Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon


Chairman Salmon Statement on North Korea's ICBM Launch


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement in response to North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

"Mere weeks after its nuclear test, North Korea today conducted a long-range ballistic missile test under the guise of a satellite launch. I resolutely condemn this behavior. The United States and the international community will not stand for North Korea's continued provocations and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons, especially at the expense of its people. Its destabilizing behavior must be met with an appropriate response, and I fully intend to pursue measures that attach serious consequence to this reckless action."

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.  Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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Helping the Economy and Protecting Americans From Terrorists


On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. H.R. 3700 makes a variety of reforms to certain Department of Housing and Urban Development and Rural Housing Services programs in an effort to improve their effectiveness and provide enhanced opportunity for program beneficiaries and organizations to serve individuals. Also on Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, by a vote of 246-181. This legislation provides for enhanced Congressional oversight over U.S. economic and trade sanctions, particularly over Iranian terrorism financiers. Specifically, the bill prohibits the President from removing sanctions on foreign financial institutions until the President certifies that such institutions have not conducted transactions for, or on behalf of, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a foreign terrorist organization, or anyone sanctioned in connection with Iran's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. 

On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015, by a vote of 265-159.  H.R. 1675 provides various financial services related reforms in an attempt to alleviate burdens on employers by repealing or amending outdated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. 

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015, by a vote of 250-169.  H.R. 766 establishes requirements for the termination of bank accounts to prohibit federal banking regulators from formally or informally suggesting, requesting, or ordering a depository institution to terminate either a specific customer account, or group of customer accounts, except in specific circumstances affecting national security. This provision is designed in an attempt to prevent federal regulators from encouraging banking institutions to close any entity's bank account without due process. 

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Salmon, Flake Introduce Bill to Establish New Circuit Court


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today introduced the bicameral Judicial Administration and Improvement Act, a bill to move Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska out of the oversized and overworked 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and into a newly-established 12th Circuit. Currently, the 9th Circuit covers 20 percent of the United States population, containing 13 district courts over nine states, as well as jurisdiction over the territorial courts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Each year the circuit hears over 12,000 appeals, making it four months slower than the average circuit court. In addition, Arizona has the busiest federal docket in the circuit, per capita.

“Justice delayed is justice denied and the current 9th Circuit does not properly serve the people of the nation’s fastest growing region with a court that is too large, too inconsistent, too slow, and too overworked,” said Salmon. “I look forward to working with officials to produce a viable and responsible long-term plan to improve how our judiciary serves constituents throughout Arizona and the Mountain West.”

“Swift access to the courts is one of the main tenets of the justice system, but an oversized and overworked 9th Circuit has Arizonans waiting too long for justice,” said Flake. “Establishing an additional circuit would lessen that burden across the West and ensure that the people of Arizona finally get the swift access to the courts that they are entitled to.”

Background: On Jan. 28, Salmon and Flake teamed with Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) to continue former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s multi-year push to move Arizona from the 9th Circuit into a smaller, more efficient court. For more information on Ducey’s efforts, his press release can be viewed here.


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Rep. Salmon Applauds Passage of Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act.

“After America was fleeced by negotiations with Iran, Members of Congress warned the President that the Iranian regime was not to be trusted.  Not to be deterred by facts, he pushed forward and ultimately signed a terrible deal with an untrustworthy regime.  Since the signing of the deal just a few short months ago,  Iran has test-launched inter-continental missiles (capable of carrying nuclear payloads), fired warning shots at U.S. Naval ships in international waters, and, just yesterday, captured and held American sailors and vessels.  Now it is anticipated that the Administration will move this week to release billions in hard currency to the Iranian regime.

“This bill would provide Congress greater oversight over the President’s ability to lift sanctions on entities doing businesses with Iran to the benefit of their ballistic missile program, and force the Administration to take responsibility for their actions by mandating certifications be made by? Congress before sanctions are lifted.  They’re small changes, but exactly what we need to rein in an executive intent on ignoring the will of the American 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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Chairman Salmon Celebrates Freedom of Navigation Exercise in the South China Sea


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement after the U.S.S. Curtis Wilber exercised the U.S.'s freedom to navigate in international waters.

“I fully support and commend the United States Navy’s freedom of navigation operation this past weekend that challenged excessive maritime claims in the South China Sea.  The U.S.S. Curtis Wilber’s innocent passage within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, a disputed island in the Paracels, challenged excessive claims that seek to restrict the rights of the United States and other countries without basis. The right for countries to freely navigate through these waters is guaranteed by international treaty. It is my expectation that the Administration and our Navy will continue to exercise these rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace.”

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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ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Gov. Doug Ducey wants Arizona out of the 9th Circuit


Gov. Doug Ducey is spearheading a new push to remove Arizona from the overworked and backlogged 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Citing roughly 13,000 pending court cases, nearly three times the next busiest circuit's caseload, Ducey is working with fellow Arizona Republicans U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake and U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon on federal legislation that would revisit the idea of restructuring the 9th Circuit so that the state could count on swifter and more efficient judicial service.

The San Francisco-based and California-dominated 9th Circuit also includes Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. The 9th Circuit has long been derided as too liberal by some conservatives.

“The Ninth Circuit is by far the most overturned and overburdened court in the country, with a 77 percent reversal rate," Ducey said in a written statement to The Arizona Republic. "In 2010, it had three times as many reversals as most circuits had cases before the Supreme Court."

Ducey mainly is focusing on the logistical problems related to what he called the court's "voluminous" caseload.

In an Oct. 30 letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Ducey laid out the case for reforming the 9th Circuit, noting that recommendations for changes date back at least to 1973. He pointed to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's previous suggestion that Arizona be moved to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah as well as parts of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Idaho.

Ducey asked Ryan and McConnell to "entertain appropriate legislation" and convene hearings for the "long-overdue reform."

"To that end, Congress should specifically consider reorganizing the Ninth Circuit by realigning the District of Arizona with the Tenth Circuit, or by creating a new circuit court of appeals consisting of Arizona and other non-coastal states," Ducey wrote.

Ducey was alerted to the 9th Circuit situation by former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who oversaw Ducey's transition into office following his 2014 election. Kyl, who served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, worked for years on the 9th Circuit issue, and offered a number of legislative proposals. Hearings were held in the mid-2000s on proposals to split the 9th Circuit, but ultimately Congress did not agree on a plan.

In 2007, Kyl collaborated with U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., another influential Judiciary Committee member, to get one more judge added to the circuit. That brought the number of active judgeships to its current 29. At the time, adding the extra judge was viewed as a minor gesture to help address the court's workload.

Defenders of the 9th Circuit argue that while it does have a heavy caseload, the circuit also has more judges and panels of judges to process the cases.

Any legislation to reform the 9th Circuit introduced this year could wind up being largely symbolic given the long-standing political hurdles on Capitol Hill.

"It's very hard to do politically because you're fighting California," Kyl, who did not seek re-election in 2012, told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday.

"... The California bar association people oppose it. They just have a different view," Kyl said. "They would rather be the big dog in the biggest circuit. We find ourselves at a disadvantage in that situation. The circuit is so big; it's bigger than all of the other circuits and it's bigger than some of the other circuits combined. They have a huge workload, and it's a very unruly organization to try to manage properly."

Kyl said the real solution is to split the 9th Circuit, rather than carving out Arizona and adding the state to the 10th Circuit.

"You don't want to go into the 10th Circuit -- believe me, the 10th Circuit doesn't want that," Kyl said. "That's Albuquerque and Denver and so on, and they like being the big dogs in their circuit. And besides that, the 9th is so big that even when you divide it in half, you're still bigger than some of the other circuits."

Others involved in the latest effort agree that it's a debate worth having.

Flake told The Republic he believes the odds of success are better than they've been in the past, but acknowledged obstacles, "mostly judges who don't want to give up any of their portfolio."

There's no reason why the people of Arizona should have to put up with delayed justice, Flake said.

On the House side, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has indicated to Salmon that he is willing to hold a hearing on the topic. Issa, a friend of Salmon's, is the chairman of the relevant House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.

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FOX 10 PHOENIX: Bill introduced to split AZ from 9th Circuit Court of Appeals


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is pushing to remove Arizona from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He says the state should move to another circuit or join a newly created one.

The 9th Circuit has been liberal leaning in decisions, and it has an extreme caseload causing a major backlog. Critics of the move say it's motivated by politics, not justice.

The lawmakers behind the move say it is necessary for judicial efficiency, the 9th Circuit has a backlog of cases and Arizonans shouldn't have to wait so long for justice to be served.

The 9th Circuit is the final say on several hot button Arizona measures, including striking down SB1070 and same-sex marriage. Now, Governor Ducey is joining other Arizona Congressional leaders in trying to move Arizona out of the circuit.

"I would be lying if I didn't say I was frustrated with the fact that many of the decisions coming out of that court I think are very destructive, and not based on constitutional principles," said Rep. Matt Salmon.

Salmon points out nearly 78% of the 9th Circuit's decisions have been overturned. He's drafting a bill that would create a new circuit. The 9th Circuit has jurisdiction over nine states including liberal-leaning states like California, Washington, and Oregon. The bill proposes creating a 12th circuit which would include Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska or more conservative leaning states.

"Well I'm not going to lie to you I think that's going to be a benefit, the 9th Circuit court of appeals is out of whack with mainstream America," said Salmon.

Some say the move can be seen as court shopping, or finding a court that aligns with a certain philosophy.

"Then I think it is wrong, we should not have politics play in what state belongs to what circuit," said attorney Danny Ortega.

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Chairman Salmon Comments on Death of Taiwanese Pilot in Bagdad, Arizona


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement after a Taiwanese pilot was killed during a training mission in Arizona.

"I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Taiwanese pilot who lost his life in yesterday’s F-16 crash.  Our nation will keep them, and the nation of Taiwan, in our hearts during this difficult time.”

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 Responds to Court Ruling on Operation Fast and Furious Records


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement in response to a District Court ruling rejecting the President’s assertion that “executive privilege” bars Congress’ access to documents about a Department of Justice program that used government agents as straw-man buyers and procured thousands of weapons for Mexican cartels.

“The President seems to believe in the concept that ‘executive privilege’ shields his office and his administration from accountability to Congress and the people.  When Congress, on behalf of the United States, asks to see what government employees have been doing with their money, ‘No’ isn’t the right answer.

“The good news today is that a District Court judge agrees, and has vindicated not only Congress’ search for answers in the disastrous Fast and Furious operation, but also our vote to hold former Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

“While I welcome the court’s ruling, it can’t bring back a loyal Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, who was killed by weapons bought by federal agents and willingly given to those who mean Americans harm.  Rest assured, I will continue to get answers on who was responsible for this disgraceful program.”

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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Chairman Salmon Comments on Successful Elections in Taiwan


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement after successful elections in Taiwan.

"I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Taiwan for another successful, democratic election in their country. In particular, I congratulate Taiwan's new president, Tsai Ing-wen, and her Democratic Progressive Party for their victories.

"Our close relationship with Taiwan, a vibrant democracy and natural ally, is only further deepened by this free election of their next leader and the peaceful transition of power that marks developed nations around the world.  I look forward to working with President Tsai's administration in the years ahead."

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 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

12 News Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-02 22:15:13

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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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