Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon


Finally, a budget for the United States!


This week the House took action to establish a budget for the United States.  Such an action shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but with the Senate’s refusal to take up spending bills over the last 6 years, the fact that we are once again being responsible with our nation’s finances is suddenly noteworthy.

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Statement by Representative Matt Salmon on the Fallout of the Obama Administration’s Negotiations with Terrorists


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after hearing that the U.S. Government will charge Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.

“When word first broke that the U.S. Government had not only negotiated with terrorists, but agreed to trade five high-ranking Taliban militants for his release, I was outraged.  The singular effect of this ghastly exchange was to put American lives around the world at greater risk.

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Rep. Salmon Statement on House Passage of Budget Resolution


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement upon passage of H. Con. Res. 27, a concurrent resolution establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.

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Statement by Representative Matt Salmon on the Passing of Lee Kuan Yew


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement today on the passing of Lee Kuan Yew.

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Sunlight is Necessary for Transparency


This week the House addressed the need for sunlight and transparency in the federal rulemaking process.  In order to create high-quality rules, federal agencies must be required to use data that is publicly available. Moreover, those interpreting that data must be vetted and qualified before assuming their post.

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Salmon Introduces Bill Establishing Whistle-blower Protections for Union Employees


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced the Union Integrity Act, a bill which would give new protections to union employees who report fraudulent activity.  Upon introduction, he released the following statement.

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Letter to the House Appropriations Committee Regarding VA Priorities in Appropriations Bills


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The Honorable Charlie Dent
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
HVC-227, the Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

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Senator John McCain and Congressman Matt Salmon Introduce the Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act to Enhance Border Patrol on Federal Lands in Arizona


Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) today introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, the Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act, legislation that would enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to gain full access to federal lands on the Southwest border of Arizona for border security activities, including routine patrols and surveillance.

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Standing Up for the Constitution


This week the House voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of this fiscal year.  While many have applauded this vote, I feel it has endangered our Constitution—subjugating the powers of Congress to an out-of-control executive intent on placing fiat over duly enacted legislation.  During the debate, I spoke on the floor to object to the funding measure.

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Rep. Salmon Comments on Attack on South Korean Ambassador


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement following news that American Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked in Seoul.

“I am deeply concerned about the attack on our Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, and I condemn such acts of violence targeted at American diplomats abroad. I am relieved to hear that he is recovering from his injuries and in good spirits. I wish him a speedy recovery. 

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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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