Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

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

2014/07/29

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

2014/07/25

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

2014/07/25

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

2014/07/17

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

King: Repeal Davis-Bacon to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Help Small Businesses

2014/07/11

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following video excerpt on his remarks from the House Floor introducing his Davis-Bacon Amendment to H.R. 4923, FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: [[{"fid":"292","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"davis bacon","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"davis bacon"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"davis bacon","title":"davis bacon","height":"388","width":"648","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To view Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here. “This amendment strikes the funds that might be used to enforce the Davis Bacon wage scale. That’s a piece of legislation that passed here in this Congress sometime about 1931. It was designed to keep African Americans out of the Labor force in New York as they were building federal buildings. It comes down to this, when you have a relationship between two people and they agree to a wage scale that’s all that should be required; instead this federal minimum wage scale sets a union scale. It’s not prevailing wage, its union scale. I have dealt with Davis Bacon wage scales all of my business life. I started a construction company in 1975. We almost immediately had to deal with the federal government coming in and saying ‘on this side of the road you shall pay your shovel operator this, and on the other side of the road you shall pay him something that might be half or even more than that and the guy the has the grease gun gets this, and the guy that runs the excavator gets that.’ The federal government micromanaging and disrupting the efficiencies in our constructions companies results in far higher costs for our construction projects. We are bleeding red ink in the federal government. CBO made the recommendation that if we want to move towards balance, repeal of the Davis Bacon Act would be one of those things that would help us move in that direction. If my amendment is enacted into law, we will see a savings in this bill of 1.3 billion. No one can claim to be a physical conservative if they think the federal government needs to inflate the cost of wages. It’s an arbitrary, subjective decision - it’s not prevailing wage.” Read More

King: Hobby Lobby Landmark Religious Liberty Case

2014/07/01

Washington, DC _ Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case: "The Supreme Court came in with a resounding landmark decision in favor of Hobby Lobby," said King. "Hobby Lobby argued their religious convictions would not allow them to provide, to their employees under ObamaCare: sterilizations, abortion causing drugs, or certain contraceptives. Hobby Lobby asserted the federal government has no right to tell those who own a business that they must violate their most deeply held convictions or face a fine from the IRS that would eventually bankrupt the company. In the 5-4 decision, the majority opinion written by Justice Alito, concluded the Constitution means what it says and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 also means what it says. This landmark Hobby Lobby case blows a big hole in ObamaCare and there's more to come. I have long said that ObamaCare is unconstitutional for a number of reasons. I know of no legal scholar who predicted the rationale of Chief Justice Roberts in the first big legal challenge of ObamaCare. We should expect at least two more big cases to be decided by the high court. The most potentially devastating case to the Obama Agenda will likely be decided when the court rules on the origination clause in the Hotze v. Sibelius case. All revenue generating bills must start in the House. The Senate violated that principle by tearing a bill number off an unrelated, non revenue generating bill from the House and pasting the bill number onto a 2000 page ObamaCare bill. The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against the Obama Administration in 12 recent cases. This 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision is a strong indication the court will do more of its part to deconstruct ObamaCare. We cannot rest, however. No matter how much encouragement we feel as the courts begin to take ObamaCare apart, it is the job of Congress to listen to the people and pull ObamaCare out by its roots. I congratulate Hobby Lobby for standing on both their religious convictions and on Constitutional principles. All Americans benefit when principled people take a stand." Read More

King: Impeach AG Eric Holder unless Holder Appoints Special Prosecutor to Investigate IRS\Lerner

2014/06/27

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups. King also called for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder if he fails to do so. “There is a long list of obvious bias by Holder's Department of Justice,” said King. "We got the first taste of the injustice of Holder's Department of Justice when he cancelled the convictions of the New Black Panthers, the most open and shut case of voter intimidation in U.S. history. A long list of the subjects of Holder's targeting of conservatives is not balanced by evidence that Holder has investigated, convened a grand jury, or prosecuted anyone in the Obama Administration. Unlike a number of my colleagues, I have not called for Holder to resign or be removed by the president. I believe the evidence should be strong before such a call or change is made. Holder's silence on the IRS\Lois Lerner obstruction of the constitutionally based, Congressional oversight of the IRS targeting of President Obama's political opposition is the last straw. It is clear to every informed American, other than the most blindly loyal defenders of Obama, that justice can only be served with a special prosecutor or a special select committee. When a United States Senator, whose integrity is beyond reproach, is targeted for ‘exam’ by a highly placed IRS official, when that official has pleaded the 5th, and when two years of e-mails in seven different computers vanish into the thin air of cyberspace, there is no doubt left in my mind that justice must be served. When the Attorney General of the United States follows his leader by leading from behind, it's time to push him to the front one way or the other. History will not treat this administration kindly. Justice must be served. The IRS cannot be allowed to be weaponized to be used against political opponents. Eric Holder's refusal to do his job is resulting in an obstruction of justice. The Constitution provides a remedy, however reluctant we are to apply the remedy." In addition to the failure to investigate and prosecute the IRS for targeting certain political organizations, Attorney General Eric Holder has been involved in the following: DOJ was at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal that led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The House of Representatives voted him in contempt of Congress two years ago. DOJ created Dinesh D’souza’s politically motivated prosecution of violating the federal campaign finance laws by making false contributions. DOJ was involved in Obama’s labor-secretary nominee Tom Perez’ arranged quid pro quo deal  with the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. DOJ attempted to bring the 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Manhattan to be tried on U.S. soil. DOJ gave the Obama Administration the green light to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay without giving proper notice to Congress. DOJ has continuously refused to enforce our immigration laws. DOJ is doing nothing to investigate the seven “lost” hard drives in the IRS. The American people know that this is another fabricated lie from the IRS.   Read More

King Reacts to Crisis on the Border

2014/06/25

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following video excerpts from his questioning of the witnesses in the Full House Judiciary Committee on “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors.”   [[{"fid":"291","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"border","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"border"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"border","title":"border","height":"409","width":"685","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here. Read More

King Supports the Domestic Prosperity & Global Freedom Act

2014/06/25

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act: “Just last week, reports surfaced that Russia's State Controlled Gas Corporation, Gazprom, cut off natural gas exports to Ukraine,” said King. “The House Republicans have taken swift action to fill the natural gas void by passing H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act.  H.R. 6 will benefit America's economy by increasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to our European allies - that are currently held hostage by Russian gas. America is the largest producer of natural gas on Earth.  While our President stands idle watching and waiting for the Russians to retreat to their homeland, House Republicans have taken bold actions to help isolate Russia from the global economy.”   Read More

King Supports Customer Protection & End-User Relief Act

2014/06/24

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act of 2014. This bill reauthorizes and reforms the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). “Today, the House passed a bill that stimulates more growth for our agriculture economy,” said King. “It ensures further protections and accountability in our futures markets by requiring the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to utilize cost-benefit analysis and dramatically decreasing the adverse impact of new regulations by creating a new rule making process. Iowa’s producers deserve a secure financial services market they can depend upon. This bill reforms and reduces the burden of the nearly 60 regulations on financial products issued by the CFTC that were created by Dodd-Frank. This will encourage healthy and less burdensome regulation schemes on the financial services market and give future consumers the protections, clarity, and relief they need. I am grateful for Chairman Frank Lucas bringing this bill to the floor on behalf of myself and the rest of the Agriculture Committee.” Read More

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Committee Assignments

Agriculture

Judiciary

Small Business

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

Tom Latham

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT

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