Scott Garrett

Scott Garrett


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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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