a tool of statecraft, and terrorist proxy groups for the Pakistani military have carried out fatal attacks inside India. The Pakistani Taliban is showing signs of unification; Pakistan argues that this may work to its advantage, but the United States maintains that this is detrimental to regional security efforts.  This is just one example of how Pakistan’s priorities and values regarding terrorist groups are seriously misaligned with our own.  In another instance of our priorities not aligning, the Pakistanis are still holding Dr. Afridi, who aided the United States in finding and eliminating Bin Laden, on dubious charges.  Like many of my colleagues, I am deeply disappointed that we have not been able to find a solution to his imprisonment.   I look forward to hearing the panel’s comments on these issues.

USAID has prioritized health and education programs in Pakistan.  An example of the challenges that exist was demonstrated last week when the police escorts of health care workers distributing vaccines were killed.   Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only places in the world with an ongoing polio endemic and, according to Pakistan’s own press, upwards of 45% of Pakistanis are intellectually stunted due to malnutrition.  While this number is distressing in and of itself, it also has the potential to add to the region’s instability and should remain a top priority for our aid efforts.

After spending billions in U.S. aid in Afghanistan and Pakistan it is important to ask:  exactly how much leverage has our investment really bought us?  Are we undermining our own security interests by supporting a military that props up terrorists?  Have we bolstered the wrong leaders, complicating meaningful reform efforts?  We have not always focused on this “carrot” approach to aid in Pakistan; in the 90s, we tried the “stick” approach with sanctions, which were largely ineffective at curbing Pakistan’s nuclear programs.  But the “stick” approach after 9/11 did work, at least for a time, resulting in the capture of some notorious terrorists.   I am concerned that our current strategy lacks resolve and clarity and as a result, taxpayer dollars are not being used in a way that furthers our national security interests and protects our citizens.  I look to our panel’s testimony and justification for both the nearly $2 billion in funding this year and the strategy for these relationships going forward.  

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Rep. Salmon Fights to Better Prepare Student Borrowers

2016/04/21

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement announcing the Financial Literacy for Financial Aid Act, a bill which would improve the Department of Education’s entrance counseling requirements, as well as the information provided to students, before they take on student loan debt.

“When entering freshmen are provided paperwork entitling them to borrow thousands of taxpayer dollars, study after study shows these students know little about the liability they are taking on with their signatures. Student loan debt has ballooned in recent years, and with roughly 40% of student borrowers not making payments on their federal student loans, the integrity of this program is at stake. Furthermore, the fact that these loans are backstopped by government insurance means taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook.  Ensuring students are well-versed in basic financial literacy should be a priority before lending.  My bill would make it so.”

Background: The Financial Literacy for Financial Aid Act strengthens and broadens the information provided to federal student loan borrowers through their student loan entrance counseling. In addition to what is currently required by law, the Department of Education would be obligated to provide basic financial literacy information including: Basic Personal Finance, Financial Goal Setting, Taxes, Retirement Planning, Spending Plans and Banking Resources, Credit, Financial Recovery, and Charitable Giving.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Rep. Salmon Floor Speech Honoring Laura Knaperek

2016-03-17 13:03:40


Rep. Salmon interview with KTAR News

2016-01-13 22:18:55


Rep. Salmon interview with Mike Broomhead

2016-01-13 21:48:59


Interview with Mike Broomhead 1/7/16

2016-01-08 20:46:34


5th Anniversary of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords Shooting

2016-01-08 20:16:01


Rep. Salmon joins the Sean Hannity Show

2015-12-10 15:23:53


Interview with Mike Broomhead 12/09/2015

2015-12-09 21:28:04


Rep. Salmon talks with Mike Broomhead about the recent Speaker of the House election

2015-10-30 20:50:36


Interview with Mike Broomhead 10.22.15

2015-10-22 18:59:01


Interview with Mike Broomhead 10.09.15

2015-10-15 14:45:58


Rep. Salmon Joins Sean Hannity to Discuss Illegal Alien Criminals Released into Arizona

2015-08-21 13:17:16


Rep. Salmon on Cavuto Coast to Coast Discussing DHS' Release of Three Illegal Alien Criminals

2015-08-21 01:23:03


Rep. Matt Salmon Questions Secs. Kerry, Lew, and Moniz About the President's Bad Deal with Iran

2015-07-30 19:43:24


Rep. Salmon Speaks Out Against Sanctuary Cities on the House Floor

2015-07-27 15:28:01


Rep. Salmon Joins the Wilcow Majority to talk about #KatesLaw and #GrantsLaw

2015-07-22 20:22:23


Rep. Salmon Joins CNN Newsroom to Discuss the President's Iran Deal

2015-07-16 15:18:04


Rep. Salmon Joins the O'Reilly Factor to Discuss Grant's Law and Kate's Law

2015-07-09 15:48:30


Rep. Salmon Joins Lou Dobbs Tonight to Discuss Grant's Law

2015-07-07 22:14:11


Matt Salmon Joins 12 News to Talk about the Fallen Heroes Assistance Act

2015-07-07 16:34:30


Fox 10 Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-02 22:15:07


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Matt Salmon was elected to the United States Congress on November 6, 2012 to represent the people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. Matt was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Matt attended public school in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and an MPA from Brigham Young University.

After completing his education, Matt spent thirteen years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona. In his early career, Matt learned invaluable lessons regarding the effect of government regulation on private enterprise. With the ever increasing expansion of government and burdensome tax rates on American citizens and small businesses, Matt was called to begin a life of public service.

In 1990, Matt was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1991 until 1995. During this time, he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Rules Committee.

In 1994, Matt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three terms. As the only Member of Congress fluent in Mandarin, along with his position on the International Relations Committee, Matt led multiple U.S. delegations to China, one of which secured the release of political prisoner Song Yongyi. During his service, Matt was named a “Watchdog of the Treasury” for six consecutive years and earned the “Taxpayer Hero” award from Citizens Against Government Waste. In 2000, Matt remained faithful to a self-imposed term limit pledge and retired his seat.

After the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the expansion of government regulation during an economic crisis, Matt again answered the call to serve. In 2012, Arizona reelected him to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matt wants to ensure the voices of all Arizonans are heard and looks forward to advancing pro-business policies, cutting government waste and balancing the federal budget once again.

Matt has spent the last 34 years happily married to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.


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