Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

Rep. Salmon Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

2016/06/23

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals:

“For years, this Administration has tried to redefine the term ‘prosecutorial discretion’ as meaning the Executive Branch has the sole ability to make law.  If the President doesn’t like a law, simply don’t enforce it.  If he wants a law that the Congress won’t pass, simply invent a ‘regulation’ and enforce that as ‘law’.  Today, the Supreme Court, equally divided, affirmed that this is actually unlawful.

“No other President has so brazenly disregarded the fundamental duty of his office to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed’. The matter is now settled, there is no equivocation.  With this ruling, the President must now accept the will of the people and enforce our nation’s immigration laws.”

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 Introduces Bill to Standardize Federal Student Loan Interest Rates

2016/06/22

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after introducing the Student Loan Interest Rate Parity Act, a bill to make interest rates the same for all federal student loans.

“It came to my attention many months ago that the student loan interest rates for students seeking graduate degrees are higher than those for undergraduate students, despite the fact that grad students default at a much lower rate.

“The Student Loan Interest Rate Parity Act is a very simple bill and motivated by a very simple belief: you shouldn’t be punished for achievement.”

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 Introduces Tenth SOS Bill

2016/06/16

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the tenth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate the duplicative and wasteful Legal Services Corporation, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“Legal Aid services are a very common mechanism to assist our society’s poor who need legal representation.  But these programs are funded at the state and local level, and connected directly to the people they serve.  The Legal Services Corporation was chartered to be a federal variant, but in recent years it has been abused as a way to line the pockets of wealthy, well-connected lawyers who use its funds to lobby for new government programs, and then sue to expand them.  And let’s not even mention the bogus charges for booze and travel.  Let’s give the taxpayer a break and put an end to this waste.”

Background: The Legal Services Corporation was created in the 1970s to provide civil legal assistance to indigent clients. However, this funding is little more than pay-outs to well-connected attorneys. Instead of helping those intended by the original law, the fund is used to engage in political hot-button issues. A significant majority of funding for legal aid comes from state and local grants, as well as private sector funding and other federal programs.  Total savings: $385,000,000.

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

In 2014, Rep. Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

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 Introduces Bill to Help Ensure Responsible Student Borrowing

2016/06/14

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after introducing the Ensure Responsible Borrowing Act, a bill to ensure students are better informed to make financial decisions and only borrow what they need.

“Knowledge is power.  Nowhere is that more true than in our finances, and in a time with astronomical student loan debt, we need to do all we can to empower students.  Today, many college graduates are paying an average of 20% of their incomes toward their student loan debt.  I’m proposing a simple change that would help student borrowers better understand what exactly they’re getting themselves into.

“The Ensure Responsible Borrowing Act would enable students to get a better picture of their financial futures before authorizing future loans.  It would also require annual acceptance of new loans—ensuring that no student is put on autopilot potentially amassing large amounts of unnecessary debt.”

Background: 60% of college graduates aged 35 and younger “expect to be paying off student loans into their 40s”.  The Ensure Responsible Borrowing Act serves as a step toward addressing the rising costs of student loan borrowing in two ways.  The first permits individual institutions of higher education to further advise students seeking federal student loans. The second aims to keep students informed on their borrowing by requiring proactive annual acceptance of their loan.

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 Statement on the Mass Shooting in Orlando

2016/06/12

 

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement on the shooting at an Orlando nightclub:

Most importantly, I offer my condolences today to the families of those so tragically murdered in Orlando. Even more tragically, Mr. Mateen had already appeared on the FBI’s radar twice before.

As the attacks on our nation by those claiming allegiance to the Islamic State continue to increase, Americans are rightfully asking themselves one thing: How will we deal with these cowardly Islamic radicals? To those who would seek to divide our nation with our own internal politics, your efforts will fail. Our answer, as a nation united, will be to stand together with all Americans against this hatred and cowardice that defines these Islamic extremists. Together, we must remain vigilant and defend all Americans from those who seek to do us harm.”

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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Ninth SOS Bill Stops Duplicative Translations by the NEA

2016/06/10

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the ninth bill in his 2016 Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate duplicative National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) translations of works written in foreign languages, Rep. Salmon released the following statement:

“Countless publishers and academics work to translate foreign language works of literature into English, using private sector funding that correlates with the demand and interests of the American people. These publishers and academics have been undertaking such translations even before the creation of the NEA.  In fact, Amazon has pledged $10 million across five years for works in translation, while the NEA has spent a little over $3 million across 18 years.  Why, then, are American taxpayers funding literary translations when the private sector investment is so great?  That’s the question that led to this bill’s introduction. On top of that, many of the NEA-funded translations went to works that were previously translated. Should our children and grandchildren be put further into debt so that the NEA can pay thousands of dollars for the translation of a book already available in English?  I don’t think so.”

Background: At least since 1998, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued Literature Fellowship Grants for “the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English”.  Since 1998, the NEA has issued $3,537,500 worth of grant funds for this purpose. These grants are unnecessary as private publishers pay translators to do such work already.  In many cases, grants were issued to translate works that have already been translated into English.

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

In 2014, Rep. Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

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 Introduces Bill to Improve CFPB Complaint Database

2016/06/09

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after introducing a bill to amend the way complaints are handled at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

“Under current law, the CFPB launched a Consumer Complaint Database that serves as a mechanism to inform the consumer about potentially troublesome institutions. We owe it to the American people to make this information as accurate and as clear as possible. Unfortunately, the current database is disorganized and does little to provide the American people with important information to inform their decision-making. My bill would improve the current database by requiring the CFPB to verify the facts of each complaint and present this information in an aggregated format so that consumers have better access to CFPB-collected data and can make better decisions about their financial futures.”

Background: This bill requires the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the government watchdog responsible for oversight of personal banking, to verify and put into context the consumer complaints they are presenting. By verifying these complaints with evidence of actual wrongdoing, Americans will have a greater understanding of various financial products and be better informed of any violations committed by these institutions.

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 Applauds Prime Minister Modi’s Address

2016/06/08

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement after seeing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a Joint Session of Congress.

“I was honored to attend today’s address by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  It is no surprise that many of our nations’ priorities align, and his address underscored the need for a strong partnership between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy because of our shared values.

“Continuing to broaden our trade relationships, deepening our defense partnership, and innovating together will bring prosperity and security to both of our countries.  Nowhere is this strong relationship more clearly demonstrated than by India's decision to purchase 22 Apache helicopters last year, made in my hometown of Mesa, Arizona, and the announcement today by the American firm Westinghouse of their intentions to build and export six nuclear reactors in India.

“The Prime Minister’s visit has been a fitting reminder of our nations’ high respect for one another and India’s shining example of democracy in Asia. I celebrate today’s reinvigoration of our friendship, and look forward to Congress playing an active role in the ‘new symphony’ of U.S.-India relations the Prime Minister envisioned today.”

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 Statement on the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

2016/06/03

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement in commemoration of the Tiananmen Square protests and subsequent massacre of civilians by the Chinese Communist Party on June 4, 1989.

In May of 1989, nearly a million Chinese gathered in central Beijing to protest for greater democracy and to call for the resignations of Chinese Communist Party leaders they deemed too repressive. After three weeks of daily vigils, marches, and chants on June 4, 1989, the Chinese Communist Party responded to these peaceful protests with brute military force, gunfire, and tanks. This June 4th marks the 27th anniversary of these senseless and tragic events, and we will not forget the thousands who died and the thousands who were jailed in their yearning for democracy and fight for political freedom. Instead, we will continue to commemorate them and ensure that their struggle for democratic ideals and basic human rights did not end when the protests were crushed. During these Tiananmen Square protests, students constructed a wondrous Papier-mâché statue of an idealized democracy. It read in part:

‘On the day when real democracy and freedom come to China, we must erect another Goddess of Democracy here in the Square, monumental, towering, and permanent. We have strong faith that that day will come at last.’

“While the soldiers may have ultimately destroyed their make-shift statue, it is imperative that we do not let their democratic dreams and sacrifice share the same fate. This June 4 we commemorate those brave souls.”

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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Fighting Executive Overreach, Rep. Salmon REINS in Agency “Guidance”

2016/05/27

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after introducing a bill to subject executive agency “guidance” to Congressional oversight.

“When we watch the news at night, we see the countless ways the federal bureaucracy has involved itself in our lives.  Unfortunately, existing laws that subject rules and regulations to congressional scrutiny only apply to items called ‘rules’ or ‘regulations’.  As the President’s minions in the alphabet soup of Washington D.C. agencies increasingly issue lawless edicts termed ‘guidance’ to harass the American people, we need to extend these requirements to include all decrees from the officers of the state.”

Background: The Congressional Review Act empowers Congress to review new federal regulations and vote to block the regulation. What is known today as “regulatory dark matter”, regulations that don’t go through the traditional notice and comment process, can pile up without any congressional oversight. This bill will amend the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to overrule guidance documents through the same process.

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 Floor Speech Honoring Laura Knaperek

2016-03-17 13:03:40


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


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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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