Steve King

Steve King


King Introduces “Choices in Education Act”


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6119, the Choices in Education Act of 2016. 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 their education decision out of the hands of the federal government and put it back in the hands of parents who know how best to meet the educational needs of their students,” said King. “The Choices in Education Act does just that 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.

To receive a grant or voucher under my legislation, the State must ensure that the funds would 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 form of school choice will result in parents being able to send their children to safer, better schools by taking Federal dollars from failing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Common Core programs and giving families 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 puts 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 during the school day because of calorie rationing.  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 ‘Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act’ and interpreted by Secretary Vilsack, forces every child on a diet because some kids are overweight. This act replaces those standards, prohibits the USDA's upper caloric limits, 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 Questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen During Impeachment Hearing


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following questioning of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during this morning’s House Judiciary Committee’s “Hearing on the Impeachment Articles Referred on John Koskinen, Part III.”

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

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King Calls Upon Secretary of Homeland Security to Denounce Muslim Brotherhood


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after he, Representative Randy Weber and Representative Louie Gohmert sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, The Honorable Jeh Johnson, calling on him to publically renounce the Muslim Brotherhood and any further dealings with organizations like the Islamic Society of North America.

“It is appalling to know that the Secretary of Homeland Security for the Unites States, Jeh Johnson, appeared last Sunday before the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in our country today,” said King. “The Brotherhood has been more than vocal about their intent in America: ‘destroying Western Civilization from within.’ Furthermore, ISNA has been identified as the first of 29 groups the Brotherhood has openly referred to as ‘our organizations and organizations of our friends.’

The letter to Secretary Johnson states, ‘Congress and the American people are increasingly seized with the danger posed by this sort of “civilization jihad” in our country. As evidence of the American people’s concern for the threat posed by the Muslim Brotherhood, H.R. 3892, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015, has 64 bipartisan cosponsors and was favorably reported out of the House Judiciary Committee this past February….It is astounding that the individual principally charged with defending the homeland would legitimize, let alone pander to, an organization or its proxy that poses a threat to our constitutional republic and its people.’

Therefore, I have called upon Secretary Johnson to publicly renounce the Muslim Brotherhood and suspend any further dealings with the Islamic Society of North America.”

Click here to read the full letter. 

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King Votes YES to Block State GMO Labeling Requirements


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in regards to voting YES on senate amendment to S. 764, an Act to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes:

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

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King Offers Davis Bacon Repeal Amendment


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following House Floor statement on his Davis Bacon Repeal Amendment to H.R. 5538, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

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King Questions Attorney General Lynch on Failure to Indict Hillary Clinton


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following questioning of Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing of the Department of Justice. Mr. King examined both the DOJ’s failure to press criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information and the Attorney General’s secret meeting with former President Bill Clinton in light of FBI Director Comey's announcement.

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

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Chairman King’s Statement in Executive Overreach Task Force Hearing on Enforcement and Infrastructure


Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following statement at the opening of the House Judiciary’s Executive Overreach Task Force’s hearing on “Executive Overreach in Regulatory Enforcement and Infrastructure.”  Mr. King is the chairman of the task force.

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King Introduces Sarah’s Law in Honor of Sarah Root from Iowa


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King introduced Sarah’s Law today in honor of Sarah Root, a 21 year-old girl from Iowa who graduated from Bellvue University with a 4.0 degree in crime investigation. Sadly, her life tragically ended when she was murdered by 19 year-old Eswin Mejia, an illegal immigrant:

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

Sarah’s Law requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take into custody illegal aliens who have been charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst from Iowa and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse from Nebraska introduced a companion bill in the Senate last week.

To read Mr. King’s oped detailing more about Sarah Root’s story and his time spent with her family, click here.

To view the original text of the bill, click here.

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Chairman King’s Statement in Executive Overreach Task Force Hearing on Spending and Entitlements


Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following statement at the opening of the House Judiciary’s Executive Overreach Task Force’s hearing on “The Federal Government on Autopilot: Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis.”  Mr. King is the chairman of the task force.

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


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Task Force to Examine Federal Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis


Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Task Force on Executive Overreach will hold a hearing titled, “The Federal Government on Autopilot: Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis.”

Since the 1930s, the federal government has grown exponentially through the creation of entitlement programs to deliver retirement and health benefits to the American people, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, unemployment insurance, the Earned Income Tax Credit, disability insurance, and others. With many of the entitlement programs growing automatically, it has had a dramatic impact on other government spending, including funding for the military and for operation of the federal courts, the deficit, and overall fiscal health. At the hearing, members of the task force will examine the issues surrounding federal mandatory spending. 

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, Urban Institute
  • Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute

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.

“Our nation’s entitlement programs are on autopilot, driving our nation further and further into debt and putting a tighter and tighter squeeze on spending for important functions like funding the military and the federal courts. This path is unsustainable. The Task Force on Executive Overreach will examine the many issues fueling our nation’s entitlement crisis and look for ways to rein in this growing problem.”

This hearing will take place in 2237 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at 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 is studying 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 is reviewing the tools at the disposal of the Congress to restore the proper balance of powers and hold the executive branch accountable. It will make recommendations where there are deficiencies, including legislative solutions.


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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.

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