Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon


Happy Constitution Week


This week, we celebrated the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  In honor of the document that sets out the bounds of the federal government, I had a special Constitution Week chat with Skyline High School’s “We the People” class and released a special video to commemorate the day. I also want to mention three important votes.  First up was H. J. Res 124 (House Joint Resolution 124) that would fund the government after current appropriations are set to expire on September 30.  This is commonly called a Continuing Resolution (CR) since it continues to fund the government at current levels and allows money to be spent without passing what we would traditionally think of as a “budget.”  Since the Senate refuses to take up any bills to appropriate money for the government (something they’ve been doing for years), this is how government is funded today.  This is a very irresponsible way to run a government. The CR also included the most contentious piece of the President’s strategy to combat ISIS, providing American weapons to the Free Syrian Army.  Like many of you, I’m concerned that the President lacks the ability to positively differentiate between our allies and our adversaries in the Syrian conflict.  As we have seen in Iraq, arming a group of fighters is not wise if those individuals will either desert their posts or support the enemy they claim to oppose. For these reasons, I voted no on the CR.  We should fund our government responsibly, and simply throwing money (and guns) at the problem in Syria is not a responsible way to handle an enemy like ISIS. On Thursday, we passed two other bills, H. R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act.  These were easy yes votes. H.R. 4 contained 15 bills that the House has already passed, which would change federal law to empower job creators, fuel economic growth, and ensure the competitiveness of our nation.  It would also ensure that Congress is required to vote on all new major regulations before they can be enforced by the executive.  H.R. 2 contained 14 bills that already cleared the House to increase domestic energy production and improve our independence.  It would ensure that the Keystone pipeline project moves forward and create a new approval process for pipelines that cross our borders with Canada or Mexico.  It also reins in the out-of-control EPA’s agenda, which needlessly hampers job creators and destroys the very jobs Americans need most. Read More

Rep. Salmon Congratulates Mesa Mayor John Giles on his First Day


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement on Mayor John Giles’ first day as Mayor of Mesa. “As a lifelong resident of Mesa, I am excited and proud to see John Giles take the helm as our next Mayor. He’s been a tireless and strong advocate for Mesa for over two decades, and I am confident that Mesa will continue to thrive under his leadership. I look forward to working with him and his entire team as we work together to build a better community and a better America." 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

AZ CENTRAL: Muslims accuse some officials of stoking fear


Muslim community leaders are worried that some elected officials in Arizona and across the country are stoking a rise in Islamophobia in the wake of recent beheadings and other terrorist acts by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group. They cite as just one example a training session Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery scheduled for today that purports to teach law-enforcement officers in the Valley about the threat of Islamic terrorists. The training session has drawn criticism from the ACLU and a cross-section of local religious leaders because it will be led by a former FBI agent, John Guandolo, who critics say spreads anti-Muslim rhetoric in the name of fighting terrorism. "The timing could not be worse, given the fact that John Guandolo is an individual who promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and bigoted notions that effectively scapegoat the entire Muslim community," said Michele Lefkowith, the Southwest regional investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League. Muslim leaders say other elected officials are also fanning anti-Muslim sentiments by perpetuating claims that ISIS-trained terrorists are on the verge of entering the U.S. through the border with Mexico. Last weekend, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., cited on the E.W. Jackson radio program a Judicial Watch report that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez, a city in Mexico across from El Paso, Texas, "so there's no question that they have designs on trying to come into Arizona." Franks did not respond to requests for comment. U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has also expressed concern that ISIS could enter the U.S., saying the border is not secure. 'Political points' Muslim leaders say they fear that those claims, which have been dismissed by Department of Homeland Security officials, are being made to promote political agendas and could make the public suspicious of all Muslims. "It's a way for them to score political points," said Imraan Siddiqi, chairman of the Arizona branch of the Council of American Islamic Relations. Muslims, he said, have been equally "horrified" by the terrorist acts committed by members of ISIS, including the recent beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. "Obviously every single Muslim out there condemns what ISIS is doing," Siddiqi said. Ahmad Shqeirat, the iman of the Tempe mosque, said, "I am not aware of any credited Muslim scholar or organization who sympathizes (with) ISIS terrorist actions." He noted that ISIS has killed many Muslims and that "Muslims are suffering from ISIS aggression, too." Muslim leaders say they are alarmed that some elected officials have linked the actions of extremist groups with Islam. Earlier this month, Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett came under fire after he posted comments on his Facebook page saying "the Quran clearly states that non Muslims should be killed" and that Christians should be "wary of individuals claiming to be Muslim American," according to news reports. Local Muslim community leaders noted two recent incidents in New York that have raised concerns among Muslim-Americans. Earlier this month, two Arab-American civil-rights activists were attacked by a man who threatened to "cut your heads off like your people did to us," according to the New York Daily News. Also this month, the Daily News reported that a Pakistani family was attacked in New York by a man who yelled "What are you doing in my neighborhood? Get out, Arab," before throwing the husband to the ground. After the attacks, the New York office of CAIR urged Muslims to exercise caution in public spaces. Local Muslim community leaders say they are not aware of any recent anti-Muslim incidents in Arizona. Flake weighs in U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he didn't think local Muslims needed to fear a new wave of reprisals as a result of the U.S. escalation against ISIS. He said opinions have been formed a long time ago and doubted ISIS would change any of them. "There have been extremists that have been around for a while, whether it's al-Qaida or ISIS or whatever," Flake said. "I don't know that it's worse than it was before in terms of stereotypes or opinions." Flake also says he doesn't put much credence into the speculation that ISIS extremists are poised to cross the border into the United States from Mexico. "Those who are in a position to know a little more have refuted that," Flake said Thursday. "I think we would have heard it from credible sources here if that were the case." McCain said that the border issue is a legitimate concern and that Homeland Security officials haven't ruled out the possibility. He also referred to a counter-terrorism operation in Australia that leaders there said thwarted an ISIS plan to behead a random citizen. "I, of course, know of no plot or information, but look at what just happened in Australia," McCain told The Arizona Republic on Thursday. "There is no doubt that the Internet has proved an extremely useful tool for ISIS to do recruiting. … They also can get on board an airliner and come into the United States, but they may be able to carry stuff across the border." Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said he doubts the heightened awareness about ISIS will lead to Islamophobia. "We're at war with extremist jihadists, and not every Muslim is an extremist jihadist," Salmon said. "So, no, I don't believe that there is going to be some mass hysteria toward the Muslim population." Montgomery has refused requests by local Muslim leaders and the ACLU to cancel today's training session over concerns that it will be used to promote hate toward Muslims. On Thursday, Montgomery sent a three-page letter to ACLU legal director Don Pochoda defending his decision to continue with the training by Guandolo, called "Understanding the Threat." The purpose of the training, Montgomery wrote, is to help local law-enforcement officers and prosecutors understand how extremists who use language from the Quran to "justify their actions and inspire others to act accordingly" and avoid stereotyping Muslims in general. Some extremist groups also use the Bible to justify racist views and acts, he said in the letter. But he wouldn't consider training law-enforcement officers about these groups to "be detracting or defaming Christianity," Montgomery wrote. Even so, Jerry Cobb, Montgomery's spokesman, confirmed that Montgomery called Guandolo and asked him to remove a blog post branding the leaders of several local Islamic communities as "known MB," an apparent reference to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. "The county attorney immediately contacted him and expressed his concern, and they took it down," Cobb said.   Read More

Rep. Salmon Introduces Bill Empowering Local Governments to Reduce the Federal Debt


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today announced a new bill that would encourage local communities to spend Community Development Block Grant awards responsibly while assisting the federal government with reining in our out-of-control debt. “I’m always surprised when I find new ways our federal bureaucracy makes it impossible to save money.  Recently, at the request of a local government, I was asked whether Community Development Block Grant money could be returned to the federal government for debt reduction.  I found the typical Washington mentality applies here too.  Municipalities that are fiscally responsible are actually encouraged to spend any surpluses on projects that are already complete—or the federal government will reallocate it toward projects elsewhere. “This bill would finally correct that disparity.  Once passed, when a grant recipient has finished a project under-budget, they will now be allowed to return those surplus funds to the federal treasury.  Even better, those dollars won’t be recycled into other government programs, but will instead immediately be used to reduce the federal debt.  This is a fiscally responsible proposal that would encourage local governments to end the use-it-or-lose-it approach to federal grant money and ultimately work to reduce our out-of-control debt.” 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 DAILY BEAST: No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time


Can No Labels influence the 2016 election? The much-hyped centrist organization didn’t make much of an impact in 2012 but, undeterred, the group held a major meeting in Washington on Wednesday to begin building a political platform. The bipartisan group, helmed jointly by one-time GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and conservative West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, brought together a dozen congressman, a couple of senators, and an array of distinguished residents of “this town” to frame what the group called its National Strategic Agenda. Huntsman said the goal of the group was to provide “substance to the satchel” of presidential candidates too busy worrying about the nitty-gritty of campaigning to focus on big picture ideas. To that end, the meeting focused on finding consensus among guests on issues like energy, immigration, education, Social Security, Medicare, and tax reform. The assembled congressmen first delivered a brief group presentation, moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash, to bemoan partisanship in Washington. They then joined other attendees at 20 or so tables in the sunny, spacious great hall of the United States Institute of Peace to try to reach agreement on these complicated issues. The goal was for three-quarters of each table to support one of what were usually two or three presented options on a certain issue. Then once all the responses were tallied, organizers announced what issues the group had reached a consensus on in an attempt to formulate this National Strategic Agenda. Attendees rallied behind rather benign ideas. The United States, they said, should “prioritize the flow of highly skilled or educated immigrants” into the country. They also agreed that “Social Security should be reformed to make it solvent and sustainable while also taking steps to increase private pensions and personal retirement savings,” and that “America’s K-12 public education is in crisis and needs radical reform.” These views reflected the opinions of the relatively diverse bipartisan group assembled. Because while there were plenty of politicians from swing districts or the more moderate wings of their respective parties, the group also included tea party conservatives, like Matt Salmon of Arizona, and ardent progressives, like Peter Welch of Vermont. The group’s National Strategic Agenda will be released in October 2015. And until then, No Labels—which is already backed by major corporate figures like Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer—is trying to build a centrist grassroots army as it develops its platform. While a final speaker asked for one last minute of attention before those attending got on their “planes or trains” back home, employees of the group handed out “commitment cards” where one could pledge to “introduce No Labels to stakeholders around the country.”   Read More

Rep. Salmon Statement Upon Today’s Vote To Fund the Government and Provide Aid to Free Syrian Army


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement addressing the Continuing Resolution, H.J. Res. 124, that passed the House of Representatives earlier today. “Our Constitution vests Congress with the ‘power of the purse.’  As such, I have long believed that funding our government by simply voting to continue current spending levels without oversight is not what our Founding Fathers intended when they signed our Constitution 227 years ago today.  Congress must get back to funding government by passing appropriations bills through regular order. “In addition to the fiscal irresponsibility of perpetually passing continuing resolutions to fund our government, I have grave concerns over the implications of passing an amendment that supports the President’s plan to fund, train, and arm Syrian rebel fighters.  By coming to the Congress only with the most contentious aspect of his ISIS strategy, the President shows that he only cares for Congress’ input when he seeks to avoid potential political pitfalls by diffusing responsibility. “Furthermore, like many Americans, I’m concerned over the President’s ability to positively differentiate between our allies and our adversaries in the Syrian conflict.  As we have seen in Iraq, arming a group of fighters is not wise if those individuals will either desert their posts or support the enemy they claim to oppose.  The President’s assurances that he knows who should be receiving our aid are not enough.  Congress has an obligation to ensure that our weapons are not used against U.S. forces or U.S. interests before we authorize their disbursement.  Two weeks ago, the President called the Free Syrian Army a ‘fantasy;’ now he wants them to be the tip of the spear in America’s ISIS strategy. “It is undeniable that ISIS poses a serious threat to the U.S. and our national interests.  As I stated last week after the President’s address, I stand ready to assist him in confronting and eliminating this threat, but only after he presents Congress with a full comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS and asks for Congress’ full authorization of force.  By doing so, he will convince our allies that America stands ready to work with them in defeating threats to our freedom.  Nonetheless, the President must recognize that each day that passes without him working with Congress to show a unified front is another day wasted in eradicating Islamic extremists and achieving our objective of protecting America’s security.” 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

Chairman Royce, Salmon Announce Hearing on Sgt. Tahmooressi


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, announced that the Subcommittee will convene a hearing to discuss Mexico’s continued detention of Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who is currently being held in El Hongo II prison in Tecate, Mexico following his arrest in March.  The hearing, entitled, “Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi:  Our Marine in Mexican Custody,” will take place on Wednesday, October 1 at 10am in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.  Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “We should never forget the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made.  U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s combat-related PTSD is a life-threatening condition he acquired in defense of his country while serving on the battlefields of Afghanistan, and he needs to return to the United States for specific and urgent treatment.    I have maintained my respect for Mexico’s laws and sovereignty throughout, but since visiting Sgt. Tahmooressi at his prison in Mexico, I have become more committed than ever to ensuring his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.  Sgt. Tahmooressi is an American hero, whose wrong turn at the Mexican border has had the devastating effect of delaying his much-needed PTSD treatment for too long.” Chairman Salmon on the hearing:  “As Congress begins to contemplate once again committing our nation's servicemen and women to the fight against terrorism, it is incumbent on us to stand by our heroes when they return home.  As a direct result of his honorable service in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi now suffers from combat related PTSD.  Tragically, instead of receiving the treatment he needs, he is being held in a Mexican prison.  As a Member of Congress it is my obligation and duty to protect heroes like Andrew who have suffered the ravages of war in service to our nation.  I'm convening this hearing to honor his service and work to ensure his immediate release so that he can receive the treatment he needs.” What: Hearing:  Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi:  Our Marine in Mexican Custody When: 10 am on Wednesday, October 1 Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building Witnesses: Mrs. Jill Tahmooressi      Mother of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi Lieutenant Commander Montel B. Williams, USN, Retired      Veterans Advocate ### Read More

We will never forget the destruction wrought upon Arlington, New York, and Shanksville


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) issued the following statement to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. “Thirteen years ago, Islamic terrorists using commercial airliners stole the lives of 2,977 innocent Americans.  We will never forget the scenes of that day or the destruction wrought upon Arlington, New York, and Shanksville.  This and every September 11, we honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day, and the courage of those who volunteered to serve and protect our nation, at home and abroad. “Over a decade later, we face another threat of terrorism from extremists seeking to destroy America’s way of life.  To face this threat, our nation must join together and stand united against the forces of violence and oppression that once again endanger Americans around the world.  It is only in America that, out of so many disparate perspectives, we can truly be one, unified nation. “Let us never forget those who perished thirteen years ago.  May God grant them eternal rest, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.” 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

Rep. Salmon Issues Response to President Obama’s Strategy to Combat ISIS


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) issued the following response to President Obama’s address to the nation regarding his strategy to eliminate ISIS. “The President’s speech to Americans tonight was rhetorically strong and firm. Unfortunately, his actions as our Commander in Chief have been anything but. While the President did articulate a strategy to eliminate ISIS and the Islamic terrorists, his plan will only succeed if he follows through and commits to do what it takes to defeat those who pose a threat to the civilized world.  Following through on his plan will require making the tough decisions necessary, without regard for what is politically popular or upsetting to his base.  Now that the President has finally acknowledged that ISIS is more than a ‘junior varsity team,’ I strongly urge him to seek approval from Congress in order to convince the world that America and her leaders are united to win this fight.  If he does this, and stands firm for the long haul, I stand ready to support the plan he articulated tonight.” 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

Rep. Salmon Urges President Obama to Revoke U.S. Passports of Known ISIS Members


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) issued the following statement after urging the President to take action under existing law to limit the ability of U.S. citizens who are known terrorists to infiltrate the United States on U.S. passports. “As America faces a clear threat from ISIS fighters, I have called upon the President to act lawfully, under existing statutory and regulatory authority, to deprive U.S. citizens who have allied themselves with ISIS of the use of their passport.  This is a common-sense, non-controversial solution already authorized by our laws. “This action would do nothing to change their status as American citizens or their protection under our laws.  What it would do is stop those who have proclaimed their intention to harm our nation by restricting them from traveling abroad or returning home under the protection of her flag.  I encourage the President to take this simple action as soon as possible to help us prevent a possible attack on our shores” Last week, Representative Salmon sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take immediate action to limit the threat posed by ISIS to American shores.  A full copy of that letter can be found here. 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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