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Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

Congressmen Introduce Bill to Defend South China Sea

2016/07/15

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after introducing a bill to strengthen international cooperation and support freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Congressman Matt Salmon: “Following this week’s landmark arbitral tribunal decision on the maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea, China has already signaled its refusal to comply with the ruling, scorning international law and rejecting binding and peaceful dispute resolution. It is paramount, now more than ever, that we work to strengthen the security capabilities of our allies and partners in the South China Sea region.  By increasing their capacity to monitor their own maritime territories, by improving their military and law enforcement prowess, and by building the bonds between our militaries, the maritime nations of Southeast Asia, we will be in a better position to negotiate a peaceful resolution to one of the most dangerous security situations of our times.  This legislation builds upon our solid relationships with allies and partners in the region to shore up our response to China’s continued belligerence.”

Contact: Tristan Daedalus (202) 225-2635

Congressman Eliot Engel: “The United States, as a Pacific power, has an enduring interest in the stability of the Asia-Pacific region. This week’s landmark ruling by an international Arbitral Tribunal in the case of The Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China provides an important opportunity to decide what kind of Asia-Pacific region we will live in: will it be a region that respects the rule of law to enhance the security of all nations? Will it be a region committed to resolving disputes diplomatically and through peaceful means? Will it be a place where all countries have confidence in their freedom to legal passage through waterways and airspace without fear of harassment or intimidation?  The United States remains committed to that vision. This legislation lays out key tenants of U.S. maritime security policy in the region, and if enacted, will increase the maritime law enforcement and security capabilities of our allies and partners, especially those bordering the South China Sea.  It is important to note that our legislation poses no threat to any particular country in the region.   Rather, we seek to promote an enduring legal framework whereby all countries bordering the South China Sea can live in peace and security while sharing in the natural resources of this diverse region.”

Contact: Tim Mulvey (202) 226-8467

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Rep. Salmon Introduces Final 2016 Shrink our Spending Bill

2016/07/14

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the thirteenth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to end the EPA’s “Environmental Justice” grants, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“This week, as the final bill in my 2016 SOS Initiative, I’m proposing we cut a grant program designed by environmental extremists that primarily serves as a pet slush fund for state and local environmental lobby projects—things that should not only be left to state and local governments, but also to citizens concerned for their neighborhoods.  Litter cleanups and gardens are not an area requiring federal dollars borrowed on the backs of future generations of Americans.  This has to stop.”

Background:  The Environmental Justice Small Grants program was created by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994 to address environmental justice issues in communities around the country. Since then, the mission of this program has grown to fund projects that are solely local in nature, such as neighborhood litter cleanups, urban gardening, composting, and the effects of urban sprawl and automobile dependence, totaling more than $24 million. Eliminating funding for the Environmental Justice Small Grant program in the EPA would save $12 million over 10 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 Applauds Tribunal Decision on the South China Sea

2016/07/12

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement on a UN tribunal’s ruling in matter of The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China.

“I welcome today’s arbitral ruling and once again commend the Philippines for seeking resolution of its claims peacefully and within the accepted international structures for resolving such disputes. Today’s ruling provides a definitive resolution to a number of critical questions for the South China Sea claimants. In large part, it confirms what the world already knew—that baseless territorial claims cannot be legitimized by shows of force.  The ruling is binding on the parties involved, providing them a critical opportunity to de-escalate tensions in the Sea by bringing their activities in line with its decisions. I urge China to heed the ruling and conduct itself as a leading nation should—by honoring its commitments to settle disputes peacefully under international law and to halt to its militarization of disputed territory in the Sea.”

Background: The case was brought by the Philippines to peacefully resolve disputes between the parties over territory in the South China Sea, pursuant to international law.  The People’s Republic of China has recently been a destabilizing influence in the South China Sea by constructing and militarizing islands atop reefs, over 900 miles from their mainland, and subsequently claiming them as territorial lands to extend maritime claims.  The Philippines brought this trial under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which both parties are signatories, to resolve the dispute.

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 Attorney General Lynch Requesting a Special Prosecutor

2016/07/11

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

Recently, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey issued a statement describing the results of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the use of a private e-mail server by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State. According to Director Comey, of the 30,000 emails that Secretary Clinton turned over to the State Department, investigators found 110 emails in 52 email chains that contained classified information “at the time they were sent or received.” Eight of those email chains contained information classified as “top secret.”

Director Comey stated that there was evidence that Secretary Clinton and her colleagues were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Further, Director Comey admitted that it is possible that “hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”

As a result of this thorough investigation, and after outlining the numerous ways Secretary Clinton and her staff potentially violated the law, Director Comey announced that he would not recommend prosecution because the FBI could not prove that it was Secretary Clinton’s intent to violate the law. However, under federal law, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 793(f), mere “gross negligence” in the transmission of information related to the national defense is a crime subject to fine and/or imprisonment.

We share the concerns of the American people that an investigation as important as this ought not to be subject to political pressures. There is ample precedent, notably in the Valerie Plame case, of the Attorney General stepping aside and appointing a special prosecutor to a particularly high profile case, such as this one, in order to ensure the most independent investigation possible. In that case, then-acting Attorney General James Comey stepped aside and appointed a Special Prosecutor pursuant to sections 509, 510, and 515 of Title 28 of the U.S. Code to properly investigate the matter.

It is important to note that Director Comey, in stating that the FBI could not find facts that would support bringing criminal charges, conceded that any other person handling sensitive, classified information in similar circumstances would be subject to security or administrative sanctions, but that these steps were not being considered at the present moment. Furthermore, given that there is clear evidence of the mishandling of sensitive information, the FBI’s recommendation that no charges be filed potentially demonstrates to the American people that the political class is above prosecution. In light of the circumstances of this case, we respectfully request that you, pursuant to your authority under federal law, appoint a Special Prosecutor to formally investigate the matter of Secretary Clinton’s negligent use of a private e-mail server to transmit classified information related to United States national security. Doing so will help preserve the independence of our legal system and further promote this important principle in the American legal tradition.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this request.

Sincerely,

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Rep. Salmon Releases Letter Calling for Special Prosecutor in Clinton Case

2016/07/11

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement after sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, cosigned by 43 members, asking her to appoint a special prosecutor to make a prosecution decision for Sec. Hillary Clinton.

“Last week, I called for a special prosecutor to make the determination as to whether or not Secretary Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for her mishandling of sensitive information.  As I’ve already said, FBI Dir. Comey’s investigation was thorough and complete, but just as with our local law enforcement, it’s the duty of the attorneys to choose what to do with the evidence the police present them; the police chief doesn’t make those calls.

“Today, joined by 43 of my colleagues, I sent AG Lynch a letter asking her to allow an independent, unbiased individual to review the FBI’s evidence and make that determination—free of any influence from Former President Clinton or the other political individuals surrounding this case.  It’s the bare minimum the American people deserve.”

Full text of the letter is available here.

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 Comments on THAAD Deployment to the Korean Peninsula

2016/07/08

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement upon learning that the United States would be deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the Korean Peninsula.

“I welcome the Administration’s move today in announcing the deployment of a THAAD system to the Korean Peninsula.  North Korea’s continued provocations and violent rhetoric give cause for concern for the peaceful people of South Korea, and other regional actors.  This show of solidarity with other democratic societies is an important hedge against the continued aggression of this despotic regime that oppresses its citizenry.

Background: Deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea will significantly increase the deterrent against North Korea's nuclear and missile threat as well as providing greater protection for U.S. troops in both South Korea and Japan.  In particular, THAAD batteries defend against medium-range missiles, like those North Korea tested last month.  On Wednesday, the Asia/Pacific Subcommittee marked up Chairman Salmon's H. Res. 634, which called for a strengthening of the U.S.-South Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation against North Korea and endorsed deployment of regional missile defense systems like THAAD.  The agreement comes as Kim Jong Un makes new threats following the Treasury Department's announcement of sanctions against him and others in the regime for gross human rights violations against the North Korean people.

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 Twelfth Shrink our Spending Bill

2016/07/08

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the twelfth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to cut losses for the government’s “beach renourishment program”, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“Can you imagine that the federal government is spending billions of your tax dollars dumping sand on beaches?  It’s happening, and with typical Washington logic—as if beaches only exist because bureaucrats willed them into being.  My constituents sent me here, in part, because I promised I’d keep them from wasting money on foolish projects.  That’s what I’m doing today.  ‘Sanding beaches’ is a waste of money, plain and simple, and by letting state and local governments take more of that burden, we’ll ensure the costs (and the decisions) are kept closest to the taxpayer.”

Background: Under federal law, “periodic and ongoing beach renourishment projects” undertaken by the federal government are paid for 50% by the federal government and 50% by the state and local governments.  If the funding formula for ongoing beach renourishment projects were set at 35% federal and 65% state and local funding, estimated federal savings would exceed $400 million.

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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Opening Statement - South China Sea Maritime Disputes

2016/07/07

Chairman Salmon’s Opening Statement
As Prepared for Delivery

Committee on Foreign Affairs - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Committee on Armed Services - Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
South China Sea Maritime Disputes
Thursday, July 7, 2016 | 3:30 pm

Good afternoon. I’d like to thank to my colleague, Chairman Forbes, for joining me in convening this important and timely joint hearing.  The territorial disputes in the South China Sea may represent the most significant, long-term security challenge in our shared jurisdiction.  Our conversations about this topic are often complicated by the minutia of territorial seas, base lines, and high tide elevations, but it is important for us to remember what the South China Sea dispute boils down to: one nation, turning away from the peaceful mechanisms of international law and peaceful coexistence and instead embracing belligerence.

Congress, the Administration, and our counterparts around the world recognize the severity of the threat posed by China’s aggressive, coercive actions in the South China Sea that undermine international norms.  Our Secretary of Defense—and the President himself—regularly list the South China Sea among the world’s most concerning international friction points and raise it at the highest levels with their Chinese interlocutors, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.  Analysts around the world pour over the disputes, and the United States has undertaken a series of highly publicized Freedom of Navigation Operations to contest China’s outrageous claims.

Alarmingly, this increased attention seems to have had little effect. Tensions in the sea continue to mount and China has established effective control of many areas by building capable military facilities on top of disputed features. In light of this trend, today’s hearing could not come at a better time; in the coming days, weeks and months, the South China Sea territorial disputes will present a series of especially important challenges. Our response to these challenges has the potential to reverse the trend of escalating tensions or to cause further injury to the peaceful, rules-based international order. I’d like to touch briefly on a few of these challenges.

First, the arbitral tribunal deciding the Philippines’ legal case against China recently announced that it will issue its decision on July 12th. Although China is legally bound to its result, it has refused to participate and has clearly said that it will not comply.  I am concerned that many seem to have written-off China’s noncompliance as a foregone conclusion. We must remember that this case is the most significant, substantial approach to settling disputes in the South China Sea through a peaceful, equitable process; China should be held accountable to the tribunal’s ruling.  

The Scarborough Shoal presents another critical test. China and the Philippines have come to physical confrontation over this site before, and rumors hint that China may soon extend its island-building campaign to the Shoal. Despite the close proximity of Scarborough to the Philippines’ shores, its disputed status makes it unclear whether it is covered by the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. This uncertainty means that if aggression around the Scarborough Shoal is not handled properly, the very credibility of such treaties could be damaged. These treaties are the anchors of our hub-and-spoke alliance system in the Pacific, and damage to them could have dire consequences on American influence and security in the region.

Finally, I want to mention the continued threat posed by China’s potential declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone over the South China Sea. I am concerned that we have few direct options to counter this type of escalation, if China chooses to pursue it. China’s network of airstrips, radars, and missile batteries constructed across the South China Sea while the rest of the world watched, may provide a capacity to enforce an ADIZ. While the U.S. military would never recognize such a zone, commercial carriers will likely comply with China’s notification requirements, as they have under China’s ADIZ in the East China Sea. China will have once again unilaterally changed the status quo.

These and countless other challenges posed by the South China Sea territorial disputes will continue to test the United States and her allies. Though the answers are sometimes not easy to find, I am very pleased that we have come together today to hold this joint hearing. Working toward solutions and keeping the issue at the forefront of our foreign policy and national security agenda is critical. Thank you. 

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Rep. Salmon Applauds Additional Sanctions on Human Rights Violator, North Korea

2016/07/06

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement upon word that the Department of the Treasury announced additional sanctions against North Korea.

“I welcome the Administration’s announcement of human rights sanctions on the North Korean Regime, including on Kim Jong Un himself.  This overdue measure continues to pressure one of the world’s worst human rights violators, and brings a measure of accountability to the regime for the horrific abuses against its own people.  We must continue to bring attention and accountability to this important issue, both through heavy sanctions and by increasing the flow of information into North Korea to bring about change from within.  It is paramount that the North Korean people realize that the international community will not tolerate their continued mistreatment at the hands of the Kim regime.”

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 Calls for Special Prosecutor in Clinton Email Scandal

2016/07/05

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement after FBI Director James Comey announced the findings of the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server:

“First, I’d like to commend Director Comey and the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation for a thorough review of Secretary Clinton’s emails.

“I am, however, disappointed that the FBI has once again shown the American people that the political class is above prosecution.  After outlining the numerous ways Secretary Clinton and her staff violated the law, Director Comey announced the FBI’s recommendation that she not be prosecuted because he couldn’t prove her intent.  It should also be mentioned that Director Comey already indicated the law makes it a crime to remove information from its proper server or storage facility through negligence, something the FBI concluded in the same investigation that Secretary Clinton did, in fact, do.

“This second set of rules for the politically-connected is the problem with our government.  Washington insiders are exempt from the same level of scrutiny, and even prosecution, which would quickly be dispensed to an average citizen.  And the investigation into Secretary Clinton has once again proven she is a beneficiary of these unwritten exemptions.

“Because of this, I’m calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to look into the charges and determine the appropriateness of prosecution for these crimes.  Americans deserve accountability from their government officials, especially when they would be harshly prosecuted or imprisoned for performing the very same actions.”

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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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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