Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

Eleventh SOS Bill Eliminates Funding to the Popular Romance Project

2014/07/18

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his eleventh bill in a series of proposals to cut wasteful and duplicative federal spending.  After introduction of the latest bill, which would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Popular Romance Project, Salmon released the following statement: “Since I started my SOS program, I’ve found more than my share of pointless government programs hidden deep inside our spending bills.  When I first read about the Popular Romance Project, even I was surprised that the National Endowment for the Humanities would waste money on a project like this. Romance novels are some of the most prolific literary works available, and for good reason; according to the Popular Romance Project’s own website, ‘Popular romance sells.’ The website goes on to highlight the strengths of the genre, saying ‘romance fiction generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2008,’ yet the NEH has still given nearly one million taxpayer dollars to the program since it was first created. My question is simple: Why would we continue wasting our money on a pet project that gives nothing worthwhile to the taxpayer?” Background: The National Endowment for the Humanities began funding the Popular Romance Project in 2008.  Intended to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction,” the project has spent over $914,000 in taxpayer funds. Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative: Click here to watch the video. “Our nation is drowning in debt – $17.5 trillion dollars of it…Yet, our nation’s leaders continue to approve wasteful spending without a blink, and continue to spend your tax dollars in the most imprudent ways. Enough is enough. We must have the courage to start cutting spending somewhere… Every federal department, agency and office has wasteful spending within their budgets. To address this problem and honor my promise to you, I am pleased to announce the launching of my Shrinking Our Spending Initiative, or SOS Initiative. My SOS Initiative will push to make the hard spending cuts we refuse to make, in the areas of government we refuse to touch. My goal through the SOS Initiative is to find at least 1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending that can be eliminated. As part of my SOS Initiative, I plan to introduce a new bill each week we are in session to cut wasteful spending in a different area of our federal government. These bills will highlight wasteful and duplicative programs that your tax dollars are currently funding. And some of these wasteful programs will surprise you…” Click here for more information about the SOS Initiative. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

THE HILL: House Republicans linking trafficking law changes to Obama border crisis bill

2014/07/15

House GOP leaders on Tuesday said they will insist that changes to a human trafficking law be included in any legislation responding to the wave of child immigrants crossing the border. Republicans have blamed the influx of children at the border on the 2008 law, which they say has served as an incentive for people to enter the United States. The law allows minors entering the country from Central America, but not Mexico, to request asylum hearings. President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to care for people crossing the border, and to hire more judges and lawyers to send them back to their home countries more quickly. The White House has separately asked for more authority to deport people, but has not provided specifics. Democrats have expressed opposition to changing the trafficking law, which has emerged as a flashpoint in the political fight over what to do about the border crisis. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said Democrats would oppose changes to the 2008 law as a precondition for moving border funds, though he added he was open to a debate and hearings over the law. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the weekly House GOP press conference that a final decision on legislation would likely come by the end of the week. In the meantime, Boehner said, the GOP was still awaiting final recommendations from the House Appropriations Committee and a border working group led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas). Her group presented its initial findings to the conference on Tuesday. It is not clear whether House Republicans will push for a smaller price tag for the appropriations package. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he was waiting on the final recommendations from Granger’s group before figuring out how much it would all cost. He added that his team will also be trying to figure out how much of the administration’s $3.7 billion request is needed immediately, and what could be dealt with during the regular appropriations process. “I want a chance to see what they’re recommending, because some of these items could relate to how much money we have to spend. We’ll wait and see what the recommendations are,” Rogers told reporters. “We’ve got a regular process going on now ... if the money’s not needed now, they can be looked at in the regular process.” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced legislation to amend a 2008 trafficking law so that all child immigrants crossing the border undergo the same process, regardless of where they come from. "I think it would be an element of anything we do," said House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Granger said she would be releasing a formal set of recommendations later Tuesday or Wednesday morning. That group also backs changing the 2008 law, and wants to send National Guard troops to the border. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), a member of the working group who traveled to Honduras and Guatemala over the weekend, said the final review from the group and the House Appropriations Committee later in the week would be combined and possibly yield other demands. "Right now, this group is working on policy, while Appropriations Committee Chairman Rogers is working on the funding," Salmon said. "Once you marry those things, there may be some changes along the way." Members of Granger’s working group left Tuesday’s meeting with House Republicans for a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, hours before they were set to release their formal recommendations. Read More

THE HILL: Border crisis bill picks up steam

2014/07/12

A Tea Party lawmaker says his bill to deal with the border crisis is attracting a slew of Republican support. Shortly before heading down to Central America on Friday, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) spoke with The Hill about his legislation, the "Expedited Family Reunification Act," that would alter a 2008 human trafficking law that has played a major role in the ongoing migrant surge along the U.S. southern border.  Salmon noted that he introduced the bill on Thursday, and was able to gather a number of co-sponsors during floor votes on Friday morning.  The Arizona Republican joined fellow GOP lawmakers on the Border State Working Group — appointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in late June — on a quick visit to several countries in Central America. Read More

Tenth SOS Bill Eliminates Funding to National Endowment for the Arts

2014/07/11

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his tenth bill in a series of proposals to cut wasteful and duplicative federal spending.  After introduction of the latest bill, which would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Salmon released the following statement: “Here again, we see an example of the U.S. taxpayer burdened by an unaccountable, private entity that receives millions in taxpayer dollars annually to provide grants for artistic expression.  There is no question that artistic expression should not be sanctioned or censored by government.  At the same time, government should not compel taxpayers to subsidize works they find objectionable, such as the controversial work by Andres Serrano titled, Immersion (Piss Christ), which received $5,000 in taxpayer funds. At a time when the United States is over 17 trillion dollars in debt, we should be looking to spend our money on causes and programs that unite and protect our nation.  The National Endowment for the Arts is an agency that, at best, inserts government into the freedom of artistic expression from which it should remain carefully separated.  At worst, the NEA favors certain works and excludes others, picking artistic winners and losers.” Background: The National Endowment for the Arts was founded by the “National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965,” which included a congressional finding that “encouragement and support of national progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts” was “primarily a matter for private and local initiative,” and that the purpose of the act was to “compliment, assist, and add to” local, state, and private programs encouraging artistic expression.  In 1966, the NEA received just under three million dollars in funding.  The program was expanded in the 1970s and has received over 100 million dollars each year since 1978.  In 2014, the NEA is scheduled to receive over 146 million dollars in taxpayer funding. Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative: Click here to watch the video. “Our nation is drowning in debt – $17.5 trillion dollars of it…Yet, our nation’s leaders continue to approve wasteful spending without a blink, and continue to spend your tax dollars in the most imprudent ways. Enough is enough. We must have the courage to start cutting spending somewhere… Every federal department, agency and office has wasteful spending within their budgets. To address this problem and honor my promise to you, I am pleased to announce the launching of my Shrinking Our Spending Initiative, or SOS Initiative. My SOS Initiative will push to make the hard spending cuts we refuse to make, in the areas of government we refuse to touch. My goal through the SOS Initiative is to find at least 1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending that can be eliminated. As part of my SOS Initiative, I plan to introduce a new bill each week we are in session to cut wasteful spending in a different area of our federal government. These bills will highlight wasteful and duplicative programs that your tax dollars are currently funding. And some of these wasteful programs will surprise you…” Click here for more information about the SOS Initiative. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

NEWSMAX: Rep. Salmon: House Bill Would Fast-Track Deportations

2014/07/11

A bill that would cut the red tape in deporting illegal immigrant children who have been sneaking across the U.S. Mexico border by the thousands is being fast-tracked by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona. Salmon told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV that a 2008 human-trafficking law requires unaccompanied minors who illegally enter the United States to have a court hearing, but those hearings can take three to five years. "We have got to fix that law, and I just [proposed] a bill [that's] catching a lot of steam,'' Salmon said Friday. "It fixes the law so that these children do not get a guarantee of these hearings, so that a Border Patrol agent has the flexibility to determine whether or not he truly believes that this is an asylum case.'' The legislation would allow U.S. officials to repatriate young illegals back to their country of origin immediately. Salmon, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the issue must be addressed quickly because of President Barack Obama's inaction on the border crisis. "The president has been derelict in his duty on enforcing the border,'' Salmon said. "Because of his lax policies and catch-and-release policies, it has sent a strong message across the world and especially Central America that if you get to America you're going to be able to get amnesty under this president. "We're doing everything we can to try to stem that tide, but if the president would simply enforce the laws that are on the books, it would go a long way.'' Salmon said the president acknowledged on June 30 that the human-trafficking law must be changed, but so far his proposed legislation has fallen on deaf ears. "They need to be responsive. If they don't want to fix the crisis, then let them go out to the public and say they don’t want to fix the crisis, but this would go a long way,'' Salmon said. "In fact, if this bill is passed, and the law is changed, much of that money that the president is asking for is not even needed.'' Salmon believes the ability of border officers to make spot judgments will go a long away toward stopping the abuse and mistreatment of those who attempt cross over. "Those waves of teenagers are going to keep coming and coming and coming, and many more will die in the desert, and many more will be sexually abused along the way, and many more will be sold into prostitution,'' Salmon said. "The president is trying to spin this that the compassionate thing to do now to figure out a way to keep them here [in the United States] indefinitely. That's essentially what they're saying when nothing can be further from the truth. "These kids are being harmed by the coyotes and the cartels that are transporting them, and we can stop that from happening by sending a clear message through our actions, not through our rhetoric that things are changing.'' Salmon also said this fall's midterm elections are vitally important to change the direction of the country. "This election in November is probably the most important one of our lives,'' he said. "We have an opportunity to send [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid packing and take away the president's agenda for the last two years of his administration. "I believe if Americans rise to the occasion, we can get this country back. Read More

Salmon-Polis Bill on Competency Based Learning Passes Committee

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, sponsored by Representatives Matt Salmon (AZ-05) and Jared Polis (CO-02), by voice vote. The bill would increase access and affordability in higher education by allowing institutions the flexibility to provide a degree that is based on a student’s knowledge and skills instead of seat time. “Our universities need to be allowed the freedom to discover new and innovative solutions to educate the next generation of leaders,” said Salmon, “Everyone agrees that this bipartisan legislation is a step in the right direction and allows students to enter the job market based on what they know instead of how long they have studied.” “By allowing colleges and universities to waive certain regulations in a controlled way, we can encourage innovation while still maintaining strong protections for students,” said Rep. Polis. “I urge the Leadership to bring this bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote, so that we can study the opportunities competency-based education presents to cater to the needs of adult learners and other contemporary students.” Currently, institutions of higher education must adhere to rigid structures, based on the Carnegie unit, or credit hour, which limit the schedules on which students can enroll and when students can receive financial aid. Competency-based education is a crucial tool to speed up to completion, making higher education more affordable for students who need flexibility to achieve their dream of a postsecondary credential. ### Read More

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Some Senate Democrats Balk at Faster Deportations

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON—Senior Senate Democrats are expressing concern that President Barack Obama's plans to speed up deportation of thousands of children crossing the southern border could hamper a careful review of the migrants' cases and potentially return them to danger back home. Mr. Obama has asked Congress to direct $3.7 billion to deal with the surge of migrants, many of whom are Central American children and families fleeing gang violence. He has also asked for more flexibility in dealing with a 2008 trafficking law seen as slowing down the administration's response, but Mr. Obama didn't directly tie altering the law to his funding request. While Democrats are broadly supportive of the funding request, some of them worried Thursday that changes in the law to expedite deportation of children could prevent them from getting the appropriate legal protections. The top Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, however, didn't take a hard line on altering the law, saying their top priority is getting the funding request passed. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said that while she would prefer not to see the law altered, "it's not a deal breaker." Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner have said they want to change the 2008 law to expedite the process used to return many of the children to their home countries. The 2008 law, signed by President George W. Bush, aimed to protect children from human trafficking. It requires that migrant children other than those from Mexico and Canada be placed with sponsors in the U.S. during potentially lengthy waits until the backlogged court system can hear their deportation cases. "We're required to hold those people," said Mr. Boehner, who said Republicans "would probably want language similar to what we have with Mexico" to speed up the process. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) said he would "fight tooth and nail" changes to the 2008 law. "When you have an 8- or 9-year-old girl who's being raped by gangs, that are being sent by their parents to escape that kind of violence, I'm not sure Americans really feel we should immediately send them back," he said at a Senate appropriations hearing on the president's request. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, also told reporters Thursday that he couldn't support changing the 2008 law unless he had more confidence that the children were receiving adequate legal representation and wouldn't be returned to dangerous situations. "There's terrible poverty and violence going on and I need some assurance that there's some basic social service infrastructure there to protect them," said Mr. Durbin, who noted that he had discussed his concerns with Mr. Obama in a phone call last week. In the Senate, a bill introduced by eight Republicans including Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, would enable officials to treat unaccompanied children entering from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—where most of the children are coming from—comparably to how they treat children from Mexico and Canada. In the House, Rep. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) has introduced legislation that would give immigration officers the authority to quickly remove minors from Central America and guarantee they could still be afforded a removal hearing if there was evidence they had been involved in trafficking or suffered abuse. At the appropriations hearing, Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said "some type of added discretion on my part would be helpful to address this particular situation." Changing the law would enable children coming from Central America to "accept a voluntary return," he said. But Mr. Johnson also indicated that even without changing the law, the administration would be able to expedite its process and tighten security along the border by building more detention facilities if the funding request is granted. "We have to return people and we have to show others in Central America that we are returning people," he said. The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing for 90,000 children to cross the border in this fiscal year, said its chief, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Republicans have indicated they will insist on some policy changes attached to Mr. Obama's funding request, but haven't stipulated any formal set of demands yet. Many GOP lawmakers have said they think the president's 2012 decision to slow deportations of illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. at a young age is motivating families to send their children here. "The president's action was motivated by compassion, but it seems clear to me that it sent the wrong message to those parents in Central America," said Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine.) Mr. Johnson said he has sought to broadcast the message that Mr. Obama's 2012 decision wouldn't apply to these children, since it applies only to youth who have been living in the country for seven years by now. Read More

Rep. Salmon Introduces Expedited Family Reunification Act

2014/07/10

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced H.R. 5053, the Expedited Family Reunification Act, which will help the thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children detained by Customs and Border Protection agents after illegally immigrating to the United States be returned to their families in their country of origin.  Upon introduction of the legislation, Rep. Salmon issued the following statement: “When I visited the Nogales Placement Center on June 13, I was horrified by what I saw.  As a father and grandfather, I am appalled at what these children have had to endure.  Facing essential abandonment by their parents and loved ones, they are sent on a trek hundreds of miles long so that they can surrender to U.S. Border Patrol agents in the hopes of gaining de facto citizenship. Our law currently does not allow for unaccompanied alien children to be returned to their parents at home in an expedited manner unless the nation from which they arrive is contiguous to the United States.  This legislation would make this technical correction in our immigration policy and allow us to quickly reunite these children with their families.” Background: Under current law, Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) from nations not contiguous with the United States are required to face a deportation hearing before they are returned home to their parents.  Thousands of Central American children recently apprehended by CBP agents now face immigration courts and the prospect of being forced to live for years in foster care—away from their families, loved ones, and home nations—before being returned home. The Expedited Family Reunification Act would amend existing statute to harmonize the way unaccompanied children are processed and allow immigration officials to coordinate with Central American governments to ensure the safe return of UACs to their families in their home countries. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

BREITBART: Rep. Matt Salmon on Obama's Border Request: "There is just so much hypocrisy"

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I don’t how to say it, being a guy who doesn’t curse a lot,” Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon responded when asked about President Obama’s $3.7 billion supplemental emergency request to deal with the ongoing crisis at the border. “It’s like so many of the things he does: spend first, ask questions later,” Salmon continued Thursday, in an interview with Breitbart News. Salmon is one of seven congressmen House Speaker John Boehner recently appointed to a working group to consider solutions to the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and family units illegally crossing the border into the U.S. “What we want to do is enforce the laws,” the conservative from Arizona said, pointing to a list House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte – also a member of the working group – recently released of the actions Obama could take to deal with the crisis that he has not yet done. “There is just so much hypocrisy,” Salmon said. “So the President is calling for the [$3.7 billion supplemental funding], and a lot of people are saying, ‘Look at all the powers you already have, why aren’t you doing that? Why are you saying nothing can be fixed until you get money, when you already have the authority to do all these things?’” Goodlatte’s list of actions includes sending a strong message that children who enter the U.S. illegally will be sent home, cracking down on asylum fraud, stop “abusing his prosecutorial discretion authority,” stop releasing convicted criminal aliens from ICE custody, give Border Patrol access to federal land, and detain asylum seekers until their claims are proven. Salmon said that the working group – led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) and including Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) – is not content with simply writing a check to Obama to deal with the problem. Instead, he said, they are looking at policies to stop the problem. “I’m really pleasantly surprised, at least at the dialogue that has been going on right now,” the conservative from Arizona said. “Policy, before money,” he described the working group’s thought process on the president’s funding request. “Do what you can do with your existing powers. You, know it’s kind of like, show us.” Salmon said so far the working group has largely been on the same page on issues, notably one that he came into the group pushing: looking to revise a 2008 trafficking law that has made removing unaccompanied minors from noncontiguous countries a long, difficult process. Thursday, Salmon introduced a bill to expedite the removal of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors from Central America, amending that 2008 law. “It basically puts Central America on the same standards that we have with Mexico and Canada,” he explained. Salmon said he has been pushing the revisions to the law in the working group since the first day and has gotten a lot of support in the group – noting that much of the $1.8 billion for Health and Human Services included in Obama’s supplemental request would not be needed if his legislation passed. “It’s not the silver bullet that fixes everything, but I think it goes a long way toward giving our trained people at the border the flexibility to do their job,” he said, Salmon said that the working group has been supportive of his bill and that members are pushing to have a vote on it quickly. “I’ve had all the conservative members coming up to me and saying, ‘Matt we need a vote on this tomorrow, your bill gets rid of a lot of excuses,’” he said. Wednesday, Granger released a statement pointing to that same 2008 law as a change the group is considering pushing. “We agree with the President that they must be returned to their home countries in the most humane way possible, and that will require a revision of the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act,” she said. Salmon added to Breitbart News that some of the other issues the group is looking at include securing the southern border of Mexico, checking the immigration status of the people to whom Health and Human Services are turning unaccompanied children over, and deploying the National Guard to the border. “The problem is so many of our Customs and Border Patrol people are now off of the border because they are babysitting these kids, and the drug traffickers are having a heyday with it,” he said, describing how the children serve as a "bait and switch" distraction for the drug cartels to move their illicit products. The Arizona congressman added that, while the government has been trying to silence Border Patrol officers, they are still talking to him, some in high levels of the agency. “They are so frustrated that they can’t do their job,” Salmon said. “It’s catch and release.” The working group is planning to present its first update to the House GOP Conference next week. Read More

Rep. Salmon Statement on the Outcome of U.S. Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi’s Evidentiary Hearing

2014/07/10

Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding the outcome of U.S. Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi’s evidentiary hearing in Mexico and the requirement that he remain in jail until trial: “I am disappointed that yesterday's hearing did not result in Andrew's immediate release, but remain hopeful that Andrew's case will be resolved fairly and expeditiously. As I said to Andrew when we met at the prison in Mexico, I will not rest until he is back home safely with his family and receiving the treatment he needs for PTSD.  Andrew is an American hero and he needs to be home. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

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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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