Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon


Rep. Salmon Statement on the Release of Alan Gross


Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement after receiving word that Alan Gross was released from Cuba. “Like all Americans, I welcome the news of Alan Gross’ release from his inhumane and improper imprisonment in a Cuban jail.  After more than 5 long years, I am thrilled that he is home where he can reunite with his family and get the care he needs. As happy as I am for Alan Gross and his family, I’m concerned about long term ramifications to Americans and soldiers across the globe from yet another prisoner swap.  This move sends a message to every rogue government and terrorist organization that this Administration is willing to negotiate with them, even if it undercuts U.S. interests and values.  This puts a price on the head of every U.S. citizen. Furthermore, rewarding a country that has repressed its people, jailed dissenters of the regime and traded weapons with North Korea in direct violation of several UN directives, is the wrong course of action.  The people of Cuba have looked to the United States as a source of freedom and liberty. By taking steps that will only enrich and increase the power of the Castro regime, we are turning our back on the Cuban men and women who have been struggling for freedom and democracy for their country.” Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) currently 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 Appointed to Lead House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific


Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement after receiving word that he had been appointed to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. “Since my missionary work in Taiwan many years ago, I’ve held a deep interest in and respect for the nations in Asia and the Pacific. While our country faces many challenges in the region, it also presents us with many opportunities, and there is a clear need for continued U.S. engagement and leadership.  I would like to thank Chairman Royce for this opportunity, and I am honored to accept this appointment. I hope that through hard work and the dedication of those serving with me on this Committee, we can help shape sound policy that will ease tensions, spread peace, and promote commerce and freedom.” Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) currently 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 Stands up for Principles of the Constitution, Votes Against Plan to Fund President’s Illegal Executive Action


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) tonight issued the following statement upon the House passage of a government spending bill that funded the President’s illegal executive action: “Tonight, I was proud to stand on the side of our Constitution and vote against funding President Obama’s plan to continue  flouting the laws of our nation by providing funds for his illegal and unconstitutional executive actions. “What separates us from the monarchies or dictatorships of the past is the principle that the power of government must be separated to pit ambition against ambition.  But the rule of law must prevail above all else for such a system to function.  Yet, as the President now acts to ‘change law’ (something that neither his ‘existing authorities,’ nor our Constitution, grant him the ability to do), many in Congress chose to ignore their obligation to uphold and defend our Constitution. “I am disappointed by tonight’s outcome, but I will continue to do everything in my power to prevent the President’s illegal actions in this Congress and the next.” Background: On November 13, Rep. Salmon and 62 other cosigners sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee encouraging them to defund the President’s executive amnesty in any funding bills coming from the House.  Yesterday, on December 10, he spoke in support of an amendment to the CR-Omnibus, based on his suggestion, which Rep. Mulvaney introduced.  More information is available on his website at 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 Statement on the Passage of S. 2142, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after the House voted yesterday to authorize sanctions against Venezuela for crushing peaceful opposition and protests with violence and oppression. “Earlier this year, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s administration began a concerted campaign of violence and intimidation aimed at ending peaceful protests against a tyrannical and paranoid regime’s tenuous grip on power.  Those actions resulted in over 40 deaths and further showcased the serious human rights abuses taking place on a daily basis under President Maduro. “The people of Venezuela deserve a democratically elected government and lives free of government oppression and coercion.  It is my hope that these sanctions will encourage the Venezuelan government to stop their assault on the rights of Venezuelans to freely protest and demand change free from state-sponsored violence.” 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 Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of Alan Gross’ Imprisonment


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of American Alan Gross’ imprisonment in a Cuban prison. “Today marks the fifth year that U. S. citizen and federal contractor Alan Gross has been unjustly imprisoned in appalling conditions by the authoritarian Cuban regime.  Not only has Mr. Gross’ health been rapidly deteriorating, but his continued detention is a blatant attempt to manipulate the Obama administration into yet another disgraceful prisoner exchange. “I strongly urge the Administration to demand his immediate and unconditional release; Mr. Gross is not a criminal and must no longer be used as a pawn in the Castro regime’s attempt to cling to its undemocratic reign. Mr. Gross instead needs to be allowed to recover in the U.S. and resume his normal life with his family and friends. Additionally, I call on the Organization of American States and its member nations to stop being bystanders to this injustice and instead press the Cuban regime to adhere to the region’s democratic values.” Alan Gross was arrested by the Cuban government and accused of espionage while working for USAID to assist residents of Cuba.  He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. 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 Responds to President Obama’s Unilateral Immigration Actions


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) issued the following response to President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions. “Tonight, President Obama announced to America that he would disregard both our Constitution and the will of the American people. “The American people resoundingly rejected the President's policies on the ballot just a few short weeks ago, and it is the American people who are sick and tired of a President who continues to unilaterally change our laws through executive orders and govern as if he is a monarch. “This president has told the American people twenty-two times that he could not act alone to reform our immigration policies. He publicly declared that despite his wishes, he was 'not a king' and 'not an emperor,' and was 'bound by the Constitution' to work with Congress. “But just like his promise that if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it, he has misled us once again. “Resolving our immigration crisis should not be a partisan issue, but this President continues to make it one because of his defiant actions. If the President ever becomes willing to work with Congress, he might find a Congress that is still willing to work with him. Sadly, the reality is that his actions tonight have further deepened the rift between him and Congress and further derailed solving our immigration crisis. “In the coming days, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to find any and every avenue provided to stop President Obama from continuing to ignore the will of the American people.  I, like the President, made an oath to uphold the Constitution.  I have every intention to continue to keep that promise." 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 Convenes Hearing Addressing the Administration's Policy on our UAC Crisis


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) convened a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere entitled “Unaccompanied Alien Children: Pressing the Administration for a Strategy.”  He released the following statement on the hearing. “Just last Friday, Vice-President Joe Biden announced a new refugee program that would enable minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to travel to the United States to reside with parents who are in the United States ‘legally.’  What VP Biden didn’t mention publicly is that among those here ‘legally’ the Administration includes individuals that the President refuses to deport regardless of whether they are here in accordance with our laws or not. “When the President stood up in the Rose Garden and articulated his intention not to enforce our border laws, America was faced with a surge of illegal immigrants who overwhelmed our resources.  Now, the administration is creating more uncertainty with a program designed to intentionally skirt our laws.  Today’s hearing is a follow-up to our previous investigation of our southern border crisis, and an attempt to ensure full and complete understanding of the Administration’s policies to protect our nation.” A copy of Chairman Salmon’s opening remarks is available here. On June 25, 2014, during the height of this summer’s UAC crisis, Rep. Salmon convened a hearing entitled “Children Migrating from Central America: Solving a Humanitarian Crisis.”  A record of that hearing is available 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

Rep. Salmon's Opening Statement - Unaccompanied Alien Children: Pressing the Administration for a Strategy


Chairman Salmon’s Opening Statement As Prepared for Delivery Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere “Unaccompanied Alien Children:  Pressing the Administration for a Strategy” Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Good afternoon, and welcome to this, the second hearing I have convened on the humanitarian crisis that resulted from thousands of unaccompanied minors showing up at our southern border. I have been engaged on this issue from the beginning, not only as Chairman of this Subcommittee, but also as a member of the Speaker’s working group on the Unaccompanied Alien Child Crisis. I traveled with several of my colleagues to the region and saw first-hand the insecurity and poverty that plagues the region.   While the administration has cited drops in the total number of children traveling north since our first hearing on the topic back in June, the fact is that conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala continue to be grave.  I convened this second hearing because my colleagues and I are mindful that high levels of gang violence and the lack of economic opportunity right here in our hemisphere not only affects the lives of millions in Central America, but affects the United States, too.  Indeed, the pursuit of peace and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere should be a key national security objective of the United States.  As Ronald Reagan said back in 1984, “Central America is a region of great importance to the United States, and it is so close:  San Salvador is closer to Houston, Texas, than Houston is to Washington D.C.” I have been consistently supportive of U.S. efforts through CARSI to assist the region build capacity to strengthen their respective police forces so that they can better confront the high levels of criminality brought on by gangs and drug trafficking organizations.  Between 2005 and 2012 there was over a 340 percent increase in murders of women and children in Honduras, while El Salvador maintains the world’s highest rate of homicides against women and girls – Guatemala ranks third.  There is widespread mistrust of law enforcement, and impunity rates are as high as 95%.  In addition to the need for stepped up capacity building for law enforcement, all three of these Northern Triangle countries lack stable institutions and are plagued by corruption, so US efforts to improve governance and democratic values are imperative.  The question remains, however, and this is why I’ve convened this second hearing:  in this time of tight budgets, are we evaluating each individual program we fund, applying metrics and determining what works and what doesn’t work?  I had asked during the last hearing for USAID to provide me with specific program by program metrics, and to this date have yet to receive that information in its entirety.  I am aware of the Vanderbilt Study, a 3.5million dollar study to evaluate some of USAID’s programs in the region.  Unfortunately, the study does not provide us with project by project evaluations and cost-benefit analysis.  I have said this before:  the US taxpayer is generous, and wants to help the people of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras find a path to peace and prosperity in their respective countries.  However, they also demand that we spend their hard earned taxpayer money wisely and achieve measurable results.  As a result, we must acknowledge that previous programs in Central America have failed.  Despite U.S. investments through CARSI these countries continue to flail and these failures ultimately contributed to the UAC crisis along our border.  It is our responsibility and yours to ensure that going forward that we have very serious buy-in and political will from each of these three countries, and every agency involved in administering programs needs to be accountable for the effectiveness of each specific program.  The goal is to help empower these three countries to improve governance and build prosperity so that their citizens can prosper there. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration continues to incentivize the mass exodus of citizens from those countries by changing immigration policy by decree.  On Friday, Vice President Biden announced an in-country refugee processing program as part of its strategy to deal with the unaccompanied minor crisis.  At first glance, the idea is a good one.  We have all talked about the treacherous journey these children must take to make it up to our border, so offering those people who might qualify for refugee status the opportunity to apply in their countries would be a good way to dissuade them from otherwise traveling up to our southern border.  Upon closer inspection, however, it appears that this program is yet another example of President Obama’s flouting of immigration law.  This newly announced program allows family members present in the United States under varying statuses, including deferred action, to petition for children and spouses in Central America to be interviewed for refugee status.  If they are ineligible, the newly announced program allows for humanitarian paroles on a case by case basis. It is very important that the State Department’s Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration provided a witness to answer the many questions my colleagues and I have about this newly announced in-country processing, particularly to understand the criteria being applied to both refugee and parole eligibility.  The answer to the problems plaguing the region is not to further incentivize citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to leave. Rather, we should double down on serious efforts to empower the people of the region to achieve lasting peace and prosperity.   Using this crisis to attempt to curry favor for sheer political gain is shameless.  Sadly, I believe that is exactly what President Obama is doing. I am looking forward to hearing from each of our witnesses about what their specific agency or bureau is doing to address this crisis with the seriousness it deserves.  Assistant Secretary Jacobson, thank you for being with us today.  Ms. Hogan and Mr. Kaplan, I look forward to hearing how assistance programs can be refocused on income generation and economic development to help provide empowerment and opportunity to the citizens of Central America.  And, Deputy Assistant Secretary Weisner, I know this was a last minute invitation, but the announcement of the in-country processing was just made on Friday, and it is an element of the Administration’s overall strategy to address the UAC crisis that requires scrutiny, so I appreciate you being here to answer our questions.  I look forward to a productive hearing and with that yield to the Ranking Member Mr. Sires. Read More

Keystone XL: A Step in the Right Direction


The House returned to Washington this week and took an important vote to get our economy back on track by creating thousands of jobs all across the country.  Earlier today, we passed H.R. 5682 to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The bill specifically authorizes the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline and passed by a vote of 252-161. I was proud to vote yes, and to join with members from both sides of the aisle in doing so.  After the gridlock that has plagued Washington for so long, it’s great to see bipartisanship once again. Read More

Rep. Salmon Calls on Appropriators to Block Illegal Executive Actions on Immigration


Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey asking them to prohibit funding President Obama’s intentions to unlawfully distribute work permits and green cards for illegal immigrants currently in the United States. “The President has a duty to ensure the laws that Congress passes are faithfully executed.  Instead of doing his job, just yesterday the President articulated his intention to pursue a course of unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  He claims this will be for their benefit, but it is the most detrimental action he could take toward reform of our nation’s immigration laws. Even three Senators from the Gang of Eight, including Senator John McCain, agree that these actions by the President would kill any possibility of meaningful reform in the future. “As such, 62 of my colleagues signed onto a letter that I sent to our appropriators, asking them to put an end to the President’s partisan games once and for all.  Our letter calls for plain language to be inserted into any spending bill passing this Congress that would clearly prohibit the use of appropriated funds for the President’s immigration machinations. “Our Constitution makes clear that the President is not free to act as he sees fit without regard to our laws. It also includes language that gives Congress the power of the purse, a tool that has been used many times before to rein in out-of-control executive actions. “If the President is intent on defying the will of Congress and the American people, then Congress must be willing use their constitutionally-mandated tools to stop him. “It is my hope that the President will rethink this unwise strategy and choose instead to work with Congress in a bipartisan manner to address this important issue.” Full text of the letter is included below and on Rep. Salmon’s website, here. Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey, As the House continues to deliberate and draft appropriations legislation before the current continuing resolution expires on December 12, 2014, we write to encourage you to include language that would prohibit funding for the President’s reported intentions to create work permits and green cards for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. There are currently millions of undocumented immigrants living within our borders. Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a procurement request for 34 million work permits and green cards over the next five years.  President Obama has spoken publicly and privately about his intentions to use executive action to create these work permits for those who are here illegally. This would be in direct violation of U.S. law. As you know, the Congress has the power of the purse and should use it as a tool to prevent the President from implementing policies that are contrary to our laws and the desire of the American people. We respectfully request that as you work to finalize the year-end funding legislation that language be included in all relevant appropriations legislation for FY 2015 to prohibit the use of funds by the administration for the implementation of current or future executive actions that would create additional work permits and green cards outside of the scope prescribed by Congress. We thank you for your efforts with this legislation and for your consideration of this important request. Sincerely, 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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