WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Committee on Homeland Security passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA), important legislation to protect Americans from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a threat experts consider one of the most serious risks to our national security. Rep. Trent Franks along with Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul, and Chairman of the Rules Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions, released the following statements:
Congressman Trent Franks: "I sincerely applaud and thank Chairman McCaul and the House Committee on Homeland Security for passing the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) out of Committee today. The electric grid is fundamental to our modern way of life and is a vital component of nearly every other critical infrastructure in America. Reducing its vulnerability to naturally occurring or weaponized electromagnetic pulse is a matter of national security. Most notably, CIPA directs and empowers the Department of Homeland Security to harden and protect our critical infrastructure including power production, generation, and distribution systems. I'm encouraged by this movement and expect my colleagues in the House of Representatives to take this decisive step to protect our nation when CIPA comes to the Floor for a vote." | Contact: Destiny Decker (202) 225-4576Chairman Michael McCaul: "Experts have warned us about the threat of EMP events to our critical infrastructure. Such an event could severely disrupt all Americans’ way of life. The impact could cause serious damage to the Nations’ critical infrastructure making this vitally important to our homeland security defenses. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which passed through my Committee, is a huge step forward in our resiliency and preparedness from an EMP event. I appreciate Congressman Franks’ dedication and collaboration with me to address this vital national security matter." | Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 224-8477
Chairman Pete Sessions: “Today’s passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is an important first step towards protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure. I applaud my friend Congressman Trent Franks’ hard work on this important issue and I wholeheartedly support this bill so that we can secure our electrical grid, educate the public about this potential threat, and implement effective measures to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.” | Contact: Caroline Boothe (202) 225-2231Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon the announcement of the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell to uphold the Administration's overreach, Congressman Trent Franks Chairman of the Constitution Subcommitee of the Judiciary, made the following statement: "Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of ObamaCare's federal insurance subsidies is disappointing, but not the end of the discussion. The very simple fact of the matter is Obamacare violated the Origination Clause of the Constitution by implementing the single largest tax hike in U.S. history with a Senate-originated bill. Unfortunately the Supreme Court has thus far refused to consider this reality.
"ObamaCare's effects have been an unmitigated disaster. With more uncertainty on the horizon, this intrinsically flawed system will ultimately collapse upon itself unless policy makers repeal or drastically change it. I will not give up my opposition to ObamaCare and will continue to seek ways to replace our current system with health care reform that is fostered through the private sector.
"There are four principles of reform I believe that government should encourage when dealing with the health care system:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks released the following statement following House passage of Trade Promotion Authority (219-211):
"Executive power has spiraled out of control and needs to be reined in when it comes to international trade. Trade Promotion Authority strengthens the priorities and the role of Congress, providing for a 60 day congressional review period on any negotiated trade agreement and a strict set of parameters on the Executive branch for protecting American trade. TPA also includes 150 Congressionally mandated objectives which will guide trade agreement negotiations. Its passage will give the President the authority needed to finalize trade agreements while ensuring Congress maintains control, oversight, and transparency of the process.
"Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) positions the United States to negotiate new trade agreements, open foreign markets, spur economic growth, and create jobs. These are the answers Americans, specifically Arizonans, have been asking for! American will set international trade policy instead of China.
"Business growth and expansion in Arizona are heavily dependent upon the ability to sell American goods and services outside the U.S. Trade supports nearly 750,000 jobs in Arizona with exports of merchandise in 2013 reaching over $19 billion. Arizona small businesses, more than 6,000 of which are exporters, rely heavily on free trade. Leveling the global playing field for Arizonans through trade agreements is a policy I strongly support.
"Americans are taxed enough already. Why should entrepreneurship and profitable trade be taxed in the form of tariffs as well? TPA will help decrease the size and scope of government in the realm of international commerce. The passage of TPA is a victory for Arizonans and for the American dream itself."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon reviewing the decision handed down yesterday by the Supreme Court in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry, co-Chair of the Israel Allies Caucus, Representative Trent Franks, issued the following statement:
"The sad and unfortunate truth is that this President has done all he can to diminish the standing of Israel since he walked into office. This Administration, ever willing to bend over backwards in nuclear talks with the Iranian regime, is sending mixed and extremely dangerous messages to the rest of the world about our relationship with Israel. The President refuses to reflect the unified American voice that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
"Congress has been placed in the very uncomfortable position of having to confirm to the world who our allies are, since this President refuses to do so himself. When I introduced the Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel Act, my goal was to hold the President to his own words that, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." The President has made a habit of misleading the American people and his support of an undivided Jerusalem is no different.
"One of the most important ways America can send a strong signal to the world that there is no space between us and Israel is to transfer our Embassy to an existing consulate in Jerusalem. Let the President once and for all make it clear that the United States officially and unequivocally recognizes Jerusalem as the undivided capital city of the state of Israel.
"Officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not solely an act of Executive power, it is the noble act of courage and justice that comports who we are as Americans. We have assisted the Jewish people in restoring their ancient state. We must now act and recognize her restored ancient city, Jerusalem."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the loss of six U.S. Marines in a helicopter crash on May 12, 2015 while serving a military ordered humanitarian assistance mission to the victims of the Nepal earthquake, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) along with Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) today introduced The Fallen Hero Family Assistance Act.
Currently, the military only covers the cost of travel for primary next-of-kin of service members killed in combat operations to attend the dignified transfer ceremonies. This bill will ensure families of our fallen service members are guaranteed transportation to attend transfer ceremonies and a solemn ceremony to honor their service, whether their deaths occurred in a designated combat zone or an ordered humanitarian relief operation.
Congressman Franks: "To whom do we owe more than those in service to this great nation? Whether in a combat zone or through humanitarian and disaster relief assistance, our servicemen and women sacrifice daily for this great nation. Lives lost abroad during military operations, both combat and relief-related, should be honored with the same dignity and respect. This bill will show gratitude and ensure support for the families of every member of our armed forces in times of great loss."
Congressman Ruben Gallego: "I’m proud to co-sponsor the Fallen Hero Family Assistance Act so that military families who lose a loved one abroad can travel to meet the remains without financial concern. When someone joins the military, they’re not the only ones who make sacrifices; their family suffers and sacrifices as well. The least we can do for a grieving military family member is ensure that they can accompany the body of their loved one back home."
Congressman Matt Salmon: "When six brave Marines were killed in Nepal, their families were surprised to find that current Department of Defense regulations did not consider the Marines’ humanitarian mission a sufficient sacrifice to fund their families’ trip to the dignified transfer ceremony that welcomes fallen service members back to the United States. While I appreciate that the Secretary of the Navy was able to remedy the problem for these Marines, no family members of any service member who dies on any mission should be left with the uncertainty that existed in this case. I am proud to join my Arizona colleagues in introducing the Fallen Heroes Family Assistance Act to remedy this problem."
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema: "We are immensely grateful for the sacrifices made by our servicemembers and their families, in particular those who lost their lives serving our country. The last thing grieving families should be forced to face is a fight with government bureaucracy. It’s our duty to return our fallen heroes home to their families with respect and dignity."Read More
June is graduation season for many colleges and universities across America. It's a time of reflection as these graduates take what they've experienced in college and go off to pursue their own happiness in a world that consists of people of different views, perspectives, philosophies, and beliefs. So it's timely that today's hearing is about protecting students' constitutional rights on public colleges and university campuses, particularly the rights to free expression and association.
The First Amendment prohibits the government, including governmental entities such as public colleges and universities, from encroaching on free speech and the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment of the United States of America clearly states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble ”
Yet regarding free speech, the American Association of Colleges and Universities found in a 2010 survey of 24,000 college students that only 36 percent strongly agreed with the following statement that “it is safe to hold unpopular views on campus." Of 9,000 campus professionals, only 19 percent strongly agreed with the same statement. And as students progress toward their senior year, they become even more doubtful that it is safe to hold unpopular views on campus. We should all let that sink in for a moment. According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities' own survey, an overwhelming majority of students and faculty were not confident that it was safe to hold unpopular views on campus.
Regarding religious liberty, one of our witnesses today, Greg Lukianoff, in his book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, writes:
"While it sometimes seems like there is no rhyme or reason to what can get a student group in trouble on campus, certain trends emerge over time, in particular, the fundamental misunderstanding of tolerance and freedom of association that is widely applied to evangelical Christian groups. If you told me twelve years ago that I, a liberal atheist, would devote a sizeable portion of my career to Christian groups, I might have been surprised. But almost from my first day at [the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education], I was shocked to realize how badly Christian groups are often treated."
Indeed, a survey conducted by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research showed that the only group a majority of faculty were comfortable admitting evoked strong negative feelings in them were evangelical Christians.
According to a 2015 report published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 55% of the 437 colleges and universities they examined “maintain policies that seriously infringe upon the free speech rights of students.” These are shocking numbers.
With very few, and very narrow exceptions, the Supreme Court has declared that the government cannot regulate speech based on its content. The Court has stated that above all else, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter or its content.
This core principle is neither conservative nor liberal. Indeed, it is to the mutual benefit of all to oppose the silencing of others. As Thomas Paine stated in his Dissertations on First Principles of Government: “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” Thomas Jefferson stated it in another way, but even more directly, when he said, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
A nation of free people must be vigilant of government encroachment on unpopular thought. We must be particularly vigilant to protect the freedom of religious exercise, since it is the cornerstone of all other freedoms. Today, in America, we face the very real danger of allowing students at our public colleges and universities to graduate without experiencing what it is that makes us truly free as Americans.
Whether on college campuses or anywhere else across this Nation, it is our undeniable and sworn duty to guard those sacred First Amendment rights contained in our Constitution for our young and for all Americans; and to make sure that we pass them along intact for all American generations to come.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon passage of H.R. 1191 the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Congressman Franks released the following statement:
"My vote in support of H.R. 1191 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was not an enthusiastic one, and it carries many reservations. The regime in Tehran, whose rallying cry is “Death to America” and which yesterday said it has “divine permission” to destroy our ally Israel, is not a trustworthy negotiating partner, particularly when it comes to a deal that will put them on a more certain path to obtaining a nuclear weapon.
"Future measures in addition to H.R. 1191 absolutely must ensure that Iran is left with no capacity to build a nuclear bomb, and that its sponsorship of regional and international terrorism – which has destabilized the Middle East and threatens the very existence of our allies – comes to a total end.
"As flawed as the bill is in many ways, it does increase Congressional access to information regarding the nuclear deal that otherwise this President would have been all too willing to keep from Congress entirely. The deal with Iran is a serious matter that affects all Americans, regardless of our political affiliation. I intend to remain in the heart of the debate over this issue, to ensure that the nightmare of a nuclear Iran never occurs."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon passage of H.R. 36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, with a vote of 242 to 184, the bill's sponsor Congressman Franks issued the following statement:
"I want to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude to my colleagues who not only played a role in the creation and development of The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act but who also voted today to protect little pain-capable unborn babies. I especially want to thank the leadership of the House for bringing it to a vote on this unique day. Protecting those who cannot protect themselves is why we are really all here and today's vote is a strong reminder of that. "Exactly 2 years ago to the day, one Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing a mother and murdering innocent, late term, pain capable babies in his grisly torture chamber abortion clinic. This bill and its passage express our deeply sincere desire to protect both mothers and their little pain capable unborn babies entering their sixth month of pregnancy from the unspeakable cruelty of evil monsters like Kermit Gosnell.
"The historic passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection act proves that those of us privileged to live and breathe in this the land of the free and the home of the brave finally came together with our minds and hearts open to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Upon the announcement of next week's floor action on H.R. 36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Congressmen Trent Franks (AZ-08), Diane Black (TN-06), Joe Pitts (PA-16), Chris Smith (NJ-04), and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statements:
Congressman Franks: "I am so grateful to all who have worked so hard to craft language that will now unite the pro-life base in a positive and effective way. This proposal is substantially stronger than the original bill, and it places the focus back upon protecting mothers and their innocent little pain-capable babies, from the beginning of the sixth month until birth."
Congressman Black: “While I was prepared to support this measure in its original form earlier this year, I am pleased that we have devised a stronger, improved bill that will ultimately save more unborn lives. This is a human rights issue. Science tells us that, after twenty weeks, babies can feel pain and are increasingly able to live outside the womb. As a nurse, I believe it is unconscionable that - in the year 2015 - the United States continues to be one of only seven countries to allow elective abortions at this late stage in a pregnancy. This bill is a compassionate, commonsense measure to change that. I was honored to take part in drafting this strengthened legislation and am grateful to Congressman Franks, House leadership, and the many grassroots pro-life organizations who worked tirelessly to bring this bill back for a vote.”
Congressman Pitts: "This coming week marks the two-year anniversary of Kermit Gosnell's conviction for first-degree murder after delivering three babies alive, and then killing them. One of his "patients," Karnamaya Mongar, also died at his hands. While Pennsylvanians can't undo this tragedy, this legislation will protect innocent unborn children in the sixth month of pregnancy across the country - even better than the original version did. This bill will help to ensure that tragedies like those that occurred in Kermit Gosnell's office will not happen again."
Congressman Smith: "I am very grateful that today House Republican Leadership has announced that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) will be considered by the House next week. The timing could not be more fitting. Next week marks the second anniversary of the conviction of the infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell - who was sentenced to life in prison for killing one of his patients -- Mrs. Karnamaya Mongar -- and three babies who were born alive after attempted abortions."
Congresswoman Hartzler: “I am pleased to see this important legislation moving forward. In addition to protecting innocent babies who can feel the pain of an abortion, the new language goes further, adding protections for mothers and infants as well. I am thankful for all those who wouldn’t let this issue fade. It is extremely important that we continue to defend the value of every child - born or unborn, and I look forward this bill coming to the floor.” ###Read More
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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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