Scott Garrett

Scott Garrett

NEW JERSEY's 5th DISTRICT

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

Garrett: FINRA CARDS Proposal Short of a Full Deck

2014/10/14

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 regarding a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) proposed rule to implement the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS): “After a preliminary reading of the proposed rule, I remain far from convinced that this new, costly, and burdensome proposal is needed.  Moreover, I question whether the purported benefits will justify the significant costs.  But even beyond the costs of the proposed rule, significant privacy concerns still linger, especially when the data are combined with other data in FINRA's database.  Before moving forward with this proposal, there needs to be a much better explanation of why this burdensome rule is necessary in the first place and what steps are being taken to protect investors’ personal financial information.  The Capital Markets and GSE Subcommittee will continue robust oversight of this potential new rule and, more broadly, FINRA’s structure, mission and regulatory activities.” ### Read More

Garrett Hits Back on IRS' Non-Answers

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, along with six of his colleagues sent a follow-up letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen today after the IRS Commissioner refused to address a number of concerns the Members have about news of the recent IRS dismissal agreement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  Within 30 days of receiving the letter, the Members requested that the following be provided: Any communications, from July 1, 2012 to the present, regarding the subject matter of my August 25th letter, including any documents related to, or relevant to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, PARC, or the Johnson Amendment.  You should regard relevancy as broadly as federal law permits, including, but not limited, to any internal communications, communications with outside groups, communications with the White House or other executive branch agencies. Any communications or documents, from August 25th to the present, related to preparing your response to my August 25th, 2014 letter including, but not limited to, any internal communications, communications with outside groups, communications with the White House or other executive branch agencies. Any communications or documents, from July 1, 2012 to the present, related to the activities of PARC and the 99 religious organizations under investigation that are referenced in your September 5th letter.  Where necessary to preserve the confidentiality of the taxpayers under investigation, you may redact confidential taxpayer information or other information that may specifically distinguish the taxpayer.  Your response should include all relevant communications and documents including, but not limited to, any internal communications, communications with outside groups, communications with the White House or other executive branch agencies. Where necessary, to preserve attorney-client privilege, you may redact privileged information and provide a standard privilege log. Please provide the names and positions of all people who spent any time as part of, or on behalf of, PARC. Also, a number of previous questions (asked in my August 25th letter) remained un-answered and can be addressed by you, rather than the Department of Justice.  Please provide answers to questions 4, 5 & 6 from our previous letter dated August 25, 2014. Click here to read the full letter. ### Read More

Garrett Opposes President Obama's ISIS Plan

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement after voting against the House Continuing Resolution (CR) because it included President Obama’s ISIS plan: “While I did support the CR to ensure funding for the federal government, I couldn’t vote for it because I do not support the president’s ISIS plan, which was added to the bill.  Though I support efforts to destroy ISIS, the president has not yet demonstrated to Congress that arming  a loosely organized and untrained Syrian opposition would counter the very real threat that ISIS poses.  Before I can support sending our military men and women on another mission to the Middle East, the president must lay out a specific strategy and endgame with special attention given to the questions of who we are helping, how they will use that help, and how we can ensure the weapons we provide don’t fall into the wrong hands—or worse yet, end up being used against us.” ### Read More

Reps. Garrett and Cárdenas Introduce Bipartisan FAIR Act to Protect Americans from Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeitures

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Crime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus, today introduced H.R. 5502, the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, to protect Americans from having their property seized without the due process of law.  The FAIR Act makes a number of changes to civil asset forfeiture laws to restore the constitutional protections guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. “Most Americans assume that the government cannot take your things without due process, but it is happening," said Garrett.  "Under current law, federal, state and local police can seize your property unless you can prove you acquired it legally. This must change.  The FAIR Act will protect our constitutional rights and save American families from a costly and messy legal process to regain what is legally theirs.” “Two principles that we as Americans hold dear are innocent until proven guilty; and that the government may not seize our property without just cause,” said Cárdenas.  “Satisfying a profit motive must never be the reason for law enforcement, and it certainly must never be allowed to support the seizure of personal property by those who we trust to protect and defend our nation and our Constitution.” The FAIR Act would ensure that Americans are innocent until proven guilty by requiring the government to meet a higher legal standard before seizing an individual’s property.  This legislation would raise the standard to seize assets from a preponderance of evidence to a higher standard of clear and convincing evidence.  In addition, the FAIR Act would eliminate the practice of equitable sharing and eliminate all profit incentives by requiring that all funds seized by the federal government go into the general treasury fund.  Click here for a one-page explanation of the bill, and click here for a section-by-section summary. To read the Washington Post’s three-part series on civil asset forfeitures, click here. Read More

Garrett Statement on the Obama Administration’s Decision to Spread Too-Big-To-Fail

2014/09/04

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 regarding today’s Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) decision to spread too-big-to-fail: “Today's irresponsible and inappropriate designation of another U.S. business as too-big-to-fail only strengthens my resolve to reform the out-of-control FSOC.  First and foremost, we must ensure taxpayers are not on the hook for FSOC's dangerous regulatory overreach.  This designation flies in the face of a unanimous, bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives to postpone any additional designations. “The FSOC makes politically motivated decisions to expand the Fed's power with little-to-no real-world analysis.  To make matters worse, the FSOC refused to even provide today's designee with the same minimal level of review that the Council provided for asset management companies.  It is obvious that the FSOC refuses to improve its operations, conduct, or decision-making processes. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon Congress to help FSOC improve itself.  I look forward to having members of the FSOC come before the Committee in the near future to explain today's actions.” ### Read More

Garrett Leads Letter to IRS Commissioner on Religious Freedom

2014/08/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, along with eight of his colleagues sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen today.  The letter outlines the deep concerns the Members have about news of the recent IRS dismissal agreement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  Additionally, the Members request answers to the following questions: Provide a copy of any agreement between the IRS and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Provide any communications between the IRS and the Freedom from Religion Foundation regarding dismissal of the case. Why did the IRS agree to dismiss this case without prejudice when it recently won a nearly identical case, and who was the highest ranking official to sign off on the settlement? How have the IRS regulations in this area changed since the 2009 ruling in U.S. v Living Word Christian Ctr., which deemed them unlawful? How is the IRS going to enforce the Johnson Amendment without impinging on the First Amendment freedoms of religious leaders? Other than self-referral by leaders opposed to the Johnson Amendment, how did the IRS find the 99 religious organizations currently under investigation by the “Political Activities Referral Committee,” and how did they decide these organizations merited the use of precious investigative resources? How much money has been spent by the Political Activities Referral Committee in each of the last fiscal years since 2009? How much has been spent in total investigating the 99 organizations currently under investigation? What safeguards are in place to make sure that the IRS does not stifle protected First Amendment speech? To view the complete letter, click here. ### Read More

Fifth District Mobile Constituent Service Office Hours – August 2014

2014/08/11

Glen Rock, NJ – Congressman Garrett’s Fifth District STAFF will be available at the following locations during the month of August: August 11, 2014 Mahwah: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Mahwah Senior Center 475 Corporate Drive Mahwah, NJ Hackensack: 11:45am to 2:00pm The Logan Center 274 Central Avenue Hackensack, NJ August 14, 2014 Montvale: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Borough Hall 12 Mercedes Drive Montvale, NJ August 19, 2014 Westwood: 1:00pm to 2:30 pm Borough Hall 101 Washington Avenue Westwood, NJ August 20, 2014 Vernon: 11:00am to 1:00pm Senior Center 21 Church Street Vernon, NJ ### Read More

Garrett Statement on Today's Financial Stability Oversight Council Meeting

2014/07/31

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 regarding today’s closed-door Financial Stability Oversight Council Meeting: “Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the unaccountable FSOC continues to lay the groundwork for additional designations without any necessary reforms.  If and when the FSOC designates another company, I look forward to having each individual FSOC member testify before the Committee to explain why they are moving forward without addressing any of our bipartisan concerns.” ### Read More

Financial Services Committee Passes Huizenga-Garrett Fed Bill

2014/07/30

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 Financial Services Committee passed the Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency (FRAT) Act by a vote of 32 to 26: “Today, we took important steps toward establishing a more appropriate level of transparency at the Fed.  As things stand now, the Fed’s regulatory activities take place behind a fraternity-like veil of secrecy, obstructing openness, and preventing proper accountability.  And when it comes to monetary policy, like the Wizard of Oz, it’s time we bring the Fed out from behind the curtain.  Now that the Financial Services Committee has acted, I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Hensarling and House Leadership to ensure that this bill passes both chambers and is quickly advanced to the president's desk.” The bill requires the Federal Reserve to conduct cost-benefit analysis when it adopts new rules. The bill enhances the Federal Reserve’s accountability to Congress in the conduct of regulatory policy and requires transparency about the Federal Reserve’s bank stress tests and about international financial regulatory negotiations conducted by the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The legislation further requires the Federal Reserve to disclose the salaries of highly paid employees and requires those employees to abide by the same ethical requirements as other federal financial regulators. Text of H.R. 5018 can be found here and a section by section analysis of the legislation is available here. ### Read More

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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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