Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

King Re-Introduces Bill to Protect Holders of US Intellectual Property Rights from China

2017/02/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing legislation that punishes the People's Republic of China for its failure to protect the holders of United States intellectual property rights.

“The creative genius of Americans, protected by our copyrights, trademarks and patents, is systematically being pirated by the Chinese whose government appears to be complicit,” said King. “My bill directs the President to impose duties on merchandise from China in an amount equivalent to the estimated annual loss of revenue to holders of U.S. intellectual property rights as a result of violations of such intellectual property rights in China. The revenue raised by the imposition of duties on Chinese merchandise will be proportionally distributed to provide compensation to holders of United States intellectual property rights.

China is responsible for an estimated 50-80% of international IP theft with an estimated annual loss of over $300 billion to the U.S. economy alone. My message to China, the leading pirates of U.S. intellectual property, is pay us now, or pay us later. My bill would allow for better protection of IP which would encourage significantly more research, development investment and economic growth, creating more jobs and protecting the work products of hard working Americans.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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King, Cruz Re-Introduce Expatriate Terrorist Act

2017/02/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) of 2017, which would allow the U.S. government under certain circumstances to revoke the citizenship of Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has also re-introduced the companion bill in the Senate. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) are Senate cosponsors of the ETA.

“Over past years, many vulnerabilities to American security have emerged,” said King. “ Some American citizens have sworn allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations (FTO’s), and that is why Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and I have re-introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA).  Upon taking an oath to a FTO, American terrorists have voluntarily renounced their citizenship. Such individuals who commit acts of terror against the United States are demonstrating they no longer uphold their pledge to our country. Regardless of prior citizenship, by birth or naturalization, ETA will make it clear that if a national of the U.S. chooses to take an oath or pledge allegiance to a FTO, that individual has affirmatively renounced American citizenship and relinquished all protection under the law. ”

“We know that Islamic radicalization is happening right here in the United States. Indeed, we’ve seen Americans like Anwar al-Awlaki, Faisal Shazad, and most recently, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, engage in hostilities against our country, and materially support terrorists who are waging war against us and our way of life. This is a threat that must be taken seriously.” Sen. Cruz said. “The Expatriate Terrorist Act will ensure that any American who forfeits their country to intentionally join ISIS will have their citizenship stripped and won’t be able to use a U.S. passport to come back and murder American citizens. I’m glad to join with my House colleague, Rep. Steve King on this important effort and I hope that Congress will come together to pass this bill as we work to once and for all acknowledge the real threat of radical Islamic terror and take the steps necessary to keep our country safe.”

To view the original bill text, click here.

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King Introduces Resolution Rebuking the Courts’ Actions Against President Trump’s Executive Order

2017/02/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing a resolution condemning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit for rejecting and ruling against President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“It is clear that Judge James L. Robart of the Western District of Washington brazenly ignored the Constitution, Federal law and court precedent in issuing a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s executive order, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,’” said King. “Ultimately the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit failed to reverse Judge Robart’s erroneous order and in the meantime, thousands of refugees who have not been properly vetted from seven terror-prone countries can continue entering our country.

The Immigration and Nationality Act at 8 U.S. Code 1182 gives the president the ultimate power to block foreigners from entering the country if they are considered ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.’ Today, we face the ongoing and increasing threat of radical Islamic jihad. As terrorism propagates around the world, President Trump understands attacks in other countries are not isolated incidents, and he acted fully within his constitutional means to protect the American people. I stand with President Trump and have introduced this resolution of disapproval to rebuke the court’s actions.”

To view the original text of the resolution, click here.

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King Re-Introduces The English Language Unity Act

2017/02/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, in the 115th Congress:

“The most unifying force in the world has always been a common language,” said King. “Almost without exception, every nation state, including the Vatican, has at least one official language – except the United States. My English Language Unity Act requires all official functions of the United States to be conducted in English.

Federal law has long required immigrants to learn English before they can become naturalized American Citizens. America has risen to superpower status because we have successfully assimilated multitudes through English. Today, only Leftists oppose Official English. It’s time to make English the Official Language of the Unites States.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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The Des Moines Public School Board to Violate the Constitution and Two Federal Laws

2017/02/07

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement concerning the Des Moines Public School Board introducing two unconstitutional immigration resolutions this evening:

“Today, the Des Moines Public School Board will be considering two immigration resolutions, including a “sanctuary” resolution that violates both the Constitution’s supremacy clause and two federal laws,” said King.  “Creating a policy that allows the school to refuse to cooperate and to prohibit all school employees from cooperating with ICE officials and their inquiries regarding students or their families, this resolution would be in direct violation of  8 U.S. Code 1373 which states no one shall  ‘prohibit, or in any way restrict…information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.’

This resolution could also lead to future criminal investigations by empowering the Superintendent to evade inquiries from ICE officials which would violate 8 U.S. Code 1324 that deals with harboring illegal aliens. This code clearly states if any person knowingly ‘harbors or shields from detection…in any place,’ they could ‘be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.’ Not only does this resolution undermine the Rule of Law by obstructing ICE officials from enforcing the law, but it is also blatantly unconstitutional and could lead to a Class C or Class D felony conviction.  I am incredulous that the school board would come to this kind of motivation or conclusion given that the Trump administration has previously stated they will withhold any federal funds that would go to any sanctuary jurisdiction in America.

Motivated by pure political agenda, the second resolution asks the Iowa congressional delegation to support the BRIDGE Act and the 5,500 students in Iowa who have registered under the DACA program. I will never support the lawless actions of former President Barack Obama when he illegally instituted this program with a stroke of a pen, circumventing the Constitution and attempting to normalize criminal behavior."

Congressman King sent a letter with the above information to both Superintendent Thomas Ahart, Ed.D  and Chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson.

To view the letter, click here

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King Re-Introduces National Right To Work Act

2017/02/01

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the National Right To Work Act in the 115th Congress along with Congressman Joe Wilson. This bill would repeal the provisions in federal law that make "forced dues" the default labor law of the country:

“Today, around 80% of Americans overwhelmingly believe that every worker and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment,” said King. “Unfortunately when Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, this right was taken away from the people and Americans were forced to pay union dues and abide by the union’s rules just to get or keep a job.

"As early as 1947, Congress tacitly admitted that this concept of ‘monopoly bargaining’ does indeed violate the rights of workers. As a result, they allowed states to ‘opt-out’ if they passed Right to Work laws while making ‘forced unionization’ the default. Twenty-seven states have now done so, effectively mitigating the negative impact of this misguided federal labor law. However, the fact remains that Congress created the problem in the first place, and it is Congress’s responsibility to correct it. The National Right to Work Act will succeed in doing so by simply listening to the majority of American workers by erasing the forced-dues clauses in federal statute -- without adding a single letter to federal law.”

“As a long-time advocate of South Carolina’s right to work law and the Employee Rights Act, I am grateful to introduce national right to work legislation with my colleague, Congressman Steve King,” said Congressman Joe Wilson. “At least 80 percent of Americans are opposed to forcing employees to pay dues as a condition of their employment, and our bill would protect workers by eliminating the forced-dues clauses in federal statute.

“Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen first-hand that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms. We need to expand common-sense reforms, like those in the National Right to Work Act to protect American workers and create jobs.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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King Re-Introduces the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act

2017/01/30

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act in the 115th Congress along with Senator Mike Lee, who introduced the companion bill in the Senate:

“No one can claim to be a fiscal conservative if they think the federal government needs to inflate the cost of wages,” said King. “Originally passed in Congress in the 1930’s, the last Jim Crow Law left in America to keep African Americans out of the Labor force in New York, the Davis-Bacon wage scale is an outdated law that sets the federal wage scale at union scale. I first dealt with Davis-Bacon wage scales when I started my construction company in 1975. The federal government dictated wage scale to all of my employees on federally funded projects. Micromanaging and disrupting the efficiencies in our businesses has ultimately resulted in an average of 20% higher costs to taxpayers. Simply put, we are bleeding red ink in the federal government. Rather than increasing costs by billions of dollars and restricting our free market, all that should be required is for the employer and the employee to agree on salary and benefits."

“The Davis-Bacon Act is an 80-year-old wage subsidy law that requires all federally funded projects worth more than $2,000 to pay workers a so-called ‘prevailing wage,’” Sen. Mike Lee said. “However, the ‘prevailing wage’ is determined not by market forces operating in reality, but by federal bureaucrats operating in Washington, DC. As a result, federal contractors are charged, on average, a 22 percent premium on their labor costs above what private companies pay for the same project. Repealing the outdated, costly Davis-Bacon Act will give federal contractors the ability to hire more workers of all skill level, while lowering the overall costs of federal transportation construction projects.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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King Welcomes the 44th March for Life to Washington D.C.

2017/01/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement today welcoming the 44th annual March for Life to our Nation’s capital:

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

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King Introduces Choices in Education Act of 2017

2017/01/23

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the Choices in Education Act of 2017. This bill would both promote and protect school choice by ensuring States the ability to carry out their education voucher program and by giving parents the ability to choose the best form of education for their children.                       

“As the spouse of a former Iowa teacher, I understand that it’s the right thing for our children to take education decisions out of the hands of the federal government, and back into the rightful hands of parents who know how best to meet the educational needs of own children,” said King. “The Choices in Education Act does so by repealing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and therefore, limiting the authority of the Secretary of Education. This bill will ensure that the Secretary is properly making payments to the States regarding voucher programs and that the States are complying with school choice requirements.

In order to receive a grant or voucher under my legislation, the State must ensure that the funds be distributed appropriately on a per pupil basis. Additionally and most importantly, this bill makes it lawful for the parent to make the ultimate decision between public, private or home-school education for their children. This freedom of choice will result in parents being able to send their children to safer, better schools by taking Federal dollars from failing programs like No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Common Core, reinsuring them direct control over important educational decisions. This is an opportunity to work for the well-being of our country by reclaiming our culture. This bill instills competition back into our K-12 schools. The result will be better, more effective schools, public or private.

Finally, this legislation also includes my previously introduced bill - the No Hungry Kids Act which would repeal the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new standards that have left children across the nation hungry due to calorie rationing throughout the school day.  The original goal of the school lunch program was – and is – to ensure students receive enough nutrition to be healthy, and to learn. The misguided nanny state, as advanced by Michelle Obama's misnamed ‘Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act’ as interpreted by former Secretary Vilsack, forces every child on a diet because some kids are overweight. This act replaces those standards, prohibits the USDA's from rationing calories, and protects the right of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice. Schools must be serving our students as much nutritious food as they need, so that our students can grow, learn, and excel, in school and out of school – in the classroom and on the playing field.”

To view the original text of the bill, click here

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King Announces Committee Assignments for 115th Congress

2017/01/18

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement announcing his committee assignments and subcommittee chairmanship for the 115th Congress:

“I am pleased to announce that for the 115th Congress, I will once again be part of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Small Business Committee, said King. “I am also honored to be appointed the chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice by Chairman Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee. As a full-spectrum, Constitutional Conservative, I am a strong believer in the Rule of Law, and I always carry a copy of the Constitution in my coat pocket. Representing the leading agricultural district in the Nation and as the founder of a small business, I look forward to working with my fellow Members on both sides of the aisle as we strive to lead on the issues facing Iowa and our Nation.”

After announcing the new leadership team for the House Judiciary Committee, Chairman Bob Goodlatte said, “Congressman Steve King is a valuable member of the House Judiciary Committee.  His expertise on many of the issues facing our nation and the Committee make him well-suited to serve as Chairman of the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee.  I look forward to working with him as we seek to safeguard Americans’ liberties and promote an efficient and just legal system.”

Rep. Steve King’s Committee Assignments for the 115th Congress:

House Judiciary Committee

-Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

House Committee on Agriculture

House Small Business Committee 

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Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron for 38 years and are members of St. Martin’s Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

King studied math and science at Northwest Missouri State University. He started King Construction in 1975 and built the business up from one bulldozer. He brings valuable knowledge to Congress as an agribusinessman and a small business owner for 28 years. King’s oldest son now runs the construction business.

He served in the Iowa State Senate for six years where he assumed roles as Chairman of the State Government Committee and Vice Chairman of the Oversight Budget Subcommittee. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business and Labor Committee and the Commerce Committees. He worked in the State Senate to successfully eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa.

King was elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District. During the 2012 election cycle, Iowa was redistricted to four districts. King now represents the Fourth Congressional District in the 113th Congress which includes: Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer. He brings personal experience, Constitutional principles, traditional marriage and family values and the perspective of representing one of the top producing agriculture districts in the nation to the people of Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District.

King serves on the Agriculture Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. He has long been dedicated to adding value as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as possible, as many times as possible. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America. It will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production. The Fourth District will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. King’s very first bill in Congress was an expansion of a tax credit to small ethanol and biodiesel producers. His language was included in the Energy Users Act of 2005, which President George W. Bush signed into law.

As 97% of Iowa’s businesses are small business, King received a special waiver to serve on the House Small Business Committee so he could work to restrict government regulations that impede the growth of business and jobs. He continues to sit on the Small Business Committee as he serves Iowa’s new Fourth District and he brings with him to the Committee firsthand knowledge of challenges faced by small business owners. He also sits on the following Subcommittees within Small Business: Agriculture, Energy and Trade; Healthcare and Technology; Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access; Contracting and Workforce.

King is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read with the intent of our Founding Fathers in mind. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket.

King also chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus that is best known for energizing Republicans to regain the majority of the House of Representatives in 1994.


Serving With

Rod Blum

IOWA's 1st DISTRICT

David Young

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT