Trent Franks

Trent Franks


Franks/Cruz Introduce "Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act of 2014"


Washington, DC — Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) today introduced H.R. 5709, the Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act of 2014, or  the SISA Act.  H.R. 5709 is the House companion to Senator Ted Cruz’s SISA Act. The bill would eliminate many of the President’s waiver authorities over sanctions and would impose severe sanctions on Iran, in light of the Iranian regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Included in the legislation are sanctions on Iranian crude oil, oil transportation, financial institutions, petroleum (including sanctions on the purchase, acquisition, sale,  transport, and marketing of petroleum products), and the Iranian automotive sector, among others.

The bill also includes a prohibition on funding for additional negotiations with Iran until a joint resolution of approval by Congress is passed, certifying that all Iranian-held American prisoners of conscience are released; the IAEA has determined Iran has dismantled its nuclear program, ceased enrichment activities and released all stockpiles of enriched uranium; the Central Bank of Iran is no longer considered a primary money laundering concern under the PATRIOT Act; and Iran has renounced their state-sponsorship of terrorism designation by admitting to participation in terrorist acts.

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ)

“When the Obama State Department was recently confronted by the somehow ‘shocking’ revelation that Iran was still feeding uranium into an advanced centrifuge, defying an interim agreement with the Obama Administration, the Administration responded with the sort of naiveté that has become characteristic of Obama Foreign Policy, stating, ‘We raised that issue with Iran as soon as the International Atomic Energy Agency reported it. The Iranians have confirmed that they will not continue that activity as cited in the IAEA report, so it's been resolved.’

“To rephrase: upon learning that the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism had defied an agreement on which the safety of the free world ostensibly rests and that, indeed, Iran was still conducting activities that could help it obtain nuclear weapons with which to carry out its threats to destroy the United States, the Obama Administration -- so sophisticated is their ‘understanding’ of what is, presumably, a tragically misunderstood Iranian regime --  was reassured by a pinky promise that the Iranians won’t do it again.

“Such naiveté would be amusing on an elementary school playground. But on the world stage, when this President seems poised to personally usher in an age of nuclear terrorism, it becomes a very grave thing, indeed. The SISA Act is an attempt to legislatively fill, insofar as it is possible, the vacuum of leadership left by a President who is asleep at the wheel while radical terrorists place their fingers on the nuclear trigger under his very nose.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)

“I appreciate Rep. Trent Franks's leadership in introducing this legislation," said Sen. Ted Cruz. "A nuclear-armed Iran poses an intolerable existential threat to the United States and our allies; we cannot let this misguided diplomatic process drift on endlessly while they plot our destruction. I do hope my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, in the House and the Senate will join us in reversing the disastrous course being charted by the Obama Administration."

A full copy of the legislation is attached.

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Franks Slams Abbas Remarks, Calls for Dissolution of P.A. and Suspension of U.S. Aid to P.A.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), Chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, released the following response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ address to the United Nations General Assembly today:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

"Rather than Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas taking responsibility at the UN General Assembly for inciting the recent conflict by unifying his own political party, Fatah, with Hamas -- a long designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO), he chose yet again to demonstrate his willingness to continue obstructing peace with Israel by resorting to lies on stage and threats off-stage.

"Abbas would do well to remember that the US helped birth the P.A. some 20 years ago in the hopes of establishing a permanent peace between the Palestinians and Israel. The interim administrative body has certainly not lived up to its original purpose, and has alarmingly allied itself with America's enemies and has become a direct financer of terrorism via its Ministry of Prisoners that pays salaries to convicted terrorists.

"If Abbas insists on obtaining unilateral statehood while attempting to initiate a ‘deadline’ for Israel to withdrawal from its own lands -- as if he somehow had any right to dictate Israel’s right to its own sovereignty and security -- it would only be befitting to call for a deadline to dissolve the PA, and without delay suspend all of our assistance to the Palestinian Authority, once and for all."

In June, Congressman Franks was joined by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in introducing a bipartisan resolution, H.Res 622, calling for the full suspension of US foreign aid to the new Palestinian Authority unity government with Hamas. The text of the resolution is available here.

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Franks on ISIS: Obama Must Respond Swiftly to Situation His Ineptitude Helped Create


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress, today released the following statement in light of the continued violence perpetrated by the terrorist group ISIS against Christians in Iraq, with some reports indicating the group is systematically beheading children.

Franks said, “True leadership is not merely navigating tumultuous times. It is having the basic foresight necessary to forestall the obvious disasters on the horizon, rather than waiting until the resulting tragedy forces a response that is too little too late.

“By now, President Obama’s snide remark during his debate with Mitt Romney has become infamous. Responding to Governor Romney’s suggestion that Russia represented America’s number one geopolitical foe, Mr. Obama merely smirked and criticized what he called a foreign policy from the 1980’s. We now see this arrogant and juvenile response for what it is. But moments later, Mr. Obama followed it up with an additional criticism of Governor Romney’s suggestion that we not pull out of Iraq too quickly, lest we leave behind a vacuum of power that terrorists would rush to fill.

“If there is one thing as surprising as the obliviousness of this President, it is the totality of that obliviousness. Truly, it seems as if there is no threat that has not managed to catch him utterly off-guard. And the sad reality is that his consistent inability to anticipate obvious danger has almost invariably led to the loss of innocent life on an massive and heartbreaking scale.

“As the radical terrorist group ISIS – which Mr. Obama once compared to a junior varsity basketball team – continues its rampage across Iraq, reportedly beheading children and selling women into sexual slavery along the way, a half-hearted scramble to catch up simply will not be sufficient at this point. We are witnessing a Christian genocide in Iraq and this President has a moral obligation to respond swiftly and completely to the situation his own ineptitude helped to create.”

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Israel Allies Caucus Co-Chair Slams Obama Over "Unprecedented Act of Cowardice and Betrayal"


“Mr. Speaker, I thought nothing this President could say or do would surprise me anymore, but his flushed and breathless rush to embrace terrorists launching rockets at Israeli children is an unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus and a ranking Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, today took to the House floor to slam Obama for an “unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal” in the Administration’s response (or lack thereof) to the barrage of rockets that have been launched at Israel this week. View the full one-minute floor speech here and read the transcript below: 


"Mr. Speaker, last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas openly united with the evil terrorist group, Hamas, and this very moment they are raining rockets down upon the innocent citizens of Israel. Half of all Israelis have sought cover in bomb shelters across their tiny country. And the Obama Administration has had the reprehensible gall to praise Abbas as someone who is “committed to non-violence and…cooperation with Israel,” and to further proclaim in an Israeli newspaper that, quote “Finally, peace is possible!”

Mr. Speaker, I thought nothing this President could say or do would surprise me anymore, but his flushed and breathless rush to embrace terrorists launching rockets at Israeli children is an unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal. 

America’s fleet should this minute be off the coast of Israel, and the world, including Abbas, Hamas, and Hezbollah, should know that America’s arsenal of freedom stands ready to defend our most precious ally in the world."

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Franks: Obama “Bedfellow of Palestinian Authority” for Too Long


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, released the following statement regarding recent rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel as they head for safety in bomb shelters throughout the country.

"Ironically, even as Hamas’ rockets rain down on Israel, President Obama has an article in an Israeli newspaper claiming, ‘Finally, peace is possible.’

“Even as we enter some of the tensest moments in Israel in recent memory, this President still fails to understand that peace talks will never work when Israel is the only party at the table truly interested in peace, while the Palestinian Authority continues to openly court and fund the very same terrorists who have, in recent days, kidnapped and murdered teenagers and, even today, rained rockets on innocent civilians in major Israeli cities.

“For too long this Administration has played the bedfellow of the Palestinian Authority, even going so far as to kowtow to the P.A.’s talking points, calling Israel an ‘apartheid state.’ The United States must now stand behind Prime Minister Netanyahu as he makes the difficult decisions necessary to fulfill his promise to put an end to Hamas ‘once and for all.’”

Last month, Congressman Franks was joined by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in introducing a bipartisan resolution, H.Res 622, calling for the full suspension of US foreign aid to the new Palestinian Authority unity government with Hamas. The text of the resolution is attached.

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Constitution Subcommittee Chair Praises Hobby Lobby Ruling


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, today issued the following response to the United States’ Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

George Washington said of government, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” That the government would not merely tell a private business how it should operate, but would demand that a private business violate their religious convictions to provide government-mandated abortifacients is not something our founders could have ever envisioned.

Unfortunately, that is the Obama legacy, and it can be summed up pretty succinctly: more babies aborted than jobs created. This Administration has consistently and unconscionably implemented policies across the board that negatively impact the most vulnerable in our society.

I am thankful the Supreme Court saw reason in this case and that the basic rights of conscience and religious freedom – the very foundation of American democracy – withstood these galling and outrageous attacks from the Obama administration.

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Franks Introduces National Border and Homeland Security Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) today introduced the National Border and Homeland Security Act in response to the growing crisis on our southern border.

According to Franks, “Border security and national security are inextricably linked. A porous border is an open invitation to those who wish to harm America, and for too long our borders have been an inviting access point for drug smugglers, human traffickers, and potential terrorists. The situation has only become more dire in light of the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border en masse.

“Much like in a surgical procedure, the first step undeniably must be to stop the bleeding. The National Border and Homeland Security Act aims to do precisely that.”

The National Border and Homeland Security Act would direct the Department of Homeland Security to finish the construction of fencing, and to provide for the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors to gain operational control of the southwest border. Operational control of the border will no longer be defined solely by DHS, but will require consultation with border governors, mayors, and sheriffs.

The bill also creates 6,000 new full-time positions for border patrol agents, as well as giving Border Patrol critical access to the 40 percent of land between California and El Paso controlled by the federal government – much of it in the form of national parks and wildlife refuges where border patrol agents are often denied access.

The bill also better equips our border patrol agents to protect our national security by providing the advanced equipment necessary to scan for nuclear materials.

The full text of the bill is attached.

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Religious Freedom Caucus Co-Chair: Sudanese Gov’t Must Allow Ibrahim to Leave Country


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Trent Franks, co-chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, issued the following statement in response to today’s arrest of Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese mother who yesterday won her appeal and was lifted of all charges of apostasy and adultery because of her Christian faith. 

Congressman Franks introduced House Resolution 601, a resolution that condemned Meriam’s death sentence and called for State Department to provide her a safe haven in the U.S.  H.Res.601 has over 70 bipartisan sponsors.  Congressman Franks also led a congressional letter to Secretary Kerry that advocated for further action from State Department on Meriam’s behalf.  The letter is attached.

“I remain deeply concerned about Meriam Ibrahim’s safety in Sudan.  Although Meriam won her appeal yesterday and was declared innocent of all charges she faced because of her Christian faith, I learned this morning that she was held at the airport by the National Intelligence Security Service and was subsequently arrested.   I am appalled by the continued threats against Meriam, her husband, their two young children, and her lawyers. 

“We must hold Sudanese authorities accountable for this precious family’s safety.   Furthermore, the National Intelligence Security Service in Sudan must respect the appeal court’s ruling and allow Meriam and her family to safely leave the country. 

“Meriam’s religious freedom, as a universal human right and as a right enshrined in Sudan’s interim constitution, was abysmally abrogated by Sudan.  This case is only one example of Sudan’s long record of religious persecution and the U.S. must maintain pressure on Sudan’s government to make desperately needed religious freedom reforms.”

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Franks Congratulates Syring/Missile Defense Agency on Successful GMD Test


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Missile Defense Caucus co-chair Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) released the following statement after a successful test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD:

"I want to congratulate Vice Admiral James Syring on the Missile Defense Agency's successful GMD test today.  I hope the system’s demonstrated ability to successfully effect its mission will silence the program’s detractors and keep the system’s additional 14 interceptors on schedule.

“During the last 5 years missile threats to America have steadily and significantly increased, yet President Obama has cut funding for our missile defenses every year he has been in office.  Despite the administration’s negligence, Admiral Syring and the GMD contractor team pulled off a successful threat-representative test and proved, once again, that this system works and is capable of protecting the American people from a long range ICBM.  

“Our Ground Based Midcourse Defense is the only missile defense system America has in place that defends the American people from long-range nuclear missiles, including potential ballistic missiles from Iran, North Korea, or other rogue states.  We will continue to fight to ensure that GMD remains funded at the appropriate levels and that the Missile Defense Agency has the support of Congress it needs to complete its mission.”

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Franks, Black Joined by 105 Members in Bipartisan Letter to Harry Reid on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act


WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ-08) and Diane Black (R-TN-06) led a bipartisan effort of 105 Members of the House to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging him to allow for a vote in the Senate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), who carried the House version of the bill, said, "One year ago, the case of Kermit Gosnell shocked the sensibilities of millions of Americans. However, the crushing fact is that abortions on babies just like the ones killed by Kermit Gosnell have been happening in America every single day for the past 41 years -- including the year that has passed since America first learned of Kermit Gosnell. Had Kermit Gosnell agonizingly dismembered these babies before they had traveled down the birth canal only moments earlier, he would have, in many places nationwide, been performing an entirely legal procedure. If America truly understands that horrifying reality, hearts and laws will change.

"To that end, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed out of the House last year, marked the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection has been extended to unborn children. I applaud Senator Lindsey Graham's boldness in championing the Senate companion bill (S. 1670), I thank my colleague Diane Black for her work on behalf of this vital cause, and I urge Harry Reid to finally allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote. America is one of only seven countries that allows elective, late-term abortions after the beginning of the sixth month. It is time that America finally opens her eyes to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them.”

Congressman Diane Black (TN-06) added, “More than a year after the conviction of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell, it is long past time that the Senate move forward and pass this bipartisan legislation to help protect the health of women and children. Sadly, the United States lags far behind most of the world when it comes to protections for unborn children.  There is clear evidence that these babies can feel the pain of dismemberment in the womb -- it’s time we acknowledge the science and take action to protect our unborn children. I thank Congressman Franks for his leadership in this effort, and I hope Senator Reid will heed this call and move forward without delay.”

As the Congressmen wrote in their letter, on May 13, Senator Lindsey Graham’s request for floor consideration of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was blocked.  Click here for a digital copy of the Members’ letter to Senator Reid.

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Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative Reagan Republican, and he has spent most of his life working on children’s issues and trying to build a better future for all children.

Trent is someone who still believes that there is such a thing as the truth and that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. He works very hard in the United States Congress for smaller government by cutting government waste, reducing taxes, bureaucracy, and regulation. Trent believes in personal responsibility, free enterprise and that government’s first purpose is to protect its innocent citizens.

Trent is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives. While in the House, he served as Vice-Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Child Protection and Family Preservation.

In January of 1987, Trent was appointed by the Governor to head the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, which is a Cabinet level division of the Governor’s office responsible for overseeing and coordinating state policy and programs for Arizona’s children.

Trent served four and a half years as the Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute, a non-profit organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family for the purpose of advocating public policy to protect children and families in Arizona. The Arizona Family Research Institute later became the Center for Arizona Policy.

Trent Franks is past Chairman of the Children’s Hope Scholarship Foundation and a Republican Member of The United States Congress. He currently serves on the Armed services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, and is now Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee.

He is a member of the Republican Study Committee, the House Working Group on Judicial Accountability, House Working Group on Waste, Fraud and Abuse, the Congressional Hispanic Conference, the Liberty Caucus, the DUI Caucus, the Human Rights Caucus, the India Caucus, the Refugee Caucus, and the Education Freedom Caucus.

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