Today two amendments proposed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) were included in House-passed education affordability legislation, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013.
“Too many students and families are struggling under the rising cost of higher education and student loan debt. The House is working to encourage innovation in our higher education system, promote flexible learning opportunities and reduce the cost of higher education,” Gowdy said. “Our amendments included in today's bill will help reduce unnecessary and burdensome government regulations that can contribute to costs and prevent institutions from pursuing innovative solutions for students.”
“A college education has always been the gateway to the American middle class,” said Welch. “With college costs up 1,120 percent over the last 30 years, and with students nationwide racking up $1.2 trillion in college loan debts, a college diploma is slipping further and further from the reach of young Americans. I am pleased that the House today approved our bipartisan amendments that will lead to lower college costs
The amendments included in HR 3136 would:
o The Secretary of Education or the Secretary’s designee
o A representative of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance established under section of the Higher Education Act of 1965
o Representatives from the higher education community
Last October, Gowdy and Welch introduced these proposals as part of the Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act.
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:
"As I tried - without much success - to explain to former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, this is not a political question, or even a medical question; it is a legal question. Can government require people, including business owners, to violate their religious beliefs if a less restrictive alternative exists to accomplish the same governmental goal? And of course the answer to that question is "no." The real surprise this morning was that four Supreme Court Justices really believe requiring others to provide “free" contraception is less restrictive than government providing it itself."Read More
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the President's NLRB “recess” appointments as unconstitutional:
“These ‘recess' appointments were void ab initio. Even a cursory understanding of the Constitution dictates the conclusion that the definition of ‘recess' does not change depending upon which political party is in power, which is why the Supreme Court ruled 9-0.”
“For the President, who once taught constitutional law, to force the Supreme Court to do what the plain language of the Constitution makes clear is not leadership. In the process, he has left the NLRB in a state of legal flux and compromised litigants, employees, and employers. “
“The Constitution is not a tool to be wielded for political expediency. It is the supreme law of the land and the President's responsibility is to take care that it is followed, not outmaneuvered.”
Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this comment on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s announcement naming five Democratic members to the committee:
"The Republican members of the Benghazi Select Committee welcome our colleagues named today by Minority Leader Pelosi. I respect Mr. Cummings and his work in Congress. I look forward to working with him and the members of the committee toward an investigation and a process worthy of the American people and the four brave Americans who lost their lives in service to our country."
The Democratic Members named to serve on the committee are:
• Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member
• Adam Smith (D-WA)
• Adam B. Schiff (D-CA)
• Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA)
• Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Today, Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced Phil Kiko as Majority Staff Director for the Committee.
“Phil brings with him years of experience serving in various capacities in the House and the Executive Branch, including top positions for three Committees,” Gowdy said. “He has a proven record of effective leadership and management, and I am pleased to have him on our team as we conduct a serious, fact-driven investigation to ensure our fellow Americans know the full truth about what happened in Benghazi.”
Most recently, Kiko was Vice Chairman for the Smith-Free Group. His experience in the House of Representatives includes serving as Staff Director/General Counsel for the House Administration Committee, General Counsel/ Chief of Staff for the House Judiciary Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff for the House Science Committee, and Chief of Staff for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Kiko served in two Executive Branch Cabinet agencies as well.
Washington, DC— Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this comment on the Speaker’s announcement naming the majority members to the House Select Committee on Benghazi:
“I look forward to working with these Members. Speaker Boehner has thoughtfully put together a team to seek out the truth and uncover the facts. Facts are not political, and this should not be partisan exercise. I want to work with our counterparts from across aisle on uncovering the truth for the American public and the families of the victims. We have a big task ahead of us. It’s time to get to work.”
Speaker Boehner announced the members of the Select Committee here.Read More
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement on the passage of the House resolution to create the “House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.”
“This resolution equips the select committee with the scope and tools necessary for the seriousness of this investigation. We are charged with a clear mission: uncover all the facts and provide answers to the American public. While people are free to draw different conclusions from the facts, there should be no debate over whether the American public is entitled to have all of the facts. As Chairman, my goal is to conduct an inquiry that is rooted in fairness, is fact-driven, and worthy of the trust of the American public, regardless of one’s political affiliation. I look forward to working with the committee to accomplish those goals.”
Section by section analysis of the resolution.
Rep. Gowdy also wrote an op-ed for USA Today— “Benghazi needs deeper scrutiny,”—where he outlined unresolved questions and the need for a fact-driven investigation:
“Why was security for our facility in Libya inadequate, and why were repeated calls for additional security unheeded and, indeed, explicitly rejected? Was our military response during the pendency of the siege sufficient? And in the days and weeks after the attack, was the Obama administration transparent and forthright with our fellow Americans in describing the impetus behind the attack?
“Moreover, no one has been arrested, prosecuted, or punished for the murders of our fellow Americans. These outstanding questions, and others, are legitimate, and seeking the answer to these questions should be an apolitical process.
“Facts are neither Republican nor Democrat. While our fellow citizens are free to draw varying conclusions and inferences from the facts, surely there can be consensus that every relevant fact must be uncovered.
There are still witnesses whose testimony has not been heard. Just last week, we learned the administration has withheld relevant documents from Congress, despite a subpoena request. Some produced documents are so heavily redacted as to be meaningless. The select committee should strive to uncover every relevant witness, document or other piece of evidence so our fellow citizens can know the facts and the full truth.
“‘May justice be done, though the heavens fall.’ That adage governed my time as a prosecutor in state and federal court, and it would serve us well as we uncover the truth about Benghazi.”
Read the full piece here.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) ) released these statements regarding today’s House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress and a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel in the IRS investigation:
“Lois Lerner made 17 separate factual assertions when she came before the Oversight Committee. She testified she had broken no laws and done nothing wrong. That is a lot of talking for someone who wants to remain silent. You don’t get to tell your side of the story and then refuse to answer the cross-examination. That is not how our system works. And no one should be above the law. Today, Congress voted to make sure we are leveraging every possible option we have to bring accountability at the IRS.”
On special counsel:
“Americans need to have confidence in not only the result of the investigation, but also the process. But the credibility of the process is called into question when the President prejudged the outcome of the investigation by concluding there was not a ‘smidgen of corruption.' The Attorney General has the opportunity to ensure the integrity of this investigation and appoint someone from outside the DOJ. Truly independent prosecutors do not take their marching orders from Presidents, governors or anyone else except Lady Justice. Americans deserve no less.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released this statement regarding the announcement that Speaker John Boehner has chosen him to lead the select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks:
“I applaud Speaker Boehner for his decision to establish a select committee and am honored to serve as Chairman. Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government's interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue.
“While people are free to draw different conclusions from the facts, there should be no debate over whether the American public is entitled to have all of the facts. In a courtroom, juries are free to believe one witness over a hundred witnesses. But you cannot make that or any other credibility determination if you do not have access to all relevant witnesses, documents and other tangible evidence.
“Four of our fellow citizens were murdered, and a facility emblematic and representative of our country was attacked and burned on the anniversary of 9-11. Our fellow citizens are full well capable of processing the truth about the attacks and aftermath, and most assuredly entitled to hear it.”Read More
Rep. Gowdy (R-SC) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District:
1st Place: “Cup of Joe,” by Katherine Mruz, of Southside Christian School
2nd Place: “Rumination,” by Delara Abedini, of JL Mann High School
3rd Place: “Pain,” by Kathleen Close, of The Fine Arts Center
Each spring, Members of Congress sponsor the nationwide Congressional Art Competition to recognize and encourage artistic creativity among high school students. Congressman Gowdy held a ceremony to display the 142 submissions and announce the winners.
The 1st place winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
“Thank you to all the students who participated and submitted artwork for the competition,” Gowdy said. “Every year, we are impressed by the students’ talent and creativity featured at the competition. Thank you also to the teachers and judges who helped make this event possible. Congratulations to our winner, Katherine Mruz, who will have the honor of displaying her work, titled “Cup of Joe” in the Capitol for a year.”Read More
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Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.
Representative Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ethics, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the Judiciary Committee. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.
Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”
For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.
As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.
He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.
Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri works for the Spartanburg School District as a teacher’s aide. Watson is a sophomore at Clemson University and Abigail is a rising 10th grader at Spartanburg High School. The Gowdy family also includes three dogs: “Judge”, “Jury”and “Bailiff.”
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Speaking on the House floor earlier today on the IRS: Americans agree the government should tell us the truth https://t.co/WfR5Knmkwt
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The House passed 40 jobs bills in the last 18 months that are stuck in the Senate. It’s past time for action: http://t.co/1U4C2ZQDXl
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Congrats to Spartanburg Medical Center for receiving top ranking by US News & World Report http://t.co/UGlUI4PTFI
Please take a moment and watch this video of my colleague and friend Congressman Jeff Duncan honor WWII Veteran Sgt. Bob Reasoner on the House
The Constitution is not a tool to be wielded for political expediency. It is the supreme law of the land and the President's responsibility
Watch live at 7 pm ET: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Lois Lerner's Missing Emails.
In his Sunday column, George Will mentions the Enforce the Law Act, legislation I sponsored and the House passed, as a remedy to executive overreach.
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