Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie

KENTUCKY's 4th DISTRICT

Press Release: U.S. Representative Massie Votes to Force Congressional Debate on the Troops in Iraq and Syria

2015/06/17

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Wednesday June 17, 2015   (202) 225-3465     U.S. Representative Massie Votes to Force Congressional Debate on the Troops in Iraq and Syria     WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Thomas Massie voted in support of a resolution to ensure that Congress debates and votes on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by the end of the year. H. Con. Res. 55, which was introduced by Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), requires that Congress either debate and vote on an AUMF for this war by the end of the year, or bring our troops home.   "Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war,” said Rep. Massie. “War requires congressional authorization, and the American people deserve open debate by their elected officials.”   U.S. airstrikes against ISIS began in August 2014 without the congressional debate and declaration of war required by the Constitution. Though President Obama claims the 2002 Iraq AUMF is sufficient, the new military action in Iraq constitutes a new war, with a new enemy, and thus requires a new congressional authorization of force.  The President cannot use the 2002 AUMF in Iraq to justify any new action.   “If we are to send our brave young men and women into harm’s way overseas, then Congress must honor the Constitution, declare war, and fight to win. Anything else is illegal, unconstitutional, and likely to lead to horrific unintended consequences,” added Massie.   Representative Massie's floor speech in support of the resolution can be watched here. H. Con. Res. 55 failed by a 139-288-1 vote.

 

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Press Release: U.S. House Votes for Additional Restrictions on Surveillance

2015/06/11

 

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Thursday June 11, 2015   (202) 225-3465     U.S. House Votes for Additional Restrictions on Surveillance   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to defund two surveillance “backdoors” that currently allow intelligence agencies access to Americans’ private data and correspondence without a warrant. The amendment, which is part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2685), passed 255-174.   “The USA Freedom Act is not the last word on surveillance reform,” said Rep. Massie.  “Backdoor surveillance authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act is arguably worse than the bulk collection of records illegally collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This amendment is a much needed next step as Congress continues to rein in the surveillance state and reassert the Fourth Amendment.”   “This amendment is the most meaningful step Congress can take to end warrantless bulk collection of US persons' communications and data,” said Rep. Lofgren. “We know that mass surveillance of Americans, as reported in the news, has taken place under the FISA Section 702 authority. This vote shows once again that the House is committed to upholding the Constitution and protecting Americans from warrantless invasions of their privacy. Enacting this amendment into law will benefit our economy, protect our competitiveness abroad, and make significant strides in rebuilding the public's trust.”   Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, Americans' private data and communications – including emails, photos, and text messages – can be collected by intelligence agencies, provided that data or communication at some point crosses the border of the United States. Given the current fluid nature of electronic communications and data storage, in which corporate and private server farms store Americans’ data all over the world, this loophole could allow intelligence agencies access to a vast swath of communications and data without warrant protection. Intelligence officials have confirmed to Congress that law enforcement agencies actively search the content of this intercepted data without probable cause, and have used evidence gathered to assist in criminal prosecutions. Government agencies have also reportedly coerced individuals and organizations to build encryption “backdoors” into products or services for surveillance purposes, despite industry and cryptologist claims that this process is not technologically feasible without putting the data security of every individual using these services at risk. The Massie-Lofgren Amendment would prohibit funding for activities that exploit these “backdoors.”   An identical amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act last year passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 293-123 vote, but it was not included in the omnibus spending legislation that passed last December.   The amendment is supported by a broad coalition of privacy and civil liberties groups as well as tech companies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Campaign for Liberty, Constitutional Alliance, Council on American-Islamic Relations, CREDO Mobile, Defending Dissent Foundation, Demand Progress, DownsizeDC.org, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, FreedomWorks, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Generation Opportunity, Google, Liberty Coalition, Media Alliance, New America's Open Technology Institute, OpenMedia.org, OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight, Public Knowledge, Restore The Fourth, RootsAction.org, Student Net Alliance, Sunlight Foundation, TechFreedom, and X-Lab.   Other co-sponsors include Reps Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Conyers (D-MI), Poe (R-TX), Gabbard (D-HI), Jordan (R-OH), O'Rourke (D-TX), Amash (R-MI), Nadler (D-NY), Collins (R-GA), DelBene (D-WA), Labrador (R-ID), Pocan (D-WI), Farenthold (R-TX), Lieu (D-CA), and Sanford (R-SC).  

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Press Release: House Targets Executive Ammunition Bans in BATFE Spending Bill

2015/06/09

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Monday June 8, 2015   (202) 225-3465     House Targets Executive Ammunition Bans in BATFE Spending Bill     WASHINGTON, DC – Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed an amendment by Congressman Thomas Massie to block the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) from banning common rifle ammunition.  The amendment, which was part of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill, passed 250-170.    “The administration has banned, and threatens to ban, common rifle ammunition using an overly broad interpretation of a law that was written for handgun ammunition,” said Rep. Massie. “My amendment uses the congressional power of the purse to defund ammunition bans from the executive branch.”   Massie's amendment was one of a trio of amendments last week that took aim at recent ammunition bans. Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced an amendment that would prevent any M855 or SS109 (.223 caliber / 5.56mm x 45mm) type rifle ammunition from being treated as "armor piercing" ammunition.  This comes after the BATFE backed off a controversial proposal in March to restrict the popular M855/SS109 ammunition.  Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced an amendment that would overturn a 2014 administrative ban on 7N6 type (5.45mm x 39mm) ammunition.  Both the Hudson amendment and the Gosar amendment passed by voice vote.   The Massie amendment addresses both the 7N6 ban and the proposed M855 ban, by clarifying that ammunition can not be retroactively treated as "armor piercing" simply because a handgun is later designed that can shoot the rifle ammunition.  It states, "None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to treat ammunition as armor piercing for purposes of chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, except for ammunition designed and intended for use in a handgun (in accordance with 18 U.S.C. section  921(a)(17))."   The House passed H.R. 2578, the underlying CJS appropriations bill, 242-183.  All three amendments will require passage in the Senate before advancing to the President.

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Press Release: House Passes Massie’s Bipartisan Hemp Amendment

2015/06/09

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov   Friday June 5, 2015   (202) 225-3465     House Passes Massie’s Bipartisan Hemp Amendment   WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an industrial hemp amendment sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR).  The amendment was part of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill, which funds many government agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce.   The amendment, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to impede industrial hemp research, passed 289-132.   “This amendment simply requires the DEA to comply with federal law,” said Congressman Massie. “The DEA continues to waste valuable time and taxpayer dollars by holding up non-psychoactive hemp seeds destined for legitimate hemp pilot programs.”   “Kentucky was once the nation’s leading producer of industrial hemp, and Henry Clay was a large producer himself,” said Congressman Barr. "While the uses of hemp have grown significantly since Kentucky’s peak production in the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. must now import much of the crop.  The University of Kentucky has been conducting serious research into the usefulness and viability of this crop for our farmers, and I am pleased that Congress has voted to support research conducted by legitimate hemp pilot programs.”   Massie’s hemp amendment to the 2014 farm bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes and allowed for the establishment of industrial hemp pilot programs in states across the country. In Kentucky alone, nearly 1,800 acres of hemp are projected to be grown this summer in these pilot programs. However, despite the clear language of the farm bill amendment, which specifically states that state agriculture agencies and universities will be growing the industrial hemp for research, the DEA has continuously ignored the plain text of the federal statute.   The House also adopted a broader hemp amendment on Wednesday, introduced by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and co-sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie. The Bonamici-Massie-Blumenaur-Polis hemp amendment passed 282-146 and would allow for commercial scale hemp production without the restriction that it be associated with an official research program.   Congresswoman Bonamici stated, “Despite the many uses of hemp, the federal government considers it a Schedule I drug. When law enforcement goes after industrial hemp, it does not further public safety; instead it deprives farm economies of a potentially multi-billion dollar crop that is used to make everything from rope to soap.”   Kentucky was a leading producer of the world’s industrial hemp supply during America’s early years as a nation. It is used in hundreds of products including paper, lotions, clothing, canvas, rope, and food. Critics of industrial hemp mistakenly equate it to marijuana.  The plants are cousins in the cannabis family but industrial hemp does not contain a psychoactive amount of the intoxicant (THC) found in marijuana, making it ineffective as a drug.  Hemp is grown in over 30 western nations including Canada, England and France.   The House passed the underlying CJS appropriations bill, 242-183.  The measure will require passage in the Senate before advancing to the President.  

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PRESS RELEASE: House Passes Massie Amendment to Strengthen Privacy and Security

2015/06/05

 

For Immediate Release                                     Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Thursday June 4, 2015   (202) 225-3465     House Passes Massie Amendment to Strengthen Privacy and Security    WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed an important anti-surveillance amendment sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX). The amendment was part of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill, which funds many government agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce.   The 383-43 vote represents a victory for electronic privacy advocates.  Massie's amendment would prevent the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from cooperating with the NSA to weaken encryption standards for the purpose of facilitating electronic surveillance.    “When our government weakens encryption software to spy on citizens, it puts everyone at risk.  Hackers can exploit weak encryption to gain access to Americans' confidential health records and financial information," said Congressman Massie. "The NIST charter is to establish dependable standards, not to compromise standards for the purpose of spying."   The House passed the underlying CJS appropriations bill, 242-183.  The measure will require passage in the Senate before advancing to the President.

 

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Press Release: U.S. Representatives Lofgren, Massie, Eshoo & Polis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enable Cell Phone & Wireless Device Unlocking

2015/03/25

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Wednesday March 25, 2015   (202) 225-3465    

U.S. Representatives Lofgren, Massie, Eshoo & Polis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enable Cell Phone & Wireless Device Unlocking

 

Bipartisan lawmakers reintroduce bill to permanently enable cell phone & wireless device unlocking

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to allow consumers to permanently unlock their cellphones, tablets, and other electronic communications devices in order to switch carriers. The Unlocking Technology Act of 2015 (H.R. 1587) expands and improves on cell phone unlocking legislation signed into law last year by allowing consumers to permanently unlock all their mobile devices and media in ways that do not infringe on existing copyrights.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act currently forbids consumers from sidestepping technical measures that prevent modifying copyrighted works — such as jailbreaking a tablet to run 3rd-party apps, bypassing digital rights management for archiving or disability access purposes, or unlocking a cell phone — regardless of whether there is any actual copyright infringement.

"This bill reflects how the American public views ownership of their electronic devices," said Representative Lofgren. "It’s simple – you should be free to unlock the mobile devices and media you legally purchase. If consumers are not violating copyright or other law, there's little reason to hold back the many benefits of unlocking. It’s time we allow people to permanently use their devices without interference."

"Everyone should be free to use their personal property as they see fit and choose their preferred technologies without penalty," said Representative Massie. "This bill rolls back excessive and out-dated prohibitions on otherwise lawful innovations that promote marketplace competition. I look forward to advancing this bipartisan effort with Reps. Lofgren, Polis, and Eshoo."

"Unlocking a cell phone or smart device gives consumers the freedom to choose the mobile technology and service that best suits them,” said Representative Eshoo, Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. “It also unlocks potential and puts competition and consumer choice on equal footing in the vibrant mobile marketplace. This bipartisan legislation ensures consumers have this option—permanently. It’s a win for consumers, it’s a win for competition, and it’s a win for our mobile economy.”

"Consumers who are not under contract should be able to unlock their cell phones or tablets," said Representative Polis. "We should not have laws on the books that prohibit consumer choice and stifle competition in the marketplace. I am pleased to introduce this bill with Representatives Lofgren, Massie, and Eshoo which will permanently restore consumers' freedom to switch wireless carriers."

The Unlocking Technology Act improves on existing law by  permanently allowing consumers to unlock all of their mobile devices – not only cell phones. Cell phone unlocking legislation signed into law last year merely reinstated a temporary exemption and still relies on the Library of Congress to renew it every three years, which it may choose not to do. The Unlocking Technology Act makes this cell phone exemption permanent and extends unlocking protections to all mobile devices.

The bill would also permit the use and sale of tools — like software apps — that enable unlocking for uses that do not infringe on copyright, and consumers would not be required to obtain permission from their carrier before switching to a new carrier. The legislation further requires that these changes be included in any international trade agreements.

Click here for bill text and a section summary of the legislation.

 

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Press Release: U.S. Representatives Pocan & Massie Introduce Legislation to Repeal PATRIOT Act

2015/03/24

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Tuesday March 24, 2015   (202) 225-3465    

U.S. Representatives Pocan & Massie Introduce Legislation to Repeal PATRIOT Act

Legislation Would End Unconstitutional Mass Collection of Personal Communications

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act (H.R. 1466). The legislation would repeal federal mass surveillance laws.

“The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state,” said Congressman Massie. "Our Founding Fathers fought and died to stop the kind of warrantless spying and searches that the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act authorize. It is long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and reassert the constitutional rights of all Americans. I am proud to co-sponsor Congressman Pocan’s bill and look forward to working with him on this issue.” “The warrantless collection of millions of personal communications from innocent Americans is a direct violation of our constitutional right to privacy,” said Congressman Pocan. “Revelations about the NSA’s programs reveal the extraordinary extent to which the program has invaded Americans’ privacy. I reject the notion that we must sacrifice liberty for security- we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties. This legislation ends the NSA’s dragnet surveillance practices, while putting provisions in place to protect the privacy of American citizens through real and lasting change.”  

Background 

The Surveillance State Repeal Act, H.R. 1466, offers a complete repeal of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, which the NSA has cited as the legal basis for its phone metadata harvesting surveillance program. Additionally, the bill repeals the FISA Amendments Act, which contains provisions for email data harvesting. H.R 1466 also makes retaliation against federal national security whistleblowers illegal and ensures any FISA collection against a U.S. person takes place only pursuant to a valid warrant based on probable cause.

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Press Release: U.S. Representative Thomas Massie Introduces Bill to Secure National Road and Bridge Funding

2015/03/19

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Thursday March 19, 2015   (202) 225-3465     U.S. Representative Thomas Massie Introduces Bill to Secure National Road and Bridge Funding   "The DRIVE Act ensures that the Highway Trust Fund can fulfill its namesake duty – to fund highways, without an increase in the gas tax rate"   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Thomas Massie introduced the DRIVE (Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy) Act of 2015 with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI), Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) as original co-sponsors. The DRIVE Act (H.R. 1461) would help keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent and improve our national infrastructure, without raising the gas tax, by refocusing the Highway Trust Fund on its original and proper role of building and maintaining federal highways and bridges.   “Currently, gas tax revenue is diverted from the federal Highway Trust Fund for bike paths, sidewalks, mass transit, and other local projects," said Congressman Massie. "But due to inflation and fuel efficiency improvements of today's vehicles, there is no longer enough money in the Highway Trust Fund to maintain our nation's critical highways and bridges while also funding local projects that have no federal nexus.  By eliminating diversion of gas tax revenues, the DRIVE Act ensures that the Highway Trust Fund can fulfill its namesake duty – to fund highways, without an increase in the gas tax rate.”   Roadway infrastructure, such as the Interstate Highway System established in 1956, plays an important role in our economy and national security. In order to maintain our roadways, Americans pay an 18.4 cents-per-gallon fuel tax to fund the Highway Trust Fund, but this does not generate enough annual revenue for the obligations in MAP-21, the federal surface transportation bill that passed in 2012.   In July 2014, Congress transferred nearly $10 billion from the General Fund to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.  In an attempt to offset the unplanned expenditure from the General Fund, Congress reduced pension deposit requirements on companies, with the tenuous expectation that this would temporarily produce more corporate tax revenue.  In May 2015, it is anticipated that Congress will be required to provide another stopgap funding measure to prevent insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund.   Annually, over $9 billion of the Highway Trust Fund goes to the Mass Transit Account, which provides funds for local public transportation projects, including subways, light rail, buses, and streetcars.  Additional authorizations exist for sidewalks and bike paths to be funded from the Highway Trust Fund.  The DRIVE Act repeals these authorizations and reduces Highway Trust Fund obligations by approximately $10 billion annually.  

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Rep. Massie to Hold East Jefferson County Meet & Greet

2015/03/10

Congressman Thomas Massie will hold a Meet & Greet for his eastern Jefferson County constituents and officials on Tuesday, March 10th. This will be a great opportunity for the 4th District residents of eastern Jefferson County to meet with their congressman and share their concerns.     TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 Event:  Jefferson County Meet & Greet Event Time:  6:00 p.m. Location:  Eastwood Recreation Center                   16300 Eastwood Cut-Off Rd                  Louisville, KY 40245   Congressman Massie remains committed to open, accessible, and responsive service, and encourages all constituents to join him at the Meet & Greet.    *Constituents with questions should contact Congressman Massie’s Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-3465. *Please direct all press inquiries to Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Read More

Press Release: U.S. Representative Massie Re-introduces Bill to Eliminate Tax on Social Security Benefits

2015/01/28

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov Wednesday Jan 28, 2015   (202) 225-3465    

U.S. Representative Massie Re-introduces Bill to Eliminate Tax on Social Security Benefits

“Taxing these benefits is an accounting sleight of hand that redistributes portions of the Social Security trust fund to other areas of government”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Thomas Massie re-introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 589), which would eliminate income taxes on Social Security benefits. The bill would boost the retirement income of millions of older Americans.

Original co-sponsors include Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Congressman David Jolly (R-FL), Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), freshman Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), and freshman Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV).

“Social Security is financed with Americans’ tax dollars, so taxing Social Security is double-taxing by the Federal Government,” said Congressman Massie. “Taxing Social Security reduces benefits to seniors.” Congressman Ron DeSantis said, "Americans pay taxes their entire working lives to support Social Security, so there is no reason why these earned benefits should be taxed once again when they receive them. Congressman Massie’s legislation promotes transparency by blowing the whistle on the Federal Government for double-taxation while protecting our senior citizens."

Congressman David Jolly said, “Seniors should not be taxed for a benefit they rightfully earned by paying into Social Security for decades.  The current system penalizes seniors as a way to support a government that is living beyond its means.  We should instead focus on securing Social Security for all generations in a responsible and sustainable way." "It is problematic enough to pay high taxes on income when it is earned the first time. But, to turn around and tax Social Security benefits as a portion is being returned is unfair and can be harmful to seniors just trying to get by after a long life of work. This bill is not only the just and right thing to do, it is the helpful thing to do," said Congressman Louie Gohmert. "West Virginia seniors need relief from higher costs of living,” said Congressman Alex Mooney. “Seniors have worked hard to earn their Social Security benefits and have already been taxed on their contributions to Social Security.  The Federal Government tax on Social Security is a double-tax and its repeal would provide an immediate increase in benefits for our seniors."

“I am proud to co-sponsor Congressman Massie’s bill to protect our seniors,” said Congressman Rod Blum. “This is a common sense bill that will end the double-taxation of our seniors. Our seniors pay enough taxes on their Social Security on the front end, and it is irresponsible for the government to tax them twice.”

Dan Weber, President of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, said “AMAC is proud to stand with Congressman Massie today as he introduces the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act.” This bill rightly eliminates the unfair income tax on Social Security benefits and ensures that older Americans, who have paid into Social Security throughout their careers, are not excessively taxed by the Federal government. Given that mature Americans and seniors have already paid tax on their Social Security contributions via the payroll tax, it is irresponsible for the government to double-tax the benefit in order to generate more revenue. The “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act” will not only enable beneficiaries to retain more money for retirement, but it will restore integrity to the Social Security program. As an organization committed to representing the interests of older Americans, we encourage Congress to support this commonsense legislation and to protect the benefit our seniors have earned.”

The purpose of Social Security is to provide people with financial support during retirement, not to be another source of tax revenue for the Federal Government. Under this legislation, Social Security benefits would neither be taxable nor reportable on individual tax returns, thus restoring the integrity of the program.

“Taxing these benefits is an accounting sleight of hand that redistributes portions of the Social Security trust fund to other areas of government,” Congressman Massie concluded. 

Congressman Massie introduced a previous version of the bill on January 16th, 2014. The Association of Mature American Citizens supports the legislation.

 

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Massie Further Examines Circumstances Surrounding Lerner’s Hard Drive Failure

2015-06-25 15:36:44


Rep. Massie Talks Commercial Drones and Privacy Rights

2015-06-17 21:50:26


Rep. Massie Debates AUMF, Iraq & Syria Troop Withdrawal on House Floor

2015-06-17 19:20:20


Rep. Massie Speaks on Floor about Trade Promotion Authority

2015-06-12 19:46:52


Reps Massie and Lofgren Speak in Support of Amendment to Restrict "Backdoor" Surveillance

2015-06-11 16:54:39


Rep. Massie: Oppose H.R. 9, the so-called "Innovation Act"

2015-06-10 18:19:06


Rep. Massie: Support Country of Origin Labeling for Food

2015-06-10 15:18:34


Rep Thomas Massie talks Patriot Act on CNN

2015-06-03 20:13:10


Rep. Massie Talks Patriot Act with Trish Regan of Fox Business

2015-06-01 22:15:50


Rep. Massie on expired PATRIOT Act: Civil Liberties Restored

2015-06-01 18:52:33


Rep. Massie Talks to Joe Webb of Local 12 WKRC Cincinnati about the Patriot Act

2015-05-09 16:53:27


Rep Massie Congratulates Highlands High School Students for "We the People" Competition

2015-04-23 13:36:38


Rep. Massie and Glenn Beck Talk Patriot Act Repeal

2015-04-10 18:04:29


Rep Massie Delivers Speech Honoring Owenton Constituents

2015-03-19 13:26:36


Rep. Massie's DHS Floor Speech on Fox News

2015-03-04 22:39:41


NPR Discusses DHS Funding and Rep. Massie's Request to Read the Bill

2015-03-04 17:03:00


Rep. Massie Delivers Floor Remarks on President's Executive Actions

2015-03-03 19:59:56


Rep. Massie Questions Energy Secretary Moniz

2015-03-03 00:06:16


Rep. Jordan Asks Inspector General About IRS Emails

2015-02-27 02:55:12


Rep. Massie Questions EPA Admin over WOTUS Rules

2015-02-10 23:35:52


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U.S. Representative Thomas Massie entered Congress in November 2012 after serving as Lewis County Judge Executive. He represents Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District which stretches across Northern Kentucky and 280 miles of the Ohio River.

U.S. Representative Massie attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During school, he invented a technology that enabled people to interact with computers using their sense of touch, and leveraged that technology to found SensAble Technologies, Inc., which raised over $32 million of venture capital, created 70 jobs, and obtained 24 patents. The hardware and software he developed is now used to design automobiles, jewelry, shoes, dental prosthetics, and even reconstructive implants for wounded soldiers.

In Congress, Thomas serves on three committees: the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure  has jurisdiction over roads, bridges, mass transit, railroads, aviation, maritime and waterborne transit. Thomas’s selection to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee puts him in a position to hold the federal government accountable to taxpayers. Further, Rep. Massie’s background from MIT and the high-tech business world makes him uniquely qualified to serve his state and country on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Thomas lives on a cattle farm in Kentucky with his wife and high school sweetheart, Rhonda, and their four children.

He’s honored to be able to serve the citizens of Kentucky’s 4th District.


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