Steve King

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King Amendment to House CRomnibus


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video statement on the amendment he is offering to the House Rules Committee to the “CRomnibus” funding bill in the United States House. King’s amendment will fund all of the government until January 30 of next year but will prohibit any and all funds from being used to carry out the president’s lawless, unconstitutional executive amnesty in all its forms. [[{"fid":"310","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"cromnibus","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"cromnibus","height":"385","width":"658","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here. To view the full text of the King Amendment, click here. Read More

King: No Provision for Funding Now and Fighting Later


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King released the following statement regarding the upcoming vote on continued funding of the federal government. House Leaders are preparing to move an omnibus spending bill that would provide funding for all departments of government except the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) which would be funded in a short term continuing resolution(CR). The President of the United States has violated the separation of powers doctrine of the Constitution by lawlessly issuing executive amnesty directives for an estimated 5 million people. A short term CR for DHS coupled with full funding of the balance of government until September 30th gives away almost all of the leverage of Congress to restrain a president by using the “power of the purse.” "The promise to fight later is not new but an actual all out effort by Congress to defund Obama's violations thereby defending the Constitution would be new,” said King. “This battle must be enjoined and the time is now. Anything less and House Republicans will have funded unconstitutional acts. All of us took an oath to defend the Constitution. Our oath means do so come what may. There is no provision for funding now and fighting later. There is no exception for political expediency and we will be called upon in early January to take the oath for the next Congress. “If we fund DHS for a short time without spending limitations stripping Obama Amnesty, we will have lost our Constitutional virtue. It will be nearly impossible to get it back in Congress or in the courts. That's why I'll offer an amendment to restore immigration policy back to current law. Keep in mind, the Obama Administration issued DACA cards and work permits during the shutdown. They would not hesitate to shut down DHS because USCIS employees were paid on time while Border Patrol agents had to wait until after the shutdown. “To preserve leverage, my amendment will fund all of the government until January 30 of next year but will prohibit any and all funds from being used to carry out the president’s unconstitutional, executive amnesty in all its forms.”     Read More

King Statement on Present Vote for Yoho Bill


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King spoke on the House Floor today on H.R. 5759, “The Executive Amnesty Prevention Act,” also known as the Yoho Bill. King voted present on H.R. 5759. King supports Representative Ted Yoho but is determined to defund the lawless acts of this President. [[{"fid":"308","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"yoho","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"yoho","height":"395","width":"674","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To watch Congressman Steve King’s remarks, click here. Read More

King on Ebola: This Threat Must be Contained and Controlled


Washington, D.C.  - Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the Iowa National Guard announced that by the order of the Secretary of Defense, the 294th Area Support Medical Company, Iowa Army National Guard based in Washington, Iowa has a pending mobilization in support of the Operation United Assistance. This will affect approximately 80 soldiers from that unit. “God Bless everyone who is willing to go to the Ebola stricken regions in Africa,” said King. “I have many times said they should be volunteers for a mission to fight an unseen, lethal enemy. As part of the Iowa family, our prayers go with you all. Except for U.S. citizens quarantined upon their arrival, the President should immediately halt travel between the U.S. and any country that is a source of the Ebola outbreak.  According to the State Department 13,500 foreign nationals from Sierra Leon, Guinea, and Liberia have been granted travel visas for the U.S.  These individuals could pose a serious threat to the public health and security of the U.S.  This threat must be contained and controlled.” Read More

Steve King op-ed in Breitbart: Protecting the Constitutional Balance of Power from Executive Amnesty


President Barack Obama was right when he said on May 10, 2011, "sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how a democracy works." And when he said, on March 28, 2011, "with respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed." Those quotes are from before his re-election. Apparently his belief about "how democracy works" was a ploy. Now, he wants to unilaterally rewrite immigration law, and illegally grant amnesty to millions. Since he was reelected, and (apparently) once his Democrat colleagues get through the midterms, he now believes he can suspend deportations for anyone and ignore immigration law altogether. And for the benefit of the Constitutional professors among us, there is no magical section of the Constitution that says a president can use executive power if Congress fails to enact his will.  Our Republic will not long survive if we continue to allow a president to defy the Constitution, let alone the will of the people. Congress will have a chance to act in December. We can write a provision that specifically defunds any action the President may take to weaken enforcement of immigration law. One such as the amendment I offered in September.  However, if we take another road, and enact an Omnibus appropriations bill that runs the course of the Fiscal Year with no mention of immigration enforcement, Congress will have no leverage. We will not have the ability to exercise the power of the purse, the only power this president appears to respect.  Some say we should wait until after the President has acted. He's already started.  "When the cat's away, the mice will play," as the adage goes, and the Obama Administration is making the moves that Democrats in tight races claim to oppose, while the nation is focused on those tight races.  Now, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is already soliciting bids that contemplate a "surge" scenario where a bidder would need to handle 9 million new immigration I.D. cards "to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements" and a total of 34 million over five years. Of course, this Request for Proposal contemplates an action the President is already planning. He has laid the groundwork to make sure he can print an extra 9 million documents for those he plans to amnesty. Additionally, they have already announced extensions of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras and Nicaragua nationals that will grant them work permits, along with a program to push 100,000 Haitians to the front of the line so they can enter the United States and “legally” work. Recently, President Obama proudly declared, “make no mistake; my policies are on the ballot, every one of them.” That means everyone has a chance to vote for or against his vision for America. This is absolutely correct. The President has promised to violate his oath to the Constitution, the oath he took on Jan 20, 2013, and his word as late as March 28, 2011. We are now seeing the outline for his future lawlessness. I have been one of the vanguard moving to defund unconstitutional executive action and urge everyone interested in defending the Constitution to step up and guard a post. This winter will be a pivotal moment in the President's attempt to obfuscate the meaning of the Constitution and steal power for himself. Congress must act. Use the power of the purse. Restore the Constitution. Refurbish the pillars of American Exceptionalism.  Now. To view the original article, click here. Read More

King: We are Headed for a Constitutional Crisis if President Grants Amnesty


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in reaction to the leaked amnesty details this morning:  “This President has been floating the trial balloon on executive amnesty for a long time,” said King. “Today, new details surfaced that the President plans to attempt amnesty as early as next Friday, sending us into a Constitutional crisis.   The President was right when he said on March 28, 2011, ‘with respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.’ And when he said, on May 10, 2011, ‘sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself.  But that’s not how a democracy works.’ Well, now we know that his belief about ‘how democracy works’ was a ploy. Now he wants to unilaterally rewrite immigration law granting illegal amnesty to millions. The audacity of this President to think he can completely destroy the Rule of Law with the stroke of a pen is unfathomable to me. It is unconstitutional, it is cynical, and it violates the will of the American people. Our Republic will not stand if we tolerate a President who is set upon the complete destruction of the Rule of Law. I am calling on all of my colleagues in the House to use the power of the purse to protect our Article I authority. This is about defending our oath to the Constitution too. We cannot allow Barack Obama’s anticipated, unconstitutional act to be implemented, for if it is it will destroy the pillars of American Exceptionalism.  Come what may – we must always protect the Constitution.”   Read More

King: We Must Maintain Free Trade Between the States


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the California Egg Law lawsuit being rejected. This lawsuit was filed by the state of Missouri, along with five others, to eliminate a California law that prohibits the sale of eggs laid by hens held in cages they deem “too small.” Mr. King’s Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which the California lawsuit originates from, was attached to the House Farm Bill during markup in the House Agriculture Committee last year but was ultimately not accepted with the final Farm Bill Act of 2014. This act would prohibit any state from enacting laws that place restrictions on the means of production for agricultural goods that are sold within the state but are produced in other states. "It is not surprising that the egg lawsuit was rejected by the 9th Circuit on a technicality. California's law regulating egg producers in other states is unconstitutional and anti-consumer,” said King. “It is trade protectionism for California egg producers who are handicapped by a foolish California policy that would regulate them out of business without protection from competition from Iowa and other states. Now we renew our efforts at additional litigation and legislation. If we fall short of fixing this problem, the result will be trade retaliation from other state legislatures. It's hard to push for free trade with foreign countries when we have to admit that we can't, at least for now, maintain free trade between the states. I think I can do without California wine longer than they can without our eggs.” Read More

King: America is a Strong and Powerful Nation


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in remembrance of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: “Today we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost and honor the heroes of the horrible tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001,” said King. “The powerful story of 9/11 and the resolve of the American people during that time of struggle will be known for generations to come. In the wake of this tragedy, Americans of all backgrounds and ideologies became unified as one. Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of the lives lost during the attacks. There is no amount of time that erases that terrible feeling of loss, but I pray that they have found new hope and peace in the memories of their loved ones. We are also thankful for the heroism of those first responders who laid their lives on the line for the sake of others. May we unite together today and always in service for our great country in the same remarkable way that Americans came together now 13 years ago. This day should also be a reminder that we must always keep a watchful eye on our enemies. The fight against those who want to take our freedom and liberty from us is far from over. Our Nation needs Americans to come together and pray for a path toward a more peaceful tomorrow. America is a strong and powerful Nation, and we will never forget 9/11.” Read More

King to Miller: Follow the Law and Protect Iowans


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after a recent email from the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller advised county attorneys to disregard Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer orders and release suspected illegal immigrants from custody: Attorney Supervisor, Corwin Ritchie, advised all county attorneys the below in an email on May 22, 2014: "We recommend that you review your jail’s practices with regard to ICE detainers in light of the...potential civil liability those practices entail.  While not yet clear in Iowa, it is doubtful that the 48 hour hold requested by the I-247 detainer will offer protection from liability....We recognize that this notice may raise more questions than provide answers in this developing area of law."  “Iowa's chief law enforcement officer is thwarting a policy that simply ensures that immigration law is enforced against threats to public safety,” said King. “Attorney General Tom Miller appears to have given in to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the cost of endangering the health and safety of Iowans and the Rule of Law. AG Miller's message to local law enforcement is not a reasoned legal argument but instead an act of choosing sides against the best interests of Iowans and public safety. Federal ICE detainer orders are clear, precise and mandatory. The law states that agencies ‘shall maintain custody of the alien,’ once an ICE detainer order on a prisoner is issued. Attorney General Miller's office still, remarkably, told all 99 counties in Iowa that the ICE detainer orders are simply requests. These ICE detainer orders are used to make sure that aliens that commit serious crimes are not released back in the public when they should be lawfully deported back to their native countries. Federal law clearly states that it is mandatory to honor detainer orders. Furthermore, no binding precedent in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals or in Iowa state court disputes the plain language of the detainer orders. Thankfully, the ultimate decision to follow the law and protect Iowans is not in the hands of Attorney General Miller. I call on all Iowa law enforcement to follow the law and protect their citizens.” My op-ed in National Review on August 26, 2014: The ACLU vs. the Rule of Law. Read More

National Review: King op-ed: The ACLU vs. the Rule of Law


Immigration enforcement has been under attack since our current president was sworn in, despite his constitutional oath requiring him to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” The systematic breakdown of immigration law enforcement under the Obama administration has wrought severe consequences. We see hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens overwhelming the Border Patrol in Texas. Interior enforcement has dwindled to anemic levels, sending the message that if you break our laws, there are few consequences. Now, a new front in this war against the rule of law has come to Iowa. Twenty-two of 99 Iowa county sheriffs have bowed to the ACLU by refusing to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers on criminal aliens. ICE detainer orders are to ensure that criminal aliens already in custody — usually of local law-enforcement agencies — will be held for up to 48 hours to give ICE time to assume custody. Detainer orders are issued for those who have committed serious criminal offenses; they are a commonsense way of helping local law enforcement and ICE conserve valuable resources while they protect our communities. ICE detainer orders are based on immigration law, which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to promulgate regulations necessary to detain individuals who are subject to removal. Federal regulation covering detainer orders clearly states that an agency “shall maintain custody of the alien” if it receives an order. This unequivocal language clearly articulates a local law-enforcement obligation to honor detainer orders. But, for the Obama administration and the ACLU, amnesty trumps the law. On February 25, 2014, Dan Ragsdale, who was then the acting director of ICE, issued a letter stating that ICE detainers “are not mandatory as a matter of law.” This remarkable sleight of hand was parroted straight from the ACLU. In 2012, the ACLU sent a “fact” sheet to local law-enforcement agencies claiming that ICE detainers were not mandatory because no actual penalty for non-compliance existed. The staggering implication of the ACLU argument is that one is not compelled to obey a law unless the fear of consequences compels one to comply. The ACLU/Ragsdale rationale, coupled with an ACLU letter threatening litigation if local law-enforcement agencies honor ICE detention orders, creates a legal question for county sheriffs. If ICE detainers were not mandatory, then local law-enforcement agencies might be liable if they mistakenly detained a person. However, the plain language of the law states that the law enforcement “shall” hold the criminal alien. No binding precedent in the Eighth Circuit, the federal appeals court that covers Iowa, says otherwise, and until such time that it does, all law enforcement in Iowa is bound to follow the law and honor detainer orders. Fear of frivolous ACLU lawsuits is no excuse to ignore lawful orders from the federal government. This is a legal fight worth having, and the law is on the side of those who are defending immigration enforcement. Even in the White House, where they are guilty of dereliction of duty in not enforcing the law, administration officials still claim that they prioritize removing aliens who commit crimes and victimize citizens. It would be constructive to see Attorney General Holder value legal consistency over political expediency by informing local law enforcement that federal immigration law is supreme and they are required to honor ICE detainer orders. It is disappointing to witness a commonsense policy, designed to keep criminals off the street, frustrated by a lawless administration and a radical left-wing group. In fiscal year 2013 alone, 212,455 ICE detainer orders were filed. Imagine a world where all of these criminal aliens were immediately set free. ICE does not have the resources to relocate them, certainly not before many of them commit more crimes against citizens all across the country. I call on all law-enforcement agencies to stand firm on this critical issue. We cannot allow the ACLU threats to determine our immigration and law-enforcement policy. Reckless lawlessness has already resulted in millions of people living illegally in the country, and in a border crisis that has shocked many Americans. The only path to restoring the rule of law starts by respecting and enforcing the laws already on the books. The safety of our communities and the future of our country depend upon it. If we bow to the outrageous demand of the ACLU and ignore detainer orders, the price will be paid by thousands of crime victims who would otherwise have been protected by law. — Steve King is a Republican U.S. representative from Iowa.   Read More

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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.

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