Steve King

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

King: I Will Continue to Push for a Balanced Budget & Support Doctors

2015/03/26

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting NO on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act:   [[{"fid":"349","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"sgr","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"sgr","height":"328","width":"560","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To view Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.   “Today is the day that the United States House of Representatives has finally decided to fix the doc fix,” said King. “The doc fix is known as the SGR – the sustainable growth rate and that’s the rate that doctors and healthcare providers compensate for their services under Medicare. This is about a $210 to $213 billion dollar cost over 10 years. I have long argued that we need to solve this problem rather than do the doc patch, which is a band aid that we have been doing over years. This one addresses it for the full scope of a decade. Normally I would be for such a proposal because I expected that when we had a Republican majority in the House and in the Senate that we would find offsets and savings elsewhere in government so that we could pay for this very expensive doc fix – which I believe the doctors deserve. In the end we are at $210-213 billion in expenditures with only $70 billion worth of offsets. I believe in a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution and fiscal responsibility – that’s the promise that I made before I was elected to this job. I’m going to continue to push for a balanced budget and I want to preserve the argument that we can find offsets and we can get to balance. If we sacrifice the argument we will always be in deficit spending and we will see this $18 trillion of the national debt go up clear through the roof. This is why I voted no on the doc fix today, and not because I don’t want to help the doctors.” Read More

King Re-Introduces No Hungry Kids Act

2015/03/20

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the “No Hungry Kids Act,” H.R. 1363. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new standards that have left children across the nation hungry during the school day because of calorie rationing.  The "No Hungry Kids Act" repeals this USDA rule that created the new standards, prohibits the USDA's upper caloric limits, and protects the rights of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice. “Spring is here - it’s that time of year again where kids are outside exercising and playing, but also studying and learning,” said King. “I have re-introduced the ‘No Hungry Kids Act’ to help our students be the best they can be. The USDA has set a calorie limit on school lunches. The 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,’ was interpreted by Secretary Vilsack to be a directive that, because some kids are overweight, he would put every child on a diet. Parents know that their kids deserve all of the healthy and nutritious food they want. My 'No Hungry Kids Act' prohibits the USDA from rationing calories to our children, so schools can serve our students as much nutritious food as they want, so that our students can grow and learn and excel, in school and out of school – in the classroom and on the playing field.” Read More

King: Constitution Was Eviscerated Today

2015/03/03

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting against a bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2015 and Obama’s illegal, unconstitutional actions on immigration. The bill, H.R. 240, passed by a vote of 257 to 167. “Today the will of the American people was ignored,” said King. “And Republicans in the House overwhelmingly rejected this legislation 2:1. Further our Constitution, that we all took an oath to support and defend, was eviscerated. The fish trap that Republicans have been swimming further and further into finally trapped them today. The White House is having a fish fry.” [[{"fid":"326","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"fish trap","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"fish trap","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

King Response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Address

2015/03/03

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video statement in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel’s speech before the joint session of Congress: [[{"fid":"325","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"netanyahu","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"netanyahu","height":"409","width":"699","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here. Read More

King Introduces Resolution to Block Amnesty Trap for House Republicans

2015/03/02

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his resolution to the appropriations bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. “House Democrats voted last week for the one-week DHS funding bill because they knew they would have the power to call up the DHS amnesty funding bill for a vote this week,” said King. “They are poised to take control of the floor and fund executive amnesty. A House Resolution can stop it, if we amend Rule XXII. Clause 4 of Rule XXII of the House Rules provides privilege to a motion to dispose of any amendments ‘when the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution’ as soon as the Senate formally disagrees. The DHS appropriations bill reached the stage of disagreement in the House last Friday. The Senate is poised to act tonight. From that moment, Nancy Pelosi or any Member of the majority or the minority can make a privileged motion to fund executive amnesty through September 2015. Under the Constitution, both chambers of Congress make their own rules. The House can change its rules by simple majority and has a duty to do so to protect the Constitution. It is our urgent obligation to immediately amend or suspend Clause 4 of Rule XXII. The precedent for this is still fresh. Rules preemption was exactly the tactic used by our Leadership to prevent a similar privileged motion on the first day, in the first hour (1:00am) of the shutdown, Oct 1, 2013. If Republicans are serious about defending the Constitution and defunding the President’s amnesty, a similar resolution must be passed this week before Democrats can act. Republicans were elected on a promise to stop Obama's unconstitutional amnesty. A single clause in a rule we have the power to change is not an excuse to fund lawlessness. This is only a trap if we fail to act. Leadership’s back is not against the wall unless they choose it to be. This is why I have drafted a resolution that will amend the Rule so that only the Majority Leader or his designee can offer the privileged resolution on the DHS bill. I urge my colleagues to join me in this fight for upholding and restoring the Constitution. The time to fight is now.” To view the full text of the resolution, click here. Read More

King Reaction to Federal Judge's Order Halting Obama's Unconstitutional, Executive Amnesty Orders

2015/02/17

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in reaction to Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s order granting a temporary injunction halting President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional, executive actions on amnesty.  “Judge Hanen’s order, that came down yesterday, essentially says that President Obama is operating lawlessly in regards to his executive amnesty actions,” said King.“Further, the President doesn’t have the legal authority to waive the law or the legal authority to grant work permits to people he decided to waive the law for illegal aliens. This is definitely a victory that changes the dynamics of the debate in the United States Senate today, and its also one that starts us down the path where we could eventually shut off all the President’s lawlessness.  I was the first advocate for defunding and blocking the President’s amnesty since 2011 with the Morten Memos. This order from yesterday is a judicial vindication of the positions I have long held on the President’s actions on immigration.  This is a significant step forward, but only a temporary halt against the President’s actions. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do their constitutional duty and vote to cut off all funds for Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional, executive amnesty actions.” Read More

King Introduces Davis-Bacon Repeal Act

2015/02/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act: “As a small business owner for 28 years, I saw firsthand the damaging effects Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates have on federal public works projects,” said King. “Throughout my years in the construction industry I have paid Davis-Bacon wages, and I have been paid Davis-Bacon wages. The Davis-Bacon Act is a Depression-era wage law. It requires that each federal, public works contract, $2,000 and above, contains a clause setting the minimum wages to be paid to the workers employed to complete the project. Any contractors or subcontractors who participate in the project must pay their workers this ‘prevailing wage.’ In most cases, Davis-Bacon wages are federal government mandated union scale wages, not a true ‘prevailing wage.’ Davis-Bacon artificially inflates the cost of federal contracts and restricts the ability of small businesses to compete for these contracts. My Davis-Bacon Repeal Act eliminates the federally mandated union pay scale under federal, public works contracts. Every dollar that American taxpayers send to Washington must be used as efficiently as possible, and every business – small or large, union or non-union – should have the ability to compete freely for federal construction projects. Davis-Bacon is bad for taxpayers and it is bad for small businesses and bad for workers needing a job. Repealing this outdated law would be a big step towards ensuring taxpayer dollars are being used wisely and efficiently.” Read More

King Introduces The English Language Unity Act

2015/02/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act: "There is no more unifying force in the world than a common form of communications currency," said King. "Every sovereign nation sate, including the Vatican, has at a minimum, an official language. It is essential that we make assimilation of our legal immigrants a top priority and learning English is an important first step in that process. My English Language Unity Act provides consistency among Americans by requiring all official functions of the United States to be conducted in English, establishes a uniform language requirement for naturalization and places an obligation on representatives of the federal government to encourage individuals to learn English. We are a nation strengthened by assimilation, and it is important we share one vision and one official language. English as the official language of our nation ensures as a Nation we are bound together and all have the ability to achieve the American dream." Read More

King op-ed: Abolish the IRS, Enact the FairTax

2015/02/13

In recent years, Americans have watched as banks collapsed, small businesses failed, homes were foreclosed upon, and friends and family lost their jobs. As we continue to move toward recovery, we must ensure that we take to heart an important lesson from this crisis: big government is not the answer. Each year, American taxpayers spend 6.1 billion hours and $163 billion preparing their taxes. Small businesses spend 1.9 billion hours and $19 billion complying with our income tax code every year. The IRS itself costs nearly $12 billion dollars to operate for a single year. Our corporate taxes are the highest in the industrialized world. Our tax rates and system hobbles American business and diminishes our competitive edge. What's worse, our current tax system perversely taxes(read that punishes) all productivity; all earnings, savings and investment of Americans. We have a tax code that is counterproductive, complex and chaotic and the U.S. taxpayers are paying the price. There is a far better solution. The solution is H.R. 25, the FairTax, a national consumption tax placed on all new goods and services sold for personal use. The Fair Tax would completely replace the current patchwork of federal income, excise, and payroll taxes currently used to collect revenue for the federal treasury. The FairTax would drive economic growth, quash tax-evasion, empower taxpayers to determine how much they will pay in taxes each year, foster saving and investment, and enable American companies to compete fiercely in the global marketplace. Our federal tax system is morphed beyond recognition or repair. Productive Americans are hit too hard by taxes. The current economic malaise cannot and will not be solved with tax increases and more government spending. Years ago, I founded King Construction and spent 28 years operating my business. My experience with the IRS helped bring me to a conclusion to work to abolish them. Other than the Fair Tax, there is no tax plan that completely eliminates the IRS. What's more important, much more important, is that the Fair Tax does everything good that any tax policy does that is good. It does them all, and it does them all better. The FairTax eliminates the IRS - and every other current form of taxation as well.  It replaces the entire revenue stream with a consumption tax, which would lift the burden of taxation off American productivity and place the power to control how much Americans are taxed in our own hands. Because it empowers citizens instead of government, it is the most effective way to encourage positive, long-term economic performance which will create millions of jobs across the country. Replacing the current income tax with a consumption tax, the Fairtax, will ensure that productivity is not punished in our country, but rewarded. The FairTax will free the economy from the self-imposed chains of the current tax code and unleash growth. It is the way to help unemployed Americans find new jobs and families pay their bills. Now is the time to position the FairTax in the center of the ongoing economic debate in Congress, the presidential races and throughout America as the most effective way to empower the Americans and foster the robust economy we need to remain the shining city on a hill. Read More

King Introduces Sunshine in the Courtroom Act

2015/02/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing H.R. 917, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act. The legislation allows judges at all federal court levels to open their courtrooms to television cameras and radio broadcasts.   “From the founding of our nation we have opened up the machinery of government to the public,” said King. “The people pay for the operations of government and their lives are directly affected by the decisions made by their leaders. That is why I have re-introduced the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act which allows for the much needed transparency of the decisions made in the federal judiciary every day that affect all of our lives. My bill also allows for a stellar education process for students studying law and for the general American people. My bill would allow presiding judges in appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, to permit electronic recording and broadcasting to the public of any court proceeding over which the judge presides. However, if the judge finds that the recording would constitute a violation of the due process rights of a party it would not be allowed. Cameras make for a more open and transparent government along with a more educated public.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this a reality for the American people.” Read More

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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

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