Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

King Introduces Choices in Education Act of 2017

2017/01/23

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

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

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

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

To view the original text of the bill, click here

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King Announces Committee Assignments for 115th Congress

2017/01/18

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

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

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

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

House Judiciary Committee

-Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

House Committee on Agriculture

House Small Business Committee 

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King Votes YES on First Obamacare Repeal Process

2017/01/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting YES to pass the 2017 budget resolution, beginning the process of repealing Obamacare:

Today, Congress took the first step in repealing Obamacare by passing the 2017 budget resolution,” said King. “From the botched implementation to President Obama unilaterally ignoring the law to the delay of mandates and the Supreme Court’s rewrite of the bill’s language without Congressional oversight, Obamacare has been a complete failure since day one.  Americans have been forced to find new doctors and health insurance plans as they face rising premiums and out-of-control deductibles.

I knew this would be the outcome, and on the morning after it passed into law, March 24, 2010, I wrote the first, full 100% repeal of Obamacare. Since then, I have consistently reintroduced the same magic 40 word repeal bill, my language has passed the House multiple times. And yet, Democrats have continued to try to bailout their sinking ship. It is time we stop drowning in the failures of Obamacare. It is time to repeal this egregious law, and provide real healthcare solutions to the American people.” 

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King Introduces ‘The Heartbeat Bill’

2017/01/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing “The Heartbeat Bill,” that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart:

“Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies' lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government,” said King. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents.

My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.

America was founded on the concept that our rights come from God. All human persons have a right to life. How then could we confer that those rights allow the killing of a baby? I believe our most important responsibility that God has bestowed upon us is to protect innocent human life, and I will continue to dedicate my life to that responsibility.”

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King Introduces End-of-Life Counseling Bill

2017/01/11

 Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the End-of-Life Counseling Bill:

“A year ago this month, the government increased control over one of the most highly personal healthcare decisions an individual can make when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began paying doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care,” said King. “Allowing the federal government to marry its need to save dollars with the promotion of end-of-life counseling is not in the interest of millions of Americans who were promised life-sustaining care in their older years in exchange for their compelled funding of the program during their working years. 

Furthermore, this exact provision was removed from the final draft of Obamacare in 2009 as a direct result of public outcry. The worldview behind the policy has not changed since then and government control over this intimate choice is still intolerable to those who respect the dignity of human life. My legislation prohibits Medicare payments for end-of-life counseling, blocking this harmful regulation before our government imposes yet another life-devaluing policy on the American people. ”     

To view the original bill text, click here

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King Introduces The Meaningful Use Act

2017/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing “The Meaningful Use Act:”

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in 2015 final rules for Stage 3 of its meaningful use program for electronic health records (EHRs),” said King. “Although CMS touted the regulations as giving providers increased flexibility, this program remains broken and unsustainable. The significant and ongoing financial cost of compliance is a deal breaker for many providers who simply cannot handle the financial burden and risks associated with EHRs.

The demands of this onerous program means fewer dollars for staff and supplies necessary to attend to patients. This unwelcome, ‘unintended’ consequence has even caused some providers to close their businesses altogether. My bill would repeal these destructive penalties so that providers can get back to the business they are uniquely trained to do—utilizing their skills and knowledge to heal the sick and support the continued vitality of the healthy.”

To view the original bill text, click here

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King Introduces Two Healthcare Bills

2017/01/11

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the American Future Healthcare Act, which would give Americans back the rightful control over their own healthcare decisions and the Tax Free Health Insurance Act, which would eliminate taxes on health insurance for those in the individual market:

“With the forthcoming repeal of Obamacare, there is widespread agreement that the American people deserve policies that will offer healthcare solutions, not temporary fixes that will cause even more financial distress for consumers,” said King. “Today, I have re-introduced two pieces of legislation in an effort to provide sensible and affordable healthcare for all Americans.

The American Future Healthcare Act would work to give individuals the ability to make their own healthcare decisions by increasing deductible healthcare savings account (HSA) annual contribution limits to $10,000 per individual and $20,000 per joint return.  In this way, HSAs would allow individuals to keep the dollars that they do not use and, unlike under current law, Americans could accumulate money in their HSAs even if they have high deductible health plans (HDHPs) or even no insurance at all. HSAs could also be used to pay health insurance premiums, regardless of the type of health insurance the individual has. Unlike Obamacare, this legislation encourages healthcare accountability over a lifetime, ensuring that our citizens and our nation as a whole thrive in the decades ahead.

The Tax Free Health Insurance Act would also encourage fiscal responsibility by making every health insurance policy fully tax deductible. In 2012, there were 20.9 million insured Americans who were compelled to pay their premiums with after tax dollars. This includes small business owners who own an LLC, LP, Sole Proprietorship or S-Corps that can deduct their employees’ health insurance, but are unable to deduct their own premiums. Under Obamacare, these individuals are forced to buy an even more expensive policy but denies the premium expense as a deduction. My bill fixes this inequity in the tax code and ensures that all people can deduct their health insurance premiums, creating an economic impact that will place extra dollars back into the pockets of taxpayers, especially small businesses.”

To view the original text of the American Future Healthcare Act, click here.

To view the original text of the Tax Free Health Insurance Act, click here.

 

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King Introduces ‘Kate’s Law’ in the 115th Congress

2017/01/06

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing ‘Kate’s Law’ into the 115th Congress. Named in honor of Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman tragically shot and killed by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions and had been deported from the United States five times, this legislation would amend federal law to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for any illegal reentry offense. This bill was originally introduced on July 9, 2015 by former Congressman Matt Salmon.

“Parents should never experience the heartbreak of burying their child, but the Obama Administration’s commitment to lawless immigration policy has made that tragedy the new normal,” said King. “In his push for amnesty for criminals, the president ignored the price paid by victims – the price paid by Kate Steinle as she died in her father’s arms on San Francisco’s waterfront. Kate’s beautiful life was taken from her on July 1, 2015 when she was shot in the back by an illegal alien who had previously been deported five times and was seeking refuge in a so-called “sanctuary city.”

It is a disgrace that a year and a half has passed since Kate was tragically murdered and yet innocent Americans continue to be victimized by illegal aliens who repeatedly re-enter our country and are harbored in our own cities. It is time we finally act to protect Americans from these 100% preventable crimes, and Kate’s Law would help ensure that criminal aliens are deterred from illegally reentering the United States to prey on innocent men, women and children. I know that President-elect Trump will fight for the safety and security of the American people by actually enforcing our federal immigration laws. In the meantime, I will continue honoring the memory of Kate and working to prevent similar tragedies from happening to other American families in the future.”

To view my initial response to Kate’s death, click here.

To view Kate’s Law, click here

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King Introduces Resolution to Stand with Israel and Reject the Two-State Solution

2017/01/06

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his resolution that condemns the “two-state solution” and stands with Israel:

“The State of Israel is the only consistent and reliable beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East, and it is a crucial ally of the United States in the region as well as in the larger war against radical Islam,” said King.  “Thus, I believe in advocating for a new approach concerning America’s prime policy objective between Israel and the people who call themselves Palestinians that prioritizes the State of Israel’s sovereignty, security, and borders.

I have introduced my own resolution reaffirming my position to stand with Israel and reject the “two-state solution” that has failed to result in a secure environment for either Israel, a free country, or the Palestinians, who are led by Islamists and autocrats. Palestinian-led entities in the West Bank and Gaza have been and are being controlled by terrorist groups who incite acts of violence against innocents. As a result, Israel should be allowed to determine what is best for itself. My resolution encourages Israel to do just that by taking up its own course in direct negotiations with the Palestinians, instead of Washington dictating terms upon Jerusalem.”

To view the original text of the resolution, click here

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King Amendment to the REINS Act Passes

2017/01/06

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after his amendment to H.R. 26, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 (REINS Act) passed the House:

“I believe it is the obligation of this 115th Congress to both restore Article 1 authority to Congress and to rein in our out of control spending,” said King. “Today we took a step in that direction with the passing of the REINS Act along with my amendment.

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks on the House floor, click here.

Furthermore, I was pleased to see Section 5 of this legislation, concerning the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducting a study on rules, is my exact language that passed last Congress in committee markup and then on the House floor. Now, I look forward to seeing both my language within the bill as well as my amendment reach President Trump’s desk to receive his signature.”

To view the original amendment, click here.

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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