Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

King’s Statement on the RFS in Energy and Commerce Subcommittee

2016/06/22

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement that was submitted into the record at the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in regards to the Implementation Standards of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS):

“I want to thank Chairman Whitfield and Ranking Member Rush for accepting my testimony today on the importance of maintaining the RFS program, said King.

Energy is at the heart of the American economy. Energy powers our homes and businesses, and it is vital that America has access to the most affordable and most extensive sources of energy possible. Moreover, our national security is also tied to the energy sector. If we rely on sources of energy that come from abroad, then we expose our nation to the whims of tyrants and terrorist sponsoring states. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was created with these goals in mind: to promote the development of affordable, low pollution, domestically produced fuel sources. Not only have these goals been met thus far, but the RFS and the work and innovation of our biofuels industry over the last few decades has allowed the fields that have fed the world, to fuel it as well.

To examine further the benefits of the RFS, I want to highlight an academic work done by professors Dermot Hayes of economics and finance at Iowa State University, and Xiaodong Du of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their analytical report entitled “The Impact of Ethanol Production on US and Regional Gasoline Markets: An Update to May 2009”, showcases the breathtaking and positive effects that ethanol and the RFS have had for the American economy. Their work concluded that in 2010 alone the effect of ethanol being blended into the fuel market lowered the price of the average gallon of gasoline by $0.89, saving Americans around $120 billion per year at the pump. They also concluded that if ethanol were suddenly removed from the fuel market altogether, the resulting gasoline price spike would be between 41% and 92%, crippling the US economy and almost certainly plunging our fragile economy back into recession.

Beyond the substantial economic benefits for American families, a Congressional Research report from 2012 asserts that in the first six years after the implementation of the RFS oil imports declined by 33%. Furthermore, this report forecasts that over the next 20 years US oil imports will be less than a third of what they would have been expected to be prior to passage of the RFS. This dramatic decrease in imported oil helps to safeguard the national security interests of the United States by insulating our economy from the supply shocks and price volatility that is intrinsic to the world’s petroleum market. Due to the irregularity of global production of crude and refined petroleum products, a reliance on these goods for energy exposes our nation to possible catastrophe. The oil crisis of the 1970s and the resulting stagflation serve as a warning and a reminder of the danger of relying on a 100% petroleum mandate. The oil crisis of the 1970s also reminds us of the damage that Iran, a known state sponsor of terrorism, can inflict on the US by manipulating their oil production. The RFS has tremendously reduced the amount of US dollars that have been sent to terrorist sponsoring nations, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is no serious doubt that if we had the RFS and our present biofuels industry in the 1970s, it would have substantially mitigated the very serious damage to our economy while, at the same time, limited or even eliminated the Great Farm Crisis of the 1980s. 

In my home of Iowa we all know the benefits of biofuels that I have outlined here, but unfortunately not everyone does. This is why I have championed the fight to maintain the original volumes of biofuels in the RFS. The biofuels industry has created countless American jobs and has spurred economic growth across our country. The biofuels sector has directly added $5.6 billion of GDP and 62,000 jobs to the state of Iowa alone. In Iowa we produced about 30% of the nation’s ethanol, saving Americans tens of billions of dollars at the pump each year. Furthermore, we can thank the ethanol industry for having reduced the annual carbon footprint of the United States by the equivalent of 27 million cars. It is thus imperative that the RFS not only continue to remain a policy of the United States, but one that is administered in accordance with established law.  

Unfortunately, this Administration, in a blatant violation of Congress’s Article I authority and in contravention of established US law, has begun to alter the RFS based on biased and arbitrary positions. Whether or not you agree with the plethora of hard science and academic work that illustrates the positive effects of the RFS, we must stand firm against the abuse of the program by this administration. It is with this in mind that I must stand in opposition to H.R. 5180, a bill that would reward this administration by enshrining into law the very abuse that this President has committed thus far. H.R. 5180 would grant legal cover to the EPA to continue its currently illegal policy of arbitrarily reducing the level of biofuels in America’s fuel economy.  The effect of this bill would be to undo the progress of the biofuels industry and the RFS thus far. The President’s abuse of the program has already stunted economic and job growth, leaving fuel prices high, and our nation more susceptible to foreign manipulation of the oil markets. H.R. 5180 would raise the petroleum mandate to 90.3%, weakening the United States and increasing the probability of another oil and economic crisis, similar to that of the 1970s. H.R. 5180 would only serve to aid this President in these endeavors, and to weaken our nation.

I urge Congress to preserve our Article I authority, and hold firm to established law. It’s time to reaffirm our support of the RFS; a program that has improved the quality of life of every American, and strengthened our national security. The RFS has been great for Iowa and great for America. It is the only tool that provides market access to ethanol and other renewable fuels so they can be sold in competition with the petroleum industry, which has benefited from a century of Federal subsidies and support. It strengthens our national security, decreases our dependence on foreign sources of energy, gives consumers lower cost options at the pump, and creates jobs for Americans. To weaken, reduce, or eliminate the RFS, as HR 5180 does, moves the US in the direction of a 100% petroleum mandate.”

 

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King’s Amendment Blocking Unaccompanied Alien Minors on Military Bases Passes

2016/06/16

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following House Floor statement on his amendment to H.R. 5293, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, that blocks unaccompanied alien minors on military bases by ensuring no funds are used by the DOD to carry out or in response to the “Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments Director, Joint Staff.” King’s amendment passed, and he ultimately supported the Department of Defense Appropriations Act:


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

To view the original amendment text, click here.

 

Congressman King also offered an amendment to H.R. 5293, Department of Defense Appropriations Act that ensures no funds are used by the DOD to enlist DACA youth in the United States military:


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

To view the original amendment text, click here.

 

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King Votes YES on Preventing IRS Abuse

2016/06/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting YES on H.R. 5053, Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act:

“Today the passage of Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act serves as an important win for religious liberty, conservative organizations and all Americans as Congress voted to remove a dangerous part in the IRS’s ability to discriminate for political purposes,” said King. “The Schedule B form, a mandate that requires non-profit groups to report the names of anyone who contributes more than $5,000 and that has been repeatedly used to target conservative groups, will no longer be required. Furthermore over the past few years, the IRS failed to provide any reason for why they actually needed this burdensome form. We must remain vigilant to remove every possible avenue for the IRS to unfairly target any American for their personal religious or political beliefs. Ultimately we should abolish the IRS and enact the FairTax.” 

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King Votes NO on Legislative Branch Appropriations Act

2016/06/10

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting NO on H.R. 5325, Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017.

“I introduced four separate amendments to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, none of which were made in order and allowed onto the House Floor.” said King. “My four amendments addressed transgender bathroom policy on Capitol Grounds, barred employment of those unlawfully present, empowered Capitol Police to enforce immigration laws and allowed lawful carry of firearms on Capitol Grounds.

In addition to the lack of consideration of my amendments, this bill appropriates spending at the previous $1.070 trillion level created by former Speaker Boehner. We cannot allow Congress to continue appropriating at such high levels, especially considering the nonessential funding exemplified in H.R. 5325. The United States’ current debt is over $19 trillion and this bill fails to achieve our goals to cut our spending levels.”

Mr. King’s Four Amendments to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act:

Amendment 1: Transgender bathroom policy

Amendment 2: Bars employment of those unlawfully present

Amendment 3: Empowers Capitol Police to enforce immigration laws

Amendment 4: Allows lawful carry of firearms on Capitol Grounds

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King Votes NO on Puerto Rico Bailout

2016/06/10

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting NO on H.R. 5278, Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA):

“I introduced three separate amendments to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act,”said King. “None of which were made in order and allowed onto the House Floor. I am confident my amendments would have taken the necessary strides to create accountability in both Puerto Rico and future situations as they would have prohibited restructuring of debt incurred before enactment of this bill, required the Oversight Board apply only to Puerto Rico and no other territories, and provided that this bill would not apply to any debt obligation supported by the full faith and credit of Puerto Rico.

This legislation not only fails to protect the guarantees made to debt holders, but it also sets a dangerous precedent for the future. Now, candidates for governor of Puerto Rico do not support this bailout. I voted NO on H.R.5278 because in its current form, this legislation would not return Puerto Rico to fiscal solvency, and I cannot vote for any legislation that does not move towards that end goal.”

Mr. King’s Three Amendments to PROMESA:

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Amendment 3

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King Remembers the Anniversary of D-Day

2016/06/06

 Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement to honor the anniversary of the tide turning battle of D-Day:

"On this day 72 years ago, the end of World War II began when allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches,” said King. "In this one, historic battle, more than 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded. Because of their sacrifice, our troops were then able to march across European terrain to ultimately defeat Hitler. These brave soldiers protected our stars and stripes and fought for our freedom.  I pray we will always support our military, especially today so that President Eisenhower's D-Day message will ring true; 'The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.' Let us never forget that these courageous soldiers took on the enemy directly, fighting for liberty and justice and securing our future of freedom.”

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King votes NO on Energy and Water Appropriations Act

2016/05/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting no on H.R. 5055, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

“The Maloney Amendment added to the Energy and Water  Appropriations Act would have undermined the Soul of America by forcing the federal government and a segment of the private sector to implement President Obama's lawless bathroom policy,” said King. “Additionally, this legislation would have been the most costly Energy and Water appropriation bill in history. It appropriated at the $1.070 trillion overall total discretionary budget level, breaking the original sequestration caps and violating our promise to the American public to rein in federal spending.

Section 110 of the bill did, however, improve the politically motivated EPA regulations permitted under WOTUS by prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from changing the definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act. I am encouraged this was added to the bill as it would free family farms, small businesses and other landowners from the EPA’s grasp. I look for Congress to continue moving forward and defund the president’s unconstitutional illegal action.

I voted NO on the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, fulfilling the promise I have made to Iowans to protect all Americans from discriminatory laws, cut excess spending and restore Article I Constitutional authority to the United States Congress. The Energy and Water Appropriations Act was voted down on the floor of the House by a vote of 112 to 305 for the very reasons I have given. I hope the bill now comes back up with the changes I've requested.” 

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Task Force to Examine the Rise of Unaccountable Federal Regulatory Agencies

2016/05/20

Washington, D.C.  – On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., the Task Force on Executive Overreach will hold a hearing titled, “The Federal Government on Autopilot: Delegation of Regulatory Authority to an Unaccountable Bureaucracy.”

Since the 1960’s, the portion of the federal budget dedicated to federal regulatory agencies, and their staffing levels, has grown dramatically. Furthermore, there has been a great rise in additional ways the President and federal agencies have deviated from the traditional process of rulemaking, thereby diffusing responsibility for policies in complicated ways few people can even begin to understand.  These unorthodox practices have led to the type of legal uncertainty condemned by our Founding Fathers.  At the task force hearing, members will explore issues related to the growth in federal regulatory burdens imposed by a largely unaccountable federal bureaucracy.

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Mr. John D. Graham, Dean, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Ms. Sofie E. Miller, Senior Policy Analyst, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
  • Ms. Gail Heriot, Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • A Democratic witness to be named

Below is a statement from Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Task Force, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the hearing.

“Over the past several decades, federal regulatory agencies have grown dramatically both in power and size. While the federal bureaucracy is largely unaccountable to the American people, its actions have significant implications for our nation and economy. At the task force hearing, we will examine the many issues related to the growth in federal regulatory burdens and look for solutions to rein in this problem.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at http://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

Background on the Task Force: The Task Force on Executive Overreach is authorized for six months and will study the impact the increase in presidential and executive branch power has had on the ability of Congress to conduct oversight of the executive branch, the lack of transparency that furthers unchecked executive power, and the constitutional requirement of the President to faithfully execute the law. Additionally, the task force will review the tools at the disposal of the Congress to restore the proper balance of powers and hold the executive branch accountable. It will also make recommendations where there are deficiencies, including legislative solutions.

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King Praises Court Ruling in House of Representatives v. Burwell

2016/05/12

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement today after federal Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in favor of Congress in House of Representatives v. Burwell, which argues whether Section 1402 of ObamaCare can be funded without Congressional appropriation:

“House of Representatives v. Burwell has now become the most recent court ruling to find President Obama’s executive actions in violation of the Constitution,” said King.  “Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. DC District Court has found that the ‘Risk Corridors’, or the cost-sharing subsidies given to insurance providers, cannot be funded without Congressional appropriation. This falls in direct conflict with Section 1402 of ObamaCare and according to Judge Collyer, such an appropriation cannot be inferred since it violates Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution.

Almost a month ago today, I chaired the House Judiciary’s Task Force on Executive Overreach hearing on domestic affairs, highlighting health care. During that hearing, I warned that the president has exercised sheer will to take legislative authority from Congress. President Obama’s actions in spending unappropriated funds to pay subsidies to health insurers is a primary example in the modern abuse of domestic executive power. The president does not have legislative power under the Constitution outside the ability to veto legislation presented to him, and consequently presidential abuses of power in domestic affairs are particularly grave threats to the individual liberty protected by the Constitution.

The ruling in House of Representatives v. Burwell is not only a blow to ObamaCare, but it also stands in opposition to executive overreach and in support of restoring the Rule of Law and Article I authority back to Congress.”

 

 

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks on the unconstitutionality of Obamacare during the Task Force on Executive Overreach hearing, “Executive Overreach in Domestic Affairs Part 1 – Health Care and Immigration”, click here.

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Task Force to Examine Executive Overreach in Foreign Affairs

2016/05/05

Washington, D.C.  – On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the Task Force on Executive Overreach will hold a hearing titled, “Executive Overreach in Foreign Affairs.”  At the hearing, members of the task force will examine several instances in which President Obama has stretched the constitutional limits placed on his authority or simply ignored the law in foreign affairs.

For example, President Obama failed to provide Congress with documents required under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 in his administration’s implementation of the Iran deal. The President also negotiated an international climate change agreement with no intention of ever consulting the Senate for ratification of the pact. Additionally, President Obama ignored federal law by not giving Congress 30-days’ notice before the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl.

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Mr. Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School
  • Mr. Steven Groves, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • A Democratic witness to be named

Below is a statement from Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Task Force, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the hearing.

“While the Constitution grants broad authority to the President in foreign affairs, the President’s power is not infinite. From the Bowe Bergdahl swap to the Paris climate change agreement to the Iran deal, President Obama has either stretched his authority beyond recognition or ignored the law to accomplish his foreign affairs agenda. At next week’s task force hearing, we will examine these and other examples of executive overreach in foreign affairs.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at http://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

Background on the Task Force: The Task Force on Executive Overreach is authorized for six months and will study the impact the increase in presidential and executive branch power has had on the ability of Congress to conduct oversight of the executive branch, the lack of transparency that furthers unchecked executive power, and the constitutional requirement of the President to faithfully execute the law. Additionally, the task force will review the tools at the disposal of the Congress to restore the proper balance of powers and hold the executive branch accountable. It will also make recommendations where there are deficiencies, including legislative solutions.

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Contact Information

2210 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4426
Fax 202-225-3193
steveking.house.gov

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

Rod Blum

IOWA's 1st DISTRICT

David Young

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT