Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement and photos regarding events he participated in today in Ames, Iowa. King maintains a District Office in Ames located on Bell Avenue. While in Ames, King hosted a medal ceremony in which he presented the family of Kenneth Sorenson with medals Mr. Sorenson earned for his service in World War II. Following the medals ceremony, King addressed the Ames Chamber of Commerce and answered questions about the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the importance of international trade, and the need to repeal costly and burdensome federal regulations.
“It is always a pleasure to spend time in Ames, and today is no exception,” said King. “It was an honor to meet Jim and Lisa Sorenson and to present them with the impressive medals Jim’s father, Kenneth, earned during World War II. His service should be remembered, and I was pleased to be able to assist the Sorenson’s in finally receiving the medals earned so long ago by Kenneth Sorenson for his heroism.”
“I also enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with the members of the Ames Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issues that are on their agenda. The Ames Chamber includes representatives from Iowa State University, local communities like Nevada and Story City, and important job creators like Alliant Energy and Danfoss Power Solutions. We share a belief in the importance of international trade to Iowa’s economy, and it is a pleasure to work with them on issues like tax reform and regulatory reform.”
Kenneth Sorenson joined the Army on Feb. 10th, 1941, and was based out of Boone in the 34th “Red Bull” Division. He fought on the front of WWII for over a year and a half in northern Africa and Italy. He fought in the Anzio Beachhead battle in Italy, which was one of the major victories of the US military in WWII and a turning point in the war. Mr. Sorenson was honorably discharged on August 30th, 1945.
Mr. Sorenson earned the GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, the AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, the AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, the EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN MEDAL with 4 bronze service stars, the WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL, and the HONORABLE SERVICE LAPEL BUTTON WWII.
Legislation Closes Loophole Allowing Extortion, Violence, Sabotage by Union Members
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King announces that he has introduced H.R. 4422, the “Freedom from Union Violence Act of 2017” (FUVA). The King legislation is designed to close a legal loophole that currently allows sabotage and other acts of extortionate violence to be committed by militant union members if such acts are conducted in the pursuit of “legitimate union objectives.” King’s legislation seeks to close this loophole by amending existing federal anti-racketeering legislation (the Hobbs Act) to impose a prison term of up to 20 years on anyone who “obstructs, delays, or affects commerce, by robbery or extortion, or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property.”
“Union violence is an ongoing problem, and it deserves no protection in federal law,” said King. “Because of the Supreme Court’s disastrous 1973 Enmons decision, striking thugs have license to engage in conduct against their employers and fellow employees which would be recognized as extortion in other contexts. The ‘Freedom from Union Violence Act’ closes the loophole that the Supreme Court created and reaffirms that violence and threats of violence are illegitimate and have no place in workplace disputes.”
FUVA is a direct response to the United States Supreme Court’s holding in United States v. Enmons. In Enmons, three members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), targeted the property of their employer for destruction during a strike in which these same workers were demanding a new collective bargaining agreement. The violent acts of the IBEW members included: firing high powered rifles at company transformers; blowing up a company substation; and draining a company transformer of oil.
The Supreme Court’s 1973 Enmons ruling held that existing federal anti-racketeering legislation (the Hobbs Act) does not cover violent acts of extortion engaged in by union members in pursuit of “legitimate union objectives.” This led to the dismissal of federal charges brought against those who had engaged in sabotage in Enmons, and created a horrible loophole in which union members actually are protected from federal racketeering charges if they engage in extortion or other acts of violence against their employer or fellow workers.
Urges House to Adopt Senate Provision Repealing ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases the following statement after voting in favor of tax reform legislation that will provide a tax cut to Iowans while also providing a stimulus for the creation of jobs in the state. King voted in favor of H.R.1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which passed the House of Representatives today on a vote of 227-205.
“The passage of today’s historic tax reform legislation represents the best opportunity Congress has had in 30 years to reform the nation’s complex and outdated tax code in a manner which will provide Iowans with tax relief, a simpler tax return, and a better economic climate for job creation,” said King. “This legislation will stimulate the economy and launch the United States onto a growth path that can produce a better than 3% annual GDP growth rate for the next decade or more. In addition, I welcome the inclusion of provisions which increase the size of the standard deduction, increase the size of the child tax credit, preserve the adoption tax credit, allow businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment, lower corporate tax rates to a competitive level, and provide for the full repeal of the Death Tax. This legislation will result in a flatter, fairer, and simpler tax system that will benefit individuals, families, farms, and small businesses throughout Iowa.”
“While I support the package that passed the House of Representatives today, it would have been much improved with the inclusion of the Senate’s provision to repeal ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate fine. Over 52,000 Iowans paid this fine in 2015, and 82% of them had incomes between $10,000 and $50,000. The House would do well to follow the Senate’s lead by supporting the provision repealing the Obama/Roberts ‘ObamaCare tax’ going forward.”
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases the following video of his exchange with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing this morning. During questioning, Congressman King asked the Attorney General about the constitutionality of the unlawful Obama-era “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. In his reply, Attorney General Sessions agreed not only with King’s position that Obama’s decision to enact this unconstitutional Amnesty program for illegal aliens was “not proper,” but also with King’s position that DACA conflicts with existing immigration law and would require Congressional, not Executive Branch, action to renew. King and Sessions also discussed the nation’s need for more Immigration Law Judges to handle the current backlog of cases, and King’s belief that the Department of Justice should revisit former F.B.I Director Comey’s erroneous use of “intent” (a standard that does not appear in the applicable criminal statute) to exonerate Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.
On DACA’s Lack of Constitutional Authority:
Congressman King: “As I recall you made a public statement some time back about the Constitutionality of the policy that was implemented by President Obama. Would you care to reiterate that position today?
Attorney General Sessions: “Well, the president, President Obama, indicated multiple times that he felt that DACA, he didn't have the power to do DACA in the way it was done. And eventually they must have changed their mind and executed this policy to make persons in the country unlawfully and give them lawful status, work permits, and even participation in Social Security. I felt for some time that was not proper. A federal district court in Texas so held. And the fifth circuit court of appeals also so held that it was unlawful. What happened was we worked on the research but the department of homeland security withdrew the policy because it was not defensible, in my view.”
On DACA’s conflict with the existing Rule of Law:
Congressman King: “There's a lot of public dialogue about what kind of legislation might be passed in conjunction with the DACA policy. That's up in the air right now. I'm noticing the Democrats are saying ‘we're going to have everything we want on DACA or we'll shut the government down.’ It causes me to think about what should happen if congress reaches an impasse and there is no passage of any legislation to extend the DACA policy. If the president should decide on or before that march 5 date - - that he wants to extend the policy, what would your position be?”
Attorney General Sessions: “That's hypothetical; I don't think I should speculate on that. I do think Congress will have to give it thought. We have a law now. It's in place. Congress passed it. And Congress would have to change it.”
The Day the Berlin Wall Came Crumbling Down
What were you watching on Thursday, November 9, 1989?
Twenty-eight years ago, Thursday nights were dominated by NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup of The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Cheers. I remember something else, though. For me, November 9, 1989 wasn’t about watching sit-coms I enjoyed. It was about watching the most significant political moment of my lifetime: the crashing down of the Iron Curtain and the fall of Russian Communism, on television from my home in rural Iowa.
History was being made. Like the wall of Jericho, the Berlin Wall was coming down! The “evil empire” of the Soviet Union was crumbling before our eyes! The freedom revolution was being televised, and Americans, who had brought about this moment by winning the Cold War under the leadership of men like Ronald Reagan, had a front row seat. Now this was “Must See TV!”
A chiseled piece of the Berlin Wall on display in Congressman Steve King’s office.
I will never forget watching as free Berliners used crowbars and chisels to tear down a wall built under the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle. As I watched, political commentators and journalists, people with names like Donaldson, Roberts, and Koppel, described the scene. They spoke of families reunified after decades of forced separation. They also spoke of the many killed throughout previous decades trying to flee from the Communist East to the Capitalist West.
But, as I watched, most commentators seemed unaware of, or unwilling to acknowledge, the larger point. What they missed, I saw clearly: the evil of Soviet Communism had fallen because people have an inherent desire for the preservation of their national and cultural identities.
In Europe, we saw this vividly as newly free Eastern Bloc nations emerged from under the thumb of their Moscow-backed puppet dictators. Some of these nations, such as the former Czechoslovakia, shed their established boundaries to split into smaller, more culturally distinct countries. Other nations, such as Ukraine or those in the Baltics, worked hard to establish their own, post-Soviet identity as fully recognized independent states. These nations were making it clear: they weren’t going back to the Warsaw Pact.
Contemporaneously, in Asia, we also saw people yearning to overthrow the oppressive yoke of Communism. I have stood and prayed on the spot in Tiananmen Square where a solitary Chinese man defiantly stared down a column of tanks sent to kill those demanding a more democratic form of government. As I stood there, I realized that while freedom efforts in China were not as successful as efforts in Europe, a lot could be learned by observing Beijing’s reaction to demands for freedom.
To preserve their totalitarian order the Chinese government launched a crackdown that continues to this day. This crackdown includes massive efforts to suppress Tibet’s unique cultural identity as well as regular military threats to Taiwan’s status as an independent nation. To keep their Great Communist Wall standing, Beijing must viciously attack culture and nationhood.
Communism, like most leftist ideologies, stands opposed to human nature, and its central tenets can only be artificially supported through vast suppression of traditional cultures and by squelching notions of nationhood. To protect and preserve the freedoms we in the West take for granted, we should not hesitate to use our unique cultural and national identities as both a shield and a spear against totalitarianism, whether that totalitarianism comes at us in the sheep’s clothing of Marxist-Leninist Socialist thought, or the wolf’s clothing of radical Islam.
I keep a piece of the original Berlin Wall in my office, so that I am always reminded of the important lessons we can learn from the freedom movement of the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s. If we are to remain free to exert our liberties and the rights bequeathed to us by God, Americans must never sacrifice the national and cultural identity that defines us as a unique and inherently exceptional people.
This column was originally published in The Washington Times on Nov. 9, 2017.Read More
Washington, D.C.- In Case You Missed It: In an op-ed published today, Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak writes that Republicans should pass an amendment adding Congressman Steve King’s H.R. 176- New IDEA legislation to the tax reform package, H.R. 1. The op-ed is entitled “Republicans Should Use Tax Reform to Deal with Obamacare and Immigration.”
“First, Republicans should simplify the tax proposal, focusing on the reduction in the corporate tax rate, which is the only “no-brainer” in the bill and is certain to bring in more revenue. The task of simplifying the income tax brackets, and stripping out distortionary tax deductions, may have to be tackled later.
Second, Republicans should add two amendments to the tax bill. One is a proposal to repeal the individual mandate of Obamacare. The individual mandate is the most constitutionally problematic part of the bill, and the essence of what Republicans opposed in 2010. Repealing the mandate is also the only way to reform the system without imposing more costs on patients, at least directly. The rest of the system can be addressed further down the road. A similar “skinny repeal” proposal failed in the Senate on a standalone vote, but it would likely pass when bundled into a must-pass bill like tax reform, which even moderate Republicans would be reluctant to be seen opposing.
The other amendment should be the “New IDEA” bill, already proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) as an addition to the tax reform package. It would prevent employers from expensing wages and benefits paid to illegal aliens. That would not, of course, solve the country’s illegal immigration problem, but it would be an important first step.”
Read the whole thing: here.
On Monday, King and 11 of his House colleagues sent a letter to Chairman Kevin Brady asking the Ways and Means Committee to include King’s HR 176- New IDEA (Illegal Deduction Elimination Act) into H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Congressman Steve King has also published an op-ed arguing for the inclusion of New IDEA in the tax reform legislation. That op-ed can be found on Congressman King’s website, or in its published form.
An analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies found that King’s legislation would raise more than a quarter of a Trillion ($254 billion) in revenue over ten years.
You probably hear it said every New Year’s Eve. As the clock strikes midnight, and the New Year is ushered in, someone will offer a New Year’s Resolution punctuated with the statement “out with the old, in with the new!”
Well, in Congress, every October 1, we have a Fiscal New Year. This year, many in Congress resolved to work to produce the first major tax reform package in 30 years. Figuratively, these Members expressed a clear desire to be “out with the old tax code, and in with new ideas.” Well, I have got a “New IDEA” for their consideration.
I have introduced legislation, H.R. 176- the New IDEA (Illegal Deduction Elimination Act), that needs to be included in H.R. 1- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Not only does HR 176 advance important public policy goals it does something else important too: it generates more than a quarter of a Trillion dollars in revenues from unscrupulous employers of illegal aliens.
Currently, employers of illegal aliens deduct as a business expense the wages and benefits paid to illegal alien workers. No employer should be rewarded with a tax deduction for illegal activity. New IDEA would end this practice.
How big a hole does the existing deduction scheme blow in our budget? According to the Center for Immigration Studies, eliminating deductions taken for illegal alien employees would increase federal tax revenues by $25.4 billion a year, or $254 billion over ten years. That’s a lot of money, and these savings will reduce a lot of red ink in the new tax bill.
Right now, the House Ways and Means Committee is trying to stay within budget restraints by targeting a number of popular deductions for elimination. Here are some of the personal and business deductions that H.R. 1, in its current form, would eliminate to achieve savings:
How can Congress justify eliminating these popular tax deductions while preserving the equivalent of a federal subsidy for employers who hire illegals?
New IDEA would also make the federal E-Verify program permanent. The E-Verify system is the federal program that allows employers to quickly and efficiently check the employment eligibility of alien workers to ensure they aren’t hiring illegal aliens. Making E-Verify permanent would work hand-in-glove with the elimination of the tax deduction targeted by New IDEA to protect American jobs for American workers and to provide safe harbor for scrupulous employers.
I do not think there is another proposal that advances as many important public policy goals while also providing such a significant and positive budgetary impact. To this end, I recently sent a letter to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (signed by 11 of my colleagues) encouraging him to include New IDEA in the tax reform legislation. Let’s keep our resolutions on tax reform by ushering in New IDEA to the tax legislation this fiscal year.
Note: This op-ed was originally published by Breitbart News on 11/8/17.Read More
Congressman Steve King announces today that he is asking Chairman Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee to include King’s New IDEA (Illegal Deduction Elimination Act) legislation as a component of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. King’s legislation, HR 176- The New IDEA Act, amends the Internal Revenue Code to make it unlawful for employers to deduct wages and benefits paid to and on behalf of an illegal alien. New IDEA also makes the federal E-Verify Program permanent. King, joined by 11 of his colleagues, made the request in a letter sent to Chairman Brady today.
“Including this legislation in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the right action for the American taxpayer—it preserves the rule of law and provides a significant tax savings. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has estimated that eliminating deductibility for unlawful employment would increase federal tax revenues by approximately $25.4 billion per year, which is $254 billion over 10 years. This amount more than pays for any increase in the deficit over the limit set by reconciliation.
As we continue to debate the merits of this bill, and attempt to establish a more equitable system of taxation while ensuring that it does not contribute to our nation’s fiscal challenges, I can think of no better single piece of legislative language to include in this landmark tax bill.”
The signatories to King’s letter asking King’s New IDEA be included in the tax reform legislation include: Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Mo Brooks, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Randy Weber, Rep. Lou Barletta, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Brian Babin, and Rep. Scott Perry.
In Case You Missed It: Congressman Steve King was featured by the House Agriculture Committee on Friday, November 3rd as part of the Committee’s “#FarmBillFriday” information series on Twitter. In his featured video, King discusses the importance of agriculture to Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, and emphasizes the importance of getting the Farm Bill done. King is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and serves on the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and the Subcommittee on Nutrition.
“We raise a lot of corn here, a lot of soybeans here, and a lot of eggs, and turkeys, and hogs, and cattle. That’s the foundation of the agriculture district that I represent. We’re covered with family farms and a deep tradition going back to the sod that was turned over first by the pioneers that came here in covered wagons.
As I travel around this district, we’ve been picking up advice at Ag advisory committee meetings all over these 39 counties. They’ve given us good advice, and I’m sharing that advice right now with other members on the Ag Committee, and of course our staff, which does a great job. We’ll be working together to produce a good Farm Bill, and I want to see that out on time if we can, get something to the president’s desk about 2018, before the next harvest. This is the 2017 crop, let’s get her done before the 2018 crop.”
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson articulated fundamental truths upon which the United States of America was founded. These truths included that each of us possesses a set of unalienable rights granted by God. Included among these God-given prioritized rights are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Recognition of these inherent rights once helped propel our people into revolt against a tyrant. Respect for our God-given rights is an essential component of our American Civilization. Congress has a responsibility to ensure the Jeffersonian Truths of the Declaration of Independence are protected for current and future generations of Americans.
Of these rights, the right to life received primacy in Jefferson’s list for a reason: without the right to life, how would an individual’s rights become vested? How could any other rights be realized if one’s very life could be taken away by another who is exercising their right to liberty or pursuit of happiness? Jefferson articulated a prioritized set of rights; first the right to life, then the right to liberty, then the pursuit of happiness. Each right was carefully prioritized in sequential order because the right to life trumps all other rights. No one can take a human life in exercising their liberties and no one can take a life or take away the liberty of another in their pursuit of happiness. If the right to life can be taken by another, then no right of anyone is protected.
Regrettably, our nation has seemingly forgotten the importance of adhering to Jefferson’s vision. Instead, we have allowed a new tyranny composed of nine unelected Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to erase our foundational truths. We have traded off the brilliance of Thomas Jefferson’s specificity for a vague and inherently meaningless set of legalistic “emanations” and “penumbras” seemingly conjured out of thin air whenever activists on the Court want to replace Jefferson’s self-evident truths with SCOTUS’s black robed judicial activism.
It’s time that Americans reclaimed our birthright, including the right to life, from the bloody hands of those who have betrayed Jefferson’s vision, resulting in the abortions of 60 million unique gifts from God. To this end, I have introduced H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act. H.R. 490 cuts through the obscuring haze of illogical judicial rhetoric and returns the right to life to the primacy our Founding Fathers intended. Under this legislation, abortionists who end the life of an unborn child whose heart is beating will be subject to imprisonment and/or a significant financial penalty. As a matter of law, the bill will ensure that if a heartbeat can be detected, the baby is protected.
By listening for a child’s detectable heartbeat, we can save the lives of over 95% of aborted babies in this country, and we will extend protection to the unborn to as early as 6-8 weeks from conception. What better way to recognize the unalienable right to life than to ensure that all babies with a beating heart are protected in the womb where all our lives began?
Currently, there are 170 members of Congress signed on to the Heartbeat Protection Act because the bill speaks to the conscience of the American people, and because these members understand we may get only one opportunity in our lifetimes to save the lives of the next 60 million babies who will otherwise be tossed onto the ghastly heap of the sins of our nation. There is not a better time than now or a more urgent time than the present to extend protections to unborn children. We have a President who would sign the bill and who is forming a conservative majority on the Supreme Court with one or two appointments imminent. No doubt pro-abortion forces will litigate the Heartbeat Bill to the Supreme Court. The court they go before now is likely to have one or two more Constitutionalists.
Let’s uproot and end the death and destruction of abortion now, before millions more children are forced to suffer because we lost sight of our nation’s core principles and turned a blind eye to their God-given, unalienable right to life. Congress should follow the lead of Thomas Jefferson and take this opportunity to declare its own independence from a deadly edict issued by judicial tyrants in Roe v. Wade. Congress can do so by passing the Heartbeat Protection Act immediately and sending it to President Trump for his signature.
This op-ed was originally published on November 1, 2017 by Breitbart News. It can be seen at this link.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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