Scott Garrett

Scott Garrett

NEW JERSEY's 5th DISTRICT

Garrett Opposes Executive Amnesty with ‘No’ Vote on Omnibus

2014/12/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement after voting against the $1.1 trillion spending bill that included funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. “I remain committed to undoing the damage that President Obama’s unprecedented and wholly unconstitutional executive amnesty is having on our republic.  In light of the fact that today’s $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill funds the president’s executive power grab, I cannot support this legislation.  In addition, the American people sent a very clear message in November demanding that Congress work together to get things done.  As it has done since the start of the 112th Congress, the House should be passing stand-alone funding bills, and following regular order.  Passing a 1600-page omnibus is not the course of action the American people demanded.” ### Read More

Garrett Statement on Today’s Tax-Extender Vote

2014/12/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today after voting ‘no’ on a short-term tax extension bill. “I am looking forward to a complete and thorough reform of our tax code in the new Congress.  America sent a very clear message in November.  We desperately need tax reform that promotes fairness for everyone, not just carve-outs for a well-connected few.  Unfortunately, though I support some of the measures included in today’s legislation, this bill is far outweighed by special interest tax giveaways, and I cannot support it.”   ### Read More

Garrett bill on SEC disclosure rules sails through House

2014/12/03

The Securities and Exchange Commission would be required to simplify some of the disclosures that public companies must make under a bill sponsored by Rep. Scott Garrett that won unanimous approval in the House. Garrett, R-Wantage, was one of the sponsors of a 2012 law intended to make it easier for startups to raise funds through financial markets, and the law included a section directing the SEC to study disclosure simplification. On the House floor Tuesday, Garrett said the SEC produced a study in December 2013 that did not call for any changes but did call for more study. "I believe we need to stop studying and start taking action," Garrett said. "Simplifying and streamlining disclosure requirements will enable companies to divert fewer resources to compliance, freeing up additional capital to create American jobs." The Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act, which was approved in a voice vote on Tuesday, directs the SEC to allow public companies to submit a summary page of annual reports on Form 10-K that cross references the contents of the report, Garrett said. It also directs the SEC to revise Regulation S-K "to better scale disclosure rules for emerging growth companies and smaller issuers." Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said the SEC's 2013 report showed that the commission had studied ways to streamline disclosure in 1969, 1977, 1992, 1996 and 2007. "What this history demonstrates is that the process of scaling and streamlining the reporting requirements for smaller companies is something that we all need to focus on in order to keep pace with the ever-evolving marketplace," she said. The bill now moves to the Senate, which would have to pass it before lawmakers start their holiday recess at the end of next week. If that does not happen, the House would have to pass the bill again in the next Congress that begins in January. Read More

House Unanimously Passes Garrett Jobs Bill

2014/12/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4569, the Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act of 2014.  H.R. 4569 will help countless American workers and small business owners by eliminating overly burdensome governmental red tape. “Today, the House continued its important work to help create jobs by passing this legislation.  H.R. 4569 helps countless American workers and small business owners by eliminating outdated, unnecessary red tape.  While there is no instant solution to reeling in every ineffective regulation that stifles our struggling economy, this bipartisan vote proves that the House is committed to putting Americans back to work.  I remain optimistic that the Senate will take up this commonsense legislation, because Americans deserve a government that is efficient, effective, and accountable. To read the full text and summary of H.R. 4569, click here. ### Read More

Garrett to Continue Serving as Chairman of Capital Markets Subcommittee in 114th Congress

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) announced today that Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) will continue to serve as Chairman of the Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee for the 114th Congress. “It is an honor to once again be named chairman of this important subcommittee,” said Garrett after the announcement.  “I want to thank my friend and colleague, Chairman Hensarling, for his continued trust in my leadership.  We have a great deal of work to do during the 114th Congress to ensure that our capital markets continue to be the most fair and liquid in the world.” “Scott is a good friend and a proven leader who has earned the trust and respect of committee Members on both sides of the aisle,” said Chairman Hensarling. “His work as subcommittee chairman over the last several years demonstrates his considerable financial services acumen and will serve our leadership team well in the upcoming Congress.” ### Read More

Garrett Statement on Obama’s Unconstitutional Amnesty

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, issued the following statement after President Obama announced that he would violate his oath to uphold the Constitution and grant approximately 5 million illegal immigrants work permits: “After repeated admissions that the Constitution precludes him from granting amnesty, President Obama has chosen to cast aside his oath to uphold the supreme law of the land and is going to grant amnesty anyway.  The president’s frustration with Congress, as the Washington Post’s editorial board noted, ‘doesn’t grant the president license to tear up the Constitution.’  No provision of the Constitution grants the president the power to change the law simply because the president disagrees with Congress.  This sets a fatal precedent – is there no longer any limit to a president’s power?   “Today, President Obama has also turned his back on American workers and law-abiding immigrants.  At a time when American workers are desperate for jobs, the president has decided to unfairly reward those who have blatantly broken the law with blanket amnesty and work permits, allowing them to directly compete with American workers for jobs that are hard to find already.  I am committed to undoing the damage this unconstitutional action will have on our republic.” BACKGROUND:  As the New York Times’ Michael Shear pointed out, President Obama has already explained why he cannot do this: In a Telemundo interview in September 2013, Mr. Obama said he was proud of having protected the “Dreamers” — people who came to the United States illegally as young children — from deportation. But he also said that he could not apply that same action to other groups of people. “If we start broadening that, then essentially I’ll be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally,” Mr. Obama told Jose Diaz-Balart in the interview. “So that’s not an option.” During a news conference in Australia, he said that his earlier answers about the limits of his executive authority were prompted by people who asked him whether he could enact, by fiat, a bipartisan immigration bill that had passed the Senate, which would have provided a path to legalization for more of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants here. “Getting a comprehensive deal of the sort that is in the Senate legislation, for example, does extend beyond my legal authorities,” Mr. Obama said Sunday. “There are certain things I cannot do.” The president was pressed on that very issue during a Google Hangout in February 2013. An activist asked whether he could do more to keep families from being “broken apart” while Congress remained gridlocked on immigration legislation. “This is something that I have struggled with throughout my presidency,” Mr. Obama said. “The problem is, is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”   ### Read More

Garrett Statement on Terrorist Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue

2014/11/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement after a terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem claimed the lives of four people, including three U.S. citizens. “Today’s terrorist attack in Israel is yet another tragic reminder that not everyone in the world respects human life, liberty, and dignity.  In Israel, across the Middle East, and beyond, this evil is present and we as a nation must not rest until it is stamped out.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the wounded, and their families.”  ### Read More

Garrett Statement on Passing of Former N.J. Lawmaker Robert Littell

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement after learning of the death of former N.J. lawmaker Robert Littell. “Bob Littell was a true gentleman—I will always remember the kindness he showed me and my family when I succeeded him in the Assembly—and one of the most formidable legislators our state has ever known.  I join everyone in Sussex County in mourning the loss of such a great public servant.  His legacy of compassion and hard work on behalf of Sussex County will long be remembered.  My thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family during this difficult time.”  ### Read More

Garrett Statement on Passing of Former Fifth District Representative Marge Roukema

2014/11/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement after learning of the death of Former Fifth District Representative Marge Roukema. "I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Marge Roukema.  I have always respected her commitment to serving the people of New Jersey.  My thoughts and prayers are with Marge's family and friends at this time." ### Read More

Garrett and Vitter Demand that Boehner/Reid Reconvene Congress to Address Ebola

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) today sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid demanding that congress is immediately reconvened to address the threat raised by the Ebola virus. “The Obama administration has failed to recognize this public health threat,” said Garrett and Vitter in the letter.  “Thus far, the administration has refused to implement flight restrictions from affected countries, and provide effective screening process for travelers after they arrive on shores.  The House and Senate must reconvene to direct the administration on what steps must be taken to protect the American people.” Mr. Garrett has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration's slow response to this epidemic. He joined his colleagues in calling on the president to institute immediate travel restrictions, enhance airport screenings, and develop quarantine measures for individuals who have traveled to, or from, the West African countries that have been impacted by Ebola.  To read the letter, click here. ### Read More

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Budget

Financial Services

On January 3, 2013, Congressman Scott Garrett was sworn in to the United States House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District.  Since his election to Congress in 2002, Scott has burnished himself with a reputation as a leading advocate of tax relief and pro-growth economic policies, earning him awards and accolades from a number of national taxpayer and small business groups.

As a senior member of the House Budget Committee, Scott is on the frontline of House Republican efforts to rein in runaway government spending and shrink our country’s ballooning national debt.

A member of the House Financial Services Committee since his election to Congress, Scott has been at the forefront of public policy deliberations dealing with issues related to the financial services industry, developing considerable expertise in areas ranging from securities and finance to insurance and regulatory oversight.

At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Scott was selected to serve as the Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Market and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.  In this role, Scott presides over the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  In addition, the subcommittee also handles all matters related to capital markets activities such as business capital formation and venture capital, as well as derivative instruments.

As founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, Scott is highly respected among his House colleagues as an authority on constitutional issues.  Founded in 2005, the Constitution Caucus provides an effective forum for education on constitutional principles and discussion on the appropriate limitations of congressional action.

Born in Englewood, Scott has spent much of his life living in North Jersey, which has instilled in him a great appreciation for the outdoors.  He is a leading proponent of preserving open space and protecting such natural treasures as the Highlands, the Musconetcong River and the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge.

Prior to his election to Congress, Scott served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1990 to 2002, as the senior Assemblyman for the 24th Legislative District, Assistant Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee.  During his tenure, he also served on the Education, Transportation, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committees, as well as the Joint Committee on Public Schools.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University and his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

Scott resides in Wantage Township in Sussex County with his wife, Mary Ellen, and their two daughters, Jennifer and Brittany.


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