Steve Stockman

Steve Stockman


Congratulations to NASA For Successful Orion Mission


Congressman Stockman made the following statement on the occasion of today's launch of the Orion spacecraft. Today marks a giant leap towards America's proud return to deep space exploration. Our Orion spacecraft was rocketed to the heavens in an exciting morning launch from the Kennedy Space Center to test it for future human missions to the moon, Mars and asteroids. A mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket flung the spacecraft into a high orbit at 20,000 miles per hour, and then the space capsule automatically reentered into the atmosphere as it would have had it been returning form the moon or Mars; and was successfully guided to a precise landing in the Pacific Ocean under the canopy of massive parachutes. This incredible unmanned launch today sets the stage for American astronauts to once again plant our flag on the Moon, and then much sooner than many may imagine, to land on Mars as well, as humanity reaches out into the solar system and eventually will live on other worlds. I want to thank the thousands of dedicated employees of NASA, Lockheed Martin and many others who made this day possible. In my District, skilled workers at the Johnson Space Center and the many Houston-area contractors have spent years preparing for this day; and they will continue their precision work as they ready the next Orion, and the many following spacecraft; including those which one day will carry the first astronauts to Mars. To our children, this is the launch of an exciting future where you could be part of our space program. You may have the opportunity to build the rockets of tomorrow; to walk on another world; to use what we discover on the road to space to improve our lives at home; or as inspiration for a new space-related venture of your own. As we witness this marvel of American ingenuity and craftsmanship put through its paces on its first test voyage, we must not let our space program and the sciences wither from neglect and cuts, even as China and other nations are dramatically increasing their investments in space and science. Space dominated by the tyrannies of the world would be most unfriendly to America and to commercial space ventures. I stand with Neil deGrasse Tyson in calling to make space once again a national priority, and supporting that priority with a modest increase of the NASA budget to just one percent of the budget. Unlike welfare spending and all the boondoggles and waste that we constantly read about and which must be cut, space exploration returns vastly more than its investment to our economy--and even to our personal health (many medical advances come from space exploration) and to our world economic competitiveness. We must not watch as China reaps the benefits from conquering the moon and Mars, and leaves us as a second-rate nation. Beyond today, we will see many future launches of Orion and our moon-Mars rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Also on the horizon are our commercial crew launch rockets and capsules from Boeing and Space X, on which our astronauts will once again ride to our space station, and perhaps to other destinations. The highest and best—and most exciting use of the planned 2021 launch of Orion and SLS would be the Mars-Venus flyby which is possible in that year. Imagine astronauts embarking on an 800-million-mile journey to visit both planets in preparation for later landings and bases on Mars and the moon. Such a voyage would directly test the technologies necessary for Martian landings, and re-focus our space program on a determined pathway that will actually take us to Mars. Again I wish to thank the many dedicated people who brought Orion from the drawing board to reality; and on this day, to a successfully-completed mission that brings our astronauts much closer to exciting new missions of discovery and wonder. God bless America, and God bless everyone who made this mission so successful. Read More

Stockman ‘presponds’ to Obama’s unlawful amnesty announcement


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman released the following statement Thursday responding to President Barack Obama’s announcement tonight: Tonight Barack Obama will forsake his constitutionally-sworn role of President and take unlawful actions he himself defined as illegitimate. Presidential power long ago broke out of its constitutional shackles, but Barack Obama has taken it even further, to dangerous extremes.  He has taken the disastrous hubris of Obamacare and applied it to our national security policy. It’s time for Congress to restore its constitutional authority. First, Congress must enact legislation specifically overturning these Executive Orders, wherever possible. Second, Congress must exert its financial authority and defund all measures to enforce these orders, wherever possible. Third, Congress must adopt legislation introduced in this Congress by myself and Senator Rand Paul.  H.R. 410, the “Restore the Constitution Act,” would nullify any executive action and prohibit funding of any action that oversteps the President’s constitutional authority. Fourth, Congress must also adopt the REINS Act, which requires any major federal rule or regulation be debated and voted upon by Congress before taking effect. Every day faceless, unelected federal bureaucrats issue their own “Executive Orders” in the form of regulations that rob citizens of rights and property, without due legislative process. Barack Obama’s actions tonight are far more than a border security problem.  They are a constitutional security problem. Unless Congress takes these four actions to restore their authority, we lose both our borders and our constitutional republic. -30- Read More

Stockman to Obama: Drop your plan to 'de-develop' US economy


WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) joined Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and 19 other members of Congress in a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to drop his proposed US-China carbon dioxide ban and instead work with Congress on the issue. “Obama’s plan to drastically ban carbon dioxide in the United States is a job-destroying joke.  U.S. employers must adopt hideously expensive new rules, but China has decades before they must adopt rules we all know they won’t adhere to,” said Stockman. “Obama’s own science advisor has called on the U.S. to ‘de-develop’ our economy, and Obama’s carbon dioxide ban uses junk science to do just that.” -30- Read More

Stockman condemns recent wave of terror attacks in Israel


WASHINGTON -- Over the past month there have been a growing number of terrorist attacks in Israel. On October 22, a terrorist intentionally drove his car into a crowded light rail stop in Jerusalem, killing two people, including an American three month old baby, and injuring seven. A week later there was an assassination attempt against Yehuda Glick, a civil rights activist who advocates for the right of Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The attack was followed not by condemnation from the Palestinian National Authority, but instead was followed by further incitement by Palestinian National Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. On November 5, there was another car attack at another crowded light rail station in Jerusalem, killing three people (including the attacker) and injuring thirteen. On November 7, a song called “Car Intifada” was released that encouraged Arabs to engage in vehicular terrorism against Jews. On November 10, a 20 year old man at a train station in Tel Aviv was killed in a stabbing attack. Several hours later, there was car attack at a bus stop in the Jerusalem suburb of Alon Shvut. When the attacker was unsuccessful in killing the people with his car, he got out of his car and started stabbing them, killing a 26 year old woman and wounding two others. “These attacks must end” said Rep. Stockman. “The incitement coming from both Fatah and Hamas is only making the situation worse.” --30-- Read More

Boehner: Net Neutrality Hurts Private-Sector Job Creation


WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose new federal “net neutrality” regulations that would undermine a free and open Internet and hurt our economy: “It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the Obama administration continues to disregard the people’s will and push for more mandates on our economy.   An open, vibrant Internet is essential to a growing economy, and net neutrality is a textbook example of the kind of Washington regulations that destroy innovation and entrepreneurship.  Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet – not now, not ever.  In the new Congress, Republicans will continue our efforts to stop this misguided scheme to regulate the Internet, and we’ll work to encourage private-sector job creation, starting with many of the House-passed jobs bills that the outgoing Senate majority ignored.” NOTE: In May, House GOP leaders sent a letter urging the FCC to drop consideration of federal net neutrality regulations.  Read More

STOCKMAN: 25 years after the Wall fell, we must continue Reagan’s fight for freedom


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman released the following statement Monday: [[{"fid":"304","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"float: left; margin: 5px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]Twenty five years ago this week, the world celebrated as the great symbol of the Cold War and Communist tyranny fell. In a single day, people rejoiced and crossed the Wall at will, and the opening was irreversible. Freedom won, and today the Berlin Wall is but a thin line in the pavement. President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa and Margaret Thatcher all played major roles in bringing an end to Communist tyranny, as well as many brave dissidents throughout the Soviet empire who at great risk kept lit the torch of freedom and the hopes of millions. Many remember President Reagan’s famous speech at the Wall; “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” While his challenge was directed towards the Soviet leader, his real audience was the enslaved people of East Germany, who drew inspiration and support from the speech and began to seek greater freedom. But behind the speech was an entire strategy aimed at peacefully ending the Soviet empire and bringing freedom to millions; described in the words of Reagan as "here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose." This week we join in celebrating two and a half decades of freedom in Berlin and Eastern Europe. Until that time, Communism seemed invulnerable and permanent, and few could imagine the Soviet empire would one day near-bloodlessly collapse and the Berlin Wall would fall both symbolically and literally. How was joyous that day in 1989, as were the remembrances on this, the twenty fifth anniversary. The battle between freedom and tyranny continues today.  The citizens of China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and many other nations yearn to be free; and under Putin, Ukraine is being invaded and other independent nations are being threatened. President Reagan’s policy of peace through strength succeeded in freeing millions, but under President Obama and his appeasement-based policies, the forces of tyranny are again on the rise. There are serious lessons to be learned from how our government changed the course of history by supporting or ignoring freedom movements. President Eisenhower betrayed the brave people in Hungary in 1956, and President Johnson similarly betrayed the people of Czechoslovakia in 1968, as the people of those nations formed free governments and dreamed of a life without Communism; only to have their hopes crushed when the United States signaled it was alright to let the tanks of tyranny roll. Let not that history repeat; never again should millions be oppressed when we could have with just a stern glare at tyranny and a loud welcome to freedom held at bay the Soviet empire. [[{"fid":"306","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"margin: 5px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; float: left;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]But history did repeat. In 2009, President Obama turned his back on the millions of Iranians who stood their ground for freedom, and today we are faced with a nuclear Iran. That would not have been possible had the freedom movement received strong support from the President. It cannot be said often enough that the Soviet empire ended in large part because President Reagan had a real strategy to defeat Communism and actively supported freedom, most noticeably in that stirring cry to “tear down this wall!” He never turned his back on freedom, and President Bush continued his policies long enough to see the conclusion of Reagan’s dream. On this historic anniversary, let us recommit our great nation to return to President Reagan’s example of peace through strength, and create effective strategies to support, and yes, truly deliver freedom in Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and other enslaved countries around the world. Read More

Notice to constituents on new casework


My congressional term is coming to an end soon, and as such, my office will be closing to make way for the incoming member of Congress.  All new casework from constituents should be forwarded to Senators Cruz and Cornyn until the end of the year.  Rest assured, we will continue to work on all existing casework until we finish our duty to the wonderful people of Texas' 36th congressional district. Read More

Stockman introduces bill to make English the official language of US government


WASHINGTON - U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica today released the following statement in response to the introduction of a new bill to declare English the official language of the United States. Introduced by Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, H.R. 5473 would also repeal Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which calls for bilingual ballots. Additionally, it amends Section 337 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to ensure that all naturalization ceremonies are conducted in English, rather than foreign languages. “Rep. Stockman’s bill proposes common sense changes that will help encourage immigrants to fully assimilate, while saving the federal government millions of dollars,” Chairman Mujica said. “Performing naturalization ceremonies and providing voting ballots in languages other than English are duplicative and unnecessary. In order to become a naturalized citizen, an immigrant to the United States is already required to pass a test demonstrating English proficiency. By using English, rather than a native language, a newcomer to the United States is able to fully integrate into American culture. As an immigrant myself, I have experienced firsthand how speaking the nation’s common language fluently can make one feel fully American, and I am hopeful that the House of Representatives will support the positive intentions of this unifying legislation.” “Most immigrants want to learn English,” Rep. Stockman added. “Conducting all official government business in English, while leaving people free to conduct private business however they wish, ensures we stay a united and strong country.” H.R. 5473 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, for further consideration. U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( now has more than 2 million members. -30- Read More

Nation’s Largest Taxpayer Group Honors Stockman with “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”


WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) was recognized for his/her outstanding pro-taxpayer voting record as National Taxpayers Union (NTU), a nonpartisan citizen advocacy group, announced Stockman] is among the distinguished recipients of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for 2013. “With so many remaining doubts that our economy has completely turned a corner, it's never been more important for Washington to change direction on fiscal policy,” NTU President Pete Sepp said. “Fortunately, the taxpayers of Texas' 36th District could count on Steve Stockman to help put our nation on a saner path. Day in and day out, Congressman Stockman earned the title of 'Taxpayers ' Friend.' Since 1979, NTU has acknowledged Representatives and Senators who achieve top scores in their annual Rating of Congress with the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” The Rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each Member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. For 2013, a total of 253 House and 90 Senate votes were selected. “Stockman's pro-taxpayer score of 86 percent was one of the best in the entire Congress,” Sepp continued. “By casting principled votes for limited government time and again, Steve Stockman has led by example in the fight to defend overburdened taxpayers across the country.” In NTU’s 2013 Rating, the average “Taxpayer Score” in the House remained at the rounded level of 51 percent. Thus, for the third year in a row the House mean has managed to reach the halfway mark – a feat never before achieved on NTU’s Rating. The Senate’s average was nearly the same as last year, rising one point to 41 percent - but the bigger story might be their woeful 17 percent median score. The Senate had an all-time low of 28 percent in 1988, and the House hit bottom that same year, at 27 percent. The highest marks were reached in 1995, when lower and upper chambers’ averages were 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively. For the first session of the 113th Congress, 58 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for an “A” grade (a minimum score of 83 percent in the House and 90 percent the Senate) and therefore won the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” Yet, a startling 204 Senators and Representatives were tagged with the title of “Big Spender” for posting “F” grades (24 percent or less in the House and 16 percent or less in the Senate). The record of 267 was reached in both 2008 and 2009. NTU’s annual Rating sets the standard for fiscal scorecards by not simplistically focus on only a handful of equally weighted “key votes.” For this reason, it has received praise from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including the late Sen. (and “Golden Fleece Award” creator) William Proxmire (D-WI). --- Sepp concluded: “By working to reduce federal spending, taxes, and debt, Steve Stockman proved to be one of the most effective advocates for taxpayers in Texas as well as throughout the nation.” ---“If every Member of Congress voted as carefully as Steve Stockman, current and future generations of Americans could enjoy much lower taxes and a less wasteful government,” Sepp concluded. “Hard-working families in Texas and across the nation owe Steve Stockman a debt of gratitude for his/her effort on their behalf. Steve Stockman has truly earned the title ‘Taxpayers’ Friend.’” --- Sepp concluded: “Congressman Steve Stockman’s pro-taxpayer score of 86% was one of the best in the entire Senate/House. By consistently voting to reduce federal spending, taxes, and debt, Steve Stockman has truly earned the title, ‘Taxpayers’ Friend.’” National Taxpayers Union, “The Voice of America’s Taxpayers”, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom at all levels. Note: The 2013 Rating and a searchable Rating database from 1992 to 2013 is available at For questions about the Rating, its history, or methodology, please contact NTU Communications Manager Doug Kellogg at (703) 299-8698. -30- Read More

Stockman Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB


WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-36) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Stockman for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” “The record shows that Rep. Stockman is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award. In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business. ### Read More

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Steve Stockman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, with a vision of limited government, strong support for American families, and a robust national defense.

Rep. Stockman serves the people of the 36th Congressional District of Texas, which was created as a result of the 2010 census and includes the counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Tyler, and portions of southeastern Harris County.

The district is home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the research and training facility for all manned space exploration and the location of the popular Mission Control Center.  As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Rep. Stockman highlights the importance of a vigorous space exploration program to keep the U.S. at the forefront of space technology.

The district also contains the highest number per capita of oil and gas refineries and downstream petrochemical plants in the world.  Rep. Stockman is working for commonsense regulatory relief for the nation’s oil and gas industries, which will lead to less dependence on foreign oil and more American jobs.  The completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, for instance, will lead to the creation of tens of thousands of new employment opportunities.

A fierce defender of constitutional liberties, Rep. Stockman is a leader in defending the Second Amendment.  He introduced the very first pro-gun bill in the House in 2013 (H.R. 35, to repeal federal gun free zones).

When the President threatened to bypass Congress and enact gun control through Executive Orders, Rep. Stockman introduced, along with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in the Senate, the “Restore the Constitution Act of 2013,” which would nullify any anti-gun orders.

Rep. Stockman, who serves as Vice Chairman of the House Second Amendment Task Force, also authored legislation to strip funding to the UN should that body attempt to restrict American’s gun rights.

As a 100% pro-life supporter, Steve authored the 2013 Sanctity of Life Act, which declares that life begins at conception, and which also limits the federal courts’ jurisdiction in cases dealing with the unborn.

Congressman Stockman sits of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and plays an active role in uncovering the truth about the attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Stockman cofounded the South Sudan Caucus, in support of the world’s newest nation.  South Sudan, which is a majority Christian nation, suffered decades of oppression and genocide from North Sudan, and still endures attacks despite the existence of a peace agreement.  Stockman has traveled to Juba, the nation’s capital, as well as to other parts of Africa, in support of medical missionary work.

Prior to his election in 2012, Steve served in Congress from 1995-97.

Some of the awards and commendations awarded Steve were the “Taxpayers Best Friend Award” by Citizens for Tax Reform; a consistent “100 percent” rating by the American Conservative Union; “Taxpayer’s Hero Award” by Citizens Against Government Waste, and “Pro-Family Congressman of the Year” by the American Family Association.

Steve holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He and his wife of 25 years, Patti, live in Clear Lake.

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