Steve Stockman

Steve Stockman

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

Notice to constituents on new casework

2014/10/02

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

2014/09/19

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. (www.usenglish.org) now has more than 2 million members. -30- Read More

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

2014/09/18

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 ntu.org. 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

2014/09/17

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

Stockman congratulates NASA, Boeing, and Space X for launching new era in space flight

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Stockman congratulates NASA, Boeing, and Space X for inaugurating a new era in commercial space ventures with today’s award of contracts to launch American astronauts once again on American rockets. The selection of the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft and the Atlas V rocket, plus Space X’s Dragon spacecraft and Falcon-9 rocket offer vital redundancy in the event of problems with any single system. Stockman applauded the efforts by both companies in building the next generation of spacecraft to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. “Boeing has been building spacecraft since the dawn of the space age, and I am excited to see their spacecraft selected in this competition. Space X has created an exciting space industry from scratch, which is bringing the satellite launch market home to the United States, and we will see more exciting commercial space ventures from them in coming years.” Stockman warned of increasing tensions with Russia over Ukraine: “I urge both companies to find ways to launch a year earlier than planned, to counter any potential threats by Russia against launching our astronauts.” Stockman also offered encouragement to Sierra Nevada for their innovative Dream Chaser mini-shuttle, and expressed hope they would continue development for the commercial space market or future NASA contracts. Stockman represents the Johnson Space Center in Houston. -30- Read More

Congressman Stockman honors Constitution Day

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) released the following statement about Constitution Day: “Today we honor the blessings of liberty our founding fathers secured for us when they drafted and signed the Constitution. This day should further incentivize us to hold the Obama administration accountable for its unconstitutional, anti-American actions. It should also encourage more Americans to educate their fellow citizens about their rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, since many of our nation’s schools fail to provide adequate civic education. As this administration continues to pursue unconstitutional executive actions and circumvent Congress on key domestic issues, we should be more inspired to defend the Constitution and motivate more Americans to restore our nation back to its founding principles.”    -30-  Read More

Stockman moves to block Obama’s illegal transfer of $440 million to HAMAS-connected government

2014/09/10

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) Tuesday filed legislation blocking the Obama administration’s funding of the joint Palestinian Authority-HAMAS interim government. The “Stop Funding Terrorism Act” blocks “any direct United States assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority, or any affiliated governing entity or leadership organization.”  It is the House companion to Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) “Stand With Israel Act.” The Obama administration announced June 2 that Obama would recognize and finance the Palestinian government, which was jointly organized with HAMAS terrorists. That announcement violates a federal law prohibiting any support to HAMAS. “Barack Obama broke the law to funnel $440 million a year to terrorists committed to killing Jews. If federal law isn’t clear enough to President Obama, perhaps we need to be more direct,” said Stockman. “The ‘Stop Funding Terrorism Act’ removes any loopholes Obama is using to give U.S. taxpayer dollars to terrorist groups.” A 2012 federal law prohibits foreign aid to “any entity effectively controlled by Hamas, any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises undue influence.”   The law provides no waiver mechanism allowing the President to ignore it. “[We’re] deeply disappointed,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Time magazine. “Hamas is a terrorist organization that calls for Israel’s destruction, and the international community must not embrace it. That would not bolster peace. It would strengthen terror.” -30- Read More

Stockman blocks EPA power grab, urges Congress to strip bureaucrats of unchecked power

2014/09/10

> ‘The Waters of the US scheme is so radical Democrats couldn’t pass it when they controlled the House, Senate and White House’   WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman Wednesday voted to pass H.R. 5078, which blocks the Obama administration from enacting a radical expansion of EPA authority, and urged Congress to strip the federal government of its ability propose future power grabs. Earlier this year Stockman proposed similar language as an amendment to federal spending bills. Stockman’s amendment would have blocked any funding of any study or enactment of the rule. The bill prohibits federal agencies from enacting a proposed redefinition of “waters of the United States” which would have given the EPA to power to regulate any property they claim forms a “nexus” with a navigable waterway. The term “nexus,” and other terms, are vaguely defined, and the rule includes any surface feature with the ability to hold or carry water, placing virtually any targeted property under federal control as a waterway. “The EPA’s radical rule would give the federal government power over virtually any property it wants.  It was proposed for one reason, to give the radical environmentalist movement unchecked power,” said Stockman. “The radical environmentalist movement has been pushing this proposal for decades.  The Waters of the US scheme is so radical Democrats couldn’t pass it during the decades when they controlled the House, Senate and White House.  That’s why Obama ordered the EPA to simply enact it as a rule,” said Stockman. “Liberals are using the power of bureaucracy to enact radical power grabs they know have no support.  Congress must eliminate the power of unelected federal employees to propose and enact their own rules.  There can no be rule by executive decree in a constitutional republic,” said Stockman. “Congress must pass the REINS Act, which requires any major federal rule be passed by Congress and signed by the President before it can be enacted,” said Stockman. “Laws must be made by elected lawmakers, not a radical activist with a federal employee badge.” The proposed EPA rule would so radically expand the definition of federally-regulated waterways even the desert itself would be regulated as water. “My west Texas ranch sits in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert,” said Stockman communications director Donny Ferguson.  “There is no water whatsoever anywhere on the property.  Under this EPA rule my desert ranch would become a federally-regulated waterway.  The EPA is so power-hungry they’ll define a waterway as a place even Noah wouldn’t build a boat.” -30- Read More

Stockman urges Obama to push back Putin aggression

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman last week issued a letter to the White House urging President Barack Obama to levy sanctions on the Russian government in response to its invasion of Ukraine, and to supply Ukraine with the means to defend itself. “Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine, and Poland and the Baltic States have no realistic means by which to defend themselves. It is our geopolitical strategic interest to act now, before Eastern Europe is under a Russian thumb,” writes Stockman. “We do not need to spill American blood in this war. There are great numbers of young Ukrainians who are ready to defend and fight for their homeland, but do not have the means to do so,” writes Stockman. “We need to send them small arms such as AR-15s and M-16s, as well as .50 caliber machine guns, anti-tank weapons and other ordnance; Russian tanks are pushing their way further into Ukraine undeterred,” writes Stockman. “I also recommend that the United States impose strict Level 3 economic sanctions upon Russia, end all Russian foreign exchange educational programs until Russia pulls their forces out of Ukraine, and push to remove Russia from SWIFT,” writes Stockman. The full text of the letter is below: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 The President The White House Washington, DC 20500   Dear Mr. President: As I write this letter, the situation in Ukraine is desperate. Right now Ukraine’s national sovereignty is being violated as thousands of Russian soldiers are invading Ukraine and killing innocent civilians while you do nothing. The invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, aircraft, and tanks is unmistakably an act of war and a blatant violation of the Russian Federation’s agreements in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994. Russia’s actions are also a clear violation of the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and the Paris Charter. This violation of international law and your inaction has put the U.S. in a position of tacit complicity. Vladimir Putin’s attitude of aggression is demonstrated by his boast that he could “take Kyiv in two weeks.” Some of his fellows openly support efforts to “cleanse Ukraine of idiots” and they advocate “genocide” of the “race of bastards.” The attitude and actions of Vladimir Putin are eerily similar to those of Adolf Hitler prior to the WWII, and I am alarmed to learn that last weekend fascists in Russian-occupied Crimea hosted a neo-Nazi conference. Your multiple harsh warnings and stern remarks to Putin have had no effect and your “don’t provoke Putin” approach has been wildly unsuccessful. President Putin has made a mockery of America and your foreign policy leadership. Russia does not take the United States seriously and views western leaders as weak figureheads who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Ukraine cannot win a prolonged war against Russia and Ukraine has requested international support. We can provide the needed supported. If we allow Ukraine to fall, then we embolden Putin to move on the remainder of Eastern Europe. Without American-led opposition, Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine, and Poland and the Baltic States have no realistic means by which to defend themselves. It is our geopolitical strategic interest to act now, before Eastern Europe is under a Russian thumb. We do not need to spill American blood in this war. There are great numbers of young Ukrainians who are ready to defend and fight for their homeland, but do not have the means to do so. I recommend that you send desperately needed arms and weapons to Ukraine.   We need to send them small arms such as AR-15s and M-16s, as well as .50 caliber machine guns, anti-tank weapons and other ordnance; Russian tanks are pushing their way further into Ukraine undeterred. I am encouraged by NATO’s decision to support its member states to provide military and technical assistance to Ukraine, and I encourage you to lead NATO members to support democracy, and the rule of law by supporting Ukraine. I also recommend that the United States impose strict Level 3 economic sanctions upon Russia, end all Russian foreign exchange educational programs until Russia pulls their forces out of Ukraine, and push to remove Russia from SWIFT. We also need to begin a national prayer initiative, with all faiths praying for Ukrainian protection. It is clear that the United States is once again embroiled in a cold war with Russia and so far we have yet take the needed strong position to challenge Putin’s aggression. No one is safe when Russia is an aggressive superpower with a nuclear arsenal. The longer we talk without actions, the further Putin and the Kremlin’s agenda advances. It’s time to stop speaking loudly and carrying a chicken feather. Respectfully, Steve Stockman Member of Congress -30-   Read More

As Democrats try to outlaw conservative spending, their top funder embraces terrorists

2014/09/09

> ‘If Democrats think political spending is a threat to the nation, they can start by returning the tens of millions they pocket each year from a supporter of international terrorists’   WASHINGTON -- In the same week in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seeks to ban political spending by Americans who advocate limited government, one of the Democrat Party’s biggest funders is celebrating five convicted international terrorists, Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) revealed Tuesday. The Service Employees International Union will host “An Evening of Solidarity” Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C. to ask for the release of “The Cuban Five,” five terrorists sent to the United States by Cuba’s Communist dictator Fidel Castro with orders to attack and kill Americans.  They were convicted in 2001 of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. The SEIU-hosted event argues the five terrorists “deserve to receive medals of honor for their actions.”  Among those actions was helping the Cuban government shoot down planes carrying American citizens, killing four in 1996.  “The Kochs want government to leave them alone.  The SEIU wants to give ‘medals of honor’ to terrorists who tried to kill Americans.  Guess which one Democrats want to destroy and which one they warmly embrace?,” said Stockman. “Democrats are trying to outlaw conservative political spending in the same week their top bankroller is trying to free violent anti-US terrorists,” said Stockman. “If Democrats think political spending is a threat to the nation they can start by returning the tens of millions they pocket each year from a supporter of international terrorists.” “The Service Employees International Union has emerged as the top outside spender on Democratic campaigns this year, surpassing even President Barack Obama's main super PAC,” the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 1, 2012. The SEIU also hosted an information table for supporters of the five terrorists at their 2012 national convention.  “This was the very first time that a major U.S. union provided space to bring the case of the Cuban 5,” the pro-terrorist group noted. While Reid has singled out Charles and David Koch for personal attacks over 134 times on the Senate floor based on their support for less government, he has never criticized the SEIU’s open support for terrorists convicted of trying to kill Americans. “Any candidate who accepts funding or support from the SEIU should explain why they’re backed by advocates for international terrorism,” said Stockman. -30- 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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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

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