Steve King

Steve King


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

King Joint Statement on Latest Developments in Israel


Congressman Steve King (IA-04) partnered with his colleagues, Representatives Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Paul Broun (GA-10), and Michele Bachmann (MN-06) on the following statement on the latest developments in Israel: "Instead of supporting Israel's right of self-defense against Hamas rocket fire and death tunnels, this administration played to the hands of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry bear a responsibility for devising an ill-advised ceasefire and for the loss of life suffered by our best ally. Their obsessive calls at any price for a ceasefire and undue pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, allowed Hamas terrorists to advance and improve their position. This contributed today to the further loss of Israeli soldiers, innocent civilians, and the kidnapping of Israeli Defense Force 2nd Lieutenant Hadar Goldin. We wish to extend our support to the family of 2nd Lieutenant Goldin and the families of all the fallen and wounded soldiers." Read More

King: How to Get to YES on Border Bill


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after hosting Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the guest speaker this morning at the Conservative Opportunity Society, a Members only breakfast. Sessions delivered a message which resonated with House core conservatives that the immigration border bill must have two legislative fixes. The result of the breakfast meeting is summarized in the language below that is now garnering support around the Capitol. Below is the proposal House conservatives provided to House Leadership: “As it is currently written, the proposed supplemental (H.R. 5230) is inadequate to earn our support. If the DACA fix (Cruz/Blackburn, H.R. 5160) is included, and the Chaffetz/Goodlatte OTM/UAC fix (H.R. 5137) is substituted for the extremely problematic OTM/UAC language currently in the bill, we will support the bill. This is our effort to get to "yes" on a bill that addresses the problem, and puts Republicans in the driver's seat.” “This is an effort to get to yes,” said King. “And it is my hope that with this language we can become a 100% unified conference and stand together defending the Constitution, the Rule of Law, border security, and American’s economic security.” Read More

King: I’m Watching the Rule of Law be Deconstructed by this Administration


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King today released his questioning of the witnesses in the House Judiciary Committee on the “Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”: [[{"fid":"294","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"usics","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"usics"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"usics","title":"usics","height":"414","width":"693","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here. Read More

"Man Caused Disaster" On the Southern Border


The clarion call has sounded from President Obama and the pundits residing in Washington D.C. that Congress should "do something." Lost in this theory of governing by crisis, is that President Obama's actions created this historic calamity on the border. This is a "man caused disaster" and the man who caused it is Barack Obama. Waiting for President Obama to enforce the law is akin to waiting for Godot. President Obama is as likely to secure the border as he is to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We are looking at two and a half long years of watching hundreds of thousands, even millions, of illegal immigrants flood our country and our services unless we find a way to circumvent the feckless will of the president and secure the border even, if need be, against his will. The only other authorities with the ability to secure the border are the border state governors. It is time for Congress to call upon the border state governors to call out their national guard to secure our national border. Governors have the power to do so under Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution. Current legislative tactics have been to react to a crisis by pushing for urgent action, too often without careful consideration. This tactic generally includes a "package" filled with varied pieces of legislation that may or may not survive scrutiny on their own. This approach is usually designed to garner votes and to provide cover for Members of Congress who do not want to be on record for particular proposals or who want to be seen as "doing something." Such a package would have no chance to pass the Senate or to be enacted into law. Senate Democrats would likely load it up with Gang of Eight amnesty provisions, virtually guaranteeing its failure.  The stakes are too high to simply create a package for the sake of doing something. We need to concentrate on real fixes. The House needs to bring narrow individual proposals up for consideration, a vote, and them send them to the Senate. I propose the House implement a four part strategy, one for each legislative day of the last week before the annual August break. Each would be designed to actually address sovereignty and the open border crisis centered now at McAllen, Texas. On Monday, our first piece of legislation should be a House Resolution, closely drafted to the principles laid out in a new resolution by Rep.Trent Franks, reflecting the points compiled in a House Judiciary memo by Chairman Bob Goodlatte. In short, the president's lawless DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy and the constant promise of full amnesty is the cause of the calamity. He can end this crisis by rescinding the policies and restoring the Rule of Law. The resolution should also include a call on the border state governors to secure the borders with the commitment of the House to fund their effort. On Tuesday, the House should bring to the floor a supplemental appropriation bill to directly fund border states who call up their national guard to secure the border. We are learning that there are jobs an American president won't do, among them are the jobs of enforcing the law and securing the border. Since the president won't secure our border, let's fund the governors who will. I have introduced H Res. 675 supporting the Constitutional authority of our governors to call up the National Guard to defend their border. Congress can empower them with funds to assist in the effort. This necessary action is a funding obligation of the federal government. On Wednesday, the House should take up and pass a simple fix to the 2008 Human Trafficking bill which was passed without a recorded vote by a Democrat House and Senate on the last day of the 110th Congress and after last votes when most Members had left town for Christmas. This Act is not the cause of the crisis on our border but it does contribute to the problem. President Obama supported a fix to the "non contiguous" language in this law before open borders amnesty advocates convinced him to reverse his position. It makes no sense to treat all unaccompanied minors as trafficking victims when they or their parents are those who are hiring the coyotes to transport them in the first place. When one hires a human trafficker to traffic themselves or a family member, they cannot be automatically declared a "victim" of their own actions. On Thursday, we need to deal with the asylum issue and creation of a mechanism for expedited processing of the aliens already here. It is vital to ensure this process does not turn into an assembly line of amnesty. There are some excellent ideas that have emerged from the working group led by Rep. Granger of Texas. We do need very temporary housing, nothing better than the canvas resources that are good enough for our military. Electronic "Skype" type hearings can utilize judicial resources from all across the country. "Last in, first out" can send the right message of deterrence to the home countries.  Orderly and swift adjudication while containing aliens as close to the border as possible will produce the best results. All of these proposals are unlikely to pass the Senate where Harry Reid has held up over 300 other House bills. Regardless, the United States House of Representatives owes it to the American people to provide solutions to this "man caused disaster". If the proposed work of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday should be enacted into law, we can expect the border to be secured by the states. If the proposed work for Thursday becomes law, we can expect to begin to clean up the mess of a human tragedy created by lawless policy. "The president may then revisit the Constitution he once taught, "He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Read More

King Chairs Ag Subcommittee to Examine Food Stamp Program


Washington, DC - Congressman Steve King, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition, held a public hearing to examine the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in relation to other federal assistance programs. SNAP is designed primarily to increase the food purchasing power of eligible low-income households to help them buy a nutritional, low-cost diet. SNAP benefits are fully financed by the federal government; administrative costs are shared between state governments and the federal government. In recent years, the cost of the program has increased from $37.6 billion in 2008 to nearly $80 billion in 2013. Likewise, participation in the program has grown from 28.2 million participants in 2008 to 47.6 million in 2013. Subcommittee Members used the hearing to learn more about the program, including how it addresses hunger, how it is linked to other federal programs, and how opportunities or barriers impact the ability of low-income families to secure employment and job training to lift themselves out of poverty and off of SNAP. "No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, we can all agree on the importance of SNAP in helping those in need. However, with soaring deficits and an out-of-control national debt, we must be mindful of this grave fiscal situation. We, as Members of Congress, have a responsibility to the American people to oversee federal programs paid for by the taxpayer to ensure that they are operating in the most efficient, cost-effective manner," said Chairman Steve King. The full archived webcast is linked here. Witness List: Ms. Sidonie Squier, Secretary, New Mexico Human Services Department, Santa Fe, New Mexico; on behalf of the Secretary's Innovation Group Mr. Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. Ms. Stacy Dean, Vice President for Food Assistance Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, D.C. Read More

King Calls on Border Governors to Deploy National Guard to Secure Border


Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing a resolution calling upon the border state Governors to deploy their National Guard units immediately to seal the border: “There is nothing in President Obama’s $3.7 billion request that secures our border,” said King. “Even though this President has the power to close the border, I know that he never will. In fact he refuses to do so. The American people must understand that this surge in illegals coming across our border is a presidential-caused crisis. This President's lawless actions such as DACA have caused this nightmare. These actions clearly demonstrate that he is not bound by the Constitution and will not take seriously his obligation to defend our sovereign borders. This crisis is devastating our communities and putting the burden on American taxpayers.  Right now there is an incentive for illegals to continue to pour across our border, and the only way to discourage them is to seal our border and send them back. Therefore we call upon the southern border Governors to call up their National Guard units to secure the border. This resolution also commits the United States House to funding the states for the cost of securing our border. These are the only supplemental appropriations the House should be considering.”   To view the original resolution, click here. List of Representative original co-sponsors: Michele Bachmann (MN-06) Michael Burgess (TX-26) Rob Bishop (UT-01) Jeff Duncan (SC-03) Jimmy Duncan (TN-02) John Fleming (LA-04) Trent Franks (AZ 08) Bob Gibbs (OH-07) Phil Gingery (GA-11) Louie Gohmert (TX-01) Walter Jones (NC-03) Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) Doug Lamborn (CO-05) Kenny Marchant (TX-24) Thomas Massie (KY-04) Tom McClintock (CA-04) Mark Meadows (NC-11) Mike Palazzo (MS-04) Bill Posey (FL-08) Tom Rice (SC-07) Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) Lamar Smith (TX-21) Steve Stockman (TX-36) Randy Weber (TX-14) Joe Wilson (SC-02) Ted Yoho (FL-03) 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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