Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie

KENTUCKY's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Massie Introduces Bill to Abolish Federal Department of Education

2017/02/07

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Rep. Massie Introduces Bill to Abolish Federal Department of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Thomas Massie introduced H.R. 899, a bill to abolish the federal Department of Education. The bill, which is one sentence long, states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
On the day of Betsy DeVos’ scheduled Senate confirmation for Secretary of Education, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn."
 
Massie added, "Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school."
 
“For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs - the state and local level,” said Rep. Walter Jones, an original co-sponsor.  “D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education.”
 
“I’ve always been a proponent of empowering parents, teachers and local school boards who best know our children and their needs," said Rep. Raul Labrador, another original co-sponsor. "Eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is the most important step we in Congress can take in returning decision making to the local level.”
 
"Education of our students should lie primarily with parents, teachers, and state and local officials who know how to meet their individual needs best," said freshman Rep. Andy Biggs. "Since its inception, the Department of Education has grown into an unrecognizable federal beast, and its policies have helped foster Common Core across the country. It is time the one-size-fits-all approach by the federal government is ended and authority is returned to the local level."
 
The Department of Education began operating in 1980. On September 24, 1981 in his Address to the Nation on the Program for Economic Recovery, President Ronald Reagan said, “As a third step, we propose to dismantle two Cabinet Departments, Energy and Education. Both Secretaries are wholly in accord with this. Some of the activities in both of these departments will, of course, be continued either independently or in other areas of government. There's only one way to shrink the size and cost of big government, and that is by eliminating agencies that are not needed and are getting in the way of a solution. Now, we don't need an Energy Department to solve our basic energy problem. As long as we let the forces of the marketplace work without undue interference, the ingenuity of consumers, business, producers, and inventors will do that for us. Similarly, education is the principal responsibility of local school systems, teachers, parents, citizen boards, and State governments. By eliminating the Department of Education less than 2 years after it was created, we cannot only reduce the budget but ensure that local needs and preferences, rather than the wishes of Washington, determine the education of our children.”
 
Original co-sponsors include Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). 
 
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Press Release: Rep. Massie Takes Shot at Lead Ammunition Ban

2017/01/31

Rep. Massie Takes Shot at Lead Ammunition Ban


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's last-minute ban of lead ammunition on national wildlife refuges one day before President Trump assumed office. 

“On his last full day in office, President Obama's administration made one last effort to bypass Congress and ban the use of commonly-used ammunition on public lands,” said Rep. Massie. “This isn’t about conservation. This is about reducing Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. President Obama was unable to strengthen gun control through the appropriate legislative channels, so he deferred to his “pen and phone” at the last minute. The Second Amendment Caucus will work to prevent this overreaching order from ever being implemented.”

On January 19, 2017, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe revived an effort to ban the use of lead ammunition on Service lands. The stated purpose of Director’s Order 219, which went into effect immediately, is “to establish procedures and a timeline for expanding the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle on Service lands, waters, and facilities and for certain types of hunting and fishing regulated by the Service outside of Service lands, waters, and facilities.” The order seeks to ban the use of lead ammunition on national wildlife refuges by January 2022. 

 

 

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Rep. Massie Statement on 2017 March for Life

2017/01/27

Rep. Massie Statement on 2017 March for Life

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Thomas Massie issued this statement regarding the 2017 March for Life:

"I thank my constituents and the citizens from all over the country who have traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual March for Life. I commend your heroism and dedication. Many of you travel thousands of miles each year at this time to make your voices heard in protest of one of the greatest judicial travesties of our time, the infamous United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. That 1973 decision and its progeny struck down state laws protecting unborn human life, unleashed unlimited abortion-on-demand, and resulted in the termination of over 50 million lives.

I believe that life begins at conception. I will always vote against taxpayer funding of abortion, Planned Parenthood, abortion pills, and embryonic stem cell research. 

Just societies and cultures protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us. I thank and salute today's marchers for upholding this truth, and for reminding our fellow citizens and leaders of the sacredness of human life. Together we will work toward the day when our nation's laws once again protect each and every human being, born and unborn."

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Press Release: U.S. Representative Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

2017/01/05

For Immediate Release   Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov
Thursday, Jan 5, 2017   (202) 225-3465  
 

U.S. Representative Massie Proposes Repeal of Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 34, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.
 
The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act. 
 
“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”
 
The Safe Students Act has garnered the support of three major gun organizations: National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association. 
 
Representative Massie concluded: “A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional. They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.”
 
As John Lott, author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, writes in The Columbus Dispatch, “Would you feel safer posting a sign announcing your home is a gun-free zone? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. So why do we display these signs in public places?”
 
Cosponsors include: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. James Comer (R-KY),  Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX). 
 
Representative Massie is Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus in the 115th Congress.

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Press Release: U.S. Representative Massie Reintroduces Bill to Audit the Federal Reserve

2017/01/04

 

For Immediate Release

 

Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov

 

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017

 

(202) 225-3465

 

U.S. Representative Massie Reintroduces Bill to Audit the Federal Reserve

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Thomas Massie reintroduced H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017, also known as “Audit the Fed.” The bipartisan bill would require the Comptroller General to conduct a full examination of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve banks.

"The American public deserves more insight into the practices of the Federal Reserve,” Massie said. “Behind closed doors, the Fed crafts monetary policy that will continue to devalue our currency, slow economic growth, and make life harder for the poor and middle class.”

“No institution holds more power over the future of the American economy and the value of our savings than the Federal Reserve, yet Fed Chair Yellen refuses to be fully accountable to the people’s representatives," said Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who introduced companion legislation, S. 16, in the U.S. Senate. "The U.S. House has responded to the American people by passing Audit the Fed multiple times, and President-elect Trump has stated his support for an audit. Let’s send him the bill this Congress.”

Former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), who has long championed this cause, originally introduced the bill in 2009.

Massie concluded, “It is time to force the Federal Reserve to operate by the same standards of transparency and accountability to the taxpayers that we should demand of all government agencies."

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017 was introduced with 44 bipartisan original cosponsors. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), passed an identical version of the bill, which had 201 cosponsors, in May 2016, marking an important step toward getting the bill to the House floor for a vote.

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PRESS RELEASE: Republican Congressmen Form the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus

2016/12/08

For Immediate Release
Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-3465
Thursday December 8, 2016 

Republican Congressmen Form the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a group of U.S. Representatives, led by Congressman Thomas Massie, launched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.
“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that's occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie stated.
 
"Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country,” said former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), who chaired the caucus from 2009 through 2013. "I'm honored that Representative Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus."
 
“With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” said John Lott, economist and author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.
 
“While many of us lawyers are working to secure pro-gun reforms in the courts, it’s reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is doing the same in the legislature,” said attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The following congressmen are founding members of the caucus: Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Brian Babin (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ken Buck (R-CO), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Justin Amash (R-MI), Jody Hice (R-GA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), and James Comer (R-KY). Caucus members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to pass meaningful firearms legislation and protect Americans against infringements of the Second Amendment.
In addition to drafting and sponsoring pro-gun legislation, members of the Second Amendment Caucus will invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars, and pro-gun groups to speak to the caucus.
Eligibility for membership in the Second Amendment Caucus will depend on a U.S. Representative’s voting record and his or her commitment to the caucus’s founding principles.
The Second Amendment Caucus, which operated from 2004 through 2008, was originally formed by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. In 2009 the caucus was reformed and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force by former Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia.   
 
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Press Release: Ron Paul Institute Names Rep. Thomas Massie to Board of Advisors

2016/09/12

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                 

Monday September 12, 2016

Ron Paul Institute Names Rep. Thomas Massie to Board of Advisors  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) announced the addition of Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) to its Advisory Board.  

“Thomas Massie is one of the real champions of liberty and peace in Congress,” said RPI founder and former Representative Ron Paul. "We are so fortunate to have him with us.”  

“It is an honor to join RPI,” said Rep. Massie. “Dr. Paul and his principles have long guided me, so I look forward to the opportunity to help expand his legacy by promoting peace and prosperity."  

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity was launched in 2013 to continue Dr. Paul’s mission to promote non-interventionist foreign policy, respect for civil liberties at home, and sound monetary policy.  

Rep. Massie joins Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Judge Andrew Napolitano, and others as advisors to RPI.

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Press Release: Representatives Massie, Jones, and Lynch Applaud Release of 28 Pages

2016/07/15

Representatives Massie, Jones, and Lynch Applaud Release of 28 Pages

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC), and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) commented on the release of the 28 classified pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001. The pages were initially classified by President George W. Bush and remained classified under President Barack Obama until their release today. 

“Since the tragic September 11 attacks almost fifteen years ago, the American public has demanded, unsuccessfully, the full truth surrounding 9/11. I am pleased that Congressman Jones, Congressman Lynch, and I were able to do our small part in providing some answers,” said Congressman Massie. "Hopefully, these pages will provide some resolution to the families of victims of the attacks and help our government craft better foreign policy moving forward.”

“This has been a long journey on behalf of the 9/11 families who have felt the horrific pain of that day for years. This process started over two years ago when Congressman Lynch and I introduced H. Res. 428 and wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to release the 28 pages.  We promised the families that we would not stop until the pages were declassified and are happy that President Obama kept his promise to the 9/11 families. I want to thank Congressman Stephen Lynch and Congressman Thomas Massie for joining me in this effort to give peace to the families,” said Congressman Jones.

“I am extremely pleased that these 28 pages are being released. I am especially happy for the families of the victims and the American people as a whole. Releasing the contents of the 28 pages will answer some of the many questions that remain. Through the passionate advocacy of victims’ families and some of my colleagues in Congress including Congressman Jones and Congressman Massie, we finally have greater transparency about the investigation into the circumstances surrounding September 11th. I extend my thanks to President Obama for initiating the review and for the decision to make these pages public,” said Congressman Lynch.

To read the 28 pages, click here

 

 

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Press Release: Representatives Massie and Jones Introduce Amendment To Cut Post-Speaker Office

2016/06/09

For Immediate Release

 

Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov

Thursday June 9, 2016

 

(202) 225-3465

 

 

 Representatives Massie and Jones Introduce Amendment To Cut Post-Speaker Office

Click on the picture above to watch Congressmen Massie and Jones 

speak on behalf of their amendment to cut the post-speaker office.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Thomas Massie and Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced an amendment to the legislative branch appropriations bill to defund the post-speaker office that retired speakers enjoy for up to five years after they leave office. The practice started in 1971 when former Speaker John McCormack retired. In the past 45 years, the perk has grown to include office allowances, franking privileges, and staff help for the former speaker. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert spent $1.9 million in taxpayer money running his post-speaker office. Meanwhile, he was making big money as a Washington, D.C. lobbyist and had the disposable income to pay $1.7 million to someone who was blackmailing him over allegedly molesting young boys. Late last night, the House Rules Committee blocked the amendment from receiving debate and a vote on the House floor.

“This federal expense benefits a constituency of one – the ex-Speaker. While this amendment would eliminate a relatively small amount of federal spending, we have to start somewhere if we are serious about addressing our national debt,” said Congressman Massie. “I am confident that if we ever get this legislation to the floor, every member of Congress will vote with us to eliminate this waste of taxpayer dollars.” 

“It is ridiculous that a former speaker needs 5 years and millions of taxpayer dollars to maintain an office in the Capitol building,” said Congressman Jones. “They are no longer a member of Congress. Upon leaving office, former speakers have access to many perks and opportunities, including government pensions, book deals, lobbying, speaking engagements, and consulting. If they want an office, they can pay for it themselves. We need to cut this unnecessary taxpayer-funded perk and deal with our $19 trillion debt.”

Last year, Congressmen Massie and Jones introduced a bill de-authorizing the post-speaker office, and sent a letter to Speaker Ryan about the need to de-authorize the office.

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Press Release: House Committee Advances Massie’s Fed Transparency Bill

2016/05/17

For Immediate Release  

Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov

Tuesday May 17, 2016   (202) 225-3465  
 

House Committee Advances Massie’s Fed Transparency Bill

 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), chaired by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), passed Congressman Massie’s H.R. 24, “The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015,” also known as “Audit the Fed.” This is an important step toward getting the bill to the House floor for a vote.
 
“The Federal Reserve should not keep secrets from Congress,” said OGR member Congressman Massie, who introduced the bill on January 6th, 2015. "Ironically, the people who argue against an audit make the case for an audit by saying that transparency may affect the way the Fed operates.  Congress created the Federal Reserve, so it is Congress’ responsibility to audit the Federal Reserve.  Americans want and deserve more transparency."
 
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 would require the Comptroller General to conduct a full examination of the Federal Reserve System and how it sets monetary policy.  The Federal Reserve makes decisions that affect the economy, yet the elected officials who represent the American people have limited insight into how the institution’s decisions are made.  
 
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 currently has 198 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. Former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced a similar bill in the 113th Congress that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives, 333-92. Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), who has long championed this cause, originally introduced the bill in 2009.
 
On January 12, 2016, the Senate voted 53-44 in favor of Senator Rand Paul’s S. 2232, the Senate companion to H.R. 24, only seven votes short of the 60 needed to move the bill forward.
 
Now that the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 has successfully made it through committee, the full House can schedule debate and vote on the bill.

To watch Congressman Massie's remarks during the committee markup, click here

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Contact Information

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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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