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


For Immediate Release

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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PRESS RELEASE: Massie Legislation to "Audit the Fed" Moves Forward in the House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), chaired by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), has announced it will consider Congressman Thomas Massie’s H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, also known as “Audit the Fed,” in a markup session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A committee markup, where committee members offer amendments and debate whether legislation is ready for consideration by the full House, is the important step between introducing a bill and voting on it on the floor of the House.
“This is a major step toward bringing this bill to the House floor. This bill could make it easier for Members of Congress to monitor the Federal Reserve,” said Congressman Massie, who is a member of the OGR Committee.
"The Federal Reserve's loose monetary policy does nothing more than enrich Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle class,” said former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), who has long championed this cause and originally introduced the bill in 2009. "Passing Audit the Fed will finally enable the American people to know what the Fed is doing to our economy and our money supply. OGR's markup next week of Audit the Fed is a huge first step in bringing Federal Reserve transparency. I'd like to thank Congressman Thomas Massie, Audit the Fed's lead sponsor, for his leadership on this important issue.”
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 would require the Comptroller General to conduct a full examination of the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve makes monetary decisions that affect the economy, and the elected officials who represent everyday Americans have limited insight into how the bank’s decisions are made.
"The American public deserves more insight into the practices of the Federal Reserve,” Massie said. “Behind closed doors, the Fed crafts monetary policy that influences our currency and economy.”
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 currently has 197 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.
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PRESS RELEASE: Reps. Jones, Lynch, And Massie Urge President Obama to Release 9/11 Papers



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-8) and Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4) have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to release the 28 redacted pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001 before his trip to Saudi Arabia this week. Many members of both the Joint Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission publicly support declassifying the 28 pages, along with a large bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress.

“I have read these pages and can say that while their release will not harm national security, the contents are critical to our foreign policy moving forward. I think it’s important that President Obama release the 28 pages—like he promised the 9/11 families he would do on multiple occasions—before his trip to Saudi Arabia so that the American people can know the truth and his trip is as fruitful as possible,” said Congressman Jones.

"We owe it to the families of the innocent victims and to the American people to provide a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th terrorist attacks. Declassifying the 28 pages is an important step towards answering some of the questions that remain and it is a matter of justice and good governance to do so in 2016," said Congressman Lynch. 

"President Obama should immediately declassify these pages. Before we involve ourselves in Syria, elected officials and their constituents need to know more about the events leading up to September 11. Understanding what enabled this tragedy to occur is fundamental to drafting a strategy for the Middle East," said Rep. Massie. “I also challenge my colleagues in Congress to read the pages on behalf of their constituents and immediately cosponsor H. Res 14.”

Last year, Congressmen Jones, Lynch, and Massie introduced H. Res. 14, a resolution to call on President Obama to declassify the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry that were initially classified by President George W. Bush and have remained classified under President Barack Obama.  The resolution states that declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement of foreign governments. 

For additional information, please contact Maria Jeffrey in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or; Elizabeth Zappala in Congressman Lynch’s office at 202-226-1918 or at; or Lorenz Isidro in Congressman Massie’s office at 202-225-3465 or at

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Rep. Thomas Massie: Apple case imperils privacy, security


Occasionally politicians slip up and reveal their true intentions. In Washington, D.C., this is called “committing candor.” While indirectly discussing his administration’s effort in the courts to force Apple to develop a software key to unlock iPhones, President Obama recently admitted this battle is not just about a single terrorist’s iPhone in San Bernardino.

On March 11, Obama said: “What mechanisms do we have available to even do simple things like tax enforcement? Because if, in fact, you can’t crack that at all, government can’t get in, then everybody’s walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket. So there has to be some concession to the need to be able get into that information somehow.”

This comes from an administration that defines “tax enforcement” as asking conservative-leaning nonprofit organizations whether any of their members ever plan to run for office, demanding transcripts of all their speeches, and even asking questions about the content of their prayers.

Thanks to the president’s own words, we know the current battle over unbreakable encryption (and the privacy it affords) is not about a single terrorist’s iPhone.

But what about national security? Would it be in the best interests of national security to outlaw unbreakable encryption in the United States? No, says Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and NSA: “Even when you’re just looking at this through a security lens, that’s actually not the best resolution for American security. Put another way, America is more secure – America is more safe – with unbreakable end-to-end encryption.”

As Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering writes, “Once created, this software – which law enforcement has conceded it wants to apply to many iPhones – would become a weakness that hackers and criminals could use to wreak havoc on the privacy and personal safety of us all.”

As an MIT-trained electrical engineer, I understand the unique technical aspects of this case, and Apple’s specific arguments. Apple is correct when it asserts that compliance with this court order would force it to compromise its existing products. Compliance with the order would also compromise the privacy and security of all iPhone customers.

This is why I, along with Democratic U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California and Rush Holt of New Jersey, drafted an amendment in 2014 to block government agencies from coercing individuals and organizations to build encryption backdoors. Twice I offered this amendment to the annual Department of Defense appropriations bill, and twice it passed the House by overwhelming margins. Both times, the appropriation bills were discarded in favor of an omnibus spending bill, but the roll call votes demonstrate solid support for the Fourth Amendment in Congress.

Stymied by our bipartisan coalition in Congress to protect the Fourth Amendment, the administration now hopes to circumvent the legislative process and instead use the courts to weaken encryption. But Americans have always cherished privacy and do not want their government spying on them.

“If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy,” says encryption expert Philip Zimmerman.

If Apple loses this landmark case, only outlaws, our government and foreigners can have privacy and security. I will continue to oppose the government’s ongoing war on your privacy and security.

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PRESS RELEASE: Massie-Pingree Bill To Support Local Food Production Garners Senate Support


For Immediate Release

Tuesday March 8, 2016


(202) 225-3465



Massie-Pingree Bill To Support Local Food Production Garners Senate Support


Senators Angus King and Rand Paul introduce legislation that would allow states to permit sale of meat processed locally

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the PRIME (Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption) Act, lending Senate support for Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree's (D-ME) bill (H.R. 3187) to make it easier for small farms and ranches to serve consumers. The bill (S. 2651) is identical to the legislation that Representatives Massie and Pingree introduced in the House of Representatives last summer.  Massie and Pingree's bill now has 20 co-sponsors in the House.

"I'm thrilled to have the support of Senators King and Paul in this growing effort to open local markets to small farms and producers and give consumers the freedom to choose,” said Representative Massie, who owns 50 head of cattle and produces grass-fed beef. "Although consumers want to know where their food comes from, what it contains, and how it’s processed, federal inspection requirements make it difficult to purchase food from trusted local farmers. These onerous federal rules make it difficult for small farms and ranches to succeed financially. The introduction of companion legislation in the Senate significantly improves the prospect of moving the PRIME Act to the President's desk."

"The PRIME ACT would help lift some of the federal barriers that aren’t always necessary for small farmers who may raise a few cows to feed their families or neighbors," said Representative Pingree, who raises grass fed beef on her Maine farm. "Small farmers sometimes just don't have access to USDA inspected processors without driving hours each way.  It's just not practical or economical and discourages local production of sustainable meat."

The PRIME Act would give individual states freedom to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork, or lamb, to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, and grocery stores. Current law exempts custom slaughter of animals from federal inspection regulations, but only if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee use.  This means that in order to sell individual cuts of locally-raised meats to consumers, farmers and ranchers must first send their animals to one of a limited number of USDA-inspected slaughterhouses.  These slaughterhouses are sometimes hundreds of miles away, which adds substantial transportation cost, and also increases the chance that meat raised locally will be co-mingled with industrially-produced meat.  The PRIME Act would expand the current custom exemption and allow small farms, ranches, and slaughterhouses to thrive.

The PRIME Act (H.R. 3187), which is supported by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, is part of a series of "Food & Farm Freedom" initiatives championed by Massie, including the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (H.R. 525), the Milk Freedom Act of 2015 (H.R. 3563), and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2015 (H.R. 3564). Rep. Pingree is the lead Democratic co-sponsor on both "Milk Freedom" bills. Rep. Massie has also been a staunch advocate for country-of-origin labeling of food.

Co-sponsors of the PRIME Act include Reps Justin Amash (R-MI), Dave Brat (R-VA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), John Duncan (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), John Garamendi (D-CA), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Crescent Hardy (R-NV), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Robert Wittman (R-VA).



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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Representative Massie Urges Courts to Protect Second Amendment


For Immediate Release

Thursday December 17, 2015


(202) 225-3465



U.S. Representative Massie Urges Courts to Protect Second Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Thomas Massie and 14 members of the House of Representatives filed an amicus brief to Defense Distributed v. United States Department of State in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The attorney for the plaintiff is Alan Gura, who successfully argued  McDonald v. City of Chicago and Heller v. District of Columbia before the U. S. Supreme Court. The brief is intended to advise the appellate court and support the plaintiff’s case.

“We expect the Court to recognize that the State Department exceeded the authority granted to it by Congress and violated the First, Second, and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution,” said Rep. Massie. “If the State Department’s violations are allowed to stand, it could have dramatic implications for free speech on the Internet.”

In June 2013, Defense Distributed, a Texas non-profit committed to defending the right to bear arms, made technical information about 3D-printing of legal firearms available for free on the Internet.  The State Department forced the company to withdraw the posted information, citing the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a U.S. law which bans export of sensitive information.

Defense Distributed sought an injunction against the State Department in 2015, claiming the ban violated the First, Second, and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. A Texas district court denied the injunction, but the company has appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The amicus brief was filed in support of the appeal.

Rep. Massie and the other co-signers of the brief argue that the State Department’s interpretation of export regulations exceeds the authority in the foreign commerce clause of the Constitution.  The foreign commerce clause allows regulation of trade with other countries, but it does not allow regulation of free speech within the United States.  The co-signers also assert that the State Department’s interpretation of the export regulations will stifle American innovation as well as free speech.

In addition to Rep. Massie, House co-signers include Duncan (R-SC), Gosar (R-AZ), Webster (R-FL), Labrador (R-ID), Conaway (R-TX), Rokita (R-IN), Farenthold (R-TX), Posey (R-FL), Miller (R-FL), Babin (R-TX), Jones (R-NC), King (R-IA), Fleming (R-LA), and Kelly (R-PA).

To read the amicus brief, click here.



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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Representatives Jones and Massie Introduce Bill to Cut Ex-Speaker Office


For Immediate Release

Wednesday December 9, 2015


(202) 225-3465



U.S. Representatives Jones and Massie Introduce Bill to Cut Ex-Speaker Office




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4) introduced legislation to de-authorize 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 44 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, DC lobbyist and had the disposable income to pay $1.7 million to someone who was blackmailing him over allegedly molesting young boys.

“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 $18 trillion debt.”

“I’m confident that when we get this legislation to the floor, every member of Congress will vote with us to eliminate this waste of taxpayer dollars,” Massie said.  “This week's omnibus presents an immediate opportunity to defund the ex-speaker's office, but the most probable vehicle is an amendment containing Mr. Jones' legislation, that we can offer next summer during the appropriations debate,” he added.

Congressman Jones also sent a letter to Speaker Ryan today about the need to de-authorize to the post-speaker office. Watch video of Congressman Jones’ remarks at the press conference here




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PRESS RELEASE: House Passes Massie-Lofgren-Eshoo Amendment to Bring Electric Car Charging Stations to Federal Facilities at No Cost to Taxpayer


For Immediate Release

Wednesday November 4, 2015


(202) 225-3465



House Passes Massie-Lofgren-Eshoo Amendment to Bring Electric Car Charging Stations to Federal Facilities at No Cost to Taxpayer


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) that would allow the General Services Administration (GSA) to construct, install, and operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for private vehicle use at federal facilities at no cost to the taxpayer. The amendment, which Congressman Massie modeled after a bill written by Congresswoman Lofgren, is part of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015, which authorizes funds for the Highway Trust Fund for six years.

"In 2012, Congress passed legislation to allow electric vehicle recharging at the U.S. Capitol for congressmen and their staff for a fee, but neglected to extend this authority to other federal agencies and employees. Our amendment would correct this disparity," said Rep. Massie, who serves on both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. 

"I first learned of this issue after a constituent wrote me a letter last year," said Rep. Lofgren, who introduced the EV-COMUTE Act that served as template for this amendment. "In it, he said he was ‘surprised and dismayed’ that it is illegal for federal facilities to provide electric vehicle charging stations for the public or their employees, even at no cost to taxpayers. My family has an electric car and I know they are an important part of improving efficiency and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. As this amendment was adopted on the House floor today, it served as a powerful reminder of the role citizens play in generating new ideas and legislation.”

“The EV-COMUTE Act replicates a successful clean energy initiative in place at the U.S. Capitol and expands it to federal agencies nationwide, allowing commuters to plug in their electric vehicles at work for a small fee,” said Rep. Eshoo, who also introduced the original EV-COMUTE legislation. “As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government should lead by example in offering workplace charging. Silicon Valley is home to thousands of electric vehicle owners, yet the more than 5,000 federal employees in my congressional district have no access to charging facilities at work because of a quirk in existing law. This legislation is a small but commonsense step in our global battle against climate change and will help keep the U.S. a leader in clean energy deployment.”

"In my personal and public life, I consistently support an all-of-the-above energy strategy for the United States,” concluded Rep. Massie, an MIT graduate who drives an electric car daily in Washington, D.C. “I'm proud to sponsor this amendment because it will expand transportation options for many Americans at no cost to taxpayers."

The Massie-Lofgren-Eshoo amendment is modeled after the EV-COMUTE Act (H.R. 3509), which was introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Thomas Massie, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA). This bill was written to provide federal workers with flexibility in their commute by enabling federal agencies to construct power charging stations for employees with electric vehicles. The cost of installing and operating the charging stations will be fully covered by fees paid by employees who use the stations. 

The Massie-Lofgren-Eshoo amendment was adopted on November 3rd, 2015. 




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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Representatives Massie and Pingree Reintroduce Milk Freedom Legislation


For Immediate Release
Friday, September 18, 2015   (202) 225-3465  

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Representatives Massie and Pingree Reintroduce Milk Freedom Legislation



WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie (R–KY), Chellie Pingree (D–ME), and a bipartisan coalition of 16 other lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to improve consumer food choices and to protect local farmers from federal interference. The two bills – the Milk Freedom of Act of 2015 (H.R. 3563) and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2015 (H.R. 3564) – are the newest in a series of “food and farm freedom” initiatives the lawmaking duo have championed this year, following the Industrial Hemp Act of 2015 (H.R. 525) and the PRIME Act (H.R. 3187).

“These bills would make it easier for families to buy wholesome milk directly from farmers by reversing the criminalization of dairy farmers who offer raw milk,” said Rep. Massie. “The federal government should not punish farmers for providing customers the foods they want, and states should be free to set their own laws regulating food safety.”

"A lot of people want to buy fresh, unpasteurized milk and regulations shouldn't get between them and a farmer who wants to sell it,” said Rep. Pingree. "It just doesn't make sense to spend money cracking down on small, local farmers who are producing natural, raw milk and I think the enforcement of raw milk regulations has been overzealous and needs to be reined in." 

"Raw milk is the only food banned in interstate commerce," said Pete Kennedy, President of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. "Congratulations to Representatives Massie and Pingree for starting the process of repealing a regulation that thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens violate every week in this country." 

Raw milk is fresh milk that has not been pasteurized, and may contain beneficial nutrients that have not been eliminated by the pasteurization process.  Although Congress has never passed legislation banning raw milk, the federal Food and Drug Administration has used their regulatory authority to prosecute farmers for selling raw milk.

The “Milk Freedom Act of 2015” (H.R. 3563) would provide relief to local farmers, small producers, and others who have been harassed, fined, and in some cases even prosecuted for the “crime” of distributing unpasteurized milk.  This bill would prohibit the federal government from interfering with the interstate traffic of raw milk products.

Likewise, the “Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2015” (H.R. 3564) would prevent the federal government from interfering with trade of unpasteurized, natural milk or milk products between states where distribution or sale of such products is already legal. 

No provision of either bill would preempt or otherwise interfere with any state law.

Massie concluded, “Today, many people are paying more attention to the food they eat, what it contains, and how it is processed.  Raw milk, which has been with us for thousands of years, is making a comeback among these discerning consumers.  Personal choices as basic as ‘what we feed our families’ should not be limited by the federal government.”

Original co-sponsors of the Milk Freedom Act of 2015 include Reps Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jared Polis (D-CO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Dave Brat (R-VA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Richard Nugent (R-FL), and Justin Amash (R-MI). Original co-sponsors of the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2015 include Reps Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jared Polis (D-CO), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Dave Brat (R-VA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Richard Nugent (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Raúl Labrador (R-ID). 




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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Representative Massie Issues Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal


For Immediate Release

Friday September 11, 2015


(202) 225-3465



U.S. Representative Massie Issues Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Massie explained his votes on four bills related to the Iran nuclear deal:

1. The “Corker-Cardin” bill that enabled the President’s deal with Iran, provided Congress had 60 days to review:

I was one of 25 congressmen who, on May 14, 2015, voted “no” on this bill. The Iran deal is a treaty, and pursuant to Article II, section 2 of our Constitution, treaties require the approval of 2/3 of the Senate. Corker-Cardin turns the constitutional approval process for treaties on its head.  Whereas the Constitution requires 2/3 of the Senate to actively approve the President’s treaty, Corker-Cardin effectively requires 2/3 of the Senate to disapprove the Iran deal.   In addition, the Constitution gives no power to the House of Representatives to either approve or disapprove of a treaty.

2. H. Res. 411, which expresses the sense of the House that, by withholding the “side deals” to the overall Iran agreement, the President was not complying with the “Corker-Cardin” bill’s framework:

I voted “yes” because, given the limited information I learned in classified briefings, the side deals are relevant to the overall agreement, yet the President has refused to disclose the side deals to Congress.

3. H.R. 3461, the bill to “approve” the Iran deal:

I voted “present.” Pursuant to the Constitution, treaties must be approved by a “2/3 concurrence” of the Senate. As a member of the House of Representatives, I have no authority to approve a treaty. Even assuming the legitimacy of the Corker-Cardin bill’s framework, H.R. 3461 is a “show-boat” vote at best, since if a majority of the House votes “no” on approving the Iran deal, H.R. 3461 fails, nothing goes to the Senate, nothing is sent to the President for his signature, and the Iran deal proceeds on schedule. 

4. H.R. 3460, a bill which prevents the President from lifting sanctions on Iran during the remainder of his presidential term:

I voted “yes.” The President should not be given authority to single-handedly lift sanctions that were implemented via legislation passed by Congress. The executive branch already has far too much authority and power. 

The Corker-Cardin bill passed the House 400-25 on May 14, 2015, and was signed into law. H. Res. 411 passed 245-186, H.R. 3461 failed 162-269-1, and H.R. 3460 passed 247-186. H. Res 411 and H. R. 3460 now go to the Senate.


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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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