Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

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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King Statement On The National Day of Prayer

2016/05/05

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement today to highlight the 65th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer:

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

“On this National Day of Prayer, I ask each of you to get on your knees and ask God to continue to bless this nation…I pray now that God raises up a leader whom He will use to restore the Soul of America.” 

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King Supports Senator Grassley on Supreme Court Nominee

2016/04/18

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following House Floor statement in support of Senator Chuck Grassley‘s position to hold firm on the Supreme Court Nominee and to put the Constitution back at the forefront of any discussion regarding the next Supreme Court Justice.

 

                    

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

 

 

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King: Happy Un-happy Tax Day

2016/04/15

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video statement regarding Tax Day as “just another day:”

 

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

 

                          “It comes around way too fast. I’ve long wanted to end April 15th and turn it into just another day. I’ve been for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and converting this over to a national sales tax.” 

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King Congratulates MidAmerican’s $3.6 Billion Wind Energy Expansion in Iowa

2016/04/15

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement praising MidAmerican Energy Company’s announcement of wind expansion in Iowa:  

 

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

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King Meets with Siouxland Chamber Delegation

2016/04/14

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after welcoming members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce to Washington DC for their 62nd annual lobbying trip on Capitol Hill:

 

Congressman Steve King meets with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

“I always look forward to meeting with members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce for their annual trip,” said King. “This group is like family to me, and I could not be more appreciative of the work they have done and continue to accomplish every year. We discussed important topics including promoting greater economic development in the Siouxland region, vital education programs in our area, and improvements we have made in transportation infrastructure. In fact, it will truly be an honor to see our hard work pay off in the upcoming completion of Highway 20 through our great state, and I look forward to helping cut the completion ribbon in 2018.  From the kickoff breakfast to the steak reception it is a great opportunity to hear from these smart, hard-working Iowa business and community leaders. The network we have created over the years is invaluable in moving Siouxland forward.  I will remain committed to doing my part in working with them to achieve their goals.”

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Task Force to Continue Its Examination of Obama Administration’s Executive Overreach

2016/04/12

Washington, D.C.  – On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., the Task Force on Executive Overreach will hold a hearing titled, “Executive Overreach in Domestic Affairs Part II – IRS Abuse, Welfare Reform, and Other Issues.” The task force previously examined President Obama’s failure to constitutionally implement the Affordable Care Act and his abrogation of the nation’s immigration laws, and next week’s hearing will explore other examples of executive overreach in domestic affairs, including IRS abuse, welfare reform work requirement waivers, and unilateral changes of energy law through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Specifically, the Treasury Inspector General found that conservative organizations were singled out for adverse tax treatment by the IRS and researchers have found that it may have significantly affected the 2012 presidential election. In another instance of overreach, President Obama unilaterally acted to remove the work requirements in the bipartisan federal welfare reforms of 1996. The Obama Administration has also attempted to unilaterally impose energy use rules on the states without congressional authorization. Twenty-six states – now expanded to 29 – asked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to intervene immediately to stop this abuse, and the Supreme Court promptly stayed the enforcement of the President’s plan pending a resolution of the constitutional challenges against it.

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Ms. Cleta Mitchell, Partner, Foley & Lardner, Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. David Bernstein, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, and author of Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law
  • Mr. Andrew Grossman, Partner, Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C. 
  • 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.

“Throughout his presidency, President Obama has pushed the constitutional boundaries placed on his authority to enact policies on his own. From refusing to enforce our nation’s immigration laws to rewriting his signature health care law, President Obama has used his pen and phone time and time again to legislate from the Oval Office.

“Next week, the task force will continue its examination of the Obama Administration’s continued abuse of power. We will look at the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, the Obama Administration’s removal of work requirements for federal welfare programs, and the Administration’s re-engineering of our nation’s energy laws through the EPA, not Congress.”

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