Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

Rep. Salmon Comments on U.S. District Court Ruling Blocking EPA’s New Waters of the U.S. Rule

2015/08/28

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement on news that a federal judge ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” rule:

“Yesterday, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) onerous  “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. This is a welcome, although temporary, victory that is desperately needed by hardworking American families.

From its inception, I and many of my colleagues have worked to oppose this bad rule. In fact, the House of Representatives voted to rein in this out-of-control EPA by blocking the implementation of the WOTUS rule with bipartisan support.

Obviously, the EPA’s credibility continues to decline. The agency’s role in the recent, catastrophic dumping of millions of gallons of toxic sludge into our rivers clearly demonstrates that it could not handle the responsibilities it had before issuing its misguided and oppressive WOTUS rule. Going forward, I will continue to work with my colleagues to rein in this rogue agency and to defend Arizona’s precious water resources.”

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 Comments on DHS’ Release of Three More Criminal Aliens into Arizona Communities

2015/08/19

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement on news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had released three dangerous illegal aliens into Pinal County, Arizona.

“Despite the repeated attacks on American citizens by illegal aliens released from our jails, DHS refuses to stop freeing violent criminals who are in our country illegally.  Just yesterday, we learned of three more individuals set free on law-abiding Arizonans by the Department of Homeland Security.  Their crimes included the beating to death of a seven-week-old baby and the stabbing, beating, and immolation of a police informant.

“Our Department of Homeland Security needs to focus more on securing our homeland, not on cornering the market as a transportation option for illegal aliens in the United States.  Americans need protection from violent criminals and an explanation for why DHS has been so miserably failing at their primary task.  How many more Americans must be murdered by illegal alien criminals before this administration begins taking the safety of Americans seriously?”

A copy of the letter Rep. Salmon sent to DHS Secretary Johnson on yesterday’s news is available here.

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 Statement on Prime Minister Abe’s WWII Anniversary Statement

2015/08/19

Washington, D.C. — Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement on Prime Minister Abe’s World War Two anniversary remarks.

“This past week marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the United States remembers the many sacrifices it and other countries made towards a lasting peace. Asian nations are continuing to heal and remain hardened to historical offenses that occurred during the War. While it is very difficult to move beyond a history of past aggressions, I recognize Prime Minister Abe’s remorseful apology to those impacted by hurtful acts during the War, and I welcome Prime Minister Abe’s commitment to uphold prior Japanese cabinet statements on history. The omission of certain terminology and references did leave some to be desired, though it is my hope that our Asian neighbors can understand and appreciate fully the intentions behind Japan’s regrets over its actions in the 20th century. I hope that future generations can work towards reconciliation and towards a more prosperous and cooperative future together.”

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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Letter to DHS Sec. Johnson Regarding Illegal Alien Criminals Released into Arizona

2015/08/18

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The Honorable Jeh Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528

Secretary Johnson,

On November 7, 2014, I alerted you to a very serious flaw in our current immigration enforcement system that continues to result in senseless tragedies across the nation. In my letter, I highlighted the high recidivism rate of criminal illegal aliens who had been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

I also explained that this Administration’s failed interior enforcement policies had resulted in the murder of two California sheriff’s deputies by an illegal alien with an extensive criminal history. In fact, this lengthy criminal history included at least four arrests for various offenses in Maricopa County, Arizona alone.

This individual is one among many others who have been turned over to ICE, only to be later apprehended by local law enforcement on charges including kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual abuse, and child molestation. Obviously, this is a direct result of this Administration’s dangerous policy of releasing tens of thousands of criminal illegal aliens onto our streets and into our communities. Unfortunately, cases like the one in California are only the beginning.

Earlier this year, another disgusting and senseless tragedy occurred in my district as a result of this Administration’s dangerous policy of “catch and release.” In the early morning hours of January 22, 2015, an illegal immigrant with a criminal record, a history of violence, known ties to criminal gangs, and who had been released by ICE, entered a popular convenience store and shot the young store clerk, Grant Ronnebeck, in the face – killing him.

After this terrible act, the gunman added further insult by stepping over Grant’s lifeless body and stealing a couple packs of cigarettes, before jumping into a car and leading local police on a dangerous 25-mile, high-speed chase through densely populated areas. Again, this case is not at all unique.

Even more recently, a similar tragedy took the nation by storm. The unprovoked and senseless killing of Kate Steinle, a promising young woman who was enjoying a casual stroll with her father on San Francisco’s Pier 14, was committed by a seven-time felon and illegal alien. Again, this case of cold-blooded murder was entirely preventable.

Fortunately, many in Congress have recognized that the cost of inaction on the issue of interior immigration enforcement is blood. As a result, many have joined me in calling for an end to this Administration’s policy of “catch and release” by cosponsoring H.R. 2942, the Stop Catch and Release Act, or “Grant’s Law”, and H.R. 3011, the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015, or “Kate’s Law.” Furthermore, the House of Representatives took a strong step toward ensuring that our nation’s interior enforcement efforts are supported and sustained when it passed H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act of 2015. 

Today, it was announced that ICE released three violent criminals in Pinal County, Arizona. According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the three criminal illegal aliens have been charged, convicted, and sentenced for crimes including kidnapping, aggravated assault, and murder. In fact, one of these individuals kidnapped and murdered a police informant by taking him to a wilderness area where he beat, stabbed, and lit his gasoline-soaked body on fire. Another one of these criminals was charged with the murder of an infant. Instead of immediately deporting them to their country of origin, ICE released these criminals into Arizona and, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, chose not to inform local law enforcement before the release of these criminals was completed.

The decision to release these individuals in the wake of such senseless murders and violence is appalling. Simply put, there is no excuse for ICE to be releasing violent, criminal illegal aliens back onto our streets and into our communities. Of course, we have heard the weak and baseless arguments made by this Administration defending the release of these criminal illegal aliens before. In fact, those who defend the release of such individuals onto our streets claim to do so under the auspices of ensuring public safety.

So, I ask: How is the release of these three criminals, including one who beat, stabbed, and set a living man on fire, making our families, our children, and our communities safer? Why has ICE chosen to release these three specific individuals? Does this Administration intend to release more of these criminal illegal aliens? How many criminal illegal aliens have been released in Arizona over the last year? What criteria are being used to determine which individuals with violent criminal histories ought to be released into our communities instead of being expeditiously deported?

To help ensure the safety of the American people, I ask that you act immediately to ensure that these three criminal aliens are not allowed to continue to roam our streets. As you well know, the cost of inaction is just too high.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. I look forward to swift action to ensure that the protection of the American people remains the highest priority and I look forward to your prompt reply.

Sincerely,

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Chairman Salmon Releases Statement on Terrorist Attack in Bangkok, Thailand

2015/08/18

Washington, D.C. — Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement on the brutal terrorist attack near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand.

“Following the atrocious and malicious terrorist attack in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, I want to express my sincere condolences to the Thai people, the victims of the bombing, and their families. While no group or individual has yet to claim responsibility for this despicable bombing in Bangkok near Erawan Shrine, and the second unsuccessful attack which followed on Tuesday, I welcome the news that Thai authorities have identified a person of interest. This sort of violent activity targeting innocent civilians and tourists, whether motivated by religion, politics, or any other ideology, has no place in civilized society. This senseless attack is particularly dangerous to peaceful relations in the region and only hinders developments to move away from Martial Law and towards a new constitution and democratically elected government. I strongly urge the Thai government to remain resolved towards important political reforms and to stand up to criminals that may undermine that process. I pray that the Thai authorities bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly, and I stand by to support this effort however I can.”

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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Chairmen Royce, Salmon Statement on Burma Flooding after Cyclone Komen

2015/08/17

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 Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, issued the following statement regarding recent flooding in Burma’s Rakhine State:

“The recent devastation across the western part of Burma caused by Cyclone Komen is cause for great concern. Committee staff, who recently visited Rakhine State to assess its damage, found that remote villages and minority communities are particularly vulnerable to displacement caused by flooding and existing ethnic tensions. Given the lack of freedom of movement and access to livelihood, Rohingya Muslims, in particular, are now at even greater risk of persecution. We urge the government to help ease tensions in these vulnerable areas through dialogue and reconciliation. The mobilization of the Burmese government, the military, NGOs, and international organizations in response to the flooding has been commendable, but much work is left to be done.

“In light of rapidly changing developments, we will continue to monitor the situation in the country. We hope that the government will continue to allow international and national humanitarian access to the most vulnerable populations in Rakhine and Chin States and Sagaing, Magwe, and Ayrewaddy regions. Our thoughts and concerns are with the people of Burma.”

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Letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy About Animas River Disaster

2015/08/11

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Administrator Gina McCarthy
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Administrator McCarthy,

As I write to you, over three million gallons of highly-contaminated water are surging toward the pristine Colorado River. These millions of gallons of toxic sludge spewing from the Gold King Mine in Colorado and into the Animas River not only threaten the integrity of Arizonans’ limited drinking water resources, but also surrounding farmland and ecosystems, including the world-renowned Grand Canyon. 

Ironically, this enormous spill is a direct consequence of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clumsy error in releasing what scientists call “the largest untreated mine drainage in the state.” Even more shocking is the fact that the EPA continues to be tight-lipped and reluctant to share vital information with local residents who are suffering in the wake of this spill. This is simply unconscionable.

Of course, the Animas River is just the beginning. It has been reported that the Animas River, which was the primary waterway through which this toxic sludge entered, now has more than 3,500 times more lead flowing toward the aforementioned areas. As you know, this environmental calamity comes on the heels of the implementation of one of the EPA’s most onerous rule changes yet: the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” or (WOTUS).

The (WOTUS) rule, which the House of Representatives voted to block with bipartisan support, has been interpreted by many to give the EPA complete control over all water resources in the United States. In fact, dry streambeds that haven’t carried water in years and even small cattle ponds and would fall under EPA control. Despite overwhelming, bipartisan, grassroots opposition to this rule, the EPA chose to ignore the American people and to put politics before responsible environmental policy by finalizing its new interpretation of the WOTUS definition.

Clearly, this incident reveals the fact that the EPA cannot handle the responsibilities it had before unilaterally expanding its regulatory authority with the new WOTUS definition. It cannot go unmentioned that had such a spill been caused by a private entity the EPA would have levied onerous fines and punishments against it.  In fact, just last year the EPA collected $163 million in federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines, alone. In light of this event, I ask that the EPA withdraw the new WOTUS definition in order to ensure that the agency’s resources are focused on priorities like the spill in the Animas River.

So, I ask: How will the EPA be held accountable for this devastating spill and sickening breach of public trust? Who will be held accountable? How many EPA employees do you plan to fire? When will residents and downstream users receive complete answers to their questions about the degree of contamination of their irrigation, bathing, and drinking water? What proactive efforts are being made to mitigate the “downstream” effects of this spill and to protect the vital water resources of the American West? Just as any private entity would be required to do, will the EPA voluntarily implement substantial cost savings within the agency in order to pay for the damages caused by this horrific spill? The EPA ought to be held to a higher standard, and I firmly believe that the consequences of this error ought to meet or exceed those that would be borne by a private entity.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. We look forward to swift action to ensure that the EPA is held accountable and that those who have been and will be affected are made whole. I look forward to your prompt reply.

Sincerely,

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Rep. Salmon Sends Letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy About Animas River Disaster

2015/08/11

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today sent a letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy seeking answers to questions about the environmental disaster on the Animas River, perpetrated by careless EPA officials on residents of Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

“Exhibiting hubris unmatched in government, the EPA frequently lectures the nation about the dangers of uncontrolled pollutants and has been unilaterally attempting to impose senselessly strict regulations on industries essential to American life under the guise of protecting the environment.  At the same time, careless EPA employees just negligently created one of the worst toxic sludge spills in U.S. history and the agency can’t seem to find the words to inform millions of citizens who rely on the Animas and Colorado Rivers about the spill’s effects on safe drinking water.

“Were this spill caused by private industry, I would expect Administrator McCarthy to immediately condemn the incompetence of those responsible and promise swift justice for those affected.  When those charged with protecting our nation shirk their responsibilities and cause it tangible harm—we must hold them accountable to a higher standard.  Today I sent a letter to Administrator McCarthy asking about the consequences for those responsible for this disaster.  I await her prompt reply.”

A full copy of the letter is available here.

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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Letter to Sec. Vilsack Regarding the Impoundment of Wild Horses Near Mesa, Arizona

2015/08/06

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Secretary Tom Vilsack
Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250

Secretary Vilsack

Last week, the Tonto National Forest staff published a notice warning that unauthorized horses in a portion of the forest near the Salt River near Mesa, Arizona would be rounded up and impounded without further notice beginning Friday, August 7, 2015. The notice went on to say that this round-up would continue over the next twelve months.

Wild horses have long been a part of the landscape of the American West. In fact, many acknowledge these horses to be a part of a lineage that goes back for centuries. Furthermore, wild horses have long been a draw to the American Southwest for tourists and conservationists alike.

Of course, it is critical that we maintain the natural beauty of our landscape and the integrity of those animal populations that inhabit it. While it is important to maintain these ecosystems for their own sake, it is also essential that we continue to cultivate a deep appreciation for these natural treasures in ourselves and our neighbors. We know this as a result of our nation’s long and storied conservation history; there is simply no way to be successful in our efforts at conservation without engagement and participation by our citizens.

Naturally, in order to generate the enthusiasm necessary to support a long-term conservation strategy, we must ensure that the priorities of the American people are understood. In short, we must protect what we care about. In doing so, we continue a long tradition of conservation through participation and promise to preserve these national treasures for future generations to enjoy and love.

Arizonans care deeply about the well-being of these beautiful horses. Obviously, this sentiment has been heard “loud and clear” amidst the public outcry since the warning was initially posted by the Forest Service in late July. With this in mind, we ask that you terminate any plans to initiate a round-up.

We believe that the Arizonans who frequent our national parks and pay for continued conservation efforts in them ought to have the most say in what happens to them. We ask that the Forest Service at Tonto National Forest conduct extensive outreach efforts to engage the neighboring public. It is our sincere hope that in the course of these efforts, both sides will develop a better, more thorough understanding of the unique challenges surrounding this issue.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. We look forward to the swift withdrawal of this proposed round-up. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices if you require any further information.

Sincerely,

Cc: Chief Thomas L. Tidwell, United States Forest Service
Mr. Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor, Forest Service, Tonto National Forest

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Rep. Salmon Leads Letter to Agriculture Sec. Vilsack Calling to End Round-Up of Wild Horses

2015/08/05

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, asking him to immediately halt the impoundment of wild horses near Mesa, Arizona by staff at the Tonto National Forest.  The letter was also signed by Congressman David Schweikert and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

“Wild horses are an integral part of the history of America’s West, and the latest move by the U.S. Forest Service to impound the herd that roams near Mesa, Arizona shows a disappointing lack of understanding of the priorities and needs of the local community.

“It is critical that we preserve America’s natural beauty and history, not destroy it in a misguided attempt to remove the herd from these lands.  I’m pleased that some of my colleagues have joined me in calling for this round-up to be halted, and I look forward to the Forest Service quickly acknowledging the voice of the people and reversing their decision.”

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 Joins Sean Hannity to Discuss Illegal Alien Criminals Released into Arizona

2015-08-21 12:46:58


Rep. Salmon on Cavuto Coast to Coast Discussing DHS' Release of Three Illegal Alien Criminals

2015-08-21 01:21:34


Rep. Matt Salmon Questions Secs. Kerry, Lew, and Moniz About the President's Bad Deal with Iran

2015-07-30 19:40:14


Rep. Salmon Speaks Out Against Sanctuary Cities on the House Floor

2015-07-27 15:26:39


Rep. Salmon Joins the Wilcow Majority to talk about #KatesLaw and #GrantsLaw

2015-07-22 20:15:17


Rep. Salmon Joins CNN Newsroom to Discuss the President's Iran Deal

2015-07-15 17:59:22


Rep. Salmon Joins the O'Reilly Factor to Discuss Grant's Law and Kate's Law

2015-07-09 15:39:24


Rep. Salmon Joins Lou Dobbs Tonight to Discuss Grant's Law

2015-07-07 22:11:37


Matt Salmon Joins 12 News to Talk about the Fallen Heroes Assistance Act

2015-07-07 16:32:46


Fox 10 Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-01 16:05:25


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

2015-07-01 16:05:25


Telemundo Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-01 16:05:23


CBS 5 Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-01 16:05:14


ABC15 Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-01 16:05:14


ABC15 Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-01 16:05:13


TV3 Covers Rep. Salmon's Introduction of Grant's Law

2015-07-01 16:05:07


Rep. Salmon Discusses Arizona Border Tunnel with Sean Hannity

2015-05-01 15:16:54


CBS 5 Highlights Congressman Salmon's Target Cancer Initiative

2015-03-24 15:25:25


Rep. Salmon Joins the Mike Broomhead Show on KFYI.

2015-03-09 19:25:23


Rep. Salmon Questions State Department Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland on the Ukraine

2015-03-04 20:10:28


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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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